With the country adapting to a new socially-distanced way of life, establishing and maintaining a healthy routine has never been so important. As well as minding our physical and mental health, it's important that we fit some fun into our days as the country slowly phases out of lockdown.

With this in mind, we have pulled together some of the most positive, creative, helpful, interesting and entertaining activities to keep you going over the coming weeks.

1. Revolutionize your outfit
Revolut and Junk Kouture are challenging the budding designers of Ireland in both primary and secondary schools to take part in a new campaign 'Revolutionize Your Outfit' and make an accessory out of junk. 

Your creation should be made entirely from rubbish or upcycled materials so get ready to scavenge through the family recycling bin or even rummage around your drawers for old jewellery, knickknacks or used-up tea bags - they could all become part of the design.

2. Go to a drive-in
Dublin's Laughter Lounge comedy club have teamed up with The Pop Up Drive In to bring you a drive-in comedy show! Featuring Irish comedians Enya Martin, Eric Lalor and Danny O'Brien, the gigs will take place at 7pm and 9pm at Junction 6 in Castleknock and will cost €35 per car.

 

3. Tune in
Podcast presenters Sinead Ní Uallacháin, Siún Ní Dhuinn and Áine Ní Bhreaslai are bringing their show, Beo ar Éigean, to RTÉ Radio 1 this Saturday at 8pm. Delivered in Irish with some cúpla focal Bearla included, the ladies will be discussing all things friendship for their first episode on the airways - from their own origin stories and maintaining long term relationships to dealing with toxic people. It's going to be a good one.

 

4. Visit the Natural History Museum
Known as 'the Dead Zoo', the National History Museum of Ireland is home to more than 10,000 exhibits. Usually, visitors can explore a building filled with Irish mammals, birds, fish and insects, as well as mammals from around the world.

These days, they can experience the museum online in 3D thanks to the wonders of technology. Click through a tour of Ireland's extinct giant deer and don't miss the huge, basking shark suspended from the ceiling. 

5. Make your own face mask
According to the HSE, wearing a cloth face-covering in public may reduce the spread of COVID-19  in the community. You can make them at home using items such as t-shirts, towels, sweatshirts and scarves.

  • Cut two rectangles of tightly-woven cotton about 25cm x 15cm.
  • Fold and stitch the top and bottom edges.
  • Fold and stitch the side edges, leaving a gap big enough to thread elastic through.
  • Thread two 15cm lengths of elastic through the side edges and tie tight. Hair ties or string, cut longer and tied behind the head, will work.
  • Tuck elastic knots inside the edges of the mask and stitch in place for a neater finish.

6. Study in 3D
Google has launched some new ways people can make hands-on learning fun with 3D and AR in Google Search. The Augmented Reality feature lets you bring 3D objects and animals into your space so you can turn your living room into a virtual zoo, explore Apollo 11 or study human body systems.