Another week in lockdown, another week of virtual events good enough to make us forget we're in lockdown. If there’s even been a time to try something new—like a dance class you’re too embarrassed to take in real life or a drawing class you just couldn’t find the time for—now is it.
With nothing to lose and nothing much else to do, sign up to one (or all) of these fun things to do in Perth this week.
Monday 6 April
NO LIGHTS NO LYCRA
No Lights No Lycra devotees will be pleased to know they’ve moved the party over to your living room so you can really dance like no one is watching… because honestly, no one is. If you haven’t already downloaded Zoom, get it on your computer or your phone and then join the party.
FREE MEDITATION WITH RUPERT GUENTHER AND TANYA SERVAAS
Life is a bit topsy turvy at the moment, so it’s a good time to check in with yourself and do a bit of deep breathing. If you need a bit of guidance, Rupert Guenther and Tanya Servaas are running free meditation sessions every Monday night at 7:30pm for the next few months. They’ll be focusing on simple and effective methods to keep present, improve relationships and decrease stress, something we could all use right now.
Tuesday 7 April
ONLINE LIFE DRAWING CLASS
If you’ve always wanted to have a crack at life drawing but you’ve been too shy to go to a class, now is the time to try it. Life Drawing in Mount Hawthorn has a great venue with beautiful lighting so you can actually see the model, so all you need to do is grab your tools and start drawing. The model will be semi-draped but please remember, no filming or photography!
Wednesday 8 And Thursday 9 April
LIVE STREAM COOKING CLASSES WITH MATTERS OF TASTE
Cooking skills not really up to scratch for a potential six-month lockdown? Matters of Taste has got you. They launched their first live streamed cooking classes last week and the plan is to run them every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday night going forward. Right now, they’ve got sausage rolls + chocolate mousse, a cauliflower curry, a chicken parma and more on offer, plus they’re taking requests. Jump online to book, it’s only $9.50 a class.
Wednesday 8 April
Healthy Easter Treats Workshop
Kristen Pavis usually runs amazing, health-focused classes and demonstrations in Perth, but amidst all the COVID-19 craziness, she’s moved them online and we couldn’t be happier. Sign up for the Easter cooking class this Thursday and learn to make a healthier spin on hot cross buns, raw chocolate Easter bunnies, chocolate mousse, raw cheesecake and more. All of the recipes are gluten-free, dairy-free and refined sugar-free so feel free to snack away when it’s over.
Host A Virtual Dinner Party
Table and Taste runs an online dinner party club and never has there been a better time to become a member. Each month they send you a menu to cook complete with recipe cards and paired wines (which you have to order yourself, but you get killer deals from Australian wineries). You can register up to 12 members on each membership so sign up, gather your pals and lock in a Zoom date to see who can cook it best.
Get A Sweat Up
Since gyms were forced to close last week, plenty of them have taken to the interwebs to bring you live streamed versions of your favourite classes. Check out our handy list of WA gyms that have gone online or jump on the MindBody app and search ‘virtual’ in your area, you’re sure to find more than enough to keep you sweating right through the weekend.
Learn Something New
If you, like us, tell yourself you’re going to learn a new skill at the start of each new year but instead spend every spare minute out taking in the glorious town that is Perth, now is your chance. You have to stay home, you might as well take some sort of online course. We’ve signed up for Curtin University’s online Noongar Language and Culture course which they are offering for free, but we’ve also found a few more courses you’ll want to take a look at.
Spruce Up Your Home Office
If it looks like you’ll be working from home for a while, you might want to take the time to make your workspace a little more inviting. We’d recommend a few plants from these Perth plant delivery services as well as one of the oil diffuser kits from Heartwood to make it smell as dreamy as it looks; don’t worry, they’re delivering.
Go Armchair Travelling
You might not be heading on that overseas adventure anymore, but you can still go travelling from the comfort of your couch, or your bed, no judgement here. Whether you want to explore national parks in the US, take a digital tour of the Guggenheim Museum, tick off one of the seven wonders of the world or something else entirely, you’re sure to find something to keep you busy for a few hours here. If you need more, check out all the best travel movies on Netflix to feed your wanderlust.
Binge All The Movies And TV Shows
This whole solitude thing is prime time to catch up on all the movies and tv shows you never got around to watching. Luckily for you, we’ve gone and done the hard yards so you can easily work your way through all these lists:
- Best New Movies To Watch On Netflix
- Best Feel Good Movies On Netflix
- Best Comedies On Netflix
- Best New Shows To Watch On Netflix
- Best Documentaries On Netflix
- Best Movies To Watch On Stan
- Best New Shows And Movies To Watch On Stan
- Streaming Services That Aren't Netflix or Stan
And remember, if you don't want to watch on your own, fire up Netflix Party so you can binge-watch with your mates.
A COVID-19 Quarantine Party playlist exists and it may or may not be the only thing standing between your sanity and you losing your marbles this week. You’ll find this bad boy on Spotify and it’s stacked with tunes like Britney Spears’ Toxic, Future’s Mask Off, the Bee Gees’ Stayin’ Alive and the Jonas Brothers’ Burnin’ Up.
Avoiding the office for now? Here’s How To Work From Home Like A Total Pro From Someone Who Does It All Year Long.
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