10 Ways to Make Your Kid's Birthday Memorable While Self-Isolating

Having a child whose birthday falls during the self-isolation period can be incredibly challenging. While planning a full-blown party filled with your little one’s friends and family is often an annual event, the new rules being introduced obviously make a big gathering impossible. After all, the safety of your family is the most important thing, right? But only because your crew is spending your children’s birthdays at home doesn’t mean they should miss out on all the fun! We’ve rounded up a few creative ideas to make sure your child’s party is unforgettable.

1. Have a virtual birthday party with your friends and family.

While we wish we could celebrate physically with the people who mean the most to us, your child’s friends and family are just a FaceTime call away! Connect with their grandparents and friends to sing “Happy Birthday” and cut the cake!

2. Have a camping party with the family!

Or pitch a tent in the backyard – weather permitting, of course! – or create a fortress in your living room to socialize for an evening of movies, popcorn, stories and gifts!

3. Have a virtual slumber party.

Charge your family’s device and let your kids connect with a handful of friends for a virtual slumber party. They can watch a movie together and sneak into a small face to make the night unforgettable.

4. Decorate your garden!

Families with a garden can get creative with balloons or make a plate to make the birthday party special. Make sure to take enough pictures!

Organize a birthday caravan.

If your friends and family are comfortable with that, let them drive past your house for an hour to make their benevolent wishes.

6. Have a day of pampering.

Break out your face creams and give mini massages to make your little one’s birthday extra special. You can go a long way with a few slices of cucumber!

Spend an afternoon riding Disney attractions.

Thanks to a few active YouTubers, families can get the full effect of some of Disney’s more popular attractions from the couch! And if you’re feeling particularly ambitious, try making your own Pirates of the Caribbean ride like this family did.

8. Conduct a search.

Kids will love looking for little treasures around the house! Hide some small birthday gifts and make directions that will lead your birthday child to them.

9. Make it a special dessert – and let them help!

Whether your kid wants a classic birthday cake or is more of a cookie cutter, helping them make a treat from scratch will make for unforgettable memories.

10. Organize a card drop.

Have families and friends send your child lots of birthday cards that they can open one at a time.

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