These days, children are home more often than not because of the pandemic, even as the summer break ends. Parents are looking for ways to keep them busy, so take a look as we tackle some exciting virtual event ideas for kids head on! 

How To Keep Kids Entertained with Virtual Events

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This is the biggest issue when brainstorming for virtual event ideas for kids. Children usually tend to have short attention spans, and cannot stay put for too long. Thus, you need to find a way to capture their attention without overstimulating them. Studios put considerable effort into children’s TV shows to achieve this balance. As an event organizer aim to strike that balance otherwise parents won’t be interested in letting their children attend your event. 

It comes down to this: you need to keep your content entertaining, fun, interactive, and simple, without going overboard. One of the most ideal ways to do this is to keep things within a short time limit. With small activities and sessions, you will not risk losing their attention. 

Add some gamification features to your kids-targeted events so you keep their interest. Whether you’re holding an educational, training, or recreational event, planning is important. So, you have to figure out what age group you’re aiming for, and see what interests them. Once you have the target audience (i.e. the age group) you’re hosting at your event sorted, the rest will streamline automatically. 

For younger children, you may want to keep things light and simple. However, older kids like a bit of a challenge. Plan your event, and keep things age-appropriate. Also remember to make your event interface as user-friendly and dynamic as possible. 

How Do You Make Virtual Events Fun?

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When you think about virtual events, your first thought might be webinars or conferences. However when it comes to keeping kids entertained, there is so much more you can do. 

This aspect is essential if you’re thinking of particular virtual event ideas for kids. Children won’t like your event if it only involves webinars with people talking to them. You can make these events more interesting. Let’s see how. 

Add Activities

Make the event as fun and engaging as possible. Include scavenger hunts, mini-games, interactive photo booths, and more. Incentivize your visitors for completing certain activities. These include visiting booths, playing a game, or attending a session. You can do this by implementing a points system, and displaying a leaderboard to show who’s getting ahead. Children respond well to this kind of interaction, especially if they’re in the elementary or middle school levels. 

Focus on Design 

You can also make virtual events fun by keeping your lobbies, lounges, and sessions as attractive as possible. A simple landing page is not enough to keep a child’s attention. Instead, you should work on a user interface which entices children to participate and engage with your event. Bright colors, catchy designs and an overall fun appeal will get them excited for your event. 

Leverage Communication

If you have webinars and discussions at your event, try to make them short and engaging. If possible, make them interactive. Your speakers should engage with the audience using various visual props and tools. Children respond well to these methods. Encourage questions and answer them in an animated manner to keep the young ones hooked. 

Virtual Event Ideas for Kids 

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Now that you know how to keep your audience engaged, let’s move on to the next step: the actual virtual event ideas for kids. There’s a lot you can do with a good event hosting platform like vFairs, no matter what your aim is. A combination of recreation and education works best for children, so here are some ideas:

1. Craft Workshops

Have some arts and crafts experts at your virtual event. Make sure you communicate with the  parents in advance so they know what materials will be needed beforehand. Try to get them to use common household items, so that these workshops are accessible and affordable for all your visitors. 

2. Awareness Programs

Children of all ages need to be made aware of concepts like personal space, stranger danger, and street safety. You can hold virtual events which educate the youth about these issues through a series of activities, webinars, and Q&A sessions. Your ideal audience for this sort of event will be educational institutions, so get in touch with the relevant authorities. 

3. Virtual Skill Development Training

Skill development is an essential part of learning. Vocational experts can offer live demonstrations via webinars and discussion panels. Then, youngsters can have some training experience. The 2021 Skills Manitoba Virtual Young Women’s Conference is an excellent example of this. There were tradesperson demos in the event agenda. They taught young women about woodwork, carpentry, and other such skills. 

4. Online Summer Camps

Summer vacations are a challenging time for parents, as they have to keep their kids busy. While the pandemic may have halted most summer camps, you can take these to the virtual space. Create an online summer camp, complete with activities, goals, and even a few classes. This will keep children busy in a productive manner, so parents will appreciate such events.  

