The 5 Best Online Date Concepts to Stay Connected During A Pandemic

Dating during the pandemic is different, but it’s still very doable—and it’s easier to come up with virtual date ideas than you might think. With a little creativity, a video chat, and the ability to share your screen, you can still enjoy many of the things you’d normally do on dates during quarantine.

We’ll assume you already have the basics down, like watching a movie together. Whether you’re still in the early stages of getting to know someone or you’re quarantined away from your long-term partner, these virtual date ideas are a fun (and mostly free!) way to connect during a pandemic.

Top 5 Virtual Date Ideas To Really Connect

1. Cook dinner together

Preparing a meal with your partner is one of the most thoughtful ways to show them you care—even if you’re not physically together. Video chatting while you prepare and eat dinner together is a great alternative. Identify what makes you excited about cooking with a date, then find a way to do it virtually.

Choose a dedicated day of the week that you cook, create a shared Pinterest board of recipe ideas, cook your way through a cookbook, or cook your way around the world. You could even challenge each other to a friendly competition, critique each other’s dishes.

2. Take virtual tour

If you’re feeling artsy, Google arts and culture offers virtual tours of museums all over the world, including the Guggenheim Museum in New York City, the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, and the Uffizi Gallery in Florence.

If you want to live like a royal for the night, the British Royal Family  offers virtual tours of lavish royal homes. Or, if you miss long walks and nature, Google Earth offers a virtual tour of cherry blossoms around the world. Best of all? You don’t have to choose just one; you can take in dozens of iconic sights in one evening.

3. Go see a show

Well, sort of. Watching a virtual performance together is not the same as seeing live music or theater. But artists have been very generous about sharing their crafts with us while we stay at home. BroadwayHD lets you stream your favorite Broadway shows like CatsKinky Boots, and The King and I from the comfort of your couch (and offers a free seven-day trial).

The Metropolitan Opera is streaming free performances every night, and the Sydney Opera House is sharing content from their archives as well. Finally, you can sing along without getting shushed by fellow audience members.

4. Host game night

Once upon a time, game night meant dusting off a deck of cards and gathering all of the board games you could find. These days, it’s about playing games with friends online. 

Jackbox Party Games is a fan favorite with dozens of games that will have you and your date rolling on the floor with laughter. House party offers Heads Up!, Quick Draw (a Pictionary-style game), and trivia. Or, you can play free versions of popular games like Dominion  and Catan.

5. Take virtual happy hour to the next level

By now, you’ve probably participated in many virtual happy hours with friends and dates. Instead of just chatting about the news, the weather, and the pandemic, this is an opportunity to make it extra fun and memorable.

The New York State Brewers Association hosts informative nightly virtual happy hours with craft brewers from all over the state. Or, get creative and host a wine tasting. Describe your wines to each other and watch videos made by sommeliers to pick up a few tips. You might learn a lot!

It’s easy to get discouraged by the thought of virtual dating. Try to remember that the pandemic won’t last forever, and eventually, things will go back to normal. In the meantime, we hope these virtual date ideas encourage you to put yourself out there and keep connecting. Now, go get camera-ready and prepare to share your screen.

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