There are lots of ways to have fun if you’re online. Here are some things you might enjoy.
Buzz Buddies for 18 to 25s. 18 to 25s with learning disabilities in West Sussex can have some online fun with Buzz Buddies, a collaboration between @ExtratimeBrighton and Gig Buddies. The fun fortnightly online meet-ups include quizzes and games. http://www.extratimebrighton.org.uk/family-events/buzz-buddies-18-25-years/
See Earth from space. You can get a view of the Earth via the NASA International Space Station livestream. The space station passes into darkness for roughly half of its 90 minute orbits, so there’s no video available during these times.
Travel the world with Google Maps. You can climb El Capitan in Yosemete National Park, trek to Everest Base Camp, explore Brazil’s Amazon Basin and more using Google Maps.
Live music online. Local charity Stay Up Late usually provides Gig Buddies for people with learning disabilities or Autism so they can go out to events. Public events are cancelled for the moment, but the Stay Up Late team has come up with a great way of keeping in touch online with the Gig Buddies Coronavirus Fest Facebook page. Here you’ll see all sorts of musicians performing live or you can watch previous shows when you want.
All the fun of the circus. If you love the circus, we’ve got some good news for you! World famous circus company, Cirque du Soleil is sharing a 60 minute video with the best moments from their popular live shows. You can also paint your face like a Cirque du Soleil artist with make-up tutorials and there’s a weekly work-out programme too.
Go to Disney! Disneyland parks may be closed, but you can try lots of the best rides online at the ‘Virtual Disney World’ YouTube channel. You can watch them online or using a VR headset.
Check out Georgia Aquarium. Want to see what the penguins are up to in Georgia Aquarium in the US? Hint – they’re completely oblivious to Coronavirus! You can see them via the aquarium’s webcam here. And if penguin’s aren’t your thing, there are plenty of other webcams including jellyfish, beluga whales and more.
Something for puzzle geeks. The Enigma Emporium is an American company that sells puzzles and games, but you can now download its entire first game, ‘Wish You Were Here’, in pdf format for free. You’ll need a PC or laptop computer to do this, not a mobile phone. We were completely baffled by it, but serious puzzlers or people who love escape rooms will love it. If you get stuck, there are hints on the Enigma website.
Libraries are full of surprises. Libraries are closed at the moment, but did you know you can get free e-books, e-comics and audiobooks if you’re a library member? If you’re not already a member, it’s easy to join online.
- Brighton & Hove: see what the online library service offers here. To join the library service as a new member, click here. The library service is also starting to run online storytelling – the best way to keep in the loop about that is to follow them on Facebook.
- East Sussex: find out what’s available online here. To join as a new member, click here. You can follow the library service on Facebook here.
- West Sussex: you can find out more about the eLibrary Service here. To join up as a new member, click here. Keep in touch with West Sussex libraries via their Facebook page.
More books to read online. American company Books Online has made its collection of over 3000 e-books and e-audio books for available for free. The books are fiction and non-fiction and suitable for all ages. Use this link.
Physical and mental challenges from Volume 1 climbing. Those guys at Volume 1 climbing in Felbridge are keeping their Facebook followers on their toes with some tough but fun physical and mental challenges. Can you do the Bean Balance Banana Boat? You won’t know until you’ve tried…
Amazine – it’s amazing! If you’re a part of Amazing Futures in Brighton & Hove or East Sussex, you can keep up to date with the brand new Amazine, an online zine. You can see the third issue here. There will be a new Amazine every couple of weeks and you can contribute by emailing Amazemagazine1@gmail.com.