14 things to do in Toronto this week while physical distancing

Apr 13 2020, 1:00 pm

Toronto is strong, proud, and together, whether we’re in the same room or not. Isolation can be difficult, but no one is really alone.

Take a break from the Tiger King marathon and fill your day with everything from amazing food to incredible workouts to learning a new skill.

Host an in-house Easter Egg hunt

Easter treats


It doesn’t matter if you have kids or just love the very best in local chocolate creations, you can treat your family/roommates/cat/self, to the springtime treats only found in our glorious city. Here are a few of the best.

Cook an incredible meal using recipes collected from Torontonians

Taste the many flavours that make up this city.

Chefs from across Toronto have come together (figuratively) to curate a digital cookbook for the masses, filled with meals designed to be made at home. The dishes in the virtual pages are simple — one recipe is titled Jesse’s No Knead, No Skill Needed Square Pie With Bacon, for instance.

And they look devilishly good.

Take a free boxing class from a Toronto gym


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Walking around the block is fun and all, but if you want to get into Rick Grimes-esque fighting shape for the future, or maybe just do some cardio, why not go a few rounds with United Boxing Club. The gym streams regular classes via its Instagram. Check social media for the times of upcoming classes.

Stream Toronto artists online

ISO Radio, founded by @jayemkayem and @freezachin, has been hosting DJ sets online featuring local DJs that are no longer able to perform at your favourite venues. They also have a live chat so you can stay connected over music while supporting local artists in your community.

Listen to free audiobooks

Toronto Public Library’s Overdrive program is a great way to stream or download a massive collection of audiobooks and ebooks. It can be done over a computer or even through the Overdrive app on both android and iOS.

Learn something new about the city, the world, or even the universe. All it takes is a library card.

Have a picnic in your car

Dine-ins and picnics in the park are now off limits, but who says you can’t get take out and eat in your car? Find a secluded rooftop parking lot with a nice view of the Toronto skyline, and enjoy your very own dining experience with a view.

Explore the Ripley’s Aquarium online

Penguins at Vancouver Aquarium (Neil Fisher)

Many of us have been to the Ripley’s Aquarium before, but did you know there’s a PENGUIN CAM where you can literally watch penguins waddling all day, live? There are also live, educational events daily, so make sure to check out their website.

Take a free online course through UofT

Want to increase your knowledge on a subject? Forget YouTube videos, get some real education through the MOOC and online learning portal. The page connects you to multiple courses from institutions around the world, many with scheduled structure, and others that go at your own pace. From computer to social science, there is a lot to choose from.

Watch a comedy show online

It’s important to stay positive during times like these. Toronto’s very own The Corner Comedy Club has brought its shows online to continue to support Toronto’s comedians. Interested in becoming one yourself? The Second City Toronto is also offering classes online.

Tour the AGO online



Get your art fix by visiting the AGO through its online collection. If you’re feeling inspired for your own paint night, Above Ground has a wide selection of art supplies and is now offering delivery across Ontario and Quebec.

Order amazing food for you and someone in need

MARBL, King West’s own house of glamour, closed its doors several weeks ago. They have since reopened, and the spot is now offering takeout and delivery…with a twist. While the menu includes restaurant staples for you to crush your cravings with — burgers, fries, and Chinois prawns, for instance — there’s also an option for you to purchase a meal that will be donated to a local charity.

At $15 per donation, the restaurant will be matching each meal donated by customers. Those interested in making donations can do so here, or by ordering through DoorDash; just click the donate-a-meal option.

Sign up for a workout class online

A lot of fitness studios and Instagram accounts are now offering helpful videos and tips on workouts you can try at home. While it’s a great way to stay active, it’s just not the same as going to a class, where you have an instructor and classmates to hold you accountable and ensure you’re fully engaged throughout the entire session. At Misfit Studio, you can now book an online class and stream via Zoom. They have multiple sessions every day, so it’ll get you right back on your fitness track.

Plan a virtual house party

It’s not too late to join the party (pun intended). The Houseparty App lets you connect with friends face-to-face without feeling like you’re on a conference call (because let’s be honest, you can’t call on Zoom without feeling like you’re at work). The app also has games built in, so you know it’s going to be a good time.

Take a virtual tour of Toronto

Missing your city? Us too. But don’t worry, you can still feel connected to it through this aerial, 360° panoramic view of Toronto and explore the city from a whole new perspective.

Remember, the times we stay at home are what we make of it. Stay indoors as much as possible, stay safe, and stay up to date with daily news on Daily Hive.

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