If you're looking for free fun things to do online right now, then our list will fulfil your web-surfing needs.
You’ve binged all the trashy reality TV shows, caught up on all the best podcasts, and read our favourite books, but you still need more entertainment? We got your back. Check out our guide to the best free fun things to do online right now.
Fun free things to do online
1. Connect over Discord and online games
The (in)famous Houseparty app may be no longer, but the gamers’ favourite – Discord – isn’t going anywhere! Download this app on your phone or desktop and bring fun without even leaving the house. You can connect with friends and family across the globe over video chat, go on live streams, play digital games, listen to music, and feel the love.
Looking for more online entertainment? Here are our favourite online games to play with friends.
Find out more about Discord.
2. Stay active with online fitness classes
From yoga to HIIT to dance and beyond, you don’t have to leave the house to stay in shape. With lockdown in place, some fitness institutions in Hong Kong have released exclusive deals to help you get moving. One of which is F45 Live, the online version of F45 Training. Everyone affected by quarantine or isolation can sign up for a two-week free access to F45’s live-streamed classes include high intensity workouts, 45-minute bodyweight sessions, amongst others.
Another one of our favourite fitness deals right now is Purecast, the live streaming services provided by Pure360. Offering a three-week free trial for Hongkongers, Purecast features over 120 online live-streamed group classes for you to exercise to at home.
In search of more online workout programmes? Check out our guide to online fitness classes.
3. Enjoy quality performances from the couch with HKAF
From acclaimed operas and classical works, to contemporary ballet and theatre, the 50th Hong Kong Arts Festival (HKAF) simply has it all. Its extensive online programme even allows you to enjoy a variety of shows in the safety and comfort of your own home! Although some require tickets (which are honestly worth paying for), HKAF also offers a selection of free online PLUS programmes, which include conversations with artists, pre-performance talks, exhibitions, and film screenings.
Find out more about Hong Kong Arts Festival.
4. Get creative with Make it in Design
Open to everyone, no matter where in the world you are, Make it in Design has a world of creative resources available. With creative challenges, drawing tasks, and more, this platform is updated weekly to keep you at your creative best.
Find our more about Make it in Design.
5. Download colouring books from libraries across the world
Grab some scrap paper and reuse it by printing out some wonderfully quirky colouring pages from some of the best libraries and museums. We particularly love the beautiful flowers from the Botanical Research Institute of Texas and the interesting characters in the Rare Book and Manuscript CRAI Library at University of Barcelona Colouring Book.
Find the colouring books online.
6. Send photo postcards with Postagram
Take things old school and write a letter in a modern way. Postagram lets you send personalised photo postcards to friends and family all across the world.
Download Postagram on iOS devices.
7. Take a look at Art Basel Online Viewing Rooms
Get some culture in ya as you take in wonderful art from around the world thanks to the online Art Basel viewing rooms. That’s right, you don’t even need to leave your armchair to see the best photography, painting, and sculpture these days!
Enter the Art Basel viewing rooms.
8. Get schooled (by an Ivy League University)
Whether your idea of fun and education is design, computer science, religion, personal development or mathematics, you’ll find a course to keep you interested. Ivy League Universities such as Harvard, Cambridge, and MIT have a range of free courses to keep you entertained so you can add something new to the learning bank or CV.
9. Learn how to dance with Twinkle Dance Company
Wanna learn ballet, jazz dance, or even some snazzy K-pop choreography? Hong Kong-based dance school, Twinkle Dance Company, offers a variety of live stream and interactive dance classes for kids and adults – some come free from time to time, too! All you need to do is set up your computer, clear some space, and you’ll be cha-cha-cha-ing your way through lockdown.
Find out more about Twinkle Dance Company.
10. Take part in virtual pub quizzes
Are you up for a challenge? See if you’re the smartest in the (virtual) room by joining a pub quiz online. Browse the upcoming online pub quizzes on Eventbrite and get ready to connect with others across the world. But, don’t forget to note any time differences!
When social distancing restrictions relax (*cries*), you’ll find us at these pub quizzes in Hong Kong.