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8 Awesome Things To Do During Lockdown

By Urban List Writers
19th Jul 2021

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We may be in lockdown again, but it’s going to be raining for most of this week anyway —offering the perfect opportunity to explore Melbourne’s cultural scene while wrapped in a doona. 

Here are eight awesome things to do this lockdown:

Online Escape Room Experience from Escape Rooms Melbourne

Australia’s first live puzzle game enterprise, Escape Rooms Melbourne (ERM), are experts when it comes to all things creepy. Transferring their horrific rooms to the digital realm, ERM have developed a masterful sci-fi mystery that you can experience from your bedroom. Aptly named ‘Isolation’, this game can be played by 2-7 players, and is booking out fast. We’d recommend playing during the day, or if not, having a nightlight on hand.

For more information, click here.

Livestream Your Favourite Animals From The Melbourne Zoo 

Nothing says a lockdown like visiting your favourite furry friends from the comfort of your own home. Zoos Victoria’s various locations across Melbourne, Healesville and Werribee have their livestreams ready to go, so whether you’re looking to create your own narrated Attenborough-style documentary, or to just have something wholesome to look at in the background, this is the perfect way to fill your lockdown. 

For more information, click here.

DIY Cannoli Kits From Cannoli Bar 

The best remedy for any kind of hard times is often a sweet treat, and for a snap lockdown, you deserve to get a little more decadent. Melbourne’s iconic Cannoli Bar is offering DIY cannoli kits stuffed with 10 crispy cannoli shells, creamy custard fillings of your choosing and little sprinkly bits to put on top. These cannolis come deconstructed to ensure optimal crispiness and structural integrity. With free delivery for anyone over 10kms away from the Avalon Heights store, this is the perfect way to indulge from home.

For more information, click here.

Experience A Virtual Art Tour At The NGV 

For those of you who planned to visit the new exhibits this weekend, don’t despair-- the NGV has a whole array of interesting and unique gallery experiences on their online platform. Not only can you peruse the art currently filling this Melbourne institution, you can also go back in time and explore exhibitions from the gallery’s past. Rediscover the fantastical 2020 Triennale, the forever relevant ‘KAWS: Companionship in the Age of Loneliness’ exhibition, and the show stopping fashion to come out of ‘Collecting Comme’. There's something for every genre of art-lover, so jump online and get started.

For more information, click here.

Go To Cannes Film Festival At Home With ACMI 

It’s festival season in the film world, and ACMI is celebrating the best cinema to come out of the Cannes festival, one of the biggest annual film festivals in Europe. From well-known hits such as ‘Portrait of a Lady on Fire’ and ‘Parasite’ to brand new releases like ‘Young Ahmed’, ACMI is showing it all on their Cinema 3 streaming service. So grab a glass of french wine, as ACMI brings Cannes to your couch. 

For more information, click here.

Livestream World-Class Classical Music On MSO.Live

Who said lockdown couldn’t be classy? Be swept away by the power of classical music via the MSO.Live streaming service. Don’t tell them we said this, but there is a 7-day free trial, which should get you through this current lockdown (though if you can afford to support this Melbourne institution, please do). Not only do they offer world-class orchestral performances, but they also have ‘behind the score’ segments, which tell the stories and artistic decisions behind every performance. 

For more information, click here.

Visit Museums At Home With Free Virtual Tours 

There’s something so joyful about a trip to the museum, so return to a simpler time by virtually visiting the best museum spaces in Melbourne. Museums Victoria, responsible for Melbourne Museum, Scienceworks and the Immigration Museum, are offering virtual versions of their iconic exhibits. Jump online and explore prehistoric fossils, the first computer, or the inspiring stories of Australians who have immigrated here from all over the world. If you’re after something to get your brain working, each museum also offers a series of puzzles and brain teasers perfect for passing the time.

For more information, click here.

Indulge In Some Cocktail Delivery Kits

Lockdown and booze seem to go hand in hand, so this time round, why not elevate the experience by going beyond your local bottle-o. Cocktail delivery specialists Cocktail Porter are offering specialty cocktail kits shipped straight to your door. Not only can you enjoy a top-notch Espresso Martini or raspberry and mint Mojito from the comfort of your own home, you can become a cocktail-mixing expert while you’re at it. If you’re after a more hands-off approach, bars from around the city, like Richmond’s The Ugly Duckling or Footscray craft brewery Hop Nation are delivering. It’s definitely worth checking out whether you can support your local drinking holes.

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Did you see the new food and drink precinct opening in Moorabbin? 

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