5 Fun Virtual Happy Hour Activities for Work

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July 05, 2020

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.

photo of person cleaning a fridge in anticipation of a virtual happy hour activity

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:

  1. Organize your people into teams for point allocation.
  2. Announce a series of objects one by one.
  3. Attendees race to find the object.
  4. 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:

  1. The host plays the infamous song from my radio-troubled childhood.
  2. Encourage your attendees to sing-a-long with the lyrics.
  3. Every time The Tokens say the words “the lion sleeps tonight”, everyone closes their eyes and simulates sleep.
  4. 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.

Conclusion

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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Author: Michael Alexis

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Comments & Reactions ✨
  1. May
    May 3, 2020 at 5:12 pm

    These are awesome ideas! How about one that lets members engage physically… for example a dancing contest. You can call out a dance style like the macrarena and best dancer wins. Or make it fun by having the members scores each other with a score card

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    • Laura
      June 2, 2020 at 12:16 am

      These are all such fun ideas! Getting to know your fellow coworkers can help improve your workplace environment.

      I think it could be cool to incorporate ”wellness” ideas such as healthy recipe night, or yoga.

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  2. Daniela
    May 10, 2020 at 7:05 pm

    Great ideas! How about a game where members bring up their Shazam history and choose a song to play for their team that reflects their personality. Each team member, without announcing their name, will play a song from their Shazam history and everyone else has to guess the song name and whose Shazam’s profile it’s coming up. To keep it fun, each member can pick the most random songs in their history. Whomever guesses right, racks up a point.

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  3. Brooke
    May 12, 2020 at 5:42 pm

    I think a virtual quarantine edition of chopped with coworkers would be so fun. Where the coworkers are given 3 different cooking challenges and there are a few coworkers picked to judge the appearance/quality of the dishes – of course this would have to be based on looks/presentation alone, but I think it would be fun. Alternatively, coworkers can also film their own cooking show from their home kitchens which can be amusing. Everyone is given a challenge to cook a certain meal/food item and film themselves while doing it. I feel it would be a riot.

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  4. Wendy
    May 12, 2020 at 11:12 pm

    These ideas are so much fun. I’d like to toss out an idea…how about a virtual company gift exchange that co-workers can “swap” their prize for someone else’s by winning a challenge. The company would have gifts of things like an extra PTO day, or specialty gift cards or company-branded goodies to “steal” from your co-workers. Think a virtual “The Office Christmas Party Yankee Swap”.

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  5. Ariana
    May 12, 2020 at 11:32 pm

    A fun idea would be to play a version of Never Have I Ever in which each person prepares a statement. “Never have I ever….(insert activity here).” Then, every other person says if they have or haven’t done that activity. This could lead to some interesting stories to share with the group! The person who has the least amount of people that also haven’t done their activity wins!

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  6. Gloria Clark
    May 13, 2020 at 4:14 am

    I think a great idea for a virtual happy hour activity would be a virtual game of Act it out but Netflix or Hulu addition! During times like these, your go to apps when you are bored are Netflix and Hulu! During this game each employee will act out their favorite actor from a recent Netflix or Hulu movie/show! This can be a great way for people to also make suggestions of the latest movie or show they have been watching! I think this will be a fun game for everyone to get involved in.

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  7. Yusra Aziz
    May 13, 2020 at 4:35 pm

    I think a great addition to this list would be Know that line. Where a song is played/or a movie line read out and the first to show up a coloured paper gets to answer. A point can be awarded for right answers. Simple and some remote fun.

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  8. Kim
    May 13, 2020 at 6:01 pm

    Happy Hours are always made more entertaining with a game of Cards Against Humanity. This can now be played online Playingcards.io or a similar app – Evil Apples. The game can be made more happy hour friendly by not only picking the winning card, but also picking a losing card for negative points.

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  9. Maysem
    May 13, 2020 at 7:12 pm

    My idea for a virtual happy hour. Find one object in your house that says something about you. Share it and tell us how it describes you. For example, I would share a vintage blue and white tea cup. What is says about me: Blue is my favorite color. I love vintage/antique shopping; love objects with a story behind it. I love timeless aesthetics. And I enjoy a nice cup of tea in a nice tea cup!

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  10. Max
    May 14, 2020 at 12:30 am

    These are all great ideas, especially the fridge showcase; I’ll take any excuse to make a snack. I think a real fun activity could be a video fashion show. Announce a theme before the call and give contestants a suitable amount of time to dress and impress. You could do anything from historical fashions, to closet cosplay, or perhaps trying to recreate a celebrity style! That’s a great way to bring out some pieces of your wardrobe, show off some individuality to your colleagues, and maybe even pick up a few fashion tips!

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  11. Sasha
    May 14, 2020 at 3:52 pm

    Have a topic to speak about and each person will speak based on who is the oldest to maintain organization during the virtual meeting. For example, if you could choose any TV or film character to be your best friend, who would it be and why?

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  12. Christopher Murray
    May 14, 2020 at 9:33 pm

    Here is an idea: Two Truths and a Lie!
    Have everyone come up with two things that are true about themselves and another thing that’s false. Then have each person present what they came up with. Everyone tries to guess the right answer, which leads to stories about past life experiences and facilitates engaging and enjoyable conversation

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  13. Mary Dye
    May 14, 2020 at 11:10 pm

    What about Virtual Karaoke or Charades? With Karaoke, after the song is done you have a spinner that randomly chooses the name of the next person and you have a list of songs. With Charades, you again have a spinner that will randomly choose a topic. Divide the participants into two groups and each group takes turns guessing.

