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Let us help you fill your time with activities that maintain social connections.

Social distancing is the most effective way to stop the spread of COVID-19, but it also will increase social isolation. Social isolation is a public health crisis in it’s own right, so here are some ways to engage in social activities from a physical distance.

Play a game

Our game shelf is a CultureHouse staple, and you don’t have to stop engaging your friends in some healthy competitions while we’re closed. Pogo and the Board Game Arena are two websites that allow you to invite your friends to play games with you remotely. Here’s some suggestions:

Watch something together

Movies and TV are a lot more fun when there’s people to laugh with, and that doesn’t have to stop. There’s plenty of websites that allow you to stream videos with your friends. Here’s some options:

  • Twoseven allows you to synchronize Youtube, Netflix, and Vimeo as well as videos saved on your computer, all with built in text and video chatting. 
  • Plug.dj allows you to share music videos and Youtube clips with your friends in a private chat room.
  • MyCircleTV is a synchronized video player with built-in voice chat, so you can talk with your friends straight from their site. 
  • Netflix Party is a Chrome extension that allows you to synchronize Netflix playback.

Visit a virtual museum

Collect some friends and family and take a virtual trip to the museum. Here are some options:

Boulevard Arts offers immersive apps featuring in-depth exploration of art from around the world. In VR, experience London’s V&A Museum, Courtauld Gallery, and exhibitions from Turner Contemporary. In the US, visit the De Young Museum, the Rubin Museum, the National Gallery of Art, the White House, the U.S. Capitol, and the Library of Congress.  In AR, works from London’s National Portrait Gallery come to life. Boulevard’s newest AR app, “Blvrd Features,” is updated monthly and available for free in the Apple App Store.

Visit the eLibrary

Cambridge and many other cities allow you to get eBooks, Audiobooks, and more online.

Go outside

Social distancing doesn’t mean you can never see the sun again. Whether it’s sitting on your porch, taking a walk around the block, or going for a bike ride, find an activity that gets you outdoors (just remember to stay six feet away from others!)

Kid’s corner

Social distancing can be a lot harder with kids. Here’s some advice from Ashley Fetters at the Atlantic about keeping kids busy during quarantine.

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