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6 Ways to Celebrate a Kids Birthday Online

Published Apr 7, 2020 | Updated Apr 17, 2020

For most kids, their birthday is a milestone event that is looked forward to each year. My 6 year old asks almost weekly how many sleeps are there until her birthday (even though it is 7 months away). This year birthdays in March and onward for the foreseeable future will have to be planned with a little more creativity. Here are some ideas to make your little ones birthday special in the age of social distancing.

These technology resourced party ideas are sure to have your kids smiling and having fun while staying safe!

1. Order decorations online

Going all out with the decorations at home is a great way to keep the party vibe alive and really set the stage for some normalcy around birthday celebrations. Here are some sites that make it easy to order decor to your door in a variety of great themes (many of them currently offer steep discounts and free shipping too!):

2. Host a Zoom party with family and friends

Zoom is more popular than ever lately! From office meetings with employees working safely from home to friends "getting together" for happy hour drinks on a Friday from their couches, zoom gatherings are a major hit. The same goes for hosting a birthday party on Zoom. This is a great way to get grandparents, friends, and extended family all involved in celebrating a birthday. Just tell your child that there will be way more cake for them in the end to help them see the bright side!

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3. Support your local bakery and order a cake

If you're anything like myself, you have already baked everything you can think of under the sun from scratch during the first 2 weeks of social distancing. While some parents might still be inclined to keep it going and bake their own cake or cupcakes, I like the idea of supporting a local bakery and taking a break from the kitchen. You can get some input from the birthday girl/boy about what kind of fancy cake they want which is a great way to give them something exciting to look forward to.

4. Host a Netflix party

Netflix parties are a hot trend for syncing up with friends to watch your favorite movies or shows while video chatting. Sign up for Netflix and get planning your next long distance party!

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5. Set up a parade birthday party

One popular trend I have started to see on social media, is neighborhoods working together to make a child feel celebrated and planning birthday parades. Neighbors could drive, walk, or bike by with balloons, decorations, and or music to show a kid they are celebrated and make them feel special! Here is a great example of a community working together in Cranbrook, BC to make a 12 year old feel loved when his party got cancelled due to COVID-19. 

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6. Join a virtual birthday party hosted by a business

There are a number of businesses that have adapted to hosting virtual birthday parties for children. These are some great options for a variety of party themes to suit pretty much every kid!

  1. Uphoria Yoga Birthday Party
  2. Sky Zone Trampoline Virtual Party
  3. Urban Safari Rescue Society - email about their virtual parties
  4. Birthday Jams: 30-min live virtual concert on Zoom
  5. A & D Tutoring 
  6. My Studio Party
  7. Zoum Zoum Party

We hope these unique and socially distant birthday party ideas help make your child's day one to remember. The importance of staying connected with friends and family while getting creative to maintain lifestyle familiarity is paramount for de-stressing. Let us know if we missed any awesome remote birthday party ideas or businesses in the comments below!

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