All the world’s a stage!

If you’re bored of streaming the same-old TV series, step inside some of the most beautiful theatres, concert halls, and opera houses in the world and experience the grandeur and drama of these iconic venues.

The National Theatre

The theatre will be streaming past performances from the vaults for free on its YouTube channel. Starting April 2, a new play will be available to watch every week, beginning with “One Man, Two Guvnors,” starring James Corden.

The National Theatre at Home program will also feature bonus content including cast and creative Q&As and post-stream talks. Other plays to look forward to over the coming weeks include “Jane Eyre,” “Treasure Island” and Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night,” starring Tamsin Greig.

https://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/

 

Vienna State Opera

Another of the world’s great opera houses, the Wiener Staatsoper, is now streaming previously recorded operas and ballets. Experience great opera and ballet at home – worldwide and for FREE!  Enjoy top-class performances with renowned singers and great conductors in different casts.

After registration at www.staatsoperlive.com the subscription can be booked free of charge until further notice.

https://www.wiener-staatsoper.at/

 

Berlin Philharmonic

The legendary Berlin Philharmonic is essentially playing house concerts with no door charge. Register for free 30-day access to the orchestra’s Digital Concert Hall, and you can take in hundreds of stunning performances from your couch.

https://www.digitalconcerthall.com/en/live

 

Sydney Opera House

Sydney Opera House is an Australian icon and one of the busiest performing arts centres in the world.

Even if you’ve never been to Sydney Harbour, you know those soaring white sails, and now’s your chance to take a peek inside.  Tour the Sydney Opera House in 360°.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_hunddVoMjo

As Covid-19 continues to spread, more people are self-isolating, practising social distancing or in quarantine, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still take in some of the world’s most popular attractions. A number of tourism hot spots are opening a virtual door to their facilities free of charge, allowing the public to enjoy popular locations without leaving their living rooms.

Here are a few virtual “field trips” you can take for free without leaving your home.

The Louvre

Visit the museum’s exhibition rooms and galleries and contemplate the facades of the Louvre. You can browse a selection of virtual tours based on the Louvre’s permanent collections, from the Galerie d’Apollon to its impressive Egyptian antiquities. An expandable mini-map allows you to highlight exhibits you want to see with just a few clicks, and there are detailed descriptions for each room.

Come along on a virtual tour and enjoy the view.

https://www.louvre.fr/en/visites-en-ligne

The Vatican

The Vatican is host to hundreds of spectacular artworks, history artefacts and superb architecture. From Raphael’s Rooms to the Sistine Chapel, even going on a virtual tour is an impressive experience. If you have a VR headset, you can get an even closer experience, as the tour is compatible with WebVR.

http://www.museivaticani.va/content/museivaticani/en/collezioni/musei/tour-virtuali-elenco.html

Sistine Chapel

Instilling a sense of wonder in everyone who enters, the 15th-century Sistine Chapel is most renowned for Michelangelo’s ceiling frescoes. You’ll have them (and the rest of the place) to yourself if you visit virtually.

http://www.museivaticani.va/content/museivaticani/en/collezioni/musei/cappella-sistina/tour-virtuale.html

The Taj Mahal

The Taj Mahal is one of the most lavish and romantic architectural tributes on earth.  Watch this video to see how the marble exterior seems to change colour throughout the day, from early-morning pinks to dusky blues, while the persistent thrum of tour groups makes the scene that much more realistic.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=665AHTNpf2o

The Palace of Versailles

Escape to the gilded (and expansive) palace of Versailles, home to French King Louis XVI and Queen Marie Antoinette.  Explore their extravagant (separate) bedchambers, saunter through the Hall of Mirrors, gaze at the pastel ceiling of the Royal Opera House and follow the gravel paths of the renowned royal gardens.

https://artsandculture.google.com/project/versailles

Many zoos have closed their doors and exhibits but have set up cameras and livestreams for animal lovers to enjoy during their quarantines.

Numerous other zoos, aquariums and animal sanctuaries offer live animal cameras and other educational and entertaining videos. They’re just a Google search away.

