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Six things to do this weekend (that aren’t sitting on the couch)

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Welcome to your fifth weekend in lockdown, Canberra!

We know you’ve probably already done the spring cleaning (maybe even twice) and you’re likely starting to run out of at-home projects to keep you busy.

As spring brings the warmer weather, we’ve put together another list of things you can do to fill in the time, bring you some entertainment and feel more relaxed this weekend.

Get outdoors

While the ACT Government has encouraged everyone to stay in their local area, the slight easing of restrictions to allow for one household of any size or up to five people to gather outdoors for up to two hours per day for exercise or non-organised recreation creates more opportunities to get outdoors!

The warmer, sunny weather today is the perfect opportunity to grab the picnic blanket and head out for some sunshine and have a little picnic with up to four friends. If you’re looking for a great location for a COVID-safe picnic we’ve rounded up the best spots across the region here.

If picnicking isn’t your thing, explore your local area by going on a walk you haven’t done before or do an outdoor workout with a friend at a local oval or park. Click here for walks in your local area.

Relax at home

If you’ve had enough walking or want to slow down for a more relaxing weekend, why not set up an afternoon of pampering?

Light a candle, run a bath and pop a face mask on. If you don’t have a face mask lying in the bottom of your bathroom drawer or at the back of your cupboard you can grab one in your grocery shop.

Alternatively, you can try a DIY Face Mask! Combine one teaspoon of turmeric and one tablespoon of honey and apply to a clean, dry face for 15-20 minutes before rinsing with lukewarm water for an anti-inflammatory and brightening at-home solution.

If avocado is more your style or you’re looking for a hydrating mask, combine ¼ of a ripe avocado, one tablespoon of rolled oats and one tablespoon of manuka or raw honey in a bowl until blended well.

Apply this to a clean, dry face for up to 10 minutes before rinsing with lukewarm water.

Get crafty

The National Gallery of Australia (NGA) has opened up their online resources to allow you to explore the gallery without leaving your home.

With virtual exhibitions, at-home activities and on-demand talks there is plenty of content to keep you entertained and inspired!

The Art from Home program is great if you’re looking for a way to get the kids involved. Using materials you can find at home, there is a range of downloadable activities that can spark your inner creative genius from the comfort of your own home.

You can find all the Art from Home resources, talks and virtual exhibitions at

Host an online games night

If social connection is the number one thing you are craving at the moment, why not set up an online games night or experience?

There are so many apps and websites you can utilise based on what you’re interested in.

If you want to take the thinking and planning out of putting your own trivia questions or activity together, Amazing Co have so many options available at an affordable price! Murder Mystery Party at Westcott Manor, anybody?

Movie night, anyone?

Is there a better time to pull out the blankets and popcorn and snuggle up on the couch for a movie night? We don’t think so!

Choose an old favourite, new release or set yourself up for the ultimate Harry Potter Marathon. If you’re looking to add a social element to it consider setting up a virtual watch party with friends.

Streaming services such as Amazon and Disney+ have in-built features just for this! Want to know what to watch? Click here for this week’s picks.

Virtual girls night in

Sometimes you just need a glass of wine and a good chat with the girls.

Set up a Zoom call or FaceTime with your besties, order from your favourite restaurant and talk about anything from the latest coming out of the world of pop culture (Kylie Jenner has confirmed she’s pregnant again after all!), to the things you’ve learnt about your neighbours during lockdown.

If you’re looking for a deeper level of conversation or a way to reconnect Shameless Podcast released four questions for reconnecting with a loved one. These can be great conversation starters while also leading to a more meaningful conversation!

  1. What do you like—and dislike—most in people?
  2. What’s your biggest vulnerability?
  3. How do you feel about the saying “live life with no regrets? Do you have regrets?
  4. What’s one thing you hope to never forget?

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