Like everything else these days, kids’ birthday parties have become quite involved. Add in the chaos of the coronavirus pandemic, and it’s easy to see why so many parents are looking for simple kids birthday ideas that can be done at home. Some folks have come up with extremely creative ways to celebrate birthdays while social distancing, from birthday “parades” to virtual brunch dates!
If you’re looking for ways to make your child’s birthday special while still protecting your family and doing your part to flatten the curve, these ideas are for you. We hope you’re able to enjoy the day despite the current stresses, and we can’t wait to once again celebrate your special days with you at Rainbow Skateland when it’s safe to do so.
Simple Birthday Ideas for Kids During Coronavirus Isolation
Celebrate face to face—on the computer screen.
Remember, just because you have to keep a physical distance during this time, doesn’t mean that you have to be socially isolated! One of the simplest ways to celebrate your child’s birthday is to host a virtual birthday party. With schools closed, your child is probably missing their friends quite a bit, so they’ll be thrilled to discover that their guests have all “arrived” to sing Happy Birthday via Google Hangouts, Skype, Facetime, or whatever your favorite video conferencing platform may be.
Make it extra festive by asking each guest to create a party hat out of construction paper, magazine pages, or whatever they have on hand! Everyone can color and sticker the hats, and then do a show and tell to the rest of the group.
Let your child plan a staycation.
Just because you’re stuck at home doesn’t mean you can’t have a fun birthday celebration. Ask your child to help you plan their “perfect” day of at-home activities, from breakfast pancakes to building a fort in the living room where the whole family can watch a movie together. (Birthday kid’s choice, of course!) You might be surprised at how much fun your family can have and how creative you can all get by just working with what you have on hand.
Celebrate while social distancing.
For inspiration, just look to the families in the article we linked at the top of this blog post. One child got an amazing birthday surprise when his parents took him outside to see the parade of friends and family members driving slowly past the house to send their birthday wishes. The would-be guests of the postponed birthday party showed their celebratory spirit by decorating their cars, wearing costumes, singing Happy Birthday, and more.
Another family enlisted their whole neighborhood to create an unforgettable Sweet Sixteen experience for their daughter. When her mom asked her to go on a walk around the neighborhood, she never guessed that she’d be taking a tour of birthday tidings! Neighbors had written notes in sidewalk chalk, decorated their yards, and even sang from their front doors as the birthday girl and her mom walked by.
It just goes to show you that with enough creativity and heart, you can make any birthday special—even when you’re in the middle of a pandemic!