What Are The Alternatives When Everything is in Lockdown?
Though Aussie schools are still open, and only newly arrived travellers are actually expected to self-quarantine, for the next few weeks, or months, our world is shrinking a little, so we will need to be creative if we are to stay active and not go just a little bit nuts.
Here are some suggestions on what you can do if you can’t get to the museum, movies, gigs or the gym.
When all the museums have closed
TRY: taking a virtual tour
Just because our public museums are offline doesn’t mean the kids should head online to endless Fortnite matches. Some of the best museums in the world offer virtual tours that are being highlighted recently because of the current regime of self-quarantine. Driven by tech from Google, you needn’t be stuck at home to enjoy the most exciting thing to happen to museums since Ben Stiller picked up a flashlight.
You can wander through the incredible, and just a bit controversial, Egyptology section of the British Museum. With the museum split into geographical areas, timelines and even themes like “living and dying” and “power and identity” it is an engrossing look at one of the best collections of artefacts in the world.
The National Museum of Natural History in Washington D.C will also let you take virtual self-guided, room-by-room tours of select exhibits (past and present). We recommend the Bone Hall!
The Louvre in Paris was one of the first institutions in lockdown and while it does not have a virtual option, the nearby Musee D’Orsay offers an online walk-through with options like the “art camera” that offers up close details on paintings that you might have missed.
When you can’t go the movies
TRY: an at-home movie festival
Ditch the flatscreen and take a leaf out of the Brisbane Backyard Film Festival’s book, grab a rug, a really long extension cord, or a mini-projector and a laptop and head into the backyard for a curated movie night. The Brisbane festival is hoping to kick off the 2020 edition on May 16 this year, but currently all events are uncertain with things changing daily, so check back closer to the time. In the mean time pitch a tent at yours before the weather gets too cool.
When your gig gets cancelled
TRY: throwing a silent disco/streaming a gig
Live music getting locked down is a big hit for many, particularly Melbourne which was named the world’s live music capital in 2018, based on the number of live music venues per capita. But you can have some fun at home with your very own silent disco. Grab a pair of headphones and listen to whatever you like, no bickering over the Apple Music or Spotify line up. And when things return to normal consider throwing a large-scale kids’ party version of this type of event with the help of Melbourne Silent Disco that starts renting silent disco packs of 15 headphones up from $200.
There are also concerts being offered streaming online, for example The Berlin Philharmonic has unlocked its pay-to-play archive to help corona-affected households up for some high-brow live music. Clubbing more your thing? Berlin's famous nightclubs are offering United We Stream, a collection of their best DJ sets.
When you can’t get to the gym/parkour/circus
TRY: putting together an at-home workout
The hero of the Wuhan lockdown was clearly Pan Sanchu who didn’t let being confined to his apartment stop him from running a marathon. Then there is the more recent video of the Spanish personal trainer on a roof leading an apartment-wide balcony workout session.
You need to stay moving even if you are stuck at home, and kids especially will go crazy if they do not get out some of that energy. So, it’s time to get creative with a DIY backyard parkour course or switching the sticker system from chores to blocks of 30-minute exercise.
When you can't drop around to friends' places
The answer appears to be to host a Skype dinner party. The good news is that RSVPs should be high as most people are not going out and as long as you can get them all onto the one screen you can all cook at chat almost as normal, like some of us are doing for work now except with more wine. And for those of us who are not so inclined to cook restaurants are still delivering.
When you can't get to the zoo
Zoos Victoria has set up the Animal House to live stream from the enclosures of all its animals. Sit back and fire up the snow leopard cub cam and you will be surprised at what a great time-waster it is.
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