We’re going to keep offering up ideas for virtual birthday party games until we are completely dry. And then we’ll try and think up some new ones.
Why? Because the more variety and options of virtual birthday party games you have to offer the more possibilities for tailored fun you have.
Variety being the spice of life and all that.
And hey, kids are dealing with a lot right now and it’s tough for the younger ones, especially to socialize outside of the house. Moms and dads are doing all they can to bring normalcy to their lives and that means finding fun ways to celebrate birthdays.
So here are more ideas for virtual birthday party games.
Snack and Paint Party
This one is pretty straightforward. The key is coordinating with other parents. You provide the kids with the same snacks to enjoy. Up next, you all watch the same YouTube video that walks them through a drawing or painting project. Watch the video in advance to make sure you and the other parents have all the art supplies needed.
So many apps so many possibilities. It’s never been easier to have a movie party with friends while social distancing. There’s Netflix Party, Kast, and TwoSeven, and many more. Don’t forget to bring movie snacks!
This is one that you can DIY or use a company like The Lanyard Ladies who mail out craft kits and set up online meetings for kids to do it together.
Book Reading Party
Yeah, so we’ll talk about this one again because it’s what we do and a book reading is fun and stimulates kids’ creativity. And all of our special birthday kids get a free copy of I Got You A Present!
Pictionary is fun, fun, fun and a simple game that can be played at any virtual birthday party.
You can virtual birthday party theme it up and create a list of birthday party words like: birthday cake, balloon, candles, presents, party, candles, etc.
Give your Child an Awesome Virtual Birthday Adventure!
When award-winning book authors Mike & Susan forget the “I Got You A Present!” birthday book, they hop into their spaceship and take the birthday child and their guests on a hilarious, fun-filled journey to Planet Birthday Party! With help from the kids, Mike & Susan find the book and read it to their new friends. Plus, every birthday child gets a copy of the book! There’s a party package for every child, including very little ones and the adventure-adverse.
Today we’re talking gifts for virtual birthday parties. Even at the best of times, gift-giving can be, um, tricky, and gifts for virtual birthday parties can be even trickier.
And a virtual birthday party doesn’t mean there can’t be presents and celebration.
You can, of course, go the traditional route and send gifts, or you can get creative…
For instance, you can always…
Gussy Up the Front Yard
Let the street know it’s your wee one’s big day and decorate your front yard with balloons, streamers, posters, chalk drawings. If you live in a building poster up that window or decorate that balcony.
Ask friends of the birthday kid to come by (when no-one else is around) and add their own messages and pictures outside in chalk.
Your virtual guests could decorate their own door and you can drive your birthday kid around to their friends’ houses to see the decorations. It’d be even more fun if their friends could be outside to cheer or sing or yell happy birthday as you drive by.
So, there have been a slew of rave reviews for it and we couldn’t be happier about that. And the book is about more than just birthdays. It helps kids navigate the difficulties of setbacks and failures while inspiring them to understand what’s really important: friendship.
Looking for ideas for gifts for virtual birthday parties? Good Housekeeping has a truly awesome list of the 75 ultimate gifts for kids in 2020.
Getting ready to throw a virtual birthday party for kids? You’re in luck because we’re going to help you perfectly plan your virtual birthday party.
One of the biggest surprises of physical distancing has been the discovery that virtual birthday parties for kids are a lot of fun and that there are all kinds of upsides when it comes to throwing virtual birthday celebrations.
To begin with, it’s not like you have to drive anywhere and you won’t be cleaning up after a house full of little guests, who, while always delightful, have been known to be a bit messy.
You can also include others who otherwise couldn’t join, like cousins, grandparents or friends who live far away.
Even better? Throwing a virtual birthday party for kids is a lot easier than you think. Let’s break out the checklist and go through what you’ll need to plan your virtual party and make sure it’s a roaring success.
You can’t have a virtual birthday party for kids without guests and there are lots of fun ways to invite the little (and big) guests to your party. You can write up your own one and go with a traditional email blast, and if you have artistic abilities splash it up with a colorful design.
