Hanging out at home? Here’s how to stay connected to Melbourne from the couch. Featuring culture, art, food, animals and more.
Live stream the Zoo’s cutest residents
Penguins, giraffes, baby snow leopards. No matter where you are right now, you can get constant cuteness from Melbourne Zoo’s Animal House. Work-from-home hack: switch on the TV, play the stream in the background and you’ve got yourself a whole new cast of colleagues.
Put a free KAWS in your house with the NGV
If you didn’t make it to the KAWS exhibition at NGV International, never fear. Enjoy this limited edition virtual KAWS installation in your living room. Download the Acute Art app and take a KAWS companion with you, wherever you are. Isolation got a little less lonely.
Melbourne Museum at home
If the kids are going around the bend, go behind the scenes at one of Melbourne’s most important cultural institutions. Explore a growing list of virtual tours, from Phar Lap to forest secrets. Get nostalgic about the city with the Marvellous Melbourne exhibition. Or challenge your mates to find the weirdest thing in the museum’s item collection. Our pick is this fancy crepe toilet paper from the 1940s. See other treats from the Museum at Home collection.
Melbourne Symphony Orchestra free concerts
Bach at home for a while? The MSO invites music lovers to keep the music going with a special online premiere concert series every Thursday evening. No crowds, plenty of chords. Keep an eye on the MSO’s website and YouTube channel for more concert updates.
Get geeky with Games Laboratory
If you’re not quite ready to lower yourself to Tik Tok for entertainment, dip your toe in the waters of Youth Culture and try out Twitch. Games Laboratory usually hosts IRL gaming events (think Magic the Gathering and D&D), but for now the team is entertaining fans online. Stream away your lunch hour with Games Lab on Twitch: play chess, paint mini figurines and more. Who knows, you might come out on the other side of isolation with a niche new hobby.
Virtual vinyasa with Little Mandarin
You might not be climbing the iconic stairs of the Nicholas Building any time soon, but you can still visit some of its tenants online. Little Mandarin, known for tranquil aerial yoga, is now offering a (grounded) schedule of live-stream classes. They are easy to book and join from home so you can work your way to wellness.
ACMI’s free Virtual Melbourne Cinémathèque
Take a break from bingeing old Breaking Bad (or the Gilmore Girls, no judgment here) with Virtual Melbourne Cinémathèque. This weekly free film club will screen movies chosen by the learned minds behind ACMI and the Melbourne Cinémathèque Committee. Check ACMI’s social accounts every Tuesday for the announcement of that week’s title, and download Metastream to watch along with mates. There’s never been a better time to become a film snob.
DIY Taco kits from Hello José
Nothing gets in the way of a Melburnian and their Mexican food. Hidden cult-fave Hello José brings cheap and cheerful feasts direct to you, by way of Uber Eats. Find taco kits tailored for couples or singles, with fixings for four tacos each. Or beat your hunger with chipotle chicken wings, loaded totopos, and fresh cinnamon churros.
Want to dine in with more Melbourne faves? Check out our list of city spots doing home delivery.
Heaps of live music gigs and acts have been cancelled recently, as a quick glance at I Lost My Gig can attest. Lockdown Getdown is encouraging you to support musicians big and small from your own home, and it’s so easy to do you’re probably already doing it! Stream your fave artists as much as possible, upgrade to a paid streaming service (if you can) or create a lockdowngetdown playlist to share far and wide. Every play counts, so it’s time to score your life like it’s a brand new blockbuster hit (where the main character stays inside all day).
Please note that due to current circumstances, businesses may close or run out of stock at short notice. Check with individual stores for more information.