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  14. Melody
    May 15, 2020 at 1:01 am

    I love the MTV Cribs: Fridge Edition. I was hoping now in quarantine we would get a glimpse of some people’s homes. Like an MTV Cribs Quarantine Edition.

    For a virtual happy hour activity, it would be neat to do a version of Fantasy Football but for your family. My cousin and I have played this game where we go back and forth picking people, famous or not (can be a celebrity/musician/etc. or a friend), as our family member. For example, I would pick Zach Galifianakis as my brother. We both agreed it would be absolutely amazing to have Julie Andrews as our grandma. You can keep it simple or you can go on to explain why you chose that person and can go even deeper into why you chose the familial role you placed them in. So the game essentially works like Fantasy Football but you pick out who would be your parents, grandparents, aunt, uncle, brother(s), sister(s), cousins, kid(s) and even pet(s) if you’d like. You can extend the family as far as your third cousin twice removed if you want (if that even exists.) Who cares? That’s the fun of the game!

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  15. Xiomara
    May 15, 2020 at 1:26 am

    My idea for a virtual happy hour is to have a college theme night! Everyone in the group will drink a beverage (alcoholic or not) of their choice in the ever so classic red Solo cup while playing virtual typically seen drinking games that would’ve been played during college. For example, if there are 10 people on the call — there would be 5 rows on top and 5 rows at the bottom. They could virtually play flip cup to where each person flips the cup, drinks, and the next person has to go until it reaches the end of the line or ‘row’ of the virtual call. There are various other ‘college’ or classic drinking games that are known at university that can be turned virtual such as this one!

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  16. Hope
    May 15, 2020 at 3:48 pm

    Those are all great! What about doing a virtual chili cook off? Each team member shares a their favorite chili recipe and than has to pick someone else to recreate someone else’s recipe. Once you have cooked the recipe you write what your experience was like and what you liked about the dish?

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  17. Adriana
    May 15, 2020 at 5:11 pm

    Virtual happy hour idea.
    Date night with friends. family or a new love interest. Everyone will have the same ingredients to make the same dish. You can virtually walk through step by step of what you are making and how. Once dinner is ready to be served light a candle and toast to a delicious meal.

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  18. Mariana Gonzalez
    May 16, 2020 at 1:45 am

    One example of an activity to make virtual happy hour more interesting is having is everyone picks a song they want to listen to in the background. Whenever a song comes on that a person picked to be on the playlist they have to go around the table or room and start up a conversation with a new person.

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  19. Julie Ann
    May 16, 2020 at 5:04 am

    Pups & Pajamas! Meet during Virtual Happy Hour in Pajamas and bring your pets on screen for people to see <3

    Fantasy Wars! Show up as your favorite fantasy character from Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Marvel universe or Harry Potter and be ready to engage in multi-fantasy-battle trivia!

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  20. Ashley
    May 17, 2020 at 2:01 am

    How about a virtual guessing game where you guess-a-coworker? So split into teams, one person from each team draws a card (the cards have your team members’ names on them), and you have to describe the person on the card you draw with only three words. If your team guesses correctly, they get a point. The team with the most correct guesses wins!

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  21. Megan
    May 17, 2020 at 2:24 am

    Ooh, I love a good game of trivia – especially if it’s Pop Culture or Disney-related!

    What about a game of Dungeons and Dragons? This could turn into a weekly Happy Hour activity which can mentally engage the participants in a topic outside of work, and will also allow the participants to be creative and let loose (as much or as little as they want).

    One person would be selected as Dungeon Master, and the participants would personalize their character sheets ahead of the first call. The campaign (game) could simply be a quick one-hour adventure, or it could become a multi-week campaign, depending on how everyone felt about it. There is a website called Roll20 which acts as a virtual tabletop for D&D games, so no one would need to purchase any equipment and the video conferencing is built-in. D&D offers some escapism from the chaos in the world, and also helps foster connectedness and interpersonal skills! Plus it’s a lot of fun. 🙂

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  22. Marian
    May 17, 2020 at 3:36 pm

    virtual happy hour icebreakers.
    This will be more fun as the virtual work most of the time sitting in front of the computer for a long time. Doing 15-20 minutes icebreakers would make the work more fun and healthy (physically and mentally).

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  23. Alexis
    May 18, 2020 at 5:58 am

    Awesome ideas! How about an activity that involves wellness? Like a 5-10 minute session of exercise that can promote movement at the beginning of each work day. Starting with basic yoga positions and ending with each person verbalizing their goals and expectations for the day.

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  24. Erica
    May 18, 2020 at 1:53 pm

    These are great! What about adding some games? Hula Hoop contests are so much fun! Also, what about a “how well do you know your coworker” game? Everybody submits facts about themselves like their favorite food, song, movie, vacation spot, etc. If it’s a group that’s already comfortable with each other and knows each other well, you could even get more personal like describe your most embarrassing moment. Whoever can place the fact with the coworker first gets a point, and the person with the most points at the end of the game wins a prize like an iTunes or Amazon gift card.

