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Although we are all working differently, we’re all online, and all in this together. This blog post, we have activities for the ultimate Quarantainment night-in and some positive activities so you can laugh during self-isolation. 

 

Focusing on the entertainment factors of isolation life,  we take a look at some of the best & wackiest things happening out there to give you a much-needed laugh right now!

 

Knowing its important that we find things that not only keep the endorphins flowing as we practice social distancing, working out from home or the local park but also to bring you the good stuff that helps us to continue to stay positive, stay entertained and stay laughing throughout this time. Luckily, there are lots of new things popping up daily to make our isolation life a little more entertaining while not draining the wallet in the process! 

 

 

Live Stand Up – No Pants Comedy

Come have a laugh with No Pants Comedy! They host multiple shows each week featuring some of the best comedians from around the world. The shows regularly fill out so we promise it won’t just be you and 5 comedians in a Zoom meeting! The rotating lineup of comedians includes faces you may recognise from Netflix, Comedy Central, Late Night TV, Hulu, and MTV. There are also some faces that you won’t recognise, but they are all guaranteed to make you laugh your pants off!

 

Book your comedy evening here: https://bit.ly/2UcHwzo 

 

Culture Vultures – The Social Distancing Festival 

All the Museums, Theatre, Symphonies, and other Culture to Consume From Home. From Broadway shows to a virtual tour of your favourite art space The Social Distancing Festival is celebrating art from all over the world, showcasing amazing talent, and coming together as a community at a time when we need it more than ever. Featuring everything from visual arts, dance, music, theatre, musical theatre, and opera… there is definitely something for everyone. 

 

View more here: https://www.socialdistancingfestival.com/

 

 

Luckily for us, in the face of adversity comes a characteristically creative response from the world of arts and culture. Let’s embrace this new wave of cultural creation together and put our own skills into practice… you never know, you might surprise yourself with how much you’ll enjoy it!

 

13 Pretty Puzzles for our Puzzling Times

There’s no denying that jigsaw puzzles have made a comeback over the past 2 months, continuing to prove themselves useful while we’re indoors and running out of entertaining things to do. However, there are only so many ‘scenic’ puzzles you can do… cue the Vogue Magazine Editors who selected the most aesthetic & weirdly wonderful jigsaws out there at the moment, from scenes of sunrise (not as easy as it sounds) to archival Vogue covers, helping pass the hours during this puzzling time.

 

View puzzles here: https://www.vogue.com/slideshow/13-best-puzzles 

 

Get Creative – 10 New Skills to Learn in the Last Week of Lockdown. 

With some of the Covid-19 restrictions set to ease next week, if you’re approaching the end of full lockdown and feeling unproductive, fear not. There is still a little time left to launch yourself into learning a new skill, so you can emerge with an impressive new skill that you can brag to all your friends about. From strangely addictive card castles (could be a future party trick, you never know) to Origami making, one of those simple things as you don’t need anything more than some pieces of paper and a YouTube tutorial to get started.

 

Learn a new skill here: https://bit.ly/36Zrkq7

 

Art & Culture Google Arts & Culture Project 

 

If you’ve time on your hands and a deep need for cultural sustenance it’s time to get familiar with Google Arts & Culture, an online platform where you can view high-res images and videos of artworks & cultural artifacts from more than 1,200 partner international cultural organisations. The best collections include those by the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam and the Guggenheim Bilbao Museum. 

 

View more here: https://artsandculture.google.com/

 

 

 

At-home workouts, mindfulness practices, and eating healthier just got a whole lot more motivating. Get fit the fun (& free) way with your choice of over 185 free Nike workouts or get inspired via Thrive Global podcast sessions with notable leaders to learn how prioritising well-being has made them happier and more successful.

 

Yoga and Meditation – Ekhart Yoga

Find new online classes each week run by expert teachers; from dynamic yoga to deep meditation. Guided yoga programs and in-depth articles. Whether you’re new to yoga or experienced, Ekhart yoga can support your home yoga practice. With a free 14 day trial now is the time to start!

