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Things to do (for free) this weekend

2020 - April, Latest news

We're facing another weekend stuck at home, but here're some ideas for free things you and your family can do to make the most of your time indoors. 

Learn some tricks

The Quantum Magic Lab is running a series of free magic lessons, hosted by scientist turned magician Kevin Quantum. Every day at noon, he's revealing the secrets behind tricks and illusions via YouTube.

Get a dose of Disney magic

Saturday (25 April) is the last chance to watch a special charity concert celebrating the 25th anniversary of Disney on Broadway. Available to watch on YouTube. The show features songs from Aladdin, The Lion King, The Little Mermaid, and Mary Poppins.

Have a laugh

The Stay at Home Festival is running live comedy every weekend through lockdown. On Friday 24 April, The Quarantine Comedy Club, which includes comedian Josie Long, is appearing between 8.30 and 9.30pm, and on Sunday 26 April, Josie Long is back at 9pm for a solo show.

Get coding

Amazon Future Engineer is enabling school students the opportunity to learn to code for free. Developed in line with key stages 3 and 4 of the national curriculum, the site provides 20 hours of free content.

Gain some language skills

Educational software company Rosetta Stone is offering schoolchildren free access to its popular language courses. There are more than 20 languages to choose from, including French, German, Italian and Spanish.

Join Jimmy Carr for a quiz

Every day at 6pm, comedian Jimmy Carr, of 8 Out of 10 Cats fame, is running The Little Tiny Quiz of the Lockdown, which involves him posting a video on his website that includes ten tricky questions.

Start guitar lessons

If you already own a guitar, this could be a great opportunity to improve your skills. Guitar maker Fender has made its online guitar courses free for three months. You can opt for acoustic, bass, electric or ukulele, and a variety of music styles. Access codes are limited, though, so get on to this one quickly.

And finally, dust of your CV

This may seem like an odd thing to do on a weekend, but normal rules don't seem to apply these days? Do something that you've been putting off, that but will enable you to hit the ground running post-lockdown. You’ll be happy you did.

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