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  25. Melissa B.
    May 18, 2020 at 5:18 pm

    I love dressing up and costuming (yay theatre kids!), so anything that involves being able to put on a show or dress up is great! How about themes for happy hour, it could be a color (create an outfit head to toe + accessories with one color), a book or movie series, videogames, tv show/anime you name it! It can either be decided ahead of time or If you really like a challenge it could be on the spot like charades. You spin a virtual wheel or pick a paper out of a hat and you have a limited amount of time to make your outfit and people on your team have to guess who you are if its a person/place/thing or someone is the judge and judges how good you do!

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  26. Emily
    May 18, 2020 at 5:41 pm

    I love activities that bring a little personal life to the work life!
    How about a tour of a bookshelf or music collection!
    I’m always intrigued by the food at other peoples homes. What’s an item that’s always on your grocery list? (Mine is lemons!)
    A cocktail, or mocktail, show and tell.
    Pet Introductions! Working from home means working with our pets, right? Each of our pets has a story that everyone should know! If someone doesn’t have a pet, they can share about a pet they’ve had in the past or a pet they’d like to have in the future (mythical pets allowed).

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  27. Erica
    May 18, 2020 at 11:59 pm

    I’m a big fan of trivia (and dream to one day compete on Jeopardy), so I’m always up for any version of that.

    Another way to connect during a virtual happy hour is to have a game of Musical Bingo. I especially appreciate themed versions (think Pitch Perfect riff-off categories). It’s just like Bingo but instead of calling out numbers, the facilitator plays a clip of a song. If that’s on your board, you cross it out. First one with a line wins! For additional engagement, have the participants submit song suggestions beforehand.

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  28. Mike P
    May 19, 2020 at 5:14 pm

    I am so very into all these activities! I think one idea that could fit in these activities is including a game that doesn’t pressure people to feel like they trying too hard. Maybe something like never have I ever, but office good deed edition! Each participant must close their eyes and on their turn, must tell everyone a good deed that they always do in the office. This could include sharing snacks at the break room or things small like greeting everyone in the morning. The participants would then have to put a finger up if they do this. On the count of three everyone opens their eyes. Everyone can see the fingers up and must thank those people for what they do. Points don’t matter but you get an additional point if you volunteer to do that good deed this week. There is no winner to the game but it promotes positivity among office mates, friendship, and unity. Feel free to twist the game to pertain to your individual offices!

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  29. Sheena E
    May 19, 2020 at 9:32 pm

    Wow! I am loving this list of virtual happy hour team activities/ideas! MTV Cribs: Fridge Edition, hilarious. Let’s make this a long but hopefully, not exhaustive list of ideas to share!

    Here are some more:

    1. If the weather allows, virtually meeting outside! There’s nothing more enjoyable than drinking in the sun (on camera)!

    2. Tongue twister game, anyone? Or even a brain game to keep each other sharp! Whoever can do the most brain/tongue twister games for the longest without messing up, wins!

    3. I’m all for moving around and getting some circulation going, how about some desk friendly exercises/stretches to do after each sip?

    4. How fun would it be to learn to perform basic magic tricks together? The good ‘ol coin behind the ear trick is pretty fun.

    5. Does anyone play any instruments? It could be a happy hour sing along with a piano, guitar, ukulele, the sky’s the limit! Maybe even a virtual talent show!

    6. How does a happy hour knitting/sewing/craft making circle sound? Perhaps, a Mask Making 101 class? How to Make Your Hand Sanitizer? Origami!

    7. The team could doodle, paint, or color together and show off their best work! Pjs, Paint, and Sip, anyone?

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  30. Alex
    May 20, 2020 at 12:25 am

    These activities are epic! I’d love to join in on any of them. An idea that could be a great happy hour activity is a show and tell. Having participants all pick an item that means something to them and share its significance can really bring a group together! Another idea is something I learned during my time as a camp counselor: brain teasers. No matter the age, people love to be stumped by a fun mind trick. Whether it’s the classic “Green Glass Door” (https://campfirehacker.com/green-glass-door/) or the lesser-known “Around the World” (https://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20071210192453AAe6U8a), brain teasers always get people fired up and ready to go!

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  31. Rach F
    May 20, 2020 at 2:08 am

    How about some psychodrama activities enacting issues that come up on a daily basis and ideas to solve them.

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  32. Toyin Oluwalola
    May 20, 2020 at 6:40 pm

    Great ideas! I think it would be great to have some sort of virtual tutorial series like:

    1. How I did that series (Hair Tutorials, Tire Change, Make up tutorials etc.)
    2. Am I funny? (virtual comedy)
    3. Sing Along (virtual karaoke)

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  33. Melanie McSweeney
    May 20, 2020 at 6:55 pm

    These are great ideas! I think also a Great British Bake Off scenario between co-workers would be super fun, with the added hilarity of everyone doing their own British accent.
    You could also do a virtual happy hour book club, or a Scattergories game.
    Additionally, there could be a happy hour drink, with each co worker creating their own!

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  34. Rachel Vanderende
    May 21, 2020 at 3:15 am

    I came up with a virtual version of the “Whisper” game, but I already submitted it for a separate comment. However, I think a virtual “Hangman” is possible, too!

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  35. Jany Sabins
    May 21, 2020 at 1:08 pm

    Name something in your background or history that no one would know!

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  36. Wanda
    May 21, 2020 at 2:58 pm

    My co-workers and I are always trying to come up with virtual happy hour ideas – there are some great ideas represented here.

    One that I came up with that we all enjoy is Theme Night. Dress for the theme. Then, assign each person a ‘personality’ from that theme. If it’s a show, pick a character. If it’s a decade, pick someone famous from that time period, etc. They have to act that person all night. This is fun to just chat with, but if you throw in an online game to play together while staying in character, it’s even more fun!

