Valentine’s Day 2022: 9 Great Ideas for a Virtual Date


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Valentine’s Day 2022: 9 Great Ideas for a Virtual Date

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Love during a pandemic is tricky.

This year will mark the second Valentine’s Day in a row, and the lovebirds are facing more than just the hassle of making dinner reservations at a trendy restaurant.

In the past few years, you’ve probably been to a concert or movie theater, hanging out with a group of other people in an enclosed space. You may have breathed on the person you were with. While you may be vaccinated and boosted, you can still consider staying this year and celebrating the holidays in a safe place.

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If you and your socially distanced significant other are trying to plan how to spend a day focused on being together and snuggling up with a giant internet connection (or maybe even sitting side by side on the couch), there are virtual , you can do various activities together.

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

visit the museum

Museum dates are classics. Instead of going to real-life galleries, you can find various tours of museums around the world on YouTube. For example, there is a series that is essentially a slideshow of famous works from the Prado Museum in Madrid, Spain.

Elsewhere on YouTube, you can find walking tours of the Louvre in Paris. Google Arts and Culture also offers a variety of virtual tours covering famous museums. Depending on what each museum has to offer, you can scroll through the collection like your own Google Photos, or check out the online exhibits, which tend to provide more context. For your appointments, you can try syncing or screen sharing so you can see the same artwork at the same time.

Find specific (and non-specific) Valentine’s Day gifts

Don’t forget to browse locations like Eventbrite or Facebook’s events page for specific trips, classes or other online events offered during Valentine’s Day. On Eventbrite, you can find a virtual bartending or drawing class. Airbnb will let you book tickets for virtual experiences, such as a spooky trip to Edinburgh, or a night out with a flamenco composer. Local restaurants and businesses in your area may also offer virtual events.

Watch the concert recording

Turn to YouTube again (or any other platform that might offer music) and you can find full concerts from bands and artists. Whether it’s Queen at Wembley in 1986, Radiohead at Lollapalooza in 2016 or Billie Eilish at Music Midtown in 2019, there’s plenty there. If you don’t want to go to an hour-long concert, you can head to places like NPR’s Tiny Desk concert series, where performers put on shorter shows at NPR Music’s Washington headquarters. Watch together and chat via phone or video chat.

create art together

More creative people can plan an art project to do it together via video chat. Using whatever art supplies you have on hand, decide what to paint. It could be a landmark you all know or an image you found on Google, or you can even print out a coloring page – for example, Crayola offers free printable pages for adults.

Spend the next hour while you’re chatting, or however long, working on it. Finally, you can show each other the results of your craft time.

Solve a virtual escape room

Want to see how well you can solve problems together? Try a virtual escape room. Room escape, if you haven’t tried it, is an immersive problem-solving scenario – you’re literally in a room trying to follow clues for a limited amount of time, often tied to fictional situations. You can find some virtual translators online.

For example, the Peterstown Public Library in McMurray, Pennsylvania used Google Docs to create a Harry Potter-themed room. If you’re looking for more of a challenge, The Escape Game also offers a virtual escape room.

have a movie night

Services like Teleparty — a Chrome extension that lets you sync your streaming services to view and chat — have gotten a lot of attention since social distancing began. Might as well make an appointment. While Teleparty only supports text chat, for a more direct experience, you can also chat over the phone or via platforms like Discord while watching. If that sounds easy to do, then in terms of dating, more than 30,000 OkCupid respondents said that watching a movie or TV show together would be their ideal virtual date.

Share a virtual dinner or drink

If you don’t mind someone watching you eat via video call, you can schedule a dinner or drink date. Dress decently, order or eat whatever you’ve cooked, and continue with the usual over-dinner banter you might encounter at a restaurant or bar. In 2020, Uber Eats even launched a feature called Share This Delivery, which lets you order food for someone and share a tracking link with them. If you want to add to the experience, you can find a recipe for a meal or just a cocktail and prepare it while chatting.

play online games together

There are many options for playing games online, especially if one (or both) of you have already played video games. CNET’s Alison DeNisco Rayome has compiled a list of games that are great for quarantine, from Animal Crossing (good for low-key parties) to Tabletopia and tabletop emulators (if you like board games) to Jackbox Games you can share from one device Screen. Jackbox games like Fibbage, Blather and Trivia Murder Party are especially good for two players.

Or go old school with classic games

You can also just resort to simple games and puzzles. Remember the battleships you played with as a kid? All you need is a pen and a piece of paper (if you have graph paper). You can also try a very simple online version. Or you can play crosswords together. For example, The Washington Post allows you to send a link to a crossword puzzle to a friend so you can work on the same problem at the same time for free. The New Yorker also has a “Partner Mode” if you have a subscription.

Bonus Round: Snail Mail

While it’s not actually virtual, don’t forget that you can still send your significant other an old-fashioned Valentine’s Day card. Even a love letter. In a chaotic world, taking the time to write someone a message is a lovely and personal gesture.

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