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How to Keep Busy During Lockdown

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by Adina (subscribe)
I am constantly on the lookout for new and exciting things to do in and around Melbourne. I am passionate about good food and cooking
Published August 15th 2020
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Hi Melbourne,

You're in lockdown (again). I get it, like me, you're wondering how am I going to get through another 6 weeks of this. There's only so much Netflix you can watch and you've already stripped your wardrobe bare of unwanted clothes. Donate any more clothes and you'll have nothing left to wear! Well, if you're staying home it might not be such a bad idea, just check the blinds are down.

So to pull you away from the last 24 strands of hair you haven't yet managed to rip out of your head and help relax those tired legs of yours from having climbed the walls all day, I have compiled a list of things to do that should keep you from going any more cray-cray. Oh, and drinking yourself to numbness isn't one on my list but if you are looking to do that, I won't judge!

Order a fancy meal from Amaru Nothing short of amazing and creative food. Meals come with all the ingredients ready for you to assemble at home. Amaru at Home gives you a small glimpse into the behind the scenes work performed by the talented Amaru crew. These guys are so in tune that your meal even comes with a link to a music playlist to have while you dine in the comfort of your own home. Meals can be paired with matching wines if that is your desire. Gals & guys, dress in your best, and prepare for a romantic night in.

Paint! If you're like me and can't part with your hard earned money on some gorgeous artwork, then have a go at doing it yourself. Pick up some paint, brushes and a canvas from any art & craft store online, like Riot Art or Spotlight and see where your artistic stroke takes you. If you're stuck for painting ideas, seek inspiration from Google. Think beautiful sunsets, sandy beaches or your attention seeking dog or cat! Heck, paint your neighbour's cat if you don't have your own and gift the painting at Christmas time.

Create your own Bingo set This one is my take on the well-known granny Bingo. Cut up paper into squares and label each of them with a number from 1-50. Next create the cards that can be given to players. Do this by listing any 15 numbers from 1-50. You probably only need about 6 in total but you can make more if you want more than one card each. You just need to make sure that each card contains a mix of different numbers. The game starts by each person having their own card. Lay all the squares upside down and one by one a square is turned up to reveal a number. Each player checks their card for that number and the first person to have all the numbers that have been read out yells out Bingo and wins the game. Make sure to include Legs 11!

Take an interactive virtual tour of the National Gallery of Victoria. There are heaps of exhibitions to choose from and what's better, you can view it in the comfort of your own home. View the famous Kaws exhibition or indigenous artwork. Check out their website for a list of all the available interactive exhibitions at Thank you NGV!

Head over to Hamer Hall's website to stream the hilarious variety shows by Ali McGregor. Streamed over two episodes that includes burlesque, comedy and cabaret, it promises to raise your spirits and is available on demand for two weeks.

So I hope this list helps you get through this period. When we come out of it, you can tell everyone all the great things you got up to!
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