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Time In: The best things to do at home

Stuck in your home? Bring the Melbourne fun indoors with our guide on the best things to do at home

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The coronavirus pandemic means those of us who can are spending a lot more time at home. But that doesn't mean it's just you and the couch forever. Our beloved restaurants, bars, breweries, artists, comedians, creatives and entrepreneurs are figuring out ways for you to experience the best of the city while still staying safe. We've collected the best ways for you to experience Melbourne while staying at home here into this hub, so you can stay sane, comfortable, fed, watered and entertained at home – while helping small business owners, hospitality workers and creative people who desperately need your business.

You'll find everything from comprehensive roundups of the best films on streaming services to creative ways Melbourne's institutions are making their offerings available to those doing their bit and staying home. We've also got plenty of inspo for you to read to start planning your days for when you do get back out there. Read on for great tips for Time In, as recommended by Time Out editors.   

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Food and drink

Restaurants and bars now doing takeaway in Melbourne
Restaurants

Restaurants and bars now doing takeaway in Melbourne

Restaurants and bars now selling groceries in Melbourne
Restaurants

Restaurants and bars now selling groceries in Melbourne

Alcohol delivery services in Melbourne
Shopping

Alcohol delivery services in Melbourne

Daughter In Law and Mrs Singh are donating their takings to staff ineligible for government help
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Daughter In Law and Mrs Singh are donating their takings to staff ineligible for government help

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Stream something

Virtual Drop-by Drawing
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Virtual Drop-by Drawing

Live: Sundays at 9.30am For those looking to turn their self-isolation into self-improvement, the NGV has launched online drawing classes to turn you into Australia’s next top draughtsman. The gallery has taken its existing Drop-by Drawing program and upgraded it for online. The four-part virtual series will see Victorian artists like Minna Gilligan, Lily Mae Martin and Kenny Pittock showing you how to draw using step-by-step instructions.

BangPop Virtual Cooking Classes
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BangPop Virtual Cooking Classes

Live: Sat Apr 18 at 11am Melbourne Thai restaurant BangPop is running online Thai cooking classes to help feed and entertain you during the shutdowns. BangPop is no stranger to cooking classes, having previously run them IRL out of the restaurant. They’ve adapted these classes for online, using Zoom to remotely teach budding chefs how to cook classic Thai dishes like pad thai and green papaya salad.

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Melbourne Aquarium livestreams
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Melbourne Aquarium livestreams

Live: Usually twice a week Even though Melbourne Sea Life Aquarium is shut, it doesn’t mean the hard work of its team of aquarists and divers can’t be shared with the people of Melbourne. Following on from a successful live stream of fish feeding, the aquarium is now running more behind the scenes content and Q&As on its Facebook page. Check out Sea Life's Facebook page for more.

OneSixOne Livestreams
Music

OneSixOne Livestreams

Live: Friday and Saturday nights from 7pm to 11pm Saturday nights on Chapel Street are noticeably quieter than normal at the moment. It takes more than Covid to shut down the party, however, with DJs at nightclub OneSixOne taking the good times online. Every Friday and Saturday night, OneSixOne DJs will be livestreaming sets straight from the club to your house.

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Virtual tours

Take a virtual tours of the NGV’s biggest exhibitions
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Take a virtual tours of the NGV’s biggest exhibitions

Visit Melbourne's museums with these virtual tours
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Visit Melbourne's museums with these virtual tours

Visit the Royal Botanic Gardens virtually
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Visit the Royal Botanic Gardens virtually

Explore this dreamy Melbourne art installation online
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Explore this dreamy Melbourne art installation online

Watch something else

Aussie comedians are streaming their MICF comedy specials
News

Aussie comedians are streaming their MICF comedy specials

Explore this free library of films online
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Explore this free library of films online

Watch the Japanese Film Festival online
Film

Watch the Japanese Film Festival online

Watch the Jewish International Film Festival at home
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Watch the Jewish International Film Festival at home

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Pass the time

Learn to play the guitar
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Learn to play the guitar

Download books, music and photos from the State Library
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Download books, music and photos from the State Library

Learn about how to date in the time of physical distancing
Things to do

Learn about how to date in the time of physical distancing

Get free delivery on books thanks to Readings
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Get free delivery on books thanks to Readings

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How to help Melbourne

How to support Melbourne locals right now
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How to support Melbourne locals right now

How to support Melbourne restaurants and bars
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How to support Melbourne restaurants and bars

Adopt a rescue animal
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Adopt a rescue animal

Pay it forward and buy a sandwich for the homeless
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Pay it forward and buy a sandwich for the homeless

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Something for the kids

The best kids' shows to stream online right now
Kids

The best kids' shows to stream online right now

Utilise the NGV's online activities for kids
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Utilise the NGV's online activities for kids

Go on a bear hunt around Melbourne
News

Go on a bear hunt around Melbourne

School holiday activities to do at home
Kids

School holiday activities to do at home

FAQs about Melbourne

Things you might not know about Victoria's ‘stay at home’ restrictions
News

Things you might not know about Victoria's ‘stay at home’ restrictions

Things you need to know about Victorian farmers markets
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Things you need to know about Victorian farmers markets