These virtual experiences are themselves extraordinary — fitting substitutes for the real thing when the real thing is temporarily out of reach.

 

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Studies have found that aquarium-watching helps reduce stress and anxiety, and we’re here to tell you the virtual version is no exception. 10 different live cams capture the activity of jellyfish, sea turtles, penguins, otters, sharks and other sea creatures.

https://www.montereybayaquarium.org/animals/live-cams

 

Deep Dives

Immerse yourself in the ocean and your national marine sanctuaries without getting wet! These virtual reality voyages use 360-degree images to highlight the amazing habitats, animals, and cultural resources you can find in each national marine sanctuary.

https://sanctuaries.noaa.gov/vr/

 

Ripley’s Aquarium

Like many businesses, the aquarium has temporarily closed as a safety precaution due to COVID-19. You may not be able to wander past the tanks, but you can still get up close to the aquatic life.

Dive Shows are a fantastic opportunity to learn more about the animals in their habitat featuring a diver who communicates with the educators as well as the audience.

https://www.ripleyaquariums.com/canada/programs/dive-shows/

 

Watch the Shark Camera – Live Cams so you can swim with sharks from your couch!!

https://www.ripleyaquariums.com/canada/shark-camera/

 

The Toronto Zoo

With schools closed and most families stuck at home, why not take a virtual trip to the Toronto Zoo? Although the zoo is closed to visitors due to COVID-19, staff are still working hard to make sure all the animals stay happy and healthy.

Every day at 1 p.m. they’ll bring the zoo to you through Facebook Live sessions with staff, keepers and– of course, the animals.

https://www.facebook.com/TheTorontoZoo

 

The San Diego Zoo

The USA’s most visited zoo — with more than 3,500 animals in residence — was a pioneer in the world of open-air habitats and remains a leader in conservation science. You can watch a number of its most beloved inhabitants — from koalas to penguins to tigers and elephants — on livestreams.

https://animals.sandiegozoo.org/live-cams

 

Singapore Zoo

The Singapore Zoo animal exhibits are among the best in the world with the entire Singapore zoo campus extending 28 hectares in a jungle garden. It consists of four “open concept” parks that you can explore — Singapore Zoo, River Safari, Night Safari and Jurong Bird Park.

https://www.pinterest.ca/pin/634444666241038425/

 

Kansas City Zoo

The Kansas City Zoo in Missouri offers an even more specialized virtual visit — 24/7 coverage of the penguin exhibits. All penguins, all the time!

https://www.kansascityzoo.org/ouranimals/list-of-animals/king-penguin/

 

Earth Cam

From elephants, rhinos, giraffes, birds of prey to meercats.  EarthCam presents a collection of the best zoo and animal cams from all over the world!

https://www.earthcam.com/events/animalcams/

 

PUPPIES!  Who doesn’t love puppies!  Live from the Halifax Humane Society, enjoy live views of these lovable puppies!

https://www.earthcam.com/usa/florida/daytona/halifax/

 

Bald Eagles

Located in beautiful British Columbia, the Hancock Wildlife Foundation’s mandate is to use live streaming wildlife video to promote the conservation of wildlife and its habitats through science, education, and stewardship. Click on the following link to live stream their four bald eagle nests – Delta 2, White Rock, Harrison Mills and Surrey Reserve.

https://hancockwildlife.org/project/live-cams/

 

SafariLive

If you’ve ever been on safari, you know that few experiences rival those adrenaline-fuelled rides through unfamiliar terrain in search of the Big Five. But SafariLive comes close. Track lions, leopards and hyenas as you make your way around herds of wildebeest and elephants, all while expert rangers fill you in about what you’re seeing.

Join a LIVE safari and search for critters of the South African bushveld! Twice a day the expert guides take you on a virtual safari experience. Interact with your guide by asking questions through the comments section.

https://www.facebook.com/WildEarthLIVE/videos/904091053345547/

Choosing the right university is a big decision that normally would be happening right now. However, university tours have been cancelled due to COVID-19 and students are left without the benefit of checking out their chosen universities, and are understandably concerned. But there are other ways to learn about these schools.

