Valentine’s Day 2022: Our best virtual date ideas

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Here’s how to maintain your love life during social distancing.

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Love during a pandemic is tricky.

In years past, you might have gone to a concert or the movies and been dragged among a group of other humans in an enclosed space. You may have blown on the person you were with. Although you can be vaccinated and vaccinated, you could still be consider staying in this year, and celebrate the holidays in a safe space.

If you and your socially distant loved one are trying to plan how to spend a day dedicated to togetherness, snuggling up to a gaping internet connection (or maybe even sitting next to each other on the couch), there has a variety of activities you can do together, virtually.

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From online museum visits to movie night, you can still create a fun and memorable Valentine’s Day in 2022. Here are nine ideas to help you plan.

Take a tour of the museum

Museum dates are a classic. Instead of going to a gallery in real life, you can find various tours of museums around the world on YouTube. There’s a series, for example, which is basically a slide show of famous works from the Prado Museum in Madrid, Spain.

Elsewhere on YouTube you can find a walking tour of the Louvre in Paris. Google Arts and Culture also offers virtual tours of all kinds that cover famous museums. Depending on what each museum has to offer, you can scroll through the collections as you would with your own Google Photos, or check out the exhibits online, which tend to offer more background information. For your date, you can try syncing or splitting the screen, so you’re looking at the same art at the same time.

Look for specific (and non-specific) Valentine’s Day offers

Don’t forget to browse spots like Eventbrite or Facebook’s events page for specific visits, Classes or other online activities offered during Valentine’s Day. At Eventbrite, you can find a virtual mixology class or a painting class. Airbnb will let you book tickets for virtual experiences like a spooky tour of edinburghor an evening with a flamenco composer. Virtual events may also be offered by restaurants and local businesses in your area.

Watch a concert recording

Once again, by turning to YouTube (or any other platform that might offer music), you can find full concerts of bands and artists. Whether it be Queen at Wembley Stadium in 1986, Radiohead at Lollapalooza in 2016 or Billie Eilish at Music Midtown in 2019, there are many. And if you don’t want to commit to an hour-long concert, you can head to a place like NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert Series, where artists perform shorter sets at NPR Music’s headquarters in Washington. Watch together and chat over phone or video chat.

Create art together

The more creative can plan an artistic project to do together via video chat. Using whatever art supplies you have on hand, decide on something to draw or paint. It can be a landmark you both know or a picture you found on Google, or you can even just print out a coloring page. Crayola, for example, offers free printable pages for adults.

Spend the next hour, or however long, working on it while you chat. At the end, you can show yourself the results of your DIY time.

Solve a virtual escape room

Want to see how you solve problems together? Try a virtual escape room. An escape room, if you haven’t tried one, is an immersive problem-solving scenario – you’re literally in a room trying to follow clues, usually related to a fictional situation, within a limited amount of time. You can find virtual translations online.

For example, the Peters Township Public Library in McMurray, Pennsylvania has created a Harry Potter themed room using Google Docs. If you’re looking for a little more challenge, The Escape Game also offers virtual escape rooms.

Have a movie night

Services like teleparty – a Chrome extension that lets you sync your streaming service display and chat sideways – has gotten a lot of attention since social distancing began. Might as well make an appointment. Although Teleparty only supports text chat, for a more immediate experience, you can also talk on the phone or on a platform like Discord while you watch. In case that sounds like a low hanging fruit, when it comes to dates, OkCupid has over 30,000 respondents indicating that watching a movie or TV show together is their ideal virtual date.

Share a virtual dinner or drinks

If you don’t mind someone watching you eat via video call, you can host a dinner or a drink. Put on decent clothes, order food or eat what you’ve cooked, and carry on with the usual dinnertime banter you might have in a restaurant or bar. In 2020, Uber Eats even introduced a feature called Share this delivery, which lets you order food for someone and share the tracking link with them. If you want to flesh out the experience a bit, you can find a recipe for a meal or just a cocktail and whip it up at the same time while you chat.

Play an online game together

There are plenty of options for playing online games together, especially if one (or both) of you already plays video games. CNET’s Alison DeNisco Rayome has compiled a list of perfect games for quarantineranging from Animal Crossing (a good choice for a low-key hangout) to Tabletopia and Table Top Simulator (if you like board games) to Jackbox Games, all of which you can share from a single device. Jack Box Games like Fibbage, Blather and Trivia Murder Party are particularly suitable for two players.

Or go old school with classic games

You can also resort to simple games and puzzles. Do you remember playing Battleship when you were a kid? All you need is a pen and paper (graph paper, if you have it). There is also a fairly simple online version you can try. Or you can work on a crossword puzzle together. The Washington Post, for example, lets you send a link to a crossword puzzle to a friend so you can work on the same at the same time, for free. The New Yorker also has a “partner mode”, if you have a subscription.

Bonus Round: Postal Mail

Although it’s not actually virtual, remember that you can still send your partner an old-fashioned Valentine’s Day card. Or a love letter, even. In a chaotic world, taking the time to write someone a message is a charming and personal gesture.

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