Staying in touch with those we usually see often is challenging right now. It’s normal to miss day-to-day activities like reading books to grandchildren, playing games with friends, or chatting about the day’s activities. Technology is not a replacement for in-person visits, but there are lots of options that allow us to stay connected. Here are a few you might want to try. Let us know if you have other favorites!
Caribu is an app that’s like a virtual playdate, offering books to read, games to play, and video chatting. There is normally a monthly charge, but it is now free until May 24. It’s great for grandparents and grandkids. Time Magazine named it one of the best inventions of 2019.
Houseparty is a free video chat for up to 8 people. What makes it unique is that you can play games with each other while chatting. Play Heads Up (similar to charades), Quick Draw (similar to Pictionary), a trivia game, and more.
The Fire Hero Family Programs team is here for you. While we are adapting to these new circumstances, we are researching ways to bring resources, workshops, and meetings to you virtually. In the coming weeks, we will provide resources and information to help you stay connected.