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Free fun stuff to do online

We find cool new stuff for you to do online, because what's the point in having a speedy broadband connection if you don't use it to waste a little time every now and again? From the silly - things fitting perfectly into other things to the inspiring - BBC iWonder and the creative - Draw a Stickman, join us for a tour of the best free stuff on the internet.

By on March 21, 2014 at 17:00 PM
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The Latest Additions

Geo Guessr

Suitable for all explorers

Have you ever wondered how the streetview guy from google maps feels, as he is picked up and unceremoniously dropped in locations all around the world? Well now you can with Geo Guessr, an online puzzle that places you in a random location via Google Streetview and asks you to guess where you are on a map of the world. You can even set up competitions with your friends, and challenge them to beat your score with the same set of locations.

Recycled movie costumes

Suitable for all film fanatics

Have you ever been watching a film and thought you recognised something, but couldn't work out what or why? Recycled movie costumes goes back through film history to find costumes that have been reused film after film with some surprising revelations. Costumes can be expensive after all, so why let that massive Hollywood wardrobe go to waste?

Wonderputt

Suitable for tiny golfers

Minigolf can be a pretty relaxing sport. Right up until you have spend around 20 minutes trying to get a brightly coloured ball to go through a giant plastic tiger, only to end up accidentally knocking it into a pond on the other side. Relive the frustrations and the highs of minigolf through this somewhat more epic variant, involving asteroids, UFOs and rocket ships.

YouTube: Simon's cat

Suitable for cat lovers

Simon's cat has been tormenting his owner since 2008, when he appeared in a hand drawn cartoon called Cat Man Do. Since then he has been the star of books, videos and even iPhone apps and his YouTube channel is still going strong today. His antics are still completely drawn by hand and then animated in flash frame by frame.

Free internet games

Super Mario Bros Crossover

Super Mario Bros Crossover

Suitable for gamers of all ages

Nintendo fans will appreciate this fan remake of Super Mario Bros, which includes not only the Italian plumber himself, but also a cross section of Nintendo's finest characters, including Megaman, Link and even Bill from Contra!

Nitrome

Nitrome

Suitable for: Family fun

Visit Nitrome.com for some free, fun gaming without paywalls or paid content. There are tons of original titles to choose from, including Bad Ice Cream 3, Super Snotput and Cheese Dreams. You need broadband that can handle a little streaming, but hopefully if you've switched through us you'll be getting decent speeds that are more than suitable for a spot of online gaming.

Card Hunter

Card Hunter

Suitable for: Teenagers and up

Card Hunter is an online collectible card game which plays like a mix between Dominion, Magic the Gathering and Dungeons and Dragons. But don't be put off by the several levels of geeky references, Card Hunter is actually a fun and addictive online game that can actually be pretty funny at times, as your mighty game master, Gary, attempts to run the game while being constantly bothered by his miserable older brother. While you can pay for more content if you want to, you could easily get through the entire game without ever reaching for your wallet.

Dominion Online

Dominion Online

Suitable for: All the family

If you are tired of constantly playing spider solitaire on your laptop, this might be a welcome alternative. Dominion is a deck building card game that invites players to constantly improve their own deck by "buying" new ones laid out in piles in front of you. Some are worth points, some let you do more on your turn and others add more gold to your pile, the skill is choosing what to buy at the right time. Will your deck of cards be a streamlined game winning pack or will it be about as useful as a chocolate tea pot? There is a simple for tutorial for anyone new to the game and everything you need to play is provided for you completely free.

Canabalt

Canabalt

Suitable for: All the family

One of the original 'Running' games that have become massively popular today, Canabalt tells the age old story of a man trying to escape a falling city by running flat out over rooftops and right through office buildings. All you have to do is jump at the right time to make sure the little guy doesn't end up running right into the constantly falling debris.

Twitch Plays Pokémon

Twitch Plays Pokémon

Suitable for: Teenagers and up

It's been about a week now since thousands of people started playing one copy of Pokémon Red together, via the free social game streaming platform Twitch. Now we're up to 90,000 participants, and the social experiment has become history in the making, with 15 million views.

Whether you want to join in with the anarchy or vote for democracy, followers of the Helix fossil and Flareon devoutees will be delighted to have you join them in keyboard bashing frustration as you try to make the character move left, no right, no up, ok down... it's a tricky business playing single player games with almost 100k people. Be part of gaming history, even for a few minutes, it's something to tell the grandkids.

