Since the Covid-19 pandemic shook up our lives, many of us have been trying to find ways to carry out our usual activities in a safe, lockdown-compliant manner. While in-person birthday bashes are currently banned, there are plenty of ways you can make your child feel special on their birthday in the midst of the pandemic. Here are four ways you can celebrate your child’s birthday without risking exposure or violating your local mandates.
Bake Sweets at Home
A birthday wouldn’t be the same without a cake, but this year, decorating it is just as much fun as eating it. Since you won’t have to spend time planning an elaborate party, it may be fun for you and your child to spend quality time together while baking their birthday cake. It’s a great opportunity for them to learn a skill, and they’ll love decking out their birthday cake with frosting, sprinkles, and candles.
Hold a Virtual Birthday Party
If your child has their heart set on having a birthday party, you can pop open your laptop and hold a virtual birthday meeting on Zoom or Google Meet. It’s a great way for your kid to hang out with all their friends at once, and you won’t have to clean up any messes afterward. Many kids are missing their school friends with all their hearts right now, so holding a virtual birthday party will be exciting for every child on the guest list.
Organize a Drive-By Birthday Parade
Since the beginning of the pandemic, drive-by birthday parades have continued to increase in popularity. Once you pick a time and date, all you have to do is send the invites and put up a happy birthday yard sign. Ask the guests to decorate their cars for the parade and watch your kid’s face light up as all his friends honk and wave to him. This is a safe way to get everyone together for your child without violating social distancing guidelines.
Plan Fun Activities
Everyone deserves to feel special on their birthday. If you want to knock it out of the park during the pandemic, the best thing you can do is spend quality time with your child on their day. Presents can be exciting, but your kid will never forget the fun you two had together on their birthday if you make it special with their favorite activities. Play games with them, watch movies, read together, or plan a living room camp out to make their pandemic birthday the best one of their life.
By Lizzie Weakley
Lizzie is a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors and walks in the park with her husky, Snowball.