We may all be a little more socially distanced right now, but that doesn't stop a city like Melbourne. Our zoos, galleries, bookshops, orchestras, museums, fitness studios, bars, esteemed hatted restaurants and more have donned their entrepreneurial hats to deliver themselves to you, virtually, 24/7, so you can stay connected and experience the best of what Melbourne has to offer, no matter what.

Family fun

Keep the kids occupied with virtual cuddles from friendly animals at Zoos Victoria through the online Animals at Home. Both Melbourne and Werribee Zoos live-stream the antics of their resident snow leopard cubs, penguins, giraffes, zebras and lions 24/7.

Dive into underwater worlds at SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium. View live feeding sessions with coral atolls, turtles and sharks. The little ones can learn all about life under the sea through activity sheets and live-streamed sessions with keepers and aquarists.

Keep growing minds active with the magic of science and technology at Scienceworks. Take a virtual tour, and learn about black holes, Indigenous astronomy, Australia's first satellite Australis OSCAR 5, and discover the answer to the most burning question of all – what can and cannot be heated up in a microwave.

Walk with dinosaurs, learn about the solar system and discover Indigenous plants during a virtual trip to Melbourne Museum with Museums at Home.

Let the kids learn important problem-solving skills, disguised as fun. Tune into The Fact Detectives radio show weekdays at 7am and weekends at 1pm for cool facts and interesting discoveries.

Practise perfect social distancing by exploring the Royal Botanic Gardens from home. Get top ideas for activities to keep little hands busy in your own garden, and tour living plant collections.

When it's time to wind down, find out what the hungry caterpillar and friends are up to with virtual story time through the City of Melbourne Libraries.

Arts and culture

Select an MSO concert spectacular from Hamer Hall on YouTube for an at-home orchestral experience. Discover performances, music and podcasts on the Arts Centre website, and rejoin the theatre crowd with a virtual backstage tour of the MTC.

Join other film buffs in the ACMI virtual Cinema 3, where you can rent some of the exceptional classic and contemporary releases from ACMI's latest program. Heat up the microwave popcorn and settle in on the couch.

Need a break from the news cycle? Curl up with a book from one of Melbourne's independent bookshops. Choose from Australian and international fiction, or search for cookbooks, art books and gardening books to get some inspo for around the home. Order online for delivery. 

Catch up with NGV's blockbuster exhibitions from the comfort of your own couch with virtual gallery tours. Learn to draw with Victorian artists, and peruse the gallery collection.

Keep your finger on the pulse of Melbourne's literary scene with the help of the Wheeler Centre. There are plenty of podcasts and videos to choose from, live-streamed events with authors and other bookish features to discover.

Aboriginal people of Australia have been sharing stories orally for 60,000 years or longer. The Koorie Heritage Trust has an ongoing program that preserves these stories for future generations. Listen online and help keep the culture alive.