5 things to do today: Enjoy the Netherlands’ famous flower garden, play indoor games with the kids and more

1 ADMIRE: The Netherlands' famous flower garden

Feeling restless at home due to the circuit breaker? Go on a virtual walk around the popular Keukenhof flower garden in the town of Lisse in the Netherlands.

Admire fresh blooms in their prime as the park's gardeners show viewers around Keukenhof and talk about their favourite spots and flowers, such as hyacinths, daffodils and, of course, the tulips for which the Netherlands is famed.

The flower garden's seven million bulbs attract some 1.5 million visitors from more than 100 countries a year during tulip season.

It has been temporarily shut down due to the Dutch government's measures to contain the coronavirus pandemic.

Info: Info: Visit Keukenhof YouTube channel

2 LISTEN: Podcasts about the environment


If you have cut down on plastic bag use or started rejecting straws and disposables at coffee shops, go one step further by picking up new insights into conservation and the changing environment.

In The Straits Times' Green Pulse podcast, environment correspondent Audrey Tan and climate change editor David Fogarty discuss topics ranging from the bleaching of Australia's Great Barrier Reef to how the coronavirus pandemic is impacting sustainability in Singapore's cleaning industry.

Subscribe to ST's Green Pulse podcast for free on audio platforms Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Google Podcasts or Home.

Info: Listen to the podcast here.

3 LEARN: Courses on interior design and herbology

Spending more time indoors and want to spruce up your home environment?

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Take an online course in interior design and home styling ($19), which covers aspects such as design elements, popular interior styles and sustainable design.

Alternatively, learn to grow, store and process your own herbs in an online course on herbology ($19).

These are among the courses offered on activity-booking platform GoLivMo. The website also offers suggestions for virtual tours and concerts users can watch at home.

Info: GoLivMo website

4 PLAY: Fuss-free indoor games with the kids

If your children are begging you to take them outdoors to play, keep them entertained in the safety and comfort of home through these three games using household items.

Enjoy a mix of hopscotch and party game Twister, compete in a potato sack race or have a friendly bowling match using cups and balled-up newspaper.

The Straits Times has a video with instructions on how to set up and play the games.

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