Staying connected

Rear view of teenage girl using smart phone app while watching TV in living room at home 

We get it, it might seem impossible to stay connected right now, considering many of us are self-isolating and limiting our social interactions to our immediate family. However, we encourage you take this as an opportunity to get creative and think outside the box a little bit when it comes to hanging out with mates and other likeminded folks!


There are a range of video apps that allow you to interact with multiple people at one time. This means you can gather a group of friends and:

• Play games (celebrity heads, anyone?)

• Exercise together

• Cook together (ready steady cook is a fun one!)

• Unwind on a Friday night, watching movies and chatting about your week

Fun platforms and apps to help you connect

• Skype

• Google hangouts: Hold meetings on the go, virtual training classes, remote interviews, and more. Gather up to 50 members in a call.

• Netflix party: Netflix Party is a new way to watch Netflix with your friends online. Netflix Party synchronizes video playback and adds group chat to your favorite Netflix shows. Join over 1,000,000 people and use Netflix Party to link up with friends and host long distance movie nights and TV watch parties today!

• House party: Houseparty is the face-to-face social network where you can connect with the people you care about most.

Learn a new skill

Indulge your creative self and take advantage of this extra “home time” to learn a new skill or craft! There are a bunch of online tutorials on YouTube for things like illustrating, painting, video editing, creative writing, learning a language, photography and so (so, so) much more!

Resources for parents

Being a parent is stressful, add in a global pandemic and bored kids in isolation and you have a whole new level of stress (and frustration).

Thankfully, our fantastic team of at Yarra Libraries have started Stay at Home Storytime, a pre-recorded virtual Storytime. Yay for technology!

There are also some really fantastic initiatives popping up on social media, take a peek at New York Times bestselling illustrator Wendy Macnuaghton’s brilliant and quirky drawing classes for kids (and big kids) on her Instagram @wendymac.

If you’re looking to tucker the kids out, we have some virtual Les Mills classes for the whole family and land based Learn to Swim classes to come!