Millions of Australians are self-isolating and social distancing during this coronavirus pandemic, and the boredom has many people climbing the walls.
Here are some fun things you can do to stay busy and entertained indoors, and most of them will not cost you a cent.
Join Maggie Beer for a free online cooking class
If there were ever a time to learn how to cook, it is now. And now familiar face and cooking dynamo Maggie Beer has joined the online ranks with a new video series called Cooking with Maggie.
Already, Maggie has shared six videos which you can watch on her Instagram or Facebook.
The video tutorials cover everything from scrambling and poaching eggs to making hearty broths, pasta dishes and tips on how to pick good produce. Maggie films one video per day, and tailors the content based on what her social media followers want to see.
Free online dance classes with the Australian Ballet
With the Australian Ballet Centre closed and its Studios classes temporarily postponed, the Australian Ballet has introduced At Home with Studios, giving ballet lovers the opportunity to learn ballet for free – from the comfort of your lounge room.
Everyone is welcome, so no matter if you have two left feet or feel at home at the barre, the lessons will have you on your way to performing the perfect plié or pirouette in no time.
Three levels are available: Beginner for those who want to learn the ballet basics, Intermediate with a focus on technique and Advanced for serious ballerinas. Each class is 30-40 minutes long with most of the lesson spent at the barre (or bench, table or chair).
TAFE NSW, in conjunction with the NSW Government, is offering free short courses that can be completed in just days or weeks, offering practical skills and experiences across a range of industries.
If you are considering a new direction, now is the time to explore some of the free short courses as well as learn more about TAFE’s Mature Age Scholarships, Destination Australia Scholarships and Women in Business program, among many others. There are free online short coursesin practical business skills; enhancing your digital impact; improving leadership performance; developing administration skills and growing your health and medical knowledge. Visit www.tafensw.edu.au/fee-free-short-courses.
Learn A New Language
Now is the perfect time to learn a new language. With all this free time on your hands, you have no excuse! There are plenty of great options to get you going, with Duolingo (www.duolingo.com) the most popular and obvious starting point.
Organisations like Alliance Francaise (French) and The Goethe-Institut (German) also offer courses both online group and private tuition packages for a fee.
The Museum of Modern Art now offers free online classes
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City is offering free online courses that will ensure you emerge from this pandemic with a more comprehensive appreciation of art.
Like many museums around the world, MoMA is currently closed but is maintaining a digital presence offering virtual exhibitions, remote learning resources, and nine online courses spanning contemporary art, fashion and photography via an online learning platform. Courses range in length from 12 to 38 hours and can be completed at students’ own pace. Visit https://www.coursera.org/moma.
Sydney Opera House live performances
For the next three months, the Sydney Opera House has suspended all operas, theatre, talks and podcast recordings until at least June 17. Instead, the Opera House has launched an online platform ‘From our House to yours’, which will see full-length performances, talks, podcasts and behind-the-scenes content brought to your screens.
You will also be able to access a bunch of free content on demand, plus new videos, recordings and articles will be released daily every Wednesday through Sunday, with each week’s schedule announced on the Tuesday.
Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals streamed free on YouTube
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s biggest musicals are now streaming free on dedicated YouTube channel The Show Must Go On! Some of the composer’s greatest musicals, including The Wizard of Oz, Cats, The Phantom of the Opera, Evita, Jesus Christ Superstar and School of Rock will be aired in the coming weeks.
If you are still looking for something to do, try some good old-fashioned board games like Monopoly, Scrabble, Chess and Cluedo or jump online to access some of the many free exercise videos on YouTube, including yoga, Pilates and high intensity interval training to do in your own home.
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