The Friday 5 — April 24-26

Your guide to staying at home this weekend

C&G Newspapers | Published April 23, 2020

For this week’s stay-at-home edition of the Friday 5, we asked C & G staffers for their top technology and app recommendations to stay busy and/or socialize for another weekend inside. Here are their suggestions: 

1. House Party
The House Party app is a great way to connect with friends and even play games together.

— Mary Beth Almond, Staff Writer

2. Virtual movie night
A few of us reporters have been having virtual movie nights a few times a week. We all choose a flick, pour a glass of wine, press play at the same time and chat throughout the whole thing. I swear, it’s as much fun as the real deal.

— Tiffany Esshaki, Staff Writer

3. GamePigeon
The GamePigeon app is fun for kids to play games together, apart. The chess game is nice for learners because you can’t make an incorrect move, but you can still make really bad ones.

— Annie Bates, Editor

4. Streak for the Cash
I’m still making Streak for the Cash picks on the ESPN Fantasy app. Essentially, the game asks you to pick the outcomes of sporting events or whether a certain thing will happen during a sporting event. You win a cash prize if you put together the longest streak of correct picks or have the most overall correct picks in a calendar month. There is still horse racing, baseball in Taiwan, Russian Liga Pro Short Hockey, the NFL Draft, plus questions about TV shows, lottery numbers and more.

— David Wallace, Editor

5. Virtual game night
My extended family has enjoyed a couple virtual game nights. So far, we’ve just played bingo, but we might try some different games in the nights ahead. The children have enjoyed playing along with their cousins and seeing each other all on the same screen via FaceTime. We each made our own playing boards and one adult volunteers to call out the numbers. It’s a great way to stay close, while staying apart. BINGO!

— Jon Malavolti, Editor

>> And in case you missed our past suggestions, here’s some ideas from our staff on exercise recommendations, video games, TV shows, books and movies to enjoy while you’re stuck at home.