Is your child celebrating a birthday in Lockdown? I’ve pulled together a load of ideas to help make their day extra special – from online birthday parties to virtual day trips, there’s so much we can do indoors to give them a day to remember ❤️
We’ve got a whole section dedicated to helping you and your little ones get through this uncertain time – from online classes and groups to things to keep them busy at home, easy meal ideas and free educational resources – see our ❤️Coping During Coronavirus section here ❤️
My little girl turns 4 next month, so ideas on how to celebrate a kid’s birthday when they can’t leave the house or see their family and friends is a cause very close to my heart! I’ve been scouring the internet and picking Mumblers’ brains on how I can still make this birthday really special for her. I’ve put together a few ideas to hopefully help out any one in the same boat.
For younger ones, some Baby/Toddler Classes are offering virtual birthday parties and there are some fantastic local providers to choose from!! Other fab options include magic parties and FaceTime with Princesses 😍
⭐️The utterly brilliant Toddler SenseEast Cheshire are bringing the party online! Aimed at little ones from around 13 months to 5 years, you can expect all the usual fun of a Toddler Sense class with the lovely Rachel – ball play, dancing, singing and loads more – all tailored to your little one’s individual tastes.
We’ve taken part in a few online Toddler Sense classes already and they’ve been fab. As in person, Rachel really goes the extra mile with her online offerings – she’s totally nailed the online thing and in just one class we had singing, dancing, parachutes, egg and spoon races, tightrope walking, treasure hunts, obstacle courses, colouring in and more! I have no doubt she’ll go all out to make your little one’s day extra special ❤️
For more information about online Toddler Sense birthday parties get in touch with Rachel on Facebook here, via the website or call/text her on 07508 016600. You wont be disappointed!
⭐️For something a bit different, check out Online Magic Parties with local Children’s Entertainer, Brandon! Brandon has a been a children’s entertainer for over 35 years during which time he has ran countless parties as well as appearing on Sky TV!
Brandon performs lots of magic tricks from old favourites to amazing new ones and theres always a special appearance by the lovable Charlie Chimpanzee! As many children as possible will be involved in helping out with magical choices with a special focus on the birthday girl or boy of course! Age range best suited for 4 to 7 years old.
⭐️The fantastic Diddi Dance Cheshire East and West are also offering online parties. They’re suitable for any little one steady on their feet up until age 5 and Laura, who runs the classes/parties, is so full of energy and enthusiasm I haven’t been able to resist joining in with her online classes 😃 Her birthday parties will be similar to a Diddi Dance Class – lots of bouncing around, dancing and props tailored to what you have at home and your little one’s taste ❤️
For more information about Diddi Dance online birthday parties get in touch with Laura on Facebook here, via the website or call/text her on 07545 194639.
⭐️Local fairytale character business Manchester Princess Parties are bringing the magic of fairytale into your home in honour of your own prince or princess’s special day ❤️ Choose from pre-made personal videos, FaceTime packages or a full party package.
Depending on the package chosen, your lucky little one will enjoy a Princess meet and greet, singing, disco dancing, magic wishes and storytime. The quality of the Princesses is outstanding – many of the performers have vast Musical Theatre experience and have been described by parents as ‘incredible’ ‘magical’ and ‘amazing’. Your little one will be left in no doubt that they’ve shared their day with Elsa, Ana, Belle or whoever their favourite is.
To book your special Princess visitor contact Charlotte via Facebook, the website or call/text her on 07568 340934. She’d love to help ❤️
For really little Mumblers, the ever popular Baby Sensory East Cheshire are offering online birthday parties and, for any age, Wild West Pony Parties in Sandbach are offering video messages from Unicorn ponies and a Unicorn princess. Cheshire Pony Parties are offering online versions of their pony/unicorn parties and local cartoonist Marc Jackson is offering cartoon art parties over Zoom’❤️
⭐️A few (non local) online party offerings I’ve come across during my own research who offer something a bit different (since they aren’t local I have no personal experience of these providers…) –
🌈Super Hero Parties – Super Hero Themed virtual birthday parties aimed at children aged 4-7
🌈Cook Stars Manchester Central & East – private interactive cookery parties
🌈Bath Bomb/Slime Making Parties with Hermione Rose Parties
🌈Sand Art Parties with Nicole’s Crafty Emporium
Parents have come up with their own amazing party ideas to ensure their little ones have the best day yet. Here’s our pick –
⭐️Have a disco with their favourite music – draw the curtains, turn off the lights and get some flashing lights on if you can!