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  37. Naadia
    May 21, 2020 at 7:22 pm

    I think a little friendly competition always livens up a virtual happy hour. It’s a fun way to boost engagement, and usually arises at every happy hour. Introducing Virtual Happy Hour – Guess Who

    Each person can pre submit 3 interesting or fun fact about themselves. The remaining happy hourees, each have a turn to guess which person each fact belongs to. The person who guesses the most correct fact is crowned Guess Who champion.

    The winner of the game receives exclusive “I know my team” bragging rights.

    A great way to make icebreakers more fun !

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  38. Katie
    May 21, 2020 at 8:03 pm

    I have seen relatives of mine doing a “show & tell” and they tell each other one negative, and one positive of working from home. It allows everyone to complain a little if they need to, but also practice gratitude and increase moral.

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  39. Abigail
    May 22, 2020 at 2:51 am

    What about doing a virtual murder mystery party?!?
    -Someone is murdered, you are given an identity (costumes and accents are greatly appreciated), you must stay in character while asking your co- workers questions to try and unfold the story and find out who the murderer is…… be warned, it could be you!

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  40. Darla
    May 22, 2020 at 4:30 am

    Here’s an idea:

    “Guess Who” Show & Tell

    This activity will require some prep-work and a team moderator. Each person on the team will select any item from their office that they feel represents them in some way. For example, if a team member is a kid at heart, he/she/they might bring a slinky or other toy (because let’s face it, a kid at heart definitely has a toy in the office!). Since this is a virtual happy hour, each person will send a photo of their selected item to the team moderator. During the virtual happy hour, the moderator will show each photo via screen share while the team guesses who the object belongs to. Once the owner of the object is revealed, he/she/they can provide an explanation of why that object represents them. A fun way to get to know your team a little better!

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  41. Jennifer
    May 22, 2020 at 6:00 pm

    How about a virtual version of The Price is Right where everyone chooses objects from their house and the others have to guess retail price. Or virtual Match Game, 2 contestants and the celebrities, then a question is asked and each contestant answers. Who ever matches with the most celebrities wins.

    Other idea, virtual tarot or oracle card reading or astrological chart reading if no one has any objections to that sort of thing.

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  42. Emir
    May 22, 2020 at 6:33 pm

    These are awesome ideas! I think a studio-art contest where participants have to model a piece of art of a famous painting (for example Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh) would not only be fun but a challenge as well. It could get even more interesting if participants had the option to use non-conventional items found from drawers from home to complicate the game. The winner could receive a print from an online art website or just the option to laud over their co-workers their awesome win!

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  43. Andrea
    May 22, 2020 at 10:47 pm

    “Quarantine karaoke” A great virtual happy hour activity is a virtual karaoke with a twist. All the members would have a list of movie titles that they would randomly pick. As each member gets a turn they have to sing a song that is related to the movie title that they chose. The other members would try and guess the name of the movie. The one with the highest guesses.. WINS !

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  44. Pau
    May 23, 2020 at 5:38 am

    A Virtual Iron Chef where you can only cook based on what’s is stored in your Fridge

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  45. Jany Sabins
    May 23, 2020 at 12:21 pm

    Have a one-liner joke contest. Brings about laughter!

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  46. Patricia Craig
    May 23, 2020 at 5:10 pm

    I ‘m thinking of a relatively new activity, hope it’s something all can try: “The Mailman”
    Each participant must choose a category, ie: bills, junkmail, packages, etc., spelling out each piece as one could receive, then each pick 5 pieces of mail for their mailbox, there would be an assigned group of letters (alphabetically) by the person administrating the session, if any of the mail pieces spell out a specific word or phrase from those letters, that person GOT MAIL and wins.

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  47. Christine
    May 23, 2020 at 7:43 pm

    An idea for a virtual happy hour would be a game in which you guess films! You can narrow it down to categories such as Animated, RomCom, Action etc.. You can act out a scene, sing a song from the movie or name the actors/ location of the film etc.

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  48. Mya Manson
    May 23, 2020 at 9:55 pm

    These are all great ideas! I think that a game of Wikipedia Relay would be a great addition. It’s something fun and easy, and a quick stress reliever. Here’s the concept: Be the first to get from one topic on Wikipedia to another, without hitting the back button. Each player will share their screen after agreeing to a starting topic (Trees, Smart Water, Microeconomics) and to an end topic (Jellybeans, Foot massage, Bottle caps). When all players are ready you must get from Point A to Point B by clicking various links. No back button and no search bar. It’s a fun way to release some tension or a little bit of stress. And it’s fun.

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  49. Caitlin
    May 24, 2020 at 12:40 pm

    Awesome ideas! Another idea I think would be fun would be to have a theme for each happy hour, where everyone needs to dress up according to whatever the happy hour’s theme is. 80’s, Disney Characters, Favorite TV show – the list is literally endless. Once everyone is on the call, each participant should explain their costume and why it relates to the theme. A winner can then be picked by everyone writing down the name of the person who’s costume they most liked on a piece of paper and holding it up to the screen!

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  50. Sher I
    May 24, 2020 at 3:30 pm

    These are all fun ideas! I think another would be playing “Name Place Animal Food Thing Total” (or scattergories) where each team member has a certain amount of time to come up with their answers based on the letter chosen (or category). Person with the most answers at the end of the game wins!

