Valentine’s Day is all about celebrating love, but that doesn’t always mean romantic love.
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We adore our friends, so finding opportunities to nurture those relationships is a wonderful way to spend the holiday. Since we’re still practicing social distancing due to COVID-19, getting together in person isn’t the safest option. Thankfully, we have plenty of ideas to help you have a great time while staying safe!
1. Host a virtual game night.
One of the few silver linings about the novel coronavirus pandemic is how easy and commonplace it is to meet over video conference.
Why not invite your friends to play games together from the comfort of your own homes? Games like “Trivial Pursuit,” “Codenames,” or “Apples to Apples” are easy to play with just one deck or find online, or you can download an app like Houseparty to get dozens of virtual options at your fingertips.
2. Take a hike.
Set a time and a place to meet, lace up your boots, and get moving! While you’re out for your socially-distanced stroll, don’t forget to pack a picnic or make some time to stargaze before heading home.
3. Take an online class together.
The world of cooking, learning, and art are just a few clicks away. There are thousands of virtual classes going on these days, so it’s easy to sign up and drop in to learn a new skill. Why not gather ingredients for a meal you and your bestie love to eat and then take a virtual cooking class together? At the end, you can eat the dinners you made and compare notes.
4. Have a virtual “paint and sip” party.
Did you know that you can access hours and hours of Bob Ross’ “Joy of Painting” classes on YouTube? What are you waiting for? Those “happy little trees” aren’t going to paint themselves!
5. Try a new skill.
Many activities are socially distant by nature, and trying something new can increase your confidence while helping you bond with your friends. Why not think outside the box and try axe throwing? Or maybe you’d rather learn archery, or rent some skis and try your luck on the slopes? Now is a perfect time to branch out and find your next obsession.
6. Start a creative group project.
There are plenty of things you can do together while staying apart. Some friends enjoy scrapbooking, making short movies, working on the same quilt, or contributing to a shared blog.
7. Volunteer together.
Nothing feels as good as helping others. There’s no shortage of charitable organizations that need help these days, from animal shelters to soup kitchens. Wear your masks, roll up your sleeves, and get out there to do some good!
8. Solve a virtual murder mystery.
Who says you can’t dress to the nines in the comfort of your own home? It’s easier than ever to host a murder mystery party virtually. All you need to do is pick a theme, assign characters, get into costume, and log on! Here are some ideas to get you started.
9. Book club, anyone?
Take turns picking a new book every month, then get together over video conference to discuss what you liked and didn’t like. Bring your favorite beverage or snack, and enjoy all the fun of a traditional book club without having to put on pants. Win, win!
10. Learn a language together.
Plan for your future trip to an exotic destination by brushing up on the local language! Apps like Duolingo are free to use, plus you can add your friends for some extra motivation and friendly competition. You can practice together now while planning the vacation to Paris that you’ve always talked about.
Nurturing friendships takes a little more effort in these strange times, but it’s worth it. Happy Valentine’s Day!
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