Virtual Events & Activities

Are you missing your friends and classes from U3A? Are you looking for ways to connect and keep busy? Listed below are a number of virtual events and things you can do to help you fill the gaps.

Watch online

Get in the groove!

This year, the 2020 Seniors Festival Reimagined is being brought “…straight to your home through online performances, zoom interviews and story-telling.” 

Get in the groove and visit the Festival website to watch your favourite performers from prior years and discover what’s new.

Melbourne Comedy Festival

The Melbourne Comedy Festival for 2020 has been cancelled but you can still watch loads of videos from earlier Festivals on TheMelbComedyFest YouTube channel.

MTC NOW Theatre Anywhere­­

Melbourne Theatre Company brings you a weekly dose of MTC NOW , including “…updates on the myriad of on-going activities at MTC, recommendations from the in-house artistic team (get ready for everything from their suggestions of the best Netflix series to TedTalks, to illuminating essays on current global challenges, to favourite songs and YouTube clips), conversing about our history, current discourse, sharing interviews, and much, much more.”

Watch a movie or video

  • Virtual Cinématique and ACMI have joined forces to present a free movie every Wednesday to watch from the comfort of your own home. Click here for more information and to view their program.
  • Why not check out Ted Talks and watch “…influential videos from expert speakers”?
  • If you’re a sports nut, have a look at these sport films and documentaries.
  • For foodies, some food documentaries may be more to your taste.
  • For those who like to connect with nature, there are some nature documentaries.

Explore online

National Gallery of Victoria

The NGV offers interactive virtual self-guided tours of their exhibitions.

National Museum of Australia

The National Museum offers free, live virtual tours of their collection and exhibitions. This is a fully interactive experience — see the exhibitions, ask questions and engage in conversation.

Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria

The Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria have created a Virtual Garden as a new way for you to engage with the Gardens. There’ll be regular posts added, so “…check in daily to see what you can do at home to unwind and maintain your connection with nature.”

Melbourne Zoos – Animal House

Melbourne Zoos are live streaming so you can enjoy seeing their animals from the comfort of your own home.

British Museum

The British Museum offers ways to explore their museum  from home.

Listen to music

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

Watch and listen to the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra’s online concert series of performances from the MSO archives. Join the MSO YouTube channel every Thursday night at 7.30pm and every Sunday at 3pm, “…to experience the magic of music, from the comfort of your own home!”

Discover new music or listen to your old favourites

Consider using Spotify or Soundcloud to explore and listen to music from various genres.

You can also find your favourite kinds of music by using YouTube’s search function. Just type in the genre of music that you want to explore, then listen to your heart’s content.

Be creative

Look for online inspiration! Here are some websites to help make it happen:

Exercise your body and mind

Eastern Regional Libraries

You can access free library resources from home, including eAudiobooks, eBooks, eMagazines and over 30,000 TV shows and films.

Online puzzles

Check out this website for a wide range of online puzzles. You may also like to try a word search or two.

Staying healthy at home

The Queensland Government website Healthier.Happier offers a toolkit of advice and practical ideas for Staying healthy at home, including an over 60’s workout.

Yoga

Annie Belcher offers free audio yoga classes.

Healthy and active ageing

The Victorian Government’s Better Health Channel offers advice on healthy and active ageing.

Learn new things

Online learning

YouTube videos offer a vast array of tutorials. Why not search for something that interests you? Line dancing, quilting, painting or drawing tutorials are the tip of the iceberg of what you can find.

Join Coursera for free online learning. “Build skills with courses from top universities like Yale, Michigan, Stanford, and leading companies like Google and IBM.”

Another site for online learning is futurelearn.com which offers free courses from universities around the world. 

Then there’s Be Connected which offers “…free courses on everything from how to access the internet, using your device and keeping in touch with others online.”

Stay in touch

The Knox Bright Ideas Network

The Knox Bright Ideas Network has been developed to bring together older Knox residents and community groups who support older people, to discuss matters which are important to seniors in the Knox community.

If you’d like to be kept up to date on matters relating to seniors within Knox, you can find them in the Bright Ideas Newsletter. To subscribe, visit Bright Ideas Network and follow the subscribe link.

Social media

Utilise social media such as Zoom, WhatsApp, Facetime (Mac users) and Skype to connect with family and friends.

Host your own event

There are many ways to connect — for example, use social media to share a glass of wine or cup of coffee (virtually), or arrange an online chat session with friends or neighbours.

Phone a friend or neighbour

If you have a U3A friend, but don’t know how to  contact them, send an email to the U3A Office. They’ll contact the person concerned. With your friend’s permission, the Office will email you the details you need.

Share your ideas

If you have more ideas, why not post them on our Facebook page, or email the Events Committee?