Flappy Doge

Flappy Doge

Suitable for: Every Doge fan

Flappy Doge

We know, you're still recovering from the loss of Flappy Bird. When the incredibly successful game was suddenly ripped from app stores in its prime, thousands of mobile gamers wept a silent tear.

Rather than lining the pockets of a copycat mobile developer, why not try the totally free, sentimentally geeky, 'Flappy Doge'? It's available in your web browser.

Drag your mouse to control Doge as he tries to flap his way through a Mario-like landscape, avoiding obstacles. Such game, much fun.

Drawastickman.com

Drawastickman.com

Why not draw a stick man (.com)? Create your stick character, help them interact with the objects they encounter by drawing props, and take on a firebreathing stick dragon!

Lunchtimers

Lunchtimers

Designed for bored office workers on their lunch breaks, lunchtimers.com is also great for Saturday surfing. Join other bored people in completing fridge magnet word puzzles, drawing things and playing games like Tetris, checkers and pool.

YouTube channels & vids

The Slow Mo Guys channel

YouTube - The Slow Mo Guys channel

Suitable for: Teenagers and up

See all kinds of fascinating things in slow motion, from melon fragmentation to magnetic liquid reacting to a super hydrophobic surface. It's oddly soothing and ideal for a Saturday morning chill session after Friday night.

Jamie Oliver's Food Tube

YouTube - Jamie Oliver's Food Tube

Suitable for: All the family

If you fancy cooking up something special this weekend why not take a few tips from some of the best in the field? Jamie Oliver's Food Tube has everything from the best recipes to expert tips on how to make your food taste better than ever. Chefs from all over the world provide easy to follow videos that will make your stomach rumble just watching them.

Geek and Sundry

YouTube - Geek and Sundry

Suitable for: Teenagers and up

Set up by TV and Internet star Felicia Day, Geek and Sundry is an online community centred around a number of great shows all available to watch completely free via its own YouTube channel. Right now you can catch brand new show Caper; the story of four superhero housemates who are just trying to pay the rent, as well as the massively popular board game show TableTop hosted by none other than Wil Wheaton.

Rhett & Link

Rhett & Link

Rhett and Link

Suitable for: Anyone with a sense of humour

These two immensely talented cheeky chappies produce daily 'internetainment' shows that you can enjoy via YouTube for free, with anything from original songs to mini musicals, interesting facts, dares and challenges.

There's also a weekly podcast, winningly named 'earbiscuits' and a good old fashioned weekly variety show, 'The Mythical Show' with internet celebrity guests, high jinx and antics.

You can lose yourself in the Rhett & Link channel for hours, and the good news is it's all good, clean fun.

Free educational tools

BBC iWonder

BBC iWonder interactive guides

Suitable for: Teenagers and up

Whether you're a history buff or helping your kid through their history classes, BBC iWonder guides are a whole new way to interact with your learning material, and are totally free to access and enjoy. The first iWonder guides focus on World War One topics, from the trenches to poetry.

Heart of the arctic

Heart of the arctic

Suitable for: All the family

Originally set up by the Royal Canadian Mint as a childrens' teaching tool, this website really shows off how beautiful a modern website can be. The site invites you to explore the arctic as Canadian explorers did over 100 years ago. Puzzles, games and collectables are scattered across the landscape, all of which offer facts and information about the creatures and people who live in such a harsh wilderness.

Codecademy

Codecademy

Suitable for: All the family

If you have always wanted to get to grips with coding but never really know where to start, this helpful website could be the solution. Codecademy takes you through everything you need to know step by step, in order to start writing your own websites. Every lesson is available completely free and each one provides a live tutorial, so you can learn by doing rather than just reading. You can even track your progress and show off your new skills to your friends online.

Free fun & silly stuff

XKCD
XKCD

Suitable for teenagers and up

Don't let the simple art style of XKCD fool you, this long running web comic has managed to cover subjects from mathematical coding to high brow philosophy, all while managing to remain very funny and occasionally thought provoking. Since July 2013, XKCD has also been publishing xkcd What-if? which answers some of the most unusual reader submitted questions in the most scientific and hilarious way possible.

T-Rex Trying...
T-Rex Trying...

