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Revised Party Info for Covid-19

We are starting to see some restrictions in Calgary eased, and we see our customers starting to think about parties again. Here are a few party modifications we are making for the next few months to ensure the safety of our customers and staff.

We usually require 14 days for cancellation of bookings, but currently we are accepting last minute cancellations and reschedules. We want to make sure our customers have the opportunity to make the best decisions regarding their parties based on attendance, illness and any other factors.

We usually allow 16-18 guests inside the truck for parties, but currently we are allowing only 12 guests per party. This is to ensure we stay under the regulation of under 15 people gathered indoors, allowing for 2 GFT staff members. This also gives each person slightly more space.

We usually wipe down surfaces and controllers between parties and at the end of the day, but currently we will be even more diligent about disinfecting controllers, benches and high touch surfaces, and we will be having each guest use hand sanitizer as they enter the trailer. It will be available throughout the party, and as guests leave the trailer.

Our crew do not usually look like bandits, but currently they will be wearing face coverings to cut down on possible transmission. Guests are not required to wear face coverings, but may want to consider it since the recommended social distancing cannot be maintained in the trailer.

We usually have doors closed in the trailer, to optimize the visuals inside, but currently, we will be opening the vents and doors when possible to increase fresh air ventilation and decrease risk of infection.

We will still do everything we can to make your party a ton of fun! We ask that you do what you can to make sure guests who are sick do not attend, that guests and parents are aware of that distancing cannot be maintained in the trailer, and encourage guests to clean their hands, cough and sneeze into their elbow, and give each other as much space as possible.

Together, let’s keep playing and celebrating the best we can!


Right now, most of us are limiting our socializing, and spending most of our time at home. We have had lots of cancellations because of social distancing, and it leaves me feeling sad for all the kids who don’t get to have their birthday parties as planned. It also makes me think of all the other reasons people may not be able to throw a big birthday party for their child. Although they will not have the Gamers Fun Truck pull up in front of their house, and all their friends arrive to share in the fun and excitement, there are still ways to make birthdays special in a time when big parties and events are not possible.

1. Decorate! Make this a family activity, maybe even including the birthday child in the fun of it. Find unused party items you’ve saved, even if they are all different colours and themes. If you don’t have any leftover decorations handy, make chain streamers out of colored paper, newspaper, magazine pages. Be creative and find things around your home to use to make the birthday space feel special.

2. Food! Order (or make) a special meal. Maybe you order the birthday child’s favourite meal, or maybe you make it at home. Make sure its something they love, and don’t get all the time. Set the table with fancy dishes and napkins. Sugar the rim of fancy glasses, and fill them with slushy made in your blender with ice and juice, or chocolate milk.  (If you sugar the rim of regular glasses, your kids will think its amazing!)

3. Cake! Nothing new here, just make a cake, or the birthday child’s favorite dessert. My kids always liked to help with the baking, because then they could lick the bowl after. You don’t have to be a cake master, just make something that tastes delicious and it will be perfect.

4. Fun! So, no Gamers Fun Truck, or trampoline place, or even friends coming over. You can still have fun! Play board games, make music, watch a movie, play video games with the kids, make a craft, dance, sing, dress up, anything that your kids love to do. We used to have pajama parties. Everyone put on their favourite pajamas early in the evening, and each time it would be one child’s turn to choose. They got to pick the music we listened to, they got to choose a craft, a game, a movie, the snack food. It was really fun and made the child who was choosing feel really special.

5. Presents! Have each member of the family wrap up something for the birthday child, so it feels like they have a few things to open. These could be gifts you’ve ordered online, dollar store items, or things you’ve made for them. Another way to change their perspective a bit is to sit down at your computer with the birthday child, or whole family, and ask them to help you choose a charity to make a donation. Maybe its a society that provides birthday parties to less fortunate kids, or maybe its a local charity helping people get what they need during this crisis. Its a great opportunity to talk about how they are feeling about the situation, and who might have bigger needs than theirs. 

Whatever you do to celebrate those birthdays during social distancing, I hope you find ways to make it special. Share your ideas int he comments! I know our kids will remember these birthdays that were unlike any other.