We will endeavour to keep this zone updated with recommendations and links to the best ideas we come across aimed at occupying yourself and those you may find yourself isolated and quarantined with for a 14-day period. We’re here with you, Hopeland!
What Are You in the Mood For?
- Distracting my toddler
- Projects and games with primary-aged kids
- Activities for grown-ups
- Working from home
“Confession time, I’m a huge fan of leadership and personal development books. I love them and one I recently finished which is really good is Originals by Adam Grant. I often feel like the black sheep and don’t really fit into a box, this book was excellent. It is all about non-conformists thriving in their workplace — a really good read. If you are looking for some bonus reads, Seth Godin’s This is Marketing is actually much more about communication and how to do that effectively,” -Duncan from Breakfast with Sam & Duncan
“Parks & Recreation on Stan. If you liked The Office, it’s the same mockumentary-style of TV but more feel good. Leslie Knope is a likeable and inspiring lead, and all of the supporting characters are well developed. I don’t usually laugh out loud, but it’s impossible not to with this show. Ron Swanson is the greatest television character ever (closely followed by Michael Scott and Phil Dunphy). But a word of warning: start at Season 2. Season 1 was rubbish. You haven’t missed anything essential if you jump ahead,” -Ally, producer of Breakfast with Sam & Duncan
Breakfast with Sam & Duncan, Tuesday 17 March, Hopeland sharing self-isolation recommendations (7:55)
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Need to Keep the Kids Busy?
40+ Best Indoor Activities from Busy Toddler by Busytoddler.com
Dr. Suess has a whole online world of fun at seussville.com — kids can explore, watch and play
Our talented Mornings announcer Katrina Roe is sharing her talents as an author and reading one of her books! Grab the kids — they’ll love it!
Old fashion board games. If you don’t have any, check out Facebook Marketplace for second-hand options near you.
- ‘The Game of Life’ and ‘Monopoly’ both have junior and adult versions
- ‘Jumanji’ has made a resurgence
- You could DIY ‘Jenga’ blocks, which would give you a home project before you even get to the game playing
Activities for grown-ups
Former Hope 103.2 Announcer is Hosting Online Improv Comp
“This online improvisation competition is a creative, engaging, battle of the thespians! Actors will compete against one another in a series of improvisation styled games. Competitors will need access to a webcam, audio, and the platform, “Zoom”.” Starts April 20. Check out how you can get involved here.
“I love jigsaw puzzles, so will be getting a difficult one out — it’ll give me something fun to focus on in my downtime other than just Netflix! I also used to do a lot of art but in recent years have not been able to find the time so I might try and reboot my art skills during this time and get some practice in!” -Lucy, Hope Media marketing coordinator
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As well as watching Broadway musicals from the comfort of your home, you could also try searching for local artists and entertainers to see if they’re offering any online concerts, shows or products to break up the isolation and support local businesses and sole traders — the entertainment industry is being hit pretty hard by all of the new restrictions.
Insider has put together a list of 22 ways to leave home without actually leaving the couch, from virtual zoo exhibits to museum gallery tours
There is also the Google Arts and Culture website and app, where you can explore different galleries and landmarks from around the world.
Thanks to @EvolveEventsAustralia:
Working from Home
On Breakfast with Sam & Duncan, the team saw a thread on a Facebook group: “For everyone trying to work from home with kids right now: Tell us something your kids are doing, but call them your coworkers.”
My co-worker kept flipping the light switch on and off while I was on a vidcon, making it look as though i was in the Blair Witch Project. – Chrissy
My coworkers insisted on watching me pee – Amy
Today my coworker collected dead bugs and built LEGO houses for them. – Justine
My co workers keep calling me ‘Mummy’ every 5 minutes. –Emily
My coworker keeps coming into the conference room naked – Jess
My coworker had a meltdown when I told him “No” after biting me, i need to make an incident report to HR – Gigi
What’s your ‘home coworker’ doing? Share it on our Facebook with #KeepCalmHopeland
From our friends at Hancock Creative
Founder and director Alecia Hancock offers her expertise: ‘Tips for working remotely/digitally in 2020’.
A clever mother on Facebook shared this #lifehack
“I’m working from home for the next 3 weeks. I have ONE child. Y’all mommas with one child know how bored they can get ? During my working hours the store is open. He can buy TV time, Xbox time and game time. Obviously next week we’ll start a home curriculum in place of school and this will change up a little!”