While you're at home - there's still plenty to enjoy!

We know these are tough times, but there’s lots you can still enjoy from the comfort of your home.

Plenty to enjoy

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From online learning, to family projects and virtual tours, here’s a few things you can enjoy. We’ll keep adding suggestions to this list – check in for new ideas to share with your family and friends. We’d love to hear your ideas too. 

Don’t forget to share your story with us on social media with #BeKindBallarat.

  • Maintain connections to community, culture, and food with the free video series "Bushfoods at Home" from Buninyong's Saltbush Kitchen

  • Help create a visual record of the COVID-19 crisis as part of the Mass Isolation Australia project.

  • Both adults and kids can join POD Design's online exhibition by colouring in pictures of historic Ballarat buildings.

  • Get busy in the garden with home deliveries from Avalon Nursery and Formosa Gardens.

  • Spend the afternoon exploring Memory Atlas, a documentary project that brings to life the memories of Ballarat residents.

  • Learn a new language with the free app Duolingo.

  • Join Ravelry, an online knitting and crochet community.

  • Want to fill your Facebook news feed with acts of kindness? Join the Ballarat-Daylesford-Hepburn Facebook group – The Kindness Pandemic.

  • Award-winning children’s author, David Walliams, is sharing his stories online for children in self-isolation. Listen to his audio stories for a fun afternoon!

  • Are you missing your usual gym workout or want the kids to be more active? Check out The Body Coach TV and Ready Set Dance on YouTube, for activities to keep the whole household moving.

  • The Sydney Zoo is live streaming its animals – jump onto its Facebook page to keep up with their furry lives.

  • Enjoy some live music from the comfort of your couch with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and the Australian Chamber Orchestra. Check out this list of musicians who are live streaming concerts or jump onto @PubChoir on Facebook to join in with their Couch Choir.

  • Are you missing the Wheeler Centre’s programs and events? As Melbourne’s home for smart, passionate and entertaining public talks for every topic it has podcasts, video streams and articles to keep you going for hours. Visit the website today.

  • Need information for the kids to help them understand about bugs and how to keep themselves germ-free? Kid Foundation has put together this handy booklet for kids.

  • Self-care while in isolation is incredibly important. Reach Out has put together a list of 10 ways to take care of yourself during Coronavirus, with more ideas and resources to get through this time.

  • A number of virtual experiences are being offered by the state's top attractions such as The Australian Ballet and Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, listed here. Take a virtual learning adventure with Museum at Home, or enjoy a moment with the animals from Melbourne Zoo and Werribee Open Range Zoo via live stream cameras
  • Show people you are thinking about them or pay it forward to a stranger by purchasing a digital gift card for them online
  • Friday afternoon dancing and drinks are still on! Put on your favourite playlist, dust off the cocktail shaker and try out some ‘Quarantini’ recipes online
  • Stay in touch with friends by organising a virtual coffee date or online gathering using social networking video apps like Houseparty
  • Connecting with family is important for our mental wellbeing, especially the elderly who aren’t seeing many visitors right now. Why not research your family tree, update photo albums and send video messages to your loved ones
  • Upskilling, study and learning is a great way to use time indoors productively. Explore the free TAFE online learning for priority courses options, tune into educational podcasts and webinars or thumb through some informative books
  • Explore and discover the world with Google Maps where you can take a virtual trek through NSW National Parks or street view places you’ve never seen before
  • It’s important to factor in outdoor activity to reconnect with nature, get some fresh air and enjoy some movement. Tend to your garden, play outside with your kids or challenge yourself with a home workout via your favourite fitness app or YouTube channel.
  • Selfcare plays a vital role in how we feel. Schedule in some DIY pampering with a home-spa day, relax in a bath or warm shower, try your hand at journaling, listen to some guided meditation or keep it simple and sit somewhere quiet with your favourite book and a cup of tea
  • Now is the time to do all the things you’ve had on your mind. Write that book, paint that spare bedroom, vacuum under the lounge, start that online consulting business; the opportunities for innovation and creativity are endless
  • Experiment in the kitchen with a nutritious immune boosting smoothie recipe or challenge yourself to make the most delicious thing you can with the ingredients in your cupboard.

Be kind. Stay home. Flatten the curve.

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