Universities and students alike are now trying to adapt to a new normal. Virtual tours have replaced in-person ones, information sessions are held over Zoom, and students will likely have to make difficult choices about the next four years of their educations without ever setting foot on a campus or meeting a representative in person.

Many universities are offering virtual tours to help students (and parents) explore the campuses and get their questions answered in order to help them choose a school for next year.

Ontario

https://blog.studentlifenetwork.com/2020/03/26/virtual-university-tours-in-ontario-guide/

British Columbia

https://blog.studentlifenetwork.com/2020/03/26/virtual-university-tours-in-british-columbia-guide/

Alberta

https://blog.studentlifenetwork.com/2020/03/26/virtual-university-tours-in-alberta-guide/

Manitoba and Saskatchewan

https://blog.studentlifenetwork.com/2020/03/26/virtual-university-tours-in-saskatchewan-manitoba/

Québec

https://blog.studentlifenetwork.com/2020/03/26/virtual-university-tours-in-quebec-guide/

Atlantic Canada

https://blog.studentlifenetwork.com/2020/03/27/virtual-university-tours-in-new-brunswick-guide/

The market is flooded with different ranges of peel off face masks, but there is always a chance that those chemically synthesized products may not suit your skin type. If you opt for DIY peel off masks at home, you need not worry about skin compatibility issues and expiry dates. Moreover, homemade face masks will save you a lot of money. So put your best face forward and learn everything you need to know about peel off masks for your face.

How to Make Peel Off Masks at Home

Staying home is the best way to combat the spread of the coronavirus, but remaining indoors for extended periods of time could lead to skin damage. Learn how to keep your skin healthy while you’re stuck at home by clicking the following link.

How to Keep Your Skin Healthy

Now that nonessential businesses like nail salons have closed down because of the coronavirus, (some of us personally feel that they ARE essential services … LOL), many are struggling with upkeep during lockdown without the help of professionals. One of the most popular Google topics during this period of quarantine has been “how to take off acrylics,” a service we can no longer take for granted.  Check out this link for manicure tips and how to remove gel polish and acrylic nails at home!

How to Remove Fake Nails at Home and More Nail Tips

And for those at home in self isolation with a little bit of extra time on your “hands”, if you’ve always wanted to learn how to apply acrylic nails yourself – this is the perfect time.  Click the following link for an Acrylic Nail Tutorial – How to Apply Acrylic for Beginners.  And if you mess up, no one will notice as long as you don’t show your hands next time you are talking with friends or family online!

How to Apply Acrylic for Beginners.

 

Meet Renee.  She is a hairstylist in Keswick, ON who is currently out of work due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  She has been doing hair for 6 years and specializes in hair colouring services.

Being unable to work on clients in or out of the salon, she has decided to post tutorial videos on her social media pages to stay connected to her clients and hopefully help them during self isolation.

https://www.facebook.com/732352266877896/videos/1930925707052484/

https://www.facebook.com/732352266877896/videos/2601550050125834/

 

 

When it comes to preventing the spread of infectious diseases like Covid-19, nothing beats good old-fashioned handwashing.

But if water and soap aren’t available, your next best option is to use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol.

Unless you have a stockpile of store-bought hand sanitizer, you’ll likely have a hard time finding any at a store or online right now. Due to the rapid spread of the novel coronavirus, most retailers can’t keep up with the demand for hand sanitizer.

The good news? All it takes is three ingredients to make your own hand sanitizer at home. Click here to find out how.

https://www.healthline.com/health/how-to-make-hand-sanitizer

You Probably Touch Your Face 16 Times an Hour – Here’s How to Stop!

We all do it. We touch our faces countless times every day. An itchy nose, tired eyes, wiping your mouth with the back of your hand are all things we do without a second thought.

However, touching your face can significantly increase the risk of infection with flu or cold viruses, but especially the new coronavirus.

https://www.healthline.com/health-news/how-to-not-touch-your-face

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