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Some new activities for those long nights at home
Evenings at home under curfew can become monotonous. There's only so much Netflix a person can take. So here's a week's worth of nightly activities - new ideas - to mix things up a bit and to really enjoy those nights in.

Inside Sets
Source: Inside Sets Facebook

1. Live Gigs - Kind of

We've all seen those televised live shows during lockdown where there's no audience. It's just not the same and incredibly hard for the performers who normally feed off audience reactions.

In this new concept of Inside Sets, you get to send your presence and your energy. Your face is on a screen in front of the artist as if you were at a real gig. And your favourite artists can see you. So sing along, smile, dance, and show these artists you care.

INSIDE tickets are limited to 500 per show so if you want the full experience, get in quick before tickets sell out. Gigs include Rove McManus & Friends Comedy Gala, former triple j presenter Matt Okine and friends. Plus many other events.

Click here for tickets. Priced from $25 to $40 with some of the money going toward indigenous scholarships. There's even VIP tickets, where you'll have a whole screen to yourself in the very front row, and some lucky ticket holders will get to virtually meet and greet the performer.

Or you can go incognito and just watch. The beauty of technology .

​2. A Night in the Bathtub

Once seen, never forgotten. This short bathtub version of Swan Lake is entrancing.

Follow with your own soak in the tub surrounded by candles. Turn up Tchaikovsky and shake your tail feather.

Free on YouTube.

3. Dinner and a Movie

Source: SBS Jean-Philippe Gaud's Tazzeka is beautifully simple and engaging. In his first feature length film, Gaud lovingly presents Moroccan cuisine in mouth-watering detail while gently mixing into the narrative themes of loss, love and family obligation.

SBS specialises in great movies and food shows. And they have come up with an excellent replacement to the classic date night duo. They've paired recipes with movies so you make the food and then enjoy it while movie watching.

Examples include Bicycle Thieves, set in Rome, with the Italian classic snack Arancini. The heartwarming movie Noodle, with a fragrant bowl of chicken and rice noodles on your lap. You get the picture. For the full list click here.

Or theme it yourself. The Blues Brothers goes well with fried chicken and as for the movie Chocolat, well, that's an easy one.

4.Shake it Out at a Night Club

Miss jostling on the dance club floors in the wee hours of the morning? Well, how about a silent disco. Make a playlist of your favourite songs, grab your headphones, get your dancing shoes on, and turn up the volume. Dance away. If you have a few housemates, this could even be funny. Or tune into the exciting world of Berlin's nightclubs.

united we stream
Source: Facebook United We Stream

5.Fine Dining

Replicate at home, even if you do end up getting takeaway. Take it out of the containers, get out a tablecloth and set the table as though you were having a romantic dinner - candles, flowers, table mats, the good crockery and a romantic playlist for background ambiance. I can recommend Fair Feed. Inexpensive dishes you order in, cooked by out of work chefs from some of Melbourne's top restaurants. Deliveries are also by out of work hospitality staff who are doing it tough. Contactless delivery.

Some of Melbourne's most innovative restaurants, including Chin Chin, Hawker Hall, Baby Pizza and Kisumé (Australia's best contemporary Japanese restaurants), have banded together to now offer home delivery through Lucas Restaurants Room Service. Click here.

6. Friday Night Drinks with Workmates

Source Kubarz website

Our Friday night drinks with workmates are something we miss. There are plenty of ways to attend virtual drink nights, including Zoom sessions. Have a drink on hand. You can improvise with a "Quarantini," a mixed drink, containing whatever liquor you have on hand.

Or how about doing a virtual cocktail class with work mates? There are plenty of these around where they post you the liquor. Click here. But a cheaper version is through Kurbarz, where instead of sending the booze, they send you the cocktail making equipment, as you probably have the ingredients like a bottle of gin in your house (unless you drank it all). The eight-piece cocktail kit is delivered directly to you and the price includes shipping or you can just do the class using your own equipment for $35. For information click here.

7. Netflix Party with Friends

Okay, I've come back to Netflix but not in the traditional sense. Netflix Party is a social event where you watch your favourite shows with your friends or distant family. They might be in the next suburb or in in a different state.

The free Netflix Party app synchronises video playback and adds group chat to what you watch together. Some 10,000,000 people use Netflix Party to link up with friends and host long distance movie nights and TV watch parties.

Netflix Party doesn't work on smartphones, so you'll need a laptop or a desktop computer. While the app is free, attendees must have Netflix accounts. But hey, those lonely Netflix nights just got a lot more social. For instructions click here or see below.

There are other sites out there that also allow you to use other streaming services including Stan and YouTube. If you are heavily into watch parties, you might want to take a look here.
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