By Michelle Yu

    Making friends is no easy feat. A stroke of luck, chance meetings, first impressions…

    But you can’t go wrong with this list of seven ways to connect with your new-found friend, featuring stay-at-home activities, free activities, and jaunts in your local area!

    1.  Visit a nearby beach, including Werribee South Beach, Williamstown Beach, Altona Beach, and Western Beach in Geelong, for some relaxing waves and wide-open space. 
    2. Attend free events at your local library, including book groups, toddler play sessions, movie clubs, technology help for seniors, school holiday events, and more! Check your library for event availability. 
    3. Picnic in a local park: Check out Mamma Knows West’s list of top 30 playgrounds in Melbourne’s West 
    4. Marvel at the wonders of science and nature at Scienceworks, with activities and exhibits for both adults and children 
    5. Share your favourite songs, videos and jokes over texts, WhatsApp, Facebook and other social media platforms for hours of stay-at-home entertainment and laughs with your friend. 
    6. Enjoy the vibes at your local cafe, featuring everything from coffee to brunches! See the Australian Good Food Guide’s list of Melbourne Western Suburbs Cafe Restaurants : 
    7. Play mobile games so you can stay cosy at home while connecting with friends, for example Words with Friends, Uno, and so on.


    To sum up, don’t let shyness, bad weather or cost keep you from buddying up with your new friend! There are a range of indoor, outdoor and free things that you can do in your local area.

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