Looking for things to do in the weeks ahead? Even though we can’t get out as much right now or attend events and concerts like we used to, with the power of the internet, there are online events, activities, live streams and virtual tours that we can still enjoy. Here are some to check out!
Enjoy a performance
- This year’s Jazz in July at the Esplanade will be live-streamed from 8 to 31 July. Viewers can look forward to performances by 43 jazz artists. Watch them on Esplanade Offstage and Esplanade’s Facebook page daily (8pm) – vocal performances from Saturdays to Mondays and instrumental duos the rest of the week.
- ArtScience Museum is showing a new series of micro-commissioned local films. Watch them on the ArtScience Museum’s website and social media channels.
- The Singapore Symphony Orchestra has rolled out a three-month digital season. Head to SSOPlayOn! and keep updated about upcoming online events on the SSO’s YouTube, Facebook and Spotify channels.
- Explore a variety of arts-related content on Esplanade Off Stage. There’s all types of things to check out, from videos of past shows to articles and podcasts.
- Watch past productions by The Necessary Stage on their Vimeo page.
- Sistic has launched #StageOnScreen where you can get access to full-length and short clips of performances, concerts and orchestras.
- The Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA) has gone virtual! Enjoy all sorts of digital events, from talks and workshops to performances on their new site until the end of the year.
- Sing along with Broadway stars performing from their homes as part of Broadway World’s Living Room Concerts.
- Since March, Billboard has been hosting Live At-Home concerts. Past performers include Hunter Hayes, Hozier and Meghan Trainor. What’s more, all performers have chosen a non-profit organisation to support during their livestreams. Watch them on the Billboard Facebook page.
- Catch stars singing from their homes on MTV’s Unplugged at Home. Watch now on the MTV’s YouTube channel.
- Watch past seasons of concerts by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.
- The Social Distancing Festival features a calendar of upcoming arts events to stream online from comedies, cabarets, concerts, art exhibitions and more.
- The Met has launched a free series of past performances called Nightly Met Opera Streams. They are available for 23 hours after each broadcast. Access the schedule on The Metropolitan Opera website.
- The Royal Opera House has created a schedule of free broadcasts and live content that audiences can access for free anywhere, anytime across the globe. Watch them on their YouTube channel.
- The National Theatre has launched free full-length plays on its YouTube channel for all to enjoy. A new play is uploaded every Thursday and free to watch for one week.
- Watch Cirque du Soleil performances online for free! Shows are released weekly on their YouTube channel.
- UK online music broadcasting company Boiler Room has launched a new live series Streaming From Isolation, which features sets from different DJs and artists performing from their homes. Watch them on their YouTube channel.
- Let’s face it, big kids and little kids get a kick out of a trip to Disneyland. Now, you can virtually visit the happiest place on earth and witness the joy of the latest park parade. The best bit? There’s no need to jostle for position. While parks are shut, Disneyland has kindly created a virtual viewing of the super-joyful Magic Happens Parade. You’ll also be able to find shortened versions of other past parades on the Disney Parks YouTube channel. Besides these, there are loads of videos of rides and strolls through Disney parks on the web.
- Watch free films and documentaries that were screened during past editions of the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam.
- Films For Action has also compiled a list of 100 free documentaries on social change that you can watch on their website.
Tour a museum (or a famous landmark!)
- The Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre has launched a series of online programmes for the Dragon Boat Festival (also known as the Dumpling Festival). They include videos on how to make rice dumplings, a fun animation video about the festival’s origins and an interactive online game Bak Chang Hunt.
- Google Arts and Culture is packed full of interesting content. You’ll be able to view digital exhibitions and go on virtual tours at renowned museums and galleries across the world, from the Louvre in Paris to New York’s Guggenheim. There are also street art tours and tours of famous landmarks, from street views of the Sydney Opera House to The Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt.
- The Singapore Philatelic Museum may be closed until 2021 for a revamp, but we still have access to virtual tours on their website.