    Also in large group setting where it may be problematic to have the whole team on one virtual happy hour, there could be smaller breakout rooms of favorite shows/movies, like the Harry Potter room, or the Friends room etc., and employees are given the room options before hand so that they can come to the happy hour dressed as their favorite character from chosen movie or show.

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  51. Yoly Martinez
    May 24, 2020 at 5:00 pm

    Hi Michael,
    Great job, spurring excitement around the happy hour idea. I think if you could get a few recorded sessions and post them as examples to all the fun groups are having, it would be fantastic. It may also start a trend where Happy Hour Contests are rolled out with submissions of super creative happy hour video sessions.

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  52. Sean Moran
    May 24, 2020 at 8:20 pm

    When I was a choir teacher, what I did to make my students less shy was playing “Song Association”. I would say a word and some had to sing a song with that word in it, and when I subbed, I modified it to Titles/Phrases so that kids didn’t have to sing. It did bring a lot of kids out of their shells and it be fun to hear what everyone comes up with.

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  53. Sylvia Yacoub
    May 25, 2020 at 12:07 am

    Virtual drinking games are always fun! I’ve done this a handful of times over quarantine already, some over zoom, but other times over instagram lives with friends. It’s a lot of fun and helps me feel connected to my loved ones.

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  54. Vee
    May 25, 2020 at 12:41 am

    These ideas look so much fun! Here’s my ideas of a perfect happy hour activities:

    – Since most people are staying at home, I’m sure everyone has time to cook or even learn to. A live cooking show should do the trick! Share recipes, make everyone’s mouth water till they get convinced to cook for themselves too.

    – Drinks anyone? What about we make them on the spot?

    – Show-and-Tell Pet Edition is a great way to introduce our pets, who I’m sure we’re all proud of, to our co-workers, in case they come roaming around in the background while in a meeting. If you’re fostering a pet, maybe one of your workmates will be interested to become their fur-ever home. Let no one be a stranger!

    – Ask everyone what they are grateful for that day. It can be as simple as having the time to have breakfast in the morning without the rush. Doesn’t have to be big. That way, your team members are able to be thankful for the smallest things they often don’t notice. It’s also a great way to promote positivity despite what’s currently happening in the world.

    – Namaste! Conference yoga sessions. The best time to meditate and stretch those muscles is NOW. It helps you relax and focus on your body.

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  55. Rebecca
    May 25, 2020 at 2:12 am

    I always think including pets is fun because we can in a virtual setting! They can add a lot of laughter and comic relief.

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  56. Rounak Rasha
    May 25, 2020 at 6:42 am

    I have a great idea for a virtual happy hour activity . A virtual talent concert , where all the participant can come up with an act of their own. The act can be anything ranging from singing to playing an instrument , dancing or a stand up comedy set. This can make more and more people to participate and who knows one might surprise their colleagues with their talent.

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  57. Channise Robinson
    May 25, 2020 at 6:35 pm

    A great idea for a virtual happy hour would be a game of “Would You Rather” showcasing random parts and things of the participants’ homes. Each player will take turns choosing two other players to hear their “Would You Rather” suggestions then choosing their pick. Music can be playing in the background as the players confess and reminisce of the time they chosen to snuggle with the bottom of the toilet cause they were drunk.

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  58. Kalilah
    May 26, 2020 at 12:34 am

    Hey All,
    During Happy Hour things should always be entertaining. If you can’t sing all the better. Makes for an entertaining Karaoke. Want to take it to the next level well let’s dress up and have a Lipsync battle with all the costume changes and performances.

    Thinking of an Icebreaker/Activity how about “Swapping Names” the rule of the game are:
    You can only respond to your name given during Happy Hour.
    You are not able to respond to anything else.

    And as Happy Hour continues it gets harder to keep everything together. As things progress people will mess up and will be out of the game. It is their responsibility to make the game more difficult.

    Hope you are able to try one of this things… Let have a party you won’t forget.

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  59. Wing Shan
    May 26, 2020 at 3:49 am

    Loving all these ideas! Here’s a few more:

    1. For collegues that are into playing music- come up with a theme, rhythm and words for a commerical jingle or show tune.
    2. Pantry appetizers- get creative with what you have in your kitchen and make a simple dish/hor d’oeuvre.
    3. Exquisite corpse, virtual meeting edition! Make a drawing using your choice of medium using guides (so it can connected), screenshot the completed works and edit to see the result.

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  60. Kasey
    May 26, 2020 at 7:04 pm

    Love all of these ideas! I think it would be fun to incorporate popular game shows into virtual happy hours. For example, you could split up into teams and have someone host, and play family feud style, using a chat function instead of a buzzer to determine who answers first. Or, you could play something like the price is right, and use household items to play the segment where they guess if a price is over or under the correct price of an item.

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  61. Rose
    May 26, 2020 at 7:15 pm

    A scavenger hunt, anyone? Let’s find something that will best describe you! Someone will request an item to be found in your home and the person to find it the quickest would have picked an item that they picked was chosen to describe their personality.

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  62. Elle
    May 26, 2020 at 9:26 pm

    It would be amazing to consider playing blind man’s bluff, where each person writes a celebrity name on a napkin and sticks it to their forehead! To keep things interesting.

