How To Celebrate Kids Birthdays During A Pandemic

10 safe birthday party ideas to celebrate your child while staying safe.

Backyard Camping

Whether you hit up your favorite camping site or pitch a tent in your backyard (where there’s a fridge and working toilet close by), a camping — or “camping” — trip is great way for your child to safely celebrate their birthday. Roast marshmallows, make s'mores, drink hot chocolate, the works!

Outdoor Theatre

Just like inflatable pools and heat lamps, outdoor movie screens have been a hot ticket item during the pandemic. The reason? In addition to upgrading ordinary movie nights, they keep people outside and distanced. You can go ahead and make individual goody bag with popcorn, candy and juice box.

Birthday Box Delivery

Many businesses that were formerly birthday hot spots now have boxes or kits available for delivery or pick-up. American Girl is offering a number of at-home celebration kits for pickup, and the event company Once Upon a Party will deliver birthday boxes to kids that are filled with goodies tailored to their age and interests.

Superhero or Princess Call

It’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s … a video call from your child’s favorite superhero or princess! Super Hero Party Michigan and Princess Party Michigan have a number of iconic characters available to give your child a video (or phone) call. Packages include a 10-15-minute live chat that’s tailored to your child’s personal likes, an activity and a song. Once Upon A Time Parties offers them too.

Virtual Movie Night

Formerly Netflix Party, Teleparty syncs up the playback of a movie or show from Hulu, Disney, Netflix or HBO so the birthday boy or girl can have a movie night with their best buds. And, naturally, there’s a chat feature (with cute user icons!) so they can dish about the flick. Amazon Prime also has a watch party with a chat, but all users must have amazon prime.

Zoom Party

Visit with guests beforehand to drop off goodies. Drop crafts and cupcakes off at partygoers’ houses beforehand, so everyone can craft and eat together on the Zoom. The guests will enjoy getting to work on the same craft project and enjoy the same treats during the party. Your child will enjoy the chance to have a distanced visit with their friends during the drop-off, even if it’s just a quick wave through the window.

Treasure Hunt By Mail

Ask your family and friends to mail your child physical birthday cards or little notes to arrive around their birthday. If you want to be even more elaborate, you can create a treasure hunt through the mail. Here’s how: Each card includes a piece of a message that they collect on a fun birthday page you create to reveal a message or a surprise gift. If guests don’t have cards and stamps in their house, you can encourage them to send online cards through Paperless Post directly to you (if your child doesn’t have email). Family members can also send their gifts ahead of time, and the birthday boy or girl can FaceTime each person to open their gift.

Virtual Aquarium Visit

Aquarium Of The Pacific offers a colorful exciting educational webcams for you to visit.

Bake A Treat Remotely

Send everyone an easy recipe for cupcakes for your little one’s virtual birthday party. Or invite friends and family to bring their cupcake and candle for a sing-along You can also download a celebration topper template from Darcy Miller’s website for the birthday girl or boy, or send it out to all guests too, so every screen is festive.

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