Coronavirus has postponed weddings, graduations, proms and more, leaving America to celebrate big moments from home. But that doesn’t mean you can’t throw a special party from home. If you're looking for ways to celebrate a child's birthday while social distancing , there are ways for your little one to see their friends with technology. Virtual sleepovers seem to be leading the pack; searches for "virtual sleepover ideas” are up 799% on Pinterest, according to a new trend report from the social media site.
Among the search results are suggestions for ways to gather over online platforms like Zoom and Facetime. Kids can play games like Simon says, truth or dare, would you rather or two truths and a lie. If they’re using the HouseParty app, they can play Heads Up, trivia, Chips and Guac, or Quick Draw, which is just like Pictionary.
Other virtual playdate ideas include watching a movie together — there’s an option for this on Netflix called “Netflix Party” with synchronized playback and group chat — listening to music, having a scavenger hunt, show and tell, crafts, charades and quizzes. Of course, when it's time to actually sleep, you'll have to shut down your computer and count sheep.
While a lot of the ideas for virtual sleepovers are for the kiddos, there are great ideas here for adults, too. Maybe just pair your Mad Libs with a glass of Cabernet. After all, giving your friends and family a call on Zoom is one of the best ways to keep in touch amid the coronavirus pandemic.