Keeping yourself occupied in lockdown can become costly if you don’t keep a check on it. Do you really need all that expensive cooking equipment? How long will that new tracksuit really keep you amused for?
Here’s a handful of things to do on your own or with a mate or partner that won’t dramatically diminish your bank balance, from arthouse cinema and customised plant arrangements to virtual art galleries and Pilates on demand.
Rent a movie (or three) from Golden Age Cinema
Tired of Netflix but can’t make it to the movies in person? Surry Hills cinema hub Golden Age is offering online rentals that closely reflect its expertly curated programming. Whether you’re after a dark international comedy like French oddity Deerskin or the postcard from New York’s Chinatown Lucky Grandma, or an empowering local documentary like Brazen Hussies or Girls Can’t Surf, the diverse slate of films can be enjoyed from your own couch for under $10 each (with some even under $5). So if you still haven’t gotten around to seeing the recent Oscar favourites Minari or Another Round, not to mention older picks such as David Lynch’s mind-bending mood piece Mulholland Drive and the original Suspiria, you’re in for a treat. Golden Age Cinema Movie Night
Visit the Archibald Prize at AGNSW
This year’s contenders for Australia’s most iconic portrait prize are currently hanging at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, but don’t stress if restrictions are keeping you from a physical visit. The entire exhibition – along with the finalists for the Wynne and Sulman Prizes, which honour the best landscape painting of Australian scenery (or figure sculpture), and the best subject painting, genre painting or mural project respectively – can be absorbed in virtual form via the gallery website. With 360-degree views and ample opportunity for zooming in, this self-guided tour does away with crowds altogether. Spend as long as you want browsing, and read each and every label at your leisure too. Archibald Prize at AGNSW
Knot at Darkfield Radio
The ambitious creative teams behind the high-tension shipping-container shows Seance and Flight have done it again with Knot, a 360-degree audio experience in three parts. It’s even interactive: it starts on a park bench, continues in the passenger seat of your car and finishes at home. The immersive cyclical story is steeped in suspense and terror, unfolding entirely within your headphones and mobile phone. It’s like being dropped directly into an after-hours choose-your-own adventure that will raise your pulse and give you something to tell your friends about for months to come. Sessions are only available on weekends, so block out a couple hours and strap yourself in. And if you’re nervous about doing it alone, there are ticket options for pairs. Knot at Darkfield Radio
The Spring Collective workout classes on demand
Seaford-based Pilates studio The Spring Collective is now hosting its Pilates experience online. Individual sessions focus on everything from core strength and stretching to building up your glutes and biceps. The programs come in quick, easily digestible portions, with lots of options to choose from. Live classes come with the package too, so there’s always something new on offer. There’s even a free seven-day trial so you can dive in without commitment. The Spring Collective
Build a terrarium with Little Succers
One for after lockdown lifts: adopting a lolly-bar approach to compact plant habitats, Little Succers is now hosting its popular DIY pop-ups in its new Neutral Bay digs (opposite The Oaks). The 90-minute sessions encourage you to pick out a unique combination of vase, soil, pebbles and extras – in addition to the perky succulents. The $20 booking fee will be deducted from your final bill, which depends entirely on the size and complexity of your finished mini-garden. This class needs to be done in person, but you can buy a voucher ahead of time in anticipation of restrictions being eased. In the meantime, you could purchase a DIY kit to do at home starting at $85. Little Succers
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