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  63. Kathy
    May 26, 2020 at 9:58 pm

    These are so much fun! New idea: Figure it Out! Before the meeting, ask everyone to come prepared with a hidden talent (or to streamline, specifically ask 3-4 people). Divide your group into 2 teams. One person at a time will act as the host, ready to reveal their hidden talent.
    Step 1: come up with creative team names!
    Step 2: the host will flip a coin to decide which team will go first.
    Step 3: one at a time, team members will ask the host ‘yes’ or ‘no’ questions about their hidden talent. For every ‘yes’ response from the host, another team member can ask another question. If the host answers ‘no,’ questions flip to the other team
    Step 4: teams compete to try to guess the host’s hidden talent

    Nobody guesses it? The hidden talent gets to remain a secret!
    A team gets it right? The host has to perform their talent for the group!

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  64. Pam
    May 26, 2020 at 10:17 pm

    A fun game that is a combination of the Scavenger hunts and the MTV Cribs: Fridge Edition with a bit of The Splendid Table’s Stump the Cook from NPR would be a group recipe creation challenge. If there are enough people split into small groups of three or so, with one person being the cook. The cook has will give a list of five ingredient items from their fridge and/or pantry. Water, salt, and pepper are always in the recipe, these do not count towards the five ingredients. One of the five main ingredients must be a fat of some sort. The team may use up to three additional ingredients if they are in the kitchen. Together the team must come up with a dish that they would want to eat. At the end of the challenge, the teams share their creations and swap ideas and suggestions 0n how to improve the dishes.

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  65. Catie Castro Baluyot
    May 27, 2020 at 8:47 am

    Last Word Song Game

    Most people have a repertoire of song lyrics in their head. This activity offers the fun of recalling them, the opportunity to belt them out without anxiety about singing “well”, and the aspect of learning which songs “everyone” in the group knows and which are familiar to only you.

    Goal: Encourage people to join in even if they “never sing in public” – this is about speed in thinking, and fun – not about perfect pitch.

    What you need: Just people to sing.

    How to play: It’s a pretty simple game. First, one player starts by singing a song. The next player has to start singing a song that starts with the last word of the previously sung song: so, if the previous player sang “I want to run to you”, then the next player has to start singing a song starting with the word “you”. And that’s the game! Keep singing songs until you can’t anymore.

    One Rule: No song should be sung twice.

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  66. Lindsay Lowy
    May 27, 2020 at 11:26 pm

    Here’s an idea: Inside the Actor’s Studio- Competitive Coworker Edition!
    Break staff into small groups (for example, let’s say 4 people each), and each round will focus on a different group. At the start of the round, the moderator will ask one group (we’ll call them “the interview group”) a question in the style of Inside the Actor’s Studio, like “What is your least favorite word” or “What sound or noise do you love?”
    Each of the 4 players in the interview group submits their answer via private chat to the moderator. The moderator then reads out all of the answers to the whole staff, and each of the other groups has to guess which answer goes with which interview group member. If the guessing teams get answers right, they get points! If none of the teams get answers right, the interview group gets points!
    Groups rotate each round so all of the groups get interviewed at least once, and questions can be added beyond the Inside the Actor’s Studio questions. A fun pre-game activity would be to have staff submit their own questions!

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  67. Cyd
    May 28, 2020 at 12:36 am

    Most of us are naturally curious and peering to see what we can see in the background of virtual meetings. For Virtual Happy Hour, use Gallery Mode and play a game of I-Spy, based on things you can see in the backdrop. For example in my backdrop – you probably spy something beginning with b – my bunny!

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  68. Ruth
    May 28, 2020 at 4:36 am

    That’s a really fun set of Ideas!
    One Id definitely adds is the compliment game. This not only boosts everyone’s self-image but can promote bonding. Go around in a list and have the first person compliment the next person and so on and so forth. Lean away from physical compliments and more ones based on actions.

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  69. Ashley
    May 28, 2020 at 2:21 pm

    These are awesome ideas. I have two for people who can not get up and walk around with their desktop: Virtual iSpy and Virtual Where’s Wlado. Just move an object to a different location daily to see if someone can find where you moved it.

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  70. Jocelyn Ransome
    May 28, 2020 at 4:46 pm

    TIKI TIME TUTORIALS

    How about an indulgent learning experience!

    Each member provides a tutorial doing their favorite thing (a craft, recipe, makeup, DIY project etc.) along with a sweet spirited drink!

    Everyone participates and listens to the presenter, learning interesting step-by step instructions for various new activities while sipping on their favorite tropical-inspired cocktail. They can feel free to share cocktails recipes, or whatever they choose to teach! Each member takes turns being the presenter, educated everyone on a new skill or recreational hobby.

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  71. Braidy
    May 28, 2020 at 6:07 pm

    One idea that I have is a game where you make guests come up with their most insane/creative/disgusting/appetizing cocktail that they can using any ingredients that they find in their house.

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  72. Katie K.
    May 28, 2020 at 7:48 pm

    One activity that I would love to be a part of in a virtual Happy Hour is a version of “Closet Cosplay” and can be called simply “Closet Costume Challenge.” (Points for Alliteration!)

    Sometimes it can be fun to dress up, and who doesn’t love spontaneous costume contests? When competing in a “Closet Costume Challenge,” attendees will be given the name of a Famous Character, or general Character Type (for example, cowboy, 80’s rocker, etc.), or even the name of another coworker in the meeting, and be challenged to put together a spontaneous costume using only what they can find in their closest. This type of activity could be accomplished by having a few of the attendees go head-to-head against each other to see who can put together the best costume during an allotted amount of time. This activity really challenges the spontaneous creativity of a group, and it can be extremely fun to see what your coworkers can put together in just a few minutes!