 

Register for your free trial here: https://www.ekhartyoga.com/ 

 

Inspirational Content – Thrive Global Stories

Thrive Global have stepped up their media element, including podcasts and video series, with a myriad of related content perfect for helping you through these isolation times. From the podcast sessions with notable leaders to learn how prioritising well-being has made them happier and more successful. To Thrive Global Stories, giving you access to the great content on well-being, wisdom, purpose, sleep as well as special sections including how to work from home in the new normal, how small businesses thrive & much more.

 

View the stories here: https://thriveglobal.com/stories/ 

 

Meditation Podcast + Youtube Channel – Ten Percent Happier

In times like these, we need practical, actionable ways of coping with stress, fear, and anxiety. The Ten Percent Happier meditations, podcasts, blog posts, and talks will help you build resilience and find some calm amidst the chaos and are completely free. You can also check out their YouTube channel for hundreds of meditations to choose from for a happier, healthier you. 

 

Try meditation for free: https://www.tenpercent.com/ 

 

 

Virtual Tour: 007 High-Class Espionage & British Spies

Join a 007 interactive spy tour with a mini quiz and great prizes to be won! You, civilian, are invited to the height of charm and intrigue in a top-secret tour of British espionage in London, where nothing is as it seems. Arm yourself with a codename and embark (undercover, naturally) through London to learn about its rich history of treachery, subterfuge, and infamous double agents. The virtual tour will start at Savile Row—one of the most sophisticated streets of London—and glide past secretive spy locations through history, ending at the birthplace of one of the most secretive organisations in London: GCHQ.

 

Book your virtual tour here: https://bit.ly/3cxxtv0

 

Drive-In Summer Events 

The team behind Bingo Loco has launched a series of drive-in events this summer. There will be something for everyone ranging from family-friendly afternoon performances to adult-only late-night shows featuring movies, comedy, Bingo loco, and even live gigs. Drive-In Events has been launched to help lift spirits when lockdown restrictions start to ease. The aim is to help get the show back on the road, ‘in a safe and regulated way.’ You will be able to enjoy all the festivities from the safety of your own car.

 

View Drive-In Events here: https://www.driveinevents.ie/

 

Nature – Comedy Wildlife Photos

This is a competition for amusing wildlife pics – if you don’t want to submit you can just browse the site to see previous winners. There are two important parts to this competition. The simple idea behind it all is a strong belief that humour and positivity have a major role to play in building awareness, interest, and eventually action towards protecting the animals that live on this planet. 

 

View here: https://www.comedywildlifephoto.com/

 

 

 

How to work from home with children – it’s possible, we promise! As we are all isolating at home together, trying to keep children happy, learning, and entertained can be an around-the-clock job. Schoolwork, baking, exercise, online resources… Help is out there, even if you can’t go anywhere. If your children are already starting to show signs of boredom, we’ve put together a list of ideas for keeping them entertained – at least for a few days…

 

COVID Capsule – Long Creations

Natalie Long from Long Creations has designed a COVID time capsule memory pack for kids to get creative with and to serve as a meaningful memory to look back on once this is all over. The COVID Capsule is a printable book that invites kids to talk about how they’re feeling, draw pictures of their experiences, and send a letter to their future selves. This fun and engaging pack will help keep kids occupied for hours and serve as an important reminder in the future. 

 

View pack here: https://bit.ly/2XtS6DY 

 

Entertainment Read Along with PBS Kids 

Michelle Obama is cracking open some of her favorite children’s books to read aloud in free live-streams over the next four weeks for kids stuck at home and in need of a friendly face and voice to keep them company. On “Mondays With Michelle Obama,” she’ll read aloud from different children’s classics such as The Gruffalo and The Very Hungry Caterpillar. The readings will be live-streamed and the videos will remain online afterward.

 

View stories here: https://www.youtube.com/pbskids

 

Cooking with Jamie Oliver 

Jamie Oliver has released a number of recipes perfect for encouraging kids to get creative in the kitchen and discover healthy new foods whilst they’re stuck at home in need of something to keep their little hands busy. The list of recipes included cover breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks, and they’re all perfect for small sous-chefs (with a bit of help, of course).

 

View recipes here: https://bit.ly/2XXhjpz 

 

Stay Inside. Stay Inspired 💚