Things To Do

The 22 best things to do at home in Edmonton this April

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Howdy folks! If you haven’t already guessed, our guide for the things to do in Edmonton this April is going to look a little different than past ones. Why? Well, due to social distancing we can’t really suggest going to concerts. Luckily, we’ve already got a pretty solid roundup, and we’re about to add even more!

Here are the best things to do in Edmonton this April.

Attend a Social Distancing Festival

Yup, that’s right. There’s now a website devoted to finding all the arts and culture events that have moved online. Concerts, art shows, you know, and this website probably knows about it.

Play Cards Against Humanity

The classic game for inappropriate laughs has moved online! Click the link above to find out how you can make your friends laugh through the power of the internet.

Try to get married

Or maybe we should say try to try to get married. The Netflix smash hit Love is Blind is now casting for season 2, and Canadians are welcome to make a submission!

Learn to play the guitar

Or the ukulele, or the bass… Because Fender is offering 3 months free for their super-popular teaching program Fender Play. If you’re trying to learn a new skill in your downtime, check this out for sure.

Or, teach yourself a magic trick

You could use this time to expand your skillset. Entertain whoever you’re stuck in quarantine with a magic trick or two. Tons of tutorials are available on YouTube. While you’re at it, see if you can find a trick for making COVID-19 disappear…

Go to the Circus

Courtesy of a beloved Canadian brand- Cirque du Soleil. That’s right, the famous circus show is offering a behind the scenes look at the show. Start off with a 60-minute long special, then explore music playlists, instructional videos, and much more.

Watch some Wildlife

But safely, using the National Parks Services wildlife webcams. Bears, eagles, and aquatic animals are currently being featured, and it’s a great way to spend an hour. Very calming vibes.

And then explore Google Maps

Except, explore the weirdest screencaps that have ever been found there. You’d think that sending people around the earth with cameras strapped to their heads would produce some silly results. And, you’re absolutely right. Click the link above to see the best of the best (slightly NSFW)

Start a new series

April begins this week, and you know what that means. That’s right, there’s going to be a massive influx of new content coming to Netflix. Check out the full list and make your plans accordingly, folks.

Have a nice workout at home

We don’t know about you, but our idea of a ‘home workout’ is 15 minutes of stretching followed by a glass of wine. Well, that gets a lot harder when you’re following along to a virtual workout. Check out the link to see our top picks in the city.

Pretend to be a National Geographic Adventurer

Do you know that Nat Geo actually has ‘adventurers and explorers’ on their payroll? While we wait for our job offer, we’re going to practice online using a pretty fun little Google Earth feature, which allows us to see some of the world’s best wildlife habitats.

Cravings? We’re craving a new series to watch

You’re in luck, friend! Crave announced that they are extending their free trial to 30 days, up from 7. Know what that gives you? More than enough time to crush a couple of HBO Series.

Take a virtual trip to Disney

The parks are closed, but our desire to hit up some rides hasn’t gone anywhere. If you’re in the same boat, hop onto some virtual POVs of Disney’s most famous rides. Turn the lights off and trust us, after a couple of drinks this will feel like the real thing.

Learn from a great sage, the Tiger King

Let’s face it, one of the biggest names of 2020 is going to be Tiger King. Learn about Joe Exotic on an absolute thrill ride of a docuseries, then check out the rest of our picks. (Yes, we have great taste, we know)

Explore the cosmos

There’s a lot more in this big old universe that just the earth. Remind yourself of your place on the cosmic scale by exploring NASA’s entire media library, which they’ve just released to the public for free. Photos, video, audio… heck, maybe you’re the person that gets inspiration from spooky space sounds, we don’t know.

Ride a rollercoaster besides the rollercoaster of life

Disney might have shut their parks for the foreseeable future, but we also live in the future. Confused? That’s us telling you that you can ride any number of Disney parks from home, for free. Check out their catalogue for 360-degree videos online, and torture yourself by getting ‘It’s a small world after all’ stuck on loop in your head.

Go down the rabbit hole

Have you ever heard of the Internet Archive? Well, it’s a website that strives to do just that. Public domain movies, books, and other content can all be found here. Plus, they’ve got a catalogue of over 418 billion different webpages. Think of it as exploring another kind of cosmos.

Play some flash games

But not just any video games… flash games! You know, those games that got you in trouble every single time you stepped into the computer lab at school? Ok, maybe’s that was just us, but still. So far, 38,000 games and growing are free to access.

Or, go one step further

By checking out an in-browser emulator that gives you access to a wide variety of Nintendo and other older games. Pokemon, Sonic, Mario Bros. are all on here, often with multiple generations represented. Just be careful, you don’t want to get too invested in this.

Paint Something!

How adorable would this be? Instead of sending your friend/family member a good morning text during social isolation, you send them an authentic, one-off postcard. And, you don’t even need to have a Windows laptop from 2003 to use the original MS Paint. Score!

Listen to the radio

Here’s some old-timey fun for ya with a modern twist. Round up the grandkids on FaceTime, turn on your old radio, then plug in whatever adapter is necessary to listen to the radio off your laptop. And when we say the radio we mean it- every public radio station on earth is on this website.

Go Shopping

Each week, we’re realizing how important this is, so it’s sticking around. A lot of independent businesses are going to be under pretty intense financial stress for a while. So if you’ve got some spending money, support them. Order takeout/delivery, buy that shirt off Etsy, get a book delivered from a local store… whatever it is, your extra buck or two is more important than ever.

And that’s our roundup of the best things to do (mostly at home) this April in the city! Stay safe, but enjoy yourselves a little bit!

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