Or you can download virtual cards from sites like Greeting Island, they have a wide selection of virtual birthday cards for kids and a lot of freebies as well. I put this together in less than a minute. And for under 10 dollars, I can have the watermark removed. That said, the watermark isn’t obtrusive.
If the virtual birthday party you are planning isn’t for a few weeks, you can go old school and snail mail out the invites. Experts say it’s unlikely that the virus is travelling through the mail, and there’s something extra special about receiving a physical invitation. Your call.
Whatever route you choose, there are some details that have to be included: You’ll want to let your guests know when to log on, provide the meeting ID/link for the party, the date and time, and any additional details on activities you want people to participate in.
We also find, that with very young kids it’s a good idea to dedicate a certain amount of time with each of the child’s friends. Video chats with several split screens are difficult for kids. Some direct attention helps them avoid sensory overload.
How To Plan A Virtual Birthday Party – TheTech
We’re big fans of Zoom and do all our shows through it. The free forever current plan allows you to:
Host up to 100 participants
40-minute maximum group meetings
Unlimited 1:1 Meetings
That said, we have a paid account because we never want to rush a party because Zoom’s free call is about to cut out
Quick tip: Add a password to your Zoom party to prevent unwanted guests.
If you’re a little unsure how to use Zoom, check our this video primer on how to work Zoom.
If Zoom isn’t your thing Other options include:
Google Hangouts, Google’s longest-running messaging and video chat service. Heads’ up: As of June 2020 this service will only be offered to consumer accounts, which is basically anyone with a @gmail.com or @googlemail.com email address.
Messenger Kids a kid-friendly video chat platform with a group chat option that includes parental controls and fun face filters.
Skype allows free video calls for up to 50 people on most every mobile device, tablet or computer.
For Apple fans, FaceTime is free for up to 32 people.
One thing all of these applications have in common: you’ll need a good internet connection.
And don’t forget that you’ll need a webcam (some laptops have them built-in). Your video quality will depend on your camera. We use the Logitech Brio (it’s pricey, but we want to have the best video quality available). Then there are the extras for more professional lighting such as a webcam ring light that clips onto your webcam.
One last thing: We highly recommend that your camera has a privacy cover. It is possible that someone could snoop on you when you’re not using your camera without you knowing, and so a cover prevents anyone from seeing what you’re doing.
How To Plan A Virtual Birthday Party – TheTest Run
You can’t go wrong with a test run. A day or two before (preferably two in case you encounter real problems) get some friends to call in, and make sure that your setup is working. Test out any music, video or virtual backgrounds, make sure your lighting is right, and troubleshoot any issues that occur. Once that’s done you can rest assured that you are tech ready for you the party.
In all likelihood your webcam is capturing you from the waist up. So, you can probably get away with the sweatpants but a festive top and/or fun hat will certainly add to the virtual birthday party fun.
Including party decor in the background will also add to the festive feel. And nothing says Birthday Party quite like colourful balloons and banners. Theme parties are tons of fun. If you don’t have the time or creativity to do it all yourself, help can be found online from companies like Party City. You can also source creative printable party supplies at Etsy.
Hiring Online Party Entertainers
Like us! Or, not us and something else. There is a wide variety of entertainers offering up their services from Princess Parties to Science Parties to Magic Parties to Adventure Parties to… well, you get the point.
Games and Activities
Our show includes simple but fun games such as Dance Freeze Tag (to a groovy dance beat) and Simon Says. The kids love playing them – and so do we! As mentioned, we also like to spend a bit of time with each of the guests and our virtual birthday party always ends with reading our book and singing Happy Birthday to the boy or girl.
And it’s always fun to take kids on big adventures, and you can too!
For example. One of our shows is a virtual outer space birthday adventure. We arrive to read our book I Got You A Present! (published by Kids Can Press) but soon discover that Susan has left it on Planet Birthday Party. No problem! We hop into our spaceship and take the birthday child and their guests on a hilarious, fun-filled journey to Planet Birthday Party! With help from the kids, we find the book and read it to their new friends. Plus, every birthday child gets a copy of the book!