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8 virtual events for a good giggle

Life in lockdown has never been so busy! We’ve been getting out and about via these awesome virtual events. There are galleries to explore, fitness classes to sweat it out over, intimate concerts, virtual theme parks and even singalongs. Check them out.

#1 Concerts and cabaret galore!

Missing your regular hit of culture and arts? Don’t worry, The Social Distancing Festival offers a whole calendar of virtual arts events you can stream online. Virtually attend comedies, cabarets, concerts, art exhibitions and more. Theatre fans will love Broadway HD, a streaming service that brings hit productions from Broadway and the West End straight into your living room. From 2 April onwards, the National Theatre in London will release a new play every Thursday. It’ll be free to watch for one week along with bonus content including cast and creative Q&As and post-stream talks.

More: socialdistancingfestival.com | broadwayhd.com | nationaltheatre.org.uk

#2 Good news and positive vibes

Bored of watching your friends do push-ups in their living room? Follow the likes of Chrissy Teigen, Miley Cyrus, John Krasinski and Ryan Reynolds on social media for some comical and uplifting content. We are loving John Krasinski’s Good News YouTube show. Likewise, Hollywood’s keeping the wheels turning with a line-up of virtual shows and star-studded interviews. You can still catch Jimmy Kimmel, Conan, and The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon as they link up with celebrity guests from home.

More: John Krasinski | Jimmy Kimmel | Conan | Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon

#3 Get fit with Chris Hemsworth

From yoga to CrossFit, today’s online workout options are endless. In a positive twist for our waistlines, loads of famous fitness brands have made their content free. What could be more fun than getting fit with Chris Hemsworth and his team? He has granted a six-week free trial to Centr, his personalised health and fitness app. Here are a few others that offer virtual fitness events, each comes tried and tested and with a badge of approval from the EL team!

More: Centr by Chris Hemsworth | Les Mills | Lululemon | Rumble

#4 Virtually attend Disneyland’s latest park parade

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. Pop it on the TV and get ready to spot all your Disney favourites.

#5 Exclusive museum tours

Imagine seeing the Mona Lisa without the crowds. Sounds like heaven right? Some of the world’s most incredible museums, from the Louvre in Paris to New York’s Guggenheim – in fact, hundreds of galleries and museums – are offering virtual tours from the comfort of your couch. You’re never too old to revisit the diplodocus and other childhood favourites at the Natural History Museum.

More: louvre.fr | guggenheim.org | nhm.ac.uk

#6 Zoos of the world

San Diego Zoo and Sydney’s famous Taronga Zoo are among many that are bringing the wild and wacky to us. Watch pandas play and lions laze from the 24/7 live feeds in the animal enclosures. There are also interesting talks and virtual events by animal experts. If seaside scenes are more your vibe, the Vancouver Aquarium has jellyfish and otter cams ready for the big screen.

More: sandiegozoo.org | taronga.org.au | zoo.org.au | vanaqua.org

#7 Houseparty

Odds are you’ve already downloaded this app and caught up with pals from all over, but for those late to the party (pun intended), the Houseparty 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. For other great games, we suggest Scrabble Go!, UNO, Mario Kart Tour – all free to download in your app store.

#8 We hear whispers of a couch choir…

Choirs bring us all the feels – from pub choirs to our favourite Hong Kong choir, the Unsung Heroes. Now, we’re thrilled to hear the rumbles of Hong Kong’s very own couch choir. It’s coming! This is one virtual event not to be missed. Singers of all ages and abilities will be welcome. So, warm up that throat and watch our Facebook page for the formal update.

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