© Evgenyatamanenko - Dreamstime.com

How to Throw a Fun Kids Birthday Party While in Coronavirus Quarantine

How to Throw a Fun Kids Birthday Party While in Coronavirus Quarantine

Happy first quarantine birthday

© Evgenyatamanenko - Dreamstime.com

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, many treasured events have been canceled to mitigate risks. Graduation day, prom, weddings and more have been postponed as a response to the pandemic. But that doesn’t mean you can’t find a way to celebrate these monumental moments indoors. If your child has a birthday coming up, these are some great ways to make their day special from home.

Let them pick dinner

Let them pick dinner

© Maryna Andriichenko - Dreamstime.com

There are endless childhood dinners you forgot existed, so let your kid remind you what the good stuff is. While you’re stuck inside during the COVID-19 outbreak, make your child feel special by letting them craft the dinner menu. It might consist of chicken nuggets and ice cream, but at least you’ll put a smile on their face.

Make their favorite dessert

Make their favorite dessert

© Quintanilla - Dreamstime.com

Banana split? Ice cream sundae? Three-layer cake? You might not be able to snag dessert from the best chocolate shop in your state this year, but you can still make your little one feel special by whipping up their favorite sweet treat. Maybe even try bringing back some of your childhood desserts like puppy chow and ants on a log.

Decorate the house

Decorate the house

© Marchevcabogdan - Dreamstime.com

There are many acts of kindness you can do from your home, and making your child happy on their birthday should definitely be one of them. This year, mark your kid’s special day by decorating the house. Create a birthday banner, hang streamers throughout the living room and fill their bedroom with balloons.

Have a ‘yes’ day

Have a ‘yes’ day

© Fizkes - Dreamstime.com

Your child may not be able to go snorkeling at their favorite beach or visit a national park for their birthday this time around. But here’s an even better idea — for 24 hours let them pretend to be royalty. That’s right, this year make your child’s birthday present a “yes day” in which you have to say “yes” to everything they ask for (within reason, of course).

Create a birthday scavenger hunt

Create a birthday scavenger hunt

© Migfoto - Dreamstime.com

You’ve probably mastered how to work from home with kids by now. But making sure they’re entertained on their birthday is a whole different ball game. One way to keep them occupied is by creating a birthday scavenger hunt. Hide clues throughout the house or your neighborhood and have the final clue lead them to buried treasure — or their birthday present.

Organize a car parade

Organize a car parade

© Paulus Rusyanto - Dreamstime.com

During the coronavirus outbreak, heartwarming stories have fueled positivity in a time of uncertainty. One kind gesture you may have seen online is car parades. Ask neighbors, friends and family to line their cars along your block and drive past your house to create your child’s own homemade birthday parade.

Have a dance party

Have a dance party

© Evgenyatamanenko - Dreamstime.com

While there are plenty of easy at-home workouts you can do with your child, dancing is one of the best exercises for your mind and body. This year, pencil a dance party into your child’s big day. It’s a great strategy for sneaking in some exercise on a day typically filled with sweets and junk food.

Have a fancy dinner

Have a fancy dinner

© Sergii Gnatiuk - Dreamstime.com

This is a really fun way to turn your quarantine into an interactive experience. Pass around invitations to your family members, cordially inviting them to your child’s birthday dinner. Have everyone wear their best clothes and plan to dine like kings and queens. But don’t feel like this has to take a lot of time — there are plenty of easy recipes that take one hour or less to make.

Set up a video call with loved ones

Set up a video call with loved ones

© Tyler Olson - Dreamstime.com

The best way to guarantee your kid has a special day is by making sure their loved ones are a part of it. To do so, set up a group video call so everyone can send their well-wishes to the birthday star. Calling family members is just one way to stay in touch with loved ones during the coronavirus pandemic.

Do arts and crafts together

Do arts and crafts together

© Wavebreakmedia Ltd - Dreamstime.com

Getting creative during quarantine is a necessity, and there are plenty of ways to do so during a birthday celebration. You can make funny putty, pasta jewelry and play dough. Or, if your kid likes science, try doing some at-home weather experiments like tornado in a bottle and bending water.

Order them a present online

Order them a present online

© Viktoriia Hnatiuk - Dreamstime.com

Being stuck inside because of coronavirus doesn’t mean you can’t utilize the power of the internet. A simple way to make your child happy on their birthday is by ordering them a present online. Get them a new game or a stuffed animal to add to their collection. If you’re worried about contracting the virus through packages, be sure you wipe down the delivery box and present when it arrives. And if you have other COVID-19 concerns, here are some common questions we’ve already answered for you.

Ride a virtual roller coaster

Ride a virtual roller coaster

© Christian De Grandmaison - Dreamstime.com

You might not be able to head to Florida, but you can bring Walt Disney World to you with this trick only Disney insiders know. Online, there is a special collection of YouTube videos that allows you to virtually experience Disney’s theme parks and roller coasters. Your kid can ride everything from Big Thunder Mountain to the “Frozen”-themed ride. And if you did plan a trip to Disney that you had to cancel, here are the answers to your travel-related coronavirus questions.

