Office of International Programs

Connect Virtually

Things to do with Friends While Social Distancing

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  • Discord
  • Skype
  • Google Hangout Meet
  • Steam
  • Zoom
  • Facetime
  • Facebook
  • House Party App
  • Netflix Party (Pair with Discord/Google Meet/Skype/Zoom) to chat while watching
  • Choose your platform from the virtual tools suggested
  • Make it official with a custom invitation:
    • is a free design tool that makes this easy!
  • Make a fun dress code.
    • For example, a fun hat, fun t-shirt, formal dress, costume party, etc.
  • Plan an activity and email invitees beforehand.
  • Make a series of fun questions for everyone to answer. It’s hard for everyone to talk at the same time virtually, so organized activities make a party more organized and last longer!

Combine Netflix Party App (Chrome Extension) and Discord or preferred audio app for an instant virtual gathering!

Here’s a free online tool for the rules, keeping score, and timing!

Check out our Edmonds College Library recommendations and make sure you take advantage of the Sno-Isle library online selections!

Need help choosing a book? GoodReads has lists to help!

Either come up on your own, ask your friends to brainstorm a prompt and exchange, or try this website for some ideas and guidelines on how to come up with your own prompts.

Here is a good site for a little bit of laughter to brighten up your day!

Recommendations: F Minus by Tony Carillo, Sarah’s Scribbles by Sarah Anderson, and Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis.

Lists of museums offering these can be found here and here.
The National Theatre is streaming a production a week each Thursday. You can see what’s showing here.
Keep an eye on a Puppy/Kitty/Bird/Wildlife or whatever you love to bring a little bit of the outdoors in with these live streams.

OIP staff recommendations:

  • Hidden Brain (Psychology in Everyday Life)
  • This American Life (Stories from Around the US)
  • Wait,Wait... Don’t Tell Me (Comedic Game Show about US News)
  • Serial (True Crime)
  • The Thing About Pam (True Crime)
  • I Think You’re Dope (Celebrity/K Pop)
  • Go for a socially distant walk, run, or bike ride! Stay up to 6 feet away from others and we encourage you to go somewhere that is not very busy and wear a mask if able!
  • Follow along with a dance choreography! Celebrity dancer tWitch updates his Instagram with fun dance moves.