Sure, we’re all stuck at home with social distancing, but don’t let that stop you from throwing a birthday bash your child will always remember. Car parades, Zoom scavenger hunts, virtual game parties, Disney movie marathons, virtual museum visits and many other creative ways for parents to celebrate their child’s special day.
Incorporate a surprise or two to add something special. We have some fun ideas for you.
royal princess party
Give your birthday child a special greeting from their favorite princess or hero. There are at least a dozen of her characters to choose from for live chat. Chat includes stories, games and songs via Google Hangouts (Gmail address required). $30 for a 15 minute chat available Monday-Sunday 10:30am-5:30pm.
water lemon birthday bash box
No need to worry about where to get your party decorations. Waterlemon created a Birthday Bash Box ($100) to take care of everything. Outer Space, Mermaid, Shark, Unicorn, Dinosaur, Circus, Tea Her party themed these boxes will help you celebrate at home. The box contains plates, napkins, cups, festive banners, crowns, candies and other fun items.
Miss Jamie’s Farm
Miss Jamie and her cute baby animals are now virtual! Local children’s performers will deliver performances and interact with your children via video call. Make it a virtual birthday party event for your birthday kid to celebrate with their friends.
Balloons are often used for birthday parties, but make it extra special this year by purchasing Bag ‘o Fun ($40) from Luft Balloons. The bag contains loose balloons in a variety of sizes and colors to keep your child bouncing all day long.
happy kids chicago
Happy Kids Chicago offers social distancing options and surprises children with their favorite characters. Packages include FaceTime calls ($25), character pizza delivery ($75), and birthday parade ($125+).
Have an artist draw a virtual caricature of your child, family member or friend. Goofy Faces artists interact and draw live with each guest. Rates are typically $160 per hour, but request specials during the pandemic. The final sketch will be uploaded to your Dropbox folder for instant download. Additionally, Goofy Faces Face Painter offers a virtual face painting his workshop for kids and families. Quote provided upon request.
princess party company
Bring a princess or superhero to a live party with a 20 minute video chat via FaceTime or Skype. $49 for interactive games. Or get a special recording from the princess with a personalized greeting and custom message for $29.
Turn a classic scavenger hunt into a virtual adventure. Watson Adventures offers a variety of virtual games to help you plan something fun for your quarantined child’s birthday. Games include Trivia Slam Games, Murder Mystery Mayhem Games, Escape to the Museum Virtual Scavenger Hunt, and more.
Host a virtual cooking party thanks to The Kids’ Table chefs. Connect online and follow step-by-step recipes like black bean tacos and rustic apple pie. Each party guest receives an electronic recipe to get the ingredients ahead of time. For an additional fee, The Kids Table can also offer meal prep kits to make party planning even easier.
Bubbles Academy’s creativity never stops. Their virtual birthday party offers his teacher-led 30-minute activity on Zoom. Children can enjoy concerts and themed adventures of their imaginations. Zoom will remain open for an additional 30 minutes for the family to chat. In addition, live music sings Happy Birthday!
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This article was originally published on ChicagoParent.com on March 26, 2020. Updated with the latest information.