Bake with them

Bake with them

© Rawpixelimages - Dreamstime.com

Now is the best time to bake all of the things you’ve always wanted to but have never had the time for. This year for your kid’s birthday, try baking with them. Try using all of these unexpected ingredients that go great with cookies or even let them make their own birthday cake.

Make a video of loved ones sending happy birthday wishes

Make a video of loved ones sending happy birthday wishes

© Fizkes - Dreamstime.com

Catching up with loved ones is a great thing to do if you’re spending more time at home. And what better time to do so than on your child’s birthday? Ask your family members and friends to send in a video of them wishing your kid a happy birthday.

Play in the yard with water

Play in the yard with water

© Michael Pettigrew - Dreamstime.com

Visiting the most beautiful waters in the world may not be an option right now, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make just as big of a splash from home. This year, get some fresh air by playing some water games in the yard. Have a balloon fight or dance around in the sprinkler.

Play some old-fashioned games

Play some old-fashioned games

© Monkey Business Images - Dreamstime.com

We know you’ve got some party tricks up your sleeve from all of those game-filled dinner parties that you were invited to by co-workers and friends. Now is the perfect time to break some out for your child’s birthday. Whether it’s Pictionary or charades, old-fashioned games are a tried-and-true treasure when it comes to parties.

Have a silly string fight

Have a silly string fight

© Sonya Etchison - Dreamstime.com

There are many ways to make the most of spring weather, and while being in quarantine likely isn’t what you had in mind, you can still get outside on your child’s birthday. Surprise them with an epic silly string fight on the front lawn. It’ll be a great way to get the whole family laughing.

Make a ball pit

Make a ball pit

© Marysmn - Dreamstime.com

This one might require a little more work, so be sure to fuel up on some delicious at-home coffee first. Fill up your bathtub or outside pool with balls and make a DIY ball pit for your child to swim around in. This is a fun and, quite frankly, adorable way to mix things up for your kid’s quarantine-themed birthday.

Leave chalk on your driveway for birthday messages

Leave chalk on your driveway for birthday messages

© Sa3studios - Dreamstime.com

A great way for your child to feel loved on their birthday is by giving your neighborhood the chance to leave happy birthday messages. To do so, try leaving some chalk outside and a note asking people to leave thoughtful messages. After all, there are plenty of considerate compliments you can give to a person.

Have friends and family hold birthday signs outside

Have friends and family hold birthday signs outside

© Jason Ondreicka - Dreamstime.com

One way to keep your little one grinning from ear to ear is by asking friends and family to stand outside with “happy birthday” signs. Your kid’s favorite uncle waving a poster board around will likely be more memorable than any gift you could buy. And the friends that show up for you during quarantine are definitely friendships that will stand the test of time.

Have a face painting session

Have a face painting session

© Andreaobzerova - Dreamstime.com

Learning a new skill is one thing every woman should do in her lifetime, and quarantine is a great chance to knock that off your bucket list. A fun skill to learn is face painting. Practice the week leading up to your kid’s birthday and break it out at some point during the party.

Have family and friends mail cards

Have family and friends mail cards

© Vladimirs Prusakovs - Dreamstime.com

Taking time to show gratitude is one way to boost your happiness hormones, and the perfect time to do so is during quarantine. This year, for your child’s big day, have family and friends mail birthday cards. It’s a great way to let your kids know that people are thinking about them, even if you can’t connect physically.

Build a fort

Build a fort

© Volodymyr Melnyk - Dreamstime.com

It’s no secret that building a fort is one of the absolute most fun things to do as a kid. Try incorporating this awesome activity into your child’s birthday this year. It’s not just a solid way to amp up their birthday, it’s good for you as well. Building a fort is just one of many things every parent should do in their lifetime.

Virtual princess party

Virtual princess party

© David Ribeiro - Dreamstime.com

Prestige Princess is there for you on your child’s quarantine birthday. The company announced it was taking its princess parties virtual. Prices start at $25, which will get you a video message from one princess, or you can even FaceTime with a princess for 15 minutes for $40. Transform your living room into an enchanting castle and video chat with your child’s favorite princess.

Go on a virtual home safari

Go on a virtual home safari

© Pok Man Chan - Dreamstime.com

Heading to the zoo or an aquarium for your child’s birthday may not be possible, but you can still see their favorite animals up close. The Cincinnati Zoo posts home safari videos to its YouTube channel, allowing your child to virtually meet the animals and do a fun activity. The Smithsonian’s National Zoo also has live webcams set up — watch naked mole rats, pandas, lions and more. Having a virtual safari is just one of many indoor activities you can do from home.

More from The Active Times:

Tips for Parents Whose Kids Are Going Away to College

Free Online Virtual Tours of Landmarks and Museums

Free Online Workout Classes and Exercise Apps

Animal Shelters See Uptick in Fostering During Coronavirus Pandemic

When Each State Is Expected To Hit Peak Use Of Resources In Coronavirus Pandemic