FUN FOR THE SOCIALLY DISTANCING new 2/20/2021
Game Playing on Zoom. Here are some ideas excerpted from recent posts at the Village to Village website.
David said, “There are a LOT of ways to play games remotely. Here are a few that we have used:
Travis said: I've attended a couple of trivia nights via Zoom, and they worked really well. Zoom has the ability to take a crowd and split people up into different "rooms." The way that it worked was each team had the "team name" for their Zoom name. This allowed the moderators to put everyone from the same team into a room together. Like my name was "Travis-Team Blue." So the moderator would read the trivia questions, then put the teams into separate rooms for an amount of time. The teammates would discuss each question and come up with answers that one team member would submit via a form. I think it was a Google form. After the time limit, all teams were brought back into the main Zoom and the questions and answers were read by the moderator, just like at a regular trivia night event. Logistically it might take someone who really knows Zoom to pull this off, but it worked really well.
HERE are other recent ideas. Most of them require Zoom or other computer access. If you need help learning to Zoom, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or try
Read. One of our neighbors has some books to share; check it out on our Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2171882682863206/
Make some facemasks: See how some of our neighbors do it on our Facebook group.
Many new patterns and ideas are now out there; See “MASKS” --on another window
Brush up on your language skills. Try www.duolingo.com and all sorts of opportunities on YouTube.com.
Learn something new; take a free online course at
Learn a Second Language. It is more than just cool – it could protect your brain from dementia, strokes and more, research shows. Neurolinguist Eleonora Rossi explains how, and shares her tips for learning a language while social distancing. https://fcld.ly/irz0c7y
Take a virtual tour:
m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10158171306068044&id=118604413043 and https://www.facebook.com/118604413043/posts/10158182617768044/
Read. Download free books at
If you have a library card you can download free ebooks and audiobooks from the
If you don’t have a library card, you can get one and access a lot of other stuff here:
Fix up your yard and garden:
Bryan McDaniel, the downsizing expert who spoke at one of our Masters Monday programs, has a new service for getting rid of your stuff with less work and more profit for you. ezDownsizing.com is an online auction company focusing on in-home estate sale auctions and seller-managed sale events. Unlike eBay, Facebook Marketplace or Craigslist, our site focuses on events rather than individual item listings. Those interested in alternatives to yard sales, garage sales, moving sales, etc., can go to our site, login create a seller account, and create their own online auction event where multiple items are offered for a given time and sold to the highest bidder at the completion of the event (typically about 7 to 10 days). The seller also identifies a day and time window (i.e. Saturday between 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.) for buyers to show up and retrieve the items they purchased online. Sellers have the option of mailing select items to distant buyers at the buyer’s expense. Check out the details with Bryan.
Bryan McDaniel. ezDownsizing.com. (571) 393-1243
Explore some music:
Nevertheless, we play on… nyphil.org/playson
https://www.metopera.org/user-information/nightly-met-opera-streams/week-3/ (a free opera every evening; you can play it until late afternoon the next day but be aware that some operas have some R-rated scenes which might require explanation if children ask.)
Watch something new:
Shakespeare’s plays at https://globeplayer.tv/ (not free)
Lotsa free movies: www.openculture.com
https://www.cinemaartstheatre.com/ (not free)
https://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/at-home Free shows on Thursdays
https://synetictheater.org/synetic-streaming/ currently Hansel & Gretel
Lincoln Center musicals
Color: free coloring books at www.openculture.com
Do a jigsaw puzzle. Politics and Prose Bookstore will mail you one. Phone 202-364-1919 to order. Or get a virtual one from your app-app.
Play Games: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/23/smarter-living/coronavirus-zoom-video-chat-games.htm
Lots of stuff:
Exercise: See our separate window on exercise
Phone an old friend or relative you haven’t seen in a while.