⭐️Play party games – all the oldies like musical statues, musical bumps and pass the parcel are still hugely popular but you can also introduce some new ones like Balloon Tennis and Balloon Tag – tie a balloon to everyones ankle and run around trying to pop each other’s! Last person with a balloon wins! (probably a game for the older kids)
⭐️Get dressed up for whatever party you throw – in either full fancy dress or your finest threads (parents included!) One parent said this simple gesture made their birthday boy feel really special.
⭐️Put on a buffet just like you would at a ‘real’ party – sandwiches, sausage rolls, crisps, fairy cakes – all the birthday child’s favourites. Have a break in your party for everyone to go to the buffet table and fill their plates, then sit and eat the treats together.
⭐️Get a piñata and fill with your little ones favourite treats. You can get them online from Amazon or, even better, make your own using paper mâché! There are loads of tutorials online and it will also give you and the little ones a project to get stuck into.
If you’re lucky enough to have a garden and the weather is kind, you can make every day activities extra fun by taking them outside!
⭐️Have meals outside as picnics and invite your little one’s ‘friends’ (teddies and dollies!) along!
⭐️Set up a tent in the garden and go camping! You could go all out with a campfire and even sleep in there if its safe and mild enough. Otherwise, set up camp indoors and camp out in the living room!
⭐️If you’re stuck for present ideas and have a garden, think about getting something they can use outside which will keep them busy over the next few weeks as the weather (hopefully!) becomes milder. One local dad said he bought his daughter a trampoline for her ‘lockdown’ birthday and she spent pretty much the whole day on it!
⭐️ If you have a projector, put it outside and watch a film of the birthday boy/girls’s choice under the stars.
🎈Food Glorious Food
Special meals and treats can make an ordinary day extraordinary. Why not throw the rule book out of the window and let the birthday boy/girl choose what you eat all day?! Letting them eat all the things that are usually ‘banned’ or limited will really add to their excitement. If they want cake for breakfast, do it!! Maybe have a party buffet lunch/tea, or if its safe to do so, order their favourite take away and if you’re able, stock up on their favourite snacks and treats to nibble on during the day.
🎈Zoom and Facetime
And any other forms of video conferencing I haven’t come across yet! It’s a great way to stay connected with family and friends and one local Mum whose son turned 4 the other day, said they were kept busy and entertained most of the day by all the Facetimes they had with their friends and family! Some mums have organised Zoom parties where the birthday kid gets dressed up, as do all their friends, and they have a little disco – they could even play musical statues together! I know my little one will be super excited to be able to see some friends she hasn’t seen for a while, and love all the (virtual) fuss in general. You could also ask family and friends to record happy birthday messages and play them throughout the day.
🎈Virtual Day Trips
Take them to Disney Land, to look round the British Museum or have a trip to the Zoo. In a world where we can’t leave the house, we can go anywhere, virtually! Check out our blog here for some great ideas.
🎈Other Ideas We Love
⭐️ Host a family games day. You can do one outdoors and play ball games like catch and tag rugby as well as organise races, obstacle courses and anything else you fancy, or indoors – think board game challenges, charades and indoor obstacle courses.
⭐️ Do a Treasure Hunt around the house and/or garden.
⭐️Fill the birthday boy/girl’s bedroom or another room with balloons.
⭐️Finish the day with a movie night. Popcorn, hotdogs, fizzy drinks – you could even