Things to do at home

Here are so many things you can do during this time at home…activities for the kids, immerse yourself with arts and culture online, visit a virtual zoo and lots more!

We'll be adding to this regularly so make sure you bookmark this page for easy reference. 

Access all your library favourites

Our local libraries 

You can borrow digital books, audiobooks, newspapers, magazines and access a wide variety of materials for kids through the eLibrary

You can also use your login details to access Beamafilm, Freegal Music and Kanopy for movies, documentaries, tv series and music.

There's Storytime and author talks on YouTube, plus lots more on the individual library social media channels.

State Library Victoria

Take a virtual tour of the State Library, borrow their ebooks, access online galleries, listen to music or access learning materials for secondary students. Find out more

Activities for kids

ABC Kids

Watch your favourite shows, play games, make and create, plus much more at ABC Kids

ABC Education

Thousands of free curriculum-linked resources for school teachers and students. Premier Daniel Andrews has announced that the Victorian Government will be collaborating with ABC Australia to offer educational programming that meets the Victorian Curriculum. ABC Australia already offers a wide range of curriculum resources for early education and both primary and secondary school students. Find out more

Sport Australia's Tiny Trainer Challenge

The Tiny Trainers have lots of ways to stay active. There's printable challenge cards too! Get started

VIC Health – Keep Kids Busy

Lots of ideas on activities to keep your kids busy, while supporting their creative development and learning. Find out more

Jams for Juniors Online with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

20-minute music lessons. New lessons released each Wednesday at 10am throughout the month of April. After their broadcast these lessons will be housed on the MSO website for future viewing. Check it out

It's Storytime

Goldfields Libraries have lots to offer:

Go on a bear hunt

Put a teddy bear in your window and join the bear hunt trend on your walks. Check your local township group on Facebook to see if there's a bear hunt happening near you.

Let's get sorted activities

Check out our range of activities and games aimed at reducing, reusing and recycling at home. 

Play hopscotch 

Chalk up the pavement outside your home and hop away. How to play

Explore the great outdoors online

Visit WilderQuest and experience nature at-home through interactive games, videos and activities for kids.

Arts, culture and music

2020 Sydney Biennale

An international festival celebrating contemporary art presented online. Find out more

ACMI

Free movie nights on Wednesday evenings with the ability to watch movies online and invite your friends from other households to watch online with you.

Australian Chamber Orchestra 

ACO Homecasts offers an immersive digital season featuring new recordings, live streamed performances, access to archival and never-released footage, specially curated playlists, in-depth interviews and more.

Bendigo Venues & Events

Play At Home

Play At Home is all about sharing the talent of local performing artists through digital networks, to support local artists, audiences and community.

What I did last week: online exhibition

What I did last week is an online exhibition sharing work and encouraging art-making.

Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra Digital Concert Hall

The Digital Concert Hall now has free subscription to online video recordings catalogue.

Creative Writing Workshop

Woodend Neighbourhood House is offering Creative Writing with Myron Lysenko, presented via Zoom.

Delivered Live

Livestreamed music and comedy available on Facebook or YouTube. These gigs are free to access though you can purchase a ticket by self-nominated donation with the funds collected going towards supporting crisis relief charity Support Act and the Bushfire Relief Fund. Stream it

Gallery Sketchers online

Artist educator Carly Richardson invites you to join along with these creative activities from the comfort of your own home.

Geelong Arts Centre

Tune in to their live stream program.

Geelong Gallery

Enter the Who's who portrait prize exhibition, which aims to encourage and inspire young artists to celebrate local or regional identities, their personal histories and achievements through portraiture.

Loddon Mallee Renewable Energy Art Award online exhibition

This exhibition is the collective vision of a more sustainable future for Loddon Mallee communities, created by ten artists from across the region. Take a look

Melbourne Digital Concert Hall

Melbourne Digital Concert Hall – created by musicians, for musicians. Designed to support musicians and the Melbourne arts industry during these challenging times. Concerts will be performed once, at set times as per traditional recitals, and will be professionally streamed. Tickets are sold online for the performance and all ticket money goes directly to the artists.

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

Watch performances by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. Housed on their YouTube channel for viewing at your leisure with new performances released every Thursday night at 7:30pm. 

Melbourne Recital Centre

More classical music is available on the Melbourne Recital Centre website.

National Gallery of Victoria

  • Take a tour: Virtually walk through the hallways of each exhibit to view the art currently on display. 

National Theatre Live UK

It's world-class theatre online. Check out National Theatre home

Shakespeare's Globe

A theatre, education centre, and cultural landmark, located on the bank of the River Thames in London. Whilst their doors are closed, they very much online, providing Shakespeare for all. Visit Shakespeare's Globe

Sydney Opera House

Videos, articles, live recordings, archival footage and a kids program are all available online. Visit their website

The Australian Ballet

Watch performances from your lounge room or learn ballet online for free.

The State of Music

The State of Music provides free online gigs every week with your favourite local musos.

Episode one will be livestreamed on Sunday 3 May at 7.30pm and feature Birds of Tokyo, Diesel, G Flip, James Reyne and Michael Gudinski with host Rosie Beaton.

Virtual travel via museum tours

Travel back in time with The British Museum's The Museum of the World

Museums Victoria Museum at Home

Stay active at home

Check out a range of ideas and activities at Your health and wellbeing

Victoria Together

Victoria Together shares some of the best music, entertainment, nature and art that Victoria has to offer.

Visit the zoo

Check in on some of your favourite animals via these livestream feeds:

Read on...there's lots more

  • Dress up for bin night. (Please explain?)
  • Chalk up the pavement outside your home with positive messages
  • Write a letter to a friend and put it in their letterbox on your walk
  • Put a note in a neighbours letterbox offering to help them with their shopping (make sure to provide your contact details).