    Some of my favorite work-place memories have been at Halloween events where coworkers dressed as each other and acted in-character as that friend during our luncheon!

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  73. Rachel Ann Weiss
    May 28, 2020 at 10:08 pm

    These all sound like so much fun! What about a virtual costume party happy hour? I think that would be fun, especially for recurring meetings with the same (or mostly the same) group of people. Before each get-together everyone would agree on a character theme and whoever has the most epic costume could win a prize of some kind. For example, the theme could be “famous Instagram animals” and the person in the most recognizable (I call grumpy cat, fyi) costume wins that round, for which they could be given a Starbucks gift card or something along those lines. It could be called “Happy Hour Halloween.”

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  74. Brendan
    May 28, 2020 at 10:18 pm

    I love these ideas!

    My personal idea: “Who Done It?”

    For this, one person will have to be the moderator of each round (the person fulfilling this role can rotate each round). The moderator, either in chat or by text, chooses one person to be “It”.

    This can be a fun Happy Hour Drinking Game with any clear liquor, typically vodka or tequila. Everyone pours themselves a shot of water, except the person who is “it”. They pour themselves a shot of the liquor. Everyone takes turns taking their shot and at the end, everyone guesses who had the shot of liquor.

    This can be a really fun game to test everyone’s “poker face.” I’ve done it in person and it can get some pretty funny reactions out of people.

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  75. Amanda Chavez
    May 28, 2020 at 11:30 pm

    I think these are all fantastic ideas! I’d like to offer an idea where it promotes health and wellness. It would be great if everyone agreed to do a “Miles for Charity” event where your running, walking or biking can contribute to a charity of your choice. Now more than ever we should help one another stay happy and healthy. A healthy body is a healthy mind. To motivate one another, each person can come up with a daily motivational quote to help the group go after their goal for the day or week! Another idea can be a healthy potluck in which every individual can share with one another some of their favorite recipes and when everyone comes together they can share what they made with their own spices! I think this can be a fun way to promote health and wellness and contribute to a positive environment.

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  76. Vidya R
    May 29, 2020 at 3:25 pm

    All fun ideas!!. How about a virtual ‘hot sauce’ challenge? There will be different ‘levels’ of heat and each one will consist of 1 drop of hot sauce on a standard chip. After eating the chip you’ll have to wait 2 minutes before moving on to the next chip. If you bow out at any point you lose. Last person standing wins. You could make a list of common and easy to find brands so everyone can get it and take it from there. Virtual karaoke is another fun idea as is a virtual talent night where people can perform anything that they want to!

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  77. Deja Jones
    May 29, 2020 at 5:25 pm

    These are all wonderful ideas! How about virtual guess that song? A player plays a snippet of a song and the group has to guess. F

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  78. Amanda
    May 29, 2020 at 6:36 pm

    Virtual happy hour power hour:
    Pick 3-5 team member and have them send the manager/ employee in charge one of their favorite songs. During happy hour have the manager or employee in charge of happy hour play 15 seconds of each song. During this time the other employees will write down who they think the song belongs to. At the end the selected team members will reveal what song they can’t live without!

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  79. Jordan
    May 29, 2020 at 8:10 pm

    I think a virtual game of “Name That Song” would be really fun! You let each player pick their favorite song, have them send their choice to the host of the virtual happy hour to make sure no one picks the same song, then take turns playing the first 5-10 seconds of the song. It would be a great way to get each member of the group involved, as well as, gives each person a way to share more about themselves with the group.

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  80. SA
    May 29, 2020 at 10:47 pm

    There are so many great ideas mentioned here. One of the fun things I would like to add is play Charades – word guessing game. Playing games is fun and entertaining! Laughter is the best medicine, especially, during these unprecedented times. I would also, like to add share fun recipes.

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  81. Aaliyah
    May 30, 2020 at 12:01 am

    How about a virtual game called “You Are My Destiny” that tests how much in common you have with your coworkers? Before the game begins, everyone involved will be split up into teams of two or three depending on how much people are playing. There should be one person hosting the game, and asking each team the questions. The host should have slips of paper with random numbers. Behind each number are colors, and some of the colors match back with each other. In alphabetical order, the host should ask each person playing the game to give them a number between the range of numbers that the host has written down. Once the host is done, letting everyone get a number, in numerical order, the host will show everyone the color on the back of the slip. Those who have matching colors will be on a team. There will be a total of five rounds. During each round, members will be asked to pick between two things. For example, “Cats or dogs?”. The host will give them three seconds to call out the answer. If everyone in the team’s responses are the same, they move on to the next round, if not, then they will have to start from round 1 again. Whichever team makes it to round 5 first wins. The winners can get a prize like a gift card to a restaurant or something that gives the winners a chance to get to know each other best. A lot of times, when people first work, they want to find coworkers that they may have similarities to. This game helps with that.

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  82. Jo
    May 30, 2020 at 5:11 pm

    These all sound like great ways to stay connected to a remote working team. Another similar idea is participating in a “virtual escape room,” which is a really fun way to practice those crucial team-building skills.

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  83. Amanda
    May 30, 2020 at 5:54 pm

    I LOVE virtual bingo games! The “Host” can make random bingo cards from a generator with a theme for the night. My personal favorite is to have a group of people all watching the same show at the same time and mark their bingo cards based on the actions of the characters. This is best with a TV show rather than a movie.

