While Quebecers are doing their best to practise social distancing, they are turning to the worldwide web to keep themselves and others entertained.
We’ve compiled a list of some of the fun activities you can join in.
Granby Zoo animal lessons
The Granby Zoo is hosting educational videos on its Facebook and Instagram pages on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Each day, the zoo’s experts talk about a different topic and suggest a kid-friendly activity to do at home based on what they’ve learned.
Kate Gilbert, the local baker behind Le gâtelier, is hosting online bake-alongs to do with your kids on her Instagram and Facebook pages. Check her pages out for details on the next session.
Live drawing class
Montreal-based illustrator Marianne Dubuc is hosting a super animated live drawing class on her Instagram, perfect for a creative break during the day. On Thursday, Dubuc took suggestions from kids and parents who learned how to draw a panda, a butterfly-rabbit and a wizard snake among other things. While she draws, she is creating a story line as well.
While Montreal-based private trainer Dino Masson’s gym is closed, he and his wife Sophie Montminy are hosting free live workout sessions every morning from their living room. Bonus: their adorable toddler, Massimo, makes occasional appearances and is incorporated into the training.
Sessions are available on Instagram every day from 8 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.
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If you need a stretch and a moment of relaxation, yoga instructor Stefanie Austin is offering sessions online.
Sessions are $12 for one class and $50 for a bundle of five classes. You can join via this Microsoft Teams link.
The virtual class schedule is on the studio’s website.
Text Stephanie at (514) 965-3644 to book your spot in a class.
Free online books
If you have a library card issued by Bibliothèques Montreal, you can access thousands of books, newspapers, magazines, published studies and language, math and cybersecurity courses online for free. If you don’t have a library card, the organization is looking into a solution for you to file your request online. Check its site for updates.
The Montreal Symphony Orchestra in your living room
The Montreal Symphony Orchestra (OSM) has been forced to cancel its upcoming shows until April at its venue but the show will go on in your living room.
The OSM is posting videos of several of its concerts for you to play at home.
You can check the schedule of upcoming uploads on the OSM’s website.
Free online shows
Quebec singer-songwriter Martha Wainwright is streaming a live performance dubbed Alone Together on her Facebook page on Thursday, March 19 at 6 p.m.
“Nature Challenge” call-in show
Do you want to learn how to recognize different animals just by the way they sound?
Captain Catalyst, an environmental science educator and entertainer working at the Redpath Museum is offering your kids the chance to do that by way of his “Nature Challenge” call-in show.
Families with children can phone Captain Catalyst every Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to noon in order to participate.
Captain Catalyst will play a bird call, and an animal sound which you need to recognize. He’ll also describe a tree and give you clues so you can guess the species.
He also takes requests if you want to hear a special animal sound. By the end of the call, he will also suggest arts, crafts and chemistry experiments you can do at home with your children.
Captain Catalyst’s number is 514-733-2048.