Running out of things to do to stave off boredom during the Movement Control Order? Here are some ideas to keep the fun alive indoors:



Oscar-winning film-maker Taika Waititi teams up with the Roald Dahl Story Company to recreate Dahl’s beloved classic James and the Giant Peach in 10 instalments to raise money for the fight against coronavirus.

Waititi narrates the story and is joined by dozens of actors, including Chris and Liam Hemsworth, Ryan Reynolds and Meryl Streep. Watch the instalments on the Roald Dahl YouTube channel every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.



Live Interview

This durian season, get to know the king of fruits better through a series of live interviews with Lindsay Gasik, the author of The Durian Tourist’s Guide to Penang. From now till May 31, Gasik will be speaking to 31 durian farm owners from around Penang in her “31-Penang Durian Farms Challenge”. Follow her social media accounts for the schedule.

Facebook: @YearOfTheDurian

Instagram: @durianwriter


Online Learning

Humans have been sending objects into space for more than 60 years now, and a lot of rubbish has accumulated in orbit! Organised by the Penang Science Cluster, this online class will walk you through creating Scratch, a game that uses two typical means of cleaning up rubbish in space.

Date: May 13
Time: 10 - 11.30 am
Fee: Free


Online Learning

Calling Forms 4 and 5 students! Join the Penang Science Cluster’s first online Physics class and learn about Newton’s Three Laws of Motion. And the best part? Students will get a chance to conduct a variety of experiments based on the three laws from the comforts of home, and get a certificate for it!

Date: May 12, 13 & 19
Time: 11am - 12pm
Fee: Free


Online Learning

Interested to learn about how food is produced and preserved? From now until May 31, Foodbiop101 is hosting free classes on the fundamentals of fermentation, GMOs and how microbes affect food. Follow Foodbiop101’s Instagram for the schedule.

Date: May 12, 13 & 19
Time: 11am - 12pm
Fee: Free
Instagram: @foodbiop101


Virtual Run

Stay active at your own pace and convenience in the Power of Excellence virtual run. You are entitled to a t-shirt, medal, e-certificate and a bib number. Registration deadline is by July 31, 2020.

Date: Now until December 1, 2020    
Venue: Anywhere
Fee: From RM100



The Penang Digital Library is offering a two-month free access to its library for bibliophiles to catch up on reading while social distancing. Head over to its website to sign up.



Live Stream

Dreaming of #betterdays? Thanks to Polar Bears International and, you can now virtually transport yourself to the arctic and stream the northern lights from home.



Live Concert

One of the Four Heavenly Kings, catch Aaron Kwok in concert this May 9. The Aaron Kwok Cheer Up & Dance Charity Concert 2020 is set to begin at 5pm, and will be available for live viewing on his Facebook page.
Facebook: @aaronkwokfushing


Virtual Tour

Art connoisseurs rejoice! London’s British Museum is expanding its digital archive. It now includes 4.5 million objects and 1.9 million photographs. And for the first time, the online catalogue, launched in 2007, is accessible on mobile phones and tablets.



Virtual Tour

Get your fill of classical art with Amsterdam’s renowned Rijksmuseum’s virtual tour! The Rijksmuseum holds the country's largest collection of art and artefacts, including 40 Rembrandts and four Vermeers. Now, the only thing that separates you from Rembrandt’s “The Night Watch” is your computer screen.



Level up your cooking skills with Pearly Kee, as she releases weekly cooking tutorials of Malaysia’s favourite local dishes.

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Here's your chance to take a deeper dive into the world of Peranakan culture in a series of online videos –⁠⁠ from Nyonya kebaya to kuihs –⁠ with Kenny Loh of Penang Nyonya Culture.

Follow his Facebook at for updates.


Virtual Tour

Go on a virtual tour with Bank Negara Malaysia Museum and Art Gallery. The museum and art gallery offer a wide range of themes through its six permanent galleries: Children’s Gallery, the Bank Negara Malaysia Gallery, Economics Gallery, Islamic Finance Gallery, Numismatics Gallery and Art Gallery.




Andrew Lloyd Webber is releasing his full-length, smash-hit Broadway musicals for free each week during the Covid-19 crisis. The initiative titled “The Show Must Go On!” is aimed to entertain fans, while encouraging viewers to donate to a variety of charities. Expect to watch some of his acclaimed musicals such as Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, and more. Each musical will only be live for 48 hours, so act fast!




Though the public libraries remain closed, bookworms can still catch up on reading with free digital books offered by the National Library of Malaysia. The website contains millions of titles and genres to choose from.




The Pacific Science Center is offering live stream science shows, which are a handy way to keep your brain from turning into oatmeal during the MCO. Upcoming shows include the “Amazing Psychic Powers” and “Live Snakes.” Make sure to check back regularly, the team is working on adding more shows!




The Melbourne and Werribee Open Range Zoos are live streaming for families at home! Catch snow leopards, kangaroos, echidnas and more doing what they do best: eating and whiling their days away. A bit like us right now, to be honest.




Attention Francophiles! is offering the best short films from the past 10 editions for free. The Stay Home edition is a selection of more than 50 short films, subtitled in many languages, and is available throughout the world until May 25, 2020.




Calling all theatre buffs! The National Theatre (At Home) will be streaming productions like Jane Eyre and Treasure Island for a limited time on YouTube. Make sure to catch them while you can.

For more info, visit

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