5. Online Nature Tours

There are lots of opportunities to explore nature and wildlife on an online platform. You can conduct virtual nature tours, where you host visitors and walk them through various routes. Make sure you hire the right experts for these tours, as they can identify flora and fauna along the way and keep the children engaged and entertained. These could also include virtual tours to the zoo, since group activities in public spaces might be limited. 

6. Virtual Science Experiments

If you want a more educational bend in your virtual events, try getting some fun instructors or field experts. Have them do live or prerecorded science experiments that children will be interested in. It will be an added bonus if the experiments can easily and safely be replicated at home. Incorporate such sessions into a larger event, or hold smaller virtual events just for this purpose. 

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7. Museum Tours

Virtual museum tours are a great way to educate children in a fun way. Coordinate these tours with various museums, and make sure you have a host who can guide your visitors through the museum with well-researched facts and information. While many museums have their own online tour options, you can also coordinate with ones in your area, especially if there are smaller, underfunded museums which could use a bit of marketing. 

8. Virtual Yoga Classes

Children are often overstimulated by all the activity around them. Organize virtual yoga class for kids, with a child-friendly instructor. Whether these are live classes or prerecorded ones, make sure they’re conducted in a fun way that will also help kids relax and stretch out their bodies. 

This serves two purposes. While it relaxes them, they also understand the importance of any physical activity such as yoga. Learning these at a younger age bodes well when they’re grown up. 

9. Virtual Playdates

Socializing is an important aspect of children’s lives. The COVID-19 pandemic has put a damper on this, and has been especially detrimental for younger children who need peer interaction to be better citizens in the future. 

You can plan a virtual playdate event, where you invite parents to have their children socialize virtually in a safe environment. Make sure you verify everyone’s details when gathering registrations so that you can give the kids a safe and fun experience. 

10. Read-Aloud Events

Similar to virtual playdates, children take more of an interest in reading if they see others their age doing it as well. So, you can utilize this opportunity and host read-aloud events. Make sure you have sessions for multiple age groups and reading levels, so that you attract more participants. 

In addition, choose books which are easily available, are age-appropriate and do not have controversial material. This way, parents will be reassured about your event, and will be willing to sign their kids up. 

11. Online Sing-Alongs

You can also look into hosting virtual sing-alongs. This is a great way to keep younger kids entertained and also have them socialize with each other. You don’t even need to hire an A-list singer or celebrity. Just get people who are good with music and children, so that everyone can have a good time at the event. 

Most of these virtual event ideas for kids are quite easy to execute. You just need to choose the right platform for the task, and make proper plans accordingly. Just keep in mind that your marketing efforts need to be geared towards parents as well as children, as the parents will be the ones signing the kids up. 

Successful Virtual Events for Kids 

vFairs has worked with numerous organizations to offer some excellent virtual events for children. These events were quite successful, and managed to educate and entertain youngsters at the same time. Here are a few examples. 

Hawaii Children and Youth Day

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The Hawaii CYD 2020 took place in October 2020, and was the first virtual event in its 27-year history. It used the dynamic lobby and interactive booths that instantly drew in audiences. They also held sessions where children were educated about CPR, tree plantation, and STEM activities. 

They held an exciting scavenger hunt to capture the kids’ attention and have them attend more informational sessions in the auditorium. This event was highly praised, especially because it was highly convenient. 

National Oceanography Centre Virtual Open Day 2021

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The National Oceanography Centre Virtual Open Day consisted of panel discussions, tours, and educational sessions. It was geared towards students and educators so that oceanography could be discussed thoroughly. The event even discussed unique career options in the industry, resulting in an all-around success. 

JA Inspire Virtual Career Fair 

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Junior Achievement Virtual Career Fair  was targeted towards 7th to 12th graders. Its aim was to help these children decide a career path and help them take the appropriate educational and other measures necessary. The organization also had industry professionals come in to talk to the students and give them advice and suggestions. 

We hope we have given you some fun and exciting virtual event ideas for kids. Take inspiration from the successful ones hosted with vFairs and get ready to plan your own. Just one last tip as we part, when you host these events, target parents as they are the decision-makers and keep activities engaging and educational. 

 

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