Online activities

Online activities, tips and ideas for keeping busy.


Fancy learning a new language? The Duolingo app is free, easy to use and sends you push notifications reminding you when it’s time to learn, keeping you motivated.


Join an online book club

There's lots of online book clubs which cater to a broad range of tastes. You could also set one up with your friends and use Microsoft Teams or another platform to discuss what you’re reading.

Online book clubs

Listen to a podcast

Podcasts can be a great alternative to music or TV, and there are lots to choose from! Helpfully, Wired have a list of recommended podcasts and if you’re looking for a personal recommendation then Laura Smith particularly enjoyed this episode of Reply All looking at a half-forgotten pop hit.

Wired’s Recommended Podcasts

Virtually visit a museum or gallery

If you miss being able to visit your favourite museum or gallery, Google’s Arts and Culture could be a nice alternative during this time. From Tate Britain and MoMA to Musée d’Orsay and the Uffizi Gallery, you can take virtual tours of over 500 top attractions across the world.

Google Arts and Culture

Read e-books for free

Project Gutenberg is an online library of thousands of free e-books which you can download or read online. Most of them are older books for which their copyright has expired, including many classics.

Project Guttenberg

Listen to an audible book

Audible have a wide collection of stories including titles across six different languages that kids (of all ages) can listen to for free. From Harry Potter to The Picture of Dorian Gray, there are many titles to choose from.

Audible Stories

Take an online course

MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) are freely accessible and open-licensed short courses delivered online. They don’t have any entry requirements and anyone can take them.

University of Edinburgh free short online courses