    You can add an extra layer of fun by having players building their own bingo cards. For example, use character catchphrases, and common things based on the show.

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  84. Maggie
    May 30, 2020 at 8:53 pm

    These ideas are so fun! One thing I do during virtual happy hours has been to host trivia nights- this can be music trivia (Spotify playlists from decades, The Oscars, your favorite genre work well) and you play 10 seconds of a song and players guess the song and get bonus points if they know the artist! you can make round of almost any category and the more funny the categories the better! (Sitcoms, Sesame Street, Random Food Facts, Funny State Laws, etc). You can really cater to the interests of your group!

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  85. Rob
    May 31, 2020 at 4:03 pm

    Love the ideas! I think a fun and hilarious way to promote team building would be drawing your co-workers. Everyone will take turns getting their picture drawn. Utilizing a collaborative drawing tool like Aggie.io; each team member will be assigned a specific part to draw (eyes, nose, hair, etc..). All the team members (except the person being drawn) will draw at the same time. Each team member will be assigned a body part to draw at random (eyes, nose, ears, hair, etc.). Each round will last two minutes, then another team member will have their picture drawn.

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  86. Deborah C.
    May 31, 2020 at 8:40 pm

    Ok, loving the MTV Cribs, Murder Mystery, and other game show based ideas. I, too, was thinking it would be fun to do a virtual Jeopardy, or maybe for anyone who’s of a certain age, or a fan of the game show network, a version of Hollywood Squares?
    Also a huge fan of the pet intros. 👍 And the hot sauce challenge! All ideas I was like “Oooo, I’m gonna suggest “x” and then, further down as I read, there was “my” idea! Oh well – great minds, right?

    Another very different idea which I haven’t seen mentioned is to do a sort of Ancestry.com (or FamilySearch.org, or the like) based reveal. I am a huge history buff, and genealogy geek, and this may not appeal to everyone, but I think it could be super interesting to go around the “table” revealing our most famous, infamous, accomplished, interesting, and/or personally motivating ancestors.

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  87. Clarissa
    June 1, 2020 at 12:39 am

    Oh my! All of these ideas are so great! One that I would add that I think would be so fun is a “Name that Food” or “Name that Drink” You put blind fold over their eyes, and they have to eat or drink what they are given and try to guess what it is.

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  88. Megan Dubbs
    June 1, 2020 at 5:15 am

    I love all of these Ideas! The Fridge idea was so clever!

    I have a fun idea for a tea building activity! A Marvel Superhero Version of Clue or Mafia! Having been sent your role and if you were the killer, the one who was killed, or just an innocent by standard before the activity, everyone would have to guess by the clues given and seeing how well other’s poker face’s are, you have to guess who dun it! But Dressed as a superhero and acting as if you were them! I think it would be such a fun experience and a way to really get to know your team mates better!

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  89. Jamie Cox
    June 1, 2020 at 4:32 pm

    I think a good virtual happy hour activity would be a murder mystery hour. A way for people to solve a case like clue or how they do it in ncis. Another thing could be an interactive escape room.

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  90. Jessica Dell'Era
    June 1, 2020 at 5:37 pm

    I’ve been thinking about how we could play “Who’s the Leader?” in a videoconference setting. I think it would be a fun and physical activity for a virtual happy hour! One volunteer gets put into a breakout room by themself while the rest of the team chooses a leader. The leader starts some sort of physical gesture (like tapping on their nose, turning their head side to side, raising and lowering their shoulders, etc.) that everyone else can copy on camera. The volunteer returns to the main group and watches everybody. The leader changes the gesture every 10-15 seconds while the volunteer tries to guess who’s in charge! It’s sure to get people laughing and moving.

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  91. CESAR IPARREA
    June 1, 2020 at 7:37 pm

    Have you ever played LOTERIA?, Mexican family game, like BINGO, but instead of numbers we use “Mexican symbols” like sombrero, tequila, animals and different icons of Mexican Culture.

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  92. Candace
    June 2, 2020 at 2:22 am

    I just love it! And there are so many comments with great ideas to make our virtual happy hours and meetings so much lighter and fun especially despite everything we’re all going through during these times! I love the costume challenge idea and especially the Show & Tell- Pet Edition. I know my dog would just love to join in and show off! TikTok has been a trending subject and I think it’d be awesome if everyone could learn an existing dance or create our own! The Masked Singer is a also such a great concept and it’s so fun. It’d just be hilarious to all show up to the call with masks on and we’d have to figure out who is who!!!

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  93. Marly
    June 2, 2020 at 4:45 pm

    There are a BUNCH of great ideas out there, and it’s great to see how creative everyone is. Personally I love the idea of “Newlyweds” style games, where you see how much team members already know about each other, and when they don’t… you get hilarious fails! If it hasn’t been suggested, team meditation is always a strong way to start off a call and allow everyone to feel more relaxed and less self-conscious before heading into the crazy. I’m also a huge fan of trivia type activities, or creative/critical thinking activities (I’m envisioning deserted island conversations, survival or camping scenarios, etc). Personally, I’m a reader. Anything that involves books instantly has my attention. One activity could be a book mash-up, where you take titles and mix them around and have team members give you the new, completely mashed-up plot in their own words. This is something I’ve done with students and team members alike! Let me tell you, things get interesting when you get books like “The Lord of Gatsby”.

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