- The Asian Civilisations Museum has rolled out a series of online offerings, from virtual tours of their collections and fun craft sessions to family-friendly online programmes during the weekend.
- Enjoy a series of online programmes by the ArtScience Museum. They include guided exhibition tours and workshops.
- The Singapore Art Museum (SAM) has launched #MuseumFromHome, giving access to a great lineup of content, from digital programmes and virtual art experiences to art activities and educational resources.
- Affordable Art Fair has launched a series of online exhibitions featuring artists and galleries from their postponed fairs across the world.
- Head to the NASA website and go on a tour of the International Space Station and other cool spots.
- The Singapore Book Council (SBC) has launched an online Book Illustrators Gallery (BIG) as part of the Asian Festival of Children’s Content. With close to 200 illustrations from 13 countries around the region, BIG is a cool place to explore new cultures and view the best of picture book illustrations from around Asia. Check it out now.
Go to the zoo
- San Diego Zoo and Melbourne Zoo are amongst many zoos that are entertaining us from our sofas. Watch the animals as they go about their day through 24/7 live feeds.
- Aquariums like the Vancouver Aquarium and Monterey Bay Aquarium also have jellyfish, otter and penguin cams.
Travel from home
- Tick off your bucket list with Google Earth or Google Street View, a virtual representation of interactive panoramas from positions along many streets in the world.
- Keen for the outdoors? Explore.org has up to 100 livestream webcams set up in national parks and wildlife sanctuaries around the world that you can view at any given moment – including the spellbinding Northern Lights!
- For those who were eagerly awaiting spring break or who miss a good night out, Ushuaïa Ibiza has launched #StayAtHomeSessions on Facebook – a re-stream of some of 2019’s best DJ sets from Ibiza, to bring the party atmosphere into your homes!
- Travel to Western Europe with Visit Monaco’s virtual tours. Enjoy 360-degree views of its streets and landmarks, including Hotel de Paris Monte-Carlo.
- Travel company andBeyond has launched a live streaming service where viewers can enjoy wildlife sightings on Instagram Live and interactive three-hour safaris twice a day on YouTube and Facebook.
- Go on a virtual trip around the world with withlocals! You’ll get learn about different cultures and enjoy activities such as workshops and cooking classes with local hosts.
- VisitNSW has launched a collection of digital jigsaw puzzles featuring beautiful landscapes in New South Wales. Have a go now!
- Expedia has rolled out a “Travel from Home” virtual tours series, featuring nature, cultural, educational and entertainment experiences plus online lessons and guided tours by locals.
Become a master chef
- If you’re a novice in the kitchen, Tasty and Yummly are popular favourites with easy to follow videos; their apps can also be customised to your personal preferences.
- Jamie Oliver and BigOven also have endless recipes to try.
Play some games!
- During your next Zoom meet-up, check out Locked Up, a new and thrilling virtual escape room! Put together in just a week by the team at EscapeMyRoom, it works a little differently than most ones – you can only communicate using instant messaging. Best of all, it’s free to play!
- Odds are you’ve already downloaded the Houseparty app and caught up with pals from all over, but for those late to the party (pun intended), this app is a must! Allowing up to eight people to join a virtual hangout complete with games, this is all you need to keep the family reunions going and your social life afloat.
- We also suggest Family Style, Scrabble Go!, UNO and Mario Kart Tour that are free on the app store and online games such as Codenames (word-based team game) and Skribbl.io (similar to Draw Something).
- If you loved Neopets as a child, get excited as they’ve just launched a free beta mobile site! Check it out now.
- Cool online classes to check out include UFIT‘s virtual classes, Evolve at Home with Evolve MMA, Fitness at Home series with Fitness First Singapore and Classpass (free access to workout videos plus pay-as-you-go livestream classes). Under Armour has also uploaded a variety of workout videos on its YouTube channel.
- Or take part in a virtual race like the Star Wars Virtual Run (15 June to 30 September). Register online and clock your distances.