This page has our list of virtual happy hour activities.
Virtual happy hour activities are things to do during virtual meetings that are usually fun, relaxing and focused on connection among attendees.
Specifically, you will find on this list:
- fun virtual happy hour activities
- work virtual happy hour activities
- virtual happy hour trivia
- virtual happy hour icebreakers
And more too 🙂
So, here is the list.
List of virtual happy hour activities
The following is a list of fun virtual happy hour activities for work. You can do these activities on Zoom, Webex, Microsoft Teams and other virtual conference platforms. We have a list of virtual happy hour games too.
1. MTV Cribs: Fridge Edition
MTV Cribs is a show where a camera crew follows a celebrity around their house. The celebrity shows off some of the house features and cool stuff they collect. “This is my third hot tub that I only use for parties”, you might here these fancy people say.
MTV Cribs: Fridge Edition is just like the show but with fewer trophy display cases. For this virtual happy hour activity, challenge three of your attendees to do a virtual tour of their kitchen. Start with the counters, then go to the cupboards, and finally the big reveal: inside the fridge.
Other people on the call should be an active audience; cheering, asking questions and shaming the hosts for their wilted lettuce. Record the sessions and archive them as a unique moment in organizational history.
2. Virtual Happy Hour Icebreakers
Starting a virtual happy hour with five minutes of ice breaker questions can drastically improve the tone of the entire experience. I recommend that you use fun icebreakers, like:
- Where would you haunt for all eternity?
- Pancakes of waffles?
- Which song can you listen to over and over again?
- On a scale of 1 – 5, how are your guacamole making skills and why?
Here is a full list of virtual icebreaker questions.
Quick tip: Have each participant in the virtual happy hour icebreakers announce the next person up before sharing an answer. Virtual calls lack the visual cue of standing in a circle, so you need to be very deliberate about the order.
3. Virtual Happy Hour Scavenger Hunt
Scavenger hunts can be a fun way to unite your people around a common cause. That cause it usually solving clues, and racing against time to beat the other teams. This format doesn’t work very well for virtual happy hours which are typically short in duration, and hard to collaborate during.
Instead, do a lightning round scavenger hunt:
- Organize your people into teams for point allocation.
- Announce a series of objects one by one.
- Attendees race to find the object.
- Players win points for their team by being the first to show the object on screen.
For example, you could prompt your people to find a curling iron, a book they haven’t read, or their favorite mug. Rinse and repeat until the fun dries up.
4. Virtual Happy Hour Trivia
Most trivia adapts well to an online format, so you can do a variety of “name that tune” style trivia, pub trivia and more. One recommendation is try to include action items in your virtual happy hour trivia because sitting in front of a soul-sucking screen the entire time usually doesn’t maximize engagement.
The easiest way to make your own virtual happy hour trivia questions is to Google a subject that is relevant to your audience for “weird facts about _________” and then turn that list into multiple choice questions. For example, “weird facts about virtual happy hours” for a very meta approach.
5. The Lion Sleeps Tonight
Young Michael once called a radio station and asked that the host play The Lion Sleeps Tonight by The Nylons. I was a fool that hadn’t yet been exposed to the harsh realities of cover songs.
None the less, I would like to share with you one of the modestly fun virtual happy hour activities, known as The Lion Sleeps Tonight. Here are the rules:
- The host plays the infamous song from my radio-troubled childhood.
- Encourage your attendees to sing-a-long with the lyrics.
- Every time The Tokens say the words “the lion sleeps tonight”, everyone closes their eyes and simulates sleep.
- The last person to open their eyes each time gets 1 point. If the song says the lion phrase again before you open your eyes then you lose 5 points, and can go negative.
Here is The Lion Sleeps Tonight for your virtual happy hour reference:
You can do this activity with other songs too, but Another One Bites the Dust is less fun. Depending on your squad, “sippin’ on gin and juice” could be a hit.
If you are planning virtual happy hour activities then it is worth considering all the options. Check out our lists of 5 Fun Virtual Happy Hour Ideas and 5 Fun Games to Play on Webex for some quick inspiration.
You may also want to brainstorm a list of your own virtual happy hour activities.
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