Suitable for all ages and species

While back in the Cretaceous Period the Tyrannosaurus Rex might have been the top dog, the modern T-Rex is having a lot of trouble managing our busy lifestyle. Hugh Murphys drawings of a T-Rex just trying to do the simplest of tasks are very endearing, and almost have you feeling sorry for the humongous lizard monster.

Sports balls replaced with cats

Sports balls replaced with cats

Suitable for: Teenagers and up

Any website that sports the tagline "Just a bunch of athletes competing for the cutest kittens" surely demands your attention. While it may be pretty silly, there is something oddly endearing about seeing the look of concentration on Ronaldo's face as he attempts to keep a group of kittens neatly balanced on his back.

Terrible Real Estate Photos

Terrible Real Estate Photos

Suitable for: Teenagers & up

One of the best Tumblrs out there. You know when you want to sell a house or flat, you try to take the best possible snapshots? Not these people. Wonder in disbelief at the images of clutter, debris, junk, people trying to hide around corners or under beds, and of course, the garden chair of solitude.

Awesome People Hanging Out Together

Awesome People Hanging Out Together

Suitable for: All the family

From the famous to the Infamous, this collection of photos shows some of the world's most familiar faces just hanging out in their downtime. Celebrities of all kinds are accounted for, from Clint Eastwood sharing a joke with Brad Pitt right through to Mick Jagger chatting to Chuck Berry right before he is about to go on stage.

This Charming Charlie

This Charming Charlie

Charmingcharlie

Suitable for teenagers and up

There is something oddly fitting about this website's strange mix of Peanuts comics, starring everyone's favourite all round cool guy Joe Cool aka Snoopy, and the lyrics of Manchester's own brooding Smiths star Morrissey. Fans of either of its influences will find something to enjoy here, and the simple cartoon strips have never seemed more poignant.

Things fitting perfectly into other things

Things fitting perfectly into other things

Suitable for: Teenagers and up

I bet you never thought you'd see a Snapple bottle fitting perfectly into a can of Pringles, or an aerosol can fitting into the space where a door knob used to be. Now you can.

Googly eye books

Googly eye books

Suitable for: Teenagers and up

So it turns out almost anything can be improved with a set of googly eyes. From classic literature to the latest novels, this prolific blogger has found a way to make the even the least attractive book covers much more enjoyable.

Free online music

BBC Playlister

BBC Playlister

Suitable for: All the family

Heard a track on the radio you really want to listen to again? Playlister will let you create your own personal playlist of music for you to export to any one of your favourite music services, whether thats Spotify, YouTube or Deezer. Just a quick tap of the little orange button, on one of the many tracks available across the BBC's radio station websites, will add the song to your Playlister collection.

Postmodern Jukebox

YouTube - Postmodern Jukebox

Suitable for Teenagers and up

Put a bit of swing into your afternoon with these vintage versions of modern songs. From 1920's Jazz to 1950's Doo Wop, the Postmodern Jukebox brings a new sense of style to chart hits. A couple of tracks to look out for are a ragtime version of Thrift Shop by Macklemore and a version of Story of my Life that makes One Direction seem like one of the greatest Jazz/soul writers of our generation.

Playing for change

YouTube: Playing for Change

Suitable for any music lovers.

Playing for Change hit YouTube in 2008, with a performance of the soul classic Stand by Me performed by artists all over the world mixed into one track. Far from being a star studded line-up, the artists on this track were a mix of buskers, street performers and local musicians from every corner of the earth. Since then the Playing For Change Foundation has helped build music and art schools for children everywhere from donations and CD sales.

Plug.dj

Plug.dj

Suitable for teenagers and up

Ever wanted to just listen to something new, or even show the whole world that you have the best taste in music. Plug.dj lets you join rooms filled with people that you can either create a YouTube playlist for, or just sit back and listen to everyone else's favourite tracks in real time with users from all over the world. The best part is the little crowd that forms in front of you as you play, and if you can see everyone rocking it on the dance floor, you know you are doing a good job.

Free online groups and resources

Freecycle

Freecycle

One man's junk is another man's coffee table, sofa or bookcase. If you have furniture you don't want, or you need furniture you haven't got cash for, Freecycle is your friend. You can join your local group and look for or get rid of anything from old DVDs to lampshades.

Time out London

Time out London

If you do decide to venture outside of your house, houseboat or studio flat this weekend, look no further than Time out London for some weekend inspiration. Set the search parameters to 'free', select the area you're interested in, and find the best free exhibitions, events and meet ups this this Saturday and Sunday.

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