- Watch a film
YouTube or openculture.com/freemoviesonline For
documentaries, try topdocumentaryfilms
- Tour ancient Rome
Current technology allows you to explore other cities – even
other times online. Walk around Rome in a 3D digital model of
the ancient city. Free at futurelearn.com/courses/rome
- Paint with Bob Ross
403 episodes of the Joy of Painting on YouTube, so get painting.
- Write a song
Get a practical introduction to song writing and meet
established songwriters with the University of Sheffield’s online
- Puzzle online with jigsawexplorer
- Visit the MoMA
Many art galleries and museums worldwide have digitised
their collections and now offer free virtual tours. Visit New
York’s MoMA artsandculture.google.com/partner/moma-themuseum-
- Explore the Uffizi
The Uffizi in Florence has one of the best collections of
Renaissance art in the world. artsandculture.google.com/
- Pop into the Tate
- Experience the British Museum
Incredible artefacts from around the world available to virtual
- Watch movies at Kanopy, bought to you by your local library
- Try amigurumi
The Japanese art of crocheting small creatures or characters. A
cheap hobby to start, and plenty of free patterns online.
- Learn a language
Online tools give you all you need to brush up on vocabulary
and test pronunciation.
- Declutter your home
Decide what to donate, throw out, or make some money by
selling things you don’t need.
- Walk through Paris or London
Some of the world’s most famous views on Google street view.
- Learn first aid
Be prepared in case urgent care centres are overwhelmed or
you don’t want to leave self-isolation for a minor injury. Learn
online at the University of Glasgow. futurelearn.com/courses/
- Discover your roots
Tracing your family tree can unearth lost memories or even find
- Meditation . . .
. . . does not just help you stay calm – practitioners rely on it to
help focus, remain present, and appreciate what they have.
- Camp out
. . . in your backyard. Pitch a tent, tell ghost stories, toast
- Create art for a community art installation at Hawthorn Arts Centre
Join in with free online art activities for the project ‘If these leaves could talk’ with the Boroondara Arts Initiative
- Treasure hunt
Hide items to keep kids occupied for a few hours. Draw a treasure
map, and place messages with clues to find the next item.
- Write a letter
Hand-write a letter to someone you love, lor to a friend or
family member who lives on their own. Decorate the letter with
hand-drawn pictures and then mail it.
- Build a cubby house
It can be a fortress made from blankets and sheets hanging
from chairs or bunk beds.