Ever since the Covid-19 pandemic took the world by storm, we have seen major changes in our lives and relationships. During these trying times, we were confined inside the four walls of our home. Most of us had to kiss our movie theatre nights and music concert trips goodbye.
On the flip side, staying at home with our families has now made us understand them better. As social beings who are dependent on each other, it is very important for us to build stable social relationships with our near and dear ones.
Although most entertainment businesses have got back on track with strict precautionary measures, people are still worried about their safety.
So, what can you do if you want to spend some bonding time with your near and dear?
Going to amusement parks together, having one-on-one conversations about life, and being nostalgic about all those naive things you did as children is necessary and they will certainly keep your relationships as fit as a fiddle.
But in a constantly changing world, it is imperative that we find new things to continue being the closely knitted packs that we are.
Thanks to technology, you can contact anyone who lives miles away with one click on your call button on any quality video conference app.!
Read further to find out ways to strengthen your relationships with your friends and family through some interesting and exciting activities!
Whether you are a social butterfly or an introverted person who finds excitement in stay-at-home activities with friends and family, we have got you covered!
Buckle up for a Movie Night!
Wait! Aren’t most of the movie theatres closed temporarily? Most of the cinemas have taken a break from their movie marathons for the crowd but that doesn’t mean you have to put a stop to your movie nights!
OTT platforms like Netflix and Amazon Prime are here to your rescue! Whether the mystery of a James Bond movie keeps you at the edge of your seat or an animated Disney movie tickles your funny bone, they have it all!
Grab a tub of popcorns, put on your favorite pajamas, and dim your lights for a theatrical effect!
Are you glum because you stay far away from your loved ones?
Don’t worry! You can still connect with them through an app called Discord. The app is available on smartphones and laptops and they allow you to stream movies and voice chat at the same time! All you have to do is join a voice room where all your kinsfolk has been added and click the option that says, “Go Live”. You will be put on a live call with them and you can easily watch your favorite movie on your movie browser!
Tackle a Virtual Escape room!
Have you ever heard of the famous escape video games like “The Room” and “The Escapists”? What if I told you that you can experience the same adventure and thrill with your friends and family on a Zoom call? That’s right!
There are many entertainment companies, particularly escape room brands, that provide you this video game experience by locking you in uniquely themed rooms with puzzles and clues. They follow the same outline where players have to solve these puzzles and break free in under 60 minutes!
Imagine yourself in a Zoom call with your friends and family hunting for passwords and clues, solving mysteries, and exploring maps before you escape the room in under 60 minutes! That will be a day worth remembering!
These escape room games will help you speak your mind and practice communication while giving you thrilling and adrenaline-filled gameplay at the same time!
These rooms are also more real and stimulating as compared to the escape video games, as a real staff member (also called your game guide) will be in the call with you in an actual escape room. You and your family can navigate your game guide around to inspect objects, find keys, solve puzzles, and escape!
One of the advantages of this entertainment is that it’s simple and easy to host.
From planning a successful heist without getting caught to escaping a zombie on the loose, there are plenty of choices!
Book a virtual room for a virtual birthday party of your choice from your favorite escape brand and have an amazing time-solving mysteries and connecting!
Play a board game
Do you have an old game of Monopoly or Scrabble catching dust in the depths of your wardrobe? This is the perfect time to take it out and put it to some good use! Board games are the perfect stay-at-home forms of fun as they are suitable for all age groups and develop healthy competition and suspense. They put your minds to work, bring people closer, and reduce stress and worries! Bring your friends and family home and roll the dice!
If you are unable to meet them in person, a video call on Zoom or Skype will do the trick. You can play their turns according to what they tell you and have a fun time!
Another method you can adopt is online board game apps. Apps like Monopoly Go and Boggle have brought the board game experience to the smartphones in your pockets! They are easy to install and they will take you into the world of augmented reality with your dear ones by your side. The possibilities are endless but it is the effort that matters.!
Some other popular board games to try are Battleship, Chess, Pictionary, and Ludo! For a more interactive experience, you can connect on Discord and have a voice or video call as you play the board games online!
Being “busy” or “having no time” are some of the common reasons we pull out when we are called up for some social interaction. We may get caught up with our daily lives and work but that shouldn’t let us forget how important it is to have a good time with our family and friends.
Having healthy relationships is very essential in our lives. They play a vital role in maintaining our emotional and mental well-being and having someone to ring up is always comforting. Ultimately, if we don’t occasionally spend quality time with them, our relationships will become distant and strained.
This article has some activities that can build social bridges between your friends and fill in the cracks of your familial relationships in the most entertaining way possible!
Take the first step and have an unforgettable bonding time with your local herd!
Author Bio: Charlotte Lin is a content creator at escaperoom.com. She’s a passionate young woman, mother to an amazing nine-year-old, and an avid reader. Over the years, writing has helped her explore and understand the world as well as her own self. She loves to travel, meet new people, and spend quality time with her daughter. You can find her on LinkedIn.