9 Virtual Group Activities (That Aren’t Happy Hour)

Mix it up for your next virtual hangout with these group activities you can do from anywhere, anytime.

While nothing can replace sharing these experiences in person, if you’re feeling antsy in isolation or bummed about postponing recent plans to visit Toronto, we’ve got you covered in the meantime. Zoom happy hours are fine but these activities are sure to be a welcome upgrade for your next virtual date or FaceTime with loved ones.

Cook dinner “together”.

Food is meant to be a shared experience, just like this free online open-source cookbook. What started as a project between friends is now a widely shared collection of 100+ recipes from Toronto chefs, food personalities and amateur cooks. Choose a dish to cook together. Or if you’re feeling competitive, challenge a friend to see who can make the better-looking Jamaican peppa shrimp. 

two people cooking in kitchen together

TIFF from home.

Go on a virtual movie date. Bust out your personal red carpet, Toronto International Film Fest (TIFF) is coming to you. TIFF Stay-at-Home Cinema showcases a collection of curated films via Crave so that we can all watch together. Join a live pre-show chat via social media (@TIFF_NET) with special guests, and continue to share your thoughts and join conversations as we all watch the screenings together.

Turn your living room into the main stage.

Many Toronto artists, musicians and dancers have taken to wooing audiences from their living rooms to empty venues for concerts and performances you can stream from home

Make art and keep calm.

Studies show that art can help us through happy and challenging times. Engage your right brain and get creative with the Art Gallery of Ontario #AGOfromHome series. Try making your own soft sculpture at home and then compare your masterpieces before sharing with the masses online using the hashtag.

Go clubbing at a LGBTQ+ party.

A queer dance party every night of the week? Heck. Yes. Tune into Torontonian-founded Club Quarantine via Zoom at 9 pm to dance to the beats of Toronto and international DJs. Check out the etiquette before heading to the club.

Have a watch party with some very binge-able shows set in Toronto.

If you haven’t seen set-in-Toronto Workin’ Moms or The Baroness Von Show yet, what are you waiting for? There’s also Degrassi the Next Generation featuring a very young Drake, Orphan Black and more. Peek sights around the city in these series — whether they’re supposed to be Toronto scenes or not (ahem, Suits). 

Here’s what to watch and where to watch them.

Settle into a filmed-in-Toronto movie marathon.

The Shape of Water, Chicago (yes, Chicago) and Suicide Squad are only a few of the blockbuster hits filmed in the city (even if they aren’t necessarily set here). Get your Toronto fix by spotting some of the city’s most iconic places in these movies.

Start a virtual lit club and curl up with a book based in Toronto.

While Toronto may play stand-in for American cities on TV and the big screen, it takes a starring role in literature. There’s no better time to dive into the compelling coming-of-age novel Cat’s Eye by renowned Canadian author Margaret Atwood. Or immerse yourself in the beautiful, national best-selling story of a lesbian avant-guard artist living in Toronto in What We All Long For. Follow up with a Zoom wine party to discuss.

Spend quality time with the kids, courtesy of Toronto’s attractions.

If you’re looking for creative ways to keep the young ones (and yourself) from going a little stir crazy while at home, Toronto’s museums, amusement parks and other attractions have pulled out all the virtual stops to keep the family entertained — virtual roller coaster rides and shark cams included.

Check out all there is for them to do from home.

See it. Snap it. Share it. In every neighbourhood, around every corner, through every door there's something that begs to be discovered in Toronto.


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