As we try to contain the spread of novel coronavirus COVID-19, families all over the world are struggling with the challenges of social distancing, not only for work and school, but also for the important events of life. But true to form, the ingenuity of the human spirit can’t be stopped by a virus, as illustrated by these folks who thought outside of the box to celebrate kids birthdays while social distancing. They had some fantastic ideas that just might work for your birthday kid, too!
At Skate World Deer Park, we know birthday parties, and we know how to make them a hit no matter the circumstances! Check out these spring birthday party ideas to make memories with your kids right now despite coronavirus. Once it’s safe to go out for non-emergencies again, you can celebrate in person with the friends you’ve been missing.
Spring Birthday Ideas for Kids (Yes, Even While Social Distancing)
Stage a birthday parade.
If your birthday guests still want to make the day special, get them to decorate their cars with birthday signs, balloons, etc. and drive past your house. Set up a chair with some decorations on your front porch and let the birthday kid sit on their “throne” while the cars parade by. They can play music, sing “Happy Birthday,” or blow party horns.
Hold a virtual party.
It’s easy to feel isolated during this time, but there are still plenty of ways to stay in touch. Consider planning a virtual birthday party for your child using Google Hangouts, Skype, or Zoom. Ask the other kids’ parents to bake cupcakes with them and make construction paper party hats. Then they can sing the birthday song over video conferencing and enjoy “partying” together through their screens!
Go on a birthday walk.
If you’re close with your neighbors, try to enlist them to help you out with a special birthday walk. They can write messages on their driveways with sidewalk chalk, decorate their yards, or just sing “Happy Birthday” from their porches. Take your child on a walk to get out of the house and stretch your legs. As you walk, they’ll get to discover more and more birthday surprises. Just make sure everyone on your route knows to maintain a safe distance of at least 6 feet!
To add an educational component and make it a nature walk, you can even point out different types of plants or wildlife; have your child collect items like pinecones, stones, feathers, and flowers; or help them keep a journal about what they saw on the walk.
If you’re running out of things to do with your kids while you’re stuck at home, you’re not alone! But if you haven’t already, consider going to your backyard and doing some gardening to take advantage of the beautiful spring weather. Kids can get hours of enjoyment from playing in the dirt, and you can make it extra special by planting a tree, flowers, or a veggie garden. If you plant something edible, you can add it to the menu later when it’s safe to have a “do over” birthday party!
Of course, we hope the coronavirus situation will soon improve, and that you’ll be able to reconnect with friends and family in person to make up for lost time. When that day comes, we’ll be here to help with the best birthday parties in Deer Park. Until then, stay well and take care of each other!