How To Host The Best Virtual Family Game Night
Missing your family? We all are but here’s how to host the best virtual Family Game Night.
Especially at holiday time, when the family tends to gather and be together, Family Game Night is a staple in most homes but just because you’re not all under one roof, does not mean the fun and laughter has to stop. We’ve gathered together some of our favorite resources and show you just how to host the best Virtual Family Game Night ever. The best part is that it’s FREE!.
It’s A Party-Send An Invitation
Even though you’re not meeting in person, setting a time, date and sending out a quick invite (via text or email) will give everybody something to look forward to. Plus, determining the guest list—whether it’s mom and the extended family, or your friends from work —will help determine what type of online games to play.
Next, Pick Your App
Houseparty: On Houseparty, an app that’s similar to zoom or skype, you can play built-in-games with friends like Ellen Degeneres’ “Heads Up!”, “Quick Draw,” and even trivia. To get started, simply download the free app, tell your friends to download it too and click the dice icon in the right-hand corner.
Zoom: The new default video chatting software of choice for many people working from home, Zoom allows you to connect with up to 100 people for 40 minutes for free, but you’ll need a monthly subscription to continue after that.
Google Hangout: This popular video chat option from Google will allow up to 10 people to join at once, and works across desktop and mobile.
Skype: The OG of video chat, Skype may be the mode of virtual communication that most people already use. You can download it for free on desktop or mobile, it has an easy interface, allows screen sharing, and up to 50 people can join in.
FaceTime: Are you an Apple family or do you text via iMessage with your friend group? Then you probably already know how FaceTime works. The Group FaceTime option lets you add up to 32 people, and works across iPhone, iPad, and Macs.
Most of these services that give you a way to share the screen with multiple people also tend to provide the option to play third party online games that aren’t built into the app. Some games many are playing with others online right now include Quiplash and Kahoot. from National Geographic. To play, visit their websites and follow the instructions on how to download and share the link with friends.
Time To Pick The Game
And thanks to today’s technology there are plenty of non-video options to play with friends online like Mahjong and Catan, Monopoly, Bingo, Charades, Pictionary, Trivial Pursuit, Candy Land, Sorry, the list is endless. Just have one person set up the gameboard, or have each household set up gameboards and let the fun begin.
Don’t let social distancing keep you apart! Thanks to technology, your family is just a click of the mouse away. Now the only question is, what game will you start with? We’ve shared with you how to host the best virtual Family Game Night now let us know how it went for you!