How to Make Your Child’s Birthday Special in Spite of Coronavirus

COVID-19 is no fun for anyone, but it can be especially tough and disappointing for kids with birthdays during the social distancing.


Just because the birthday party had to be cancelled doesn’t mean they can’t have a birthday to remember! Here are some ideas to still make the day special for the birthday kid.

Surprise Gifts

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Notes from Neighbors

Have neighbors and loved ones come write a note for the birthday kid! Chalk drawings in the driveway or walkway will bring a smile to your child’s face. To be safe, ask them to bring their own chalk. You could also try getting your hands on some window markers or dry erase markers and have people write notes on windows.

Yard Decorations

Make DIY birthday signs for your birthday kid. Don’t have the boards or supplies? If you have time to allow for shipping, Oriental Trading, Amazon, and Etsy have options!

Have a YES Day

Chocolate and peanut butter roll-ups for lunch? YES. Afternoon movies in pajamas – YES! Kids will remember that more than anything.


Schedule as many ZOOM or video call dates as you can – with classmates, family and friends. You can ask friends and family to participate in an activity of your child’s choice, whether that’s a specific costume theme, reading a story, etc.

Drive-By Car Parade 

Ask friends and family to drive by your house at a certain time. If the visiting kids have pom-poms or streamers, have them wave them outside the car to make it fun and interactive!

Blissful Backyard 

With a little ambient lighting, you can turn your backyard into something magical! Borrow a movie projector and project a movie in the backyard. Or, if possible, stream a memory slideshow. Perhaps build a backyard fire, make s’mores and enjoy each other’s companies.


if you have access to balloons, have fun with them. Let them play balloon volleyball and get crazy! Kids love balloons.

Decorate their Bedroom Door 

Use whatever you have! Post-it notes with all the reasons you love your child, fun pictures of their favorite characters, streamers and balloons – anything.

Bake Treats

Get your kid(s) involved. Bake together and make it fun. Use what you have! Play fun music, do video chats with family, and make it special!

Special Meals 

Explore contact-free takeout to make the birthday meal special. Many ice cream spots are also offering takeout. Give your favorite restaurant a call to see if they’re still open for takeout.

Slumber Party 

Perhaps have a tent in the backyard and camp out for your child’s birthday. Too cold? Set it up indoors! What kid doesn’t love a living room campsite?

Make Presents Fun!

Build a scavenger hunt around the house and/or yard for presents to make it even more exciting! You could also do a birthday party build up and let your child open presents for the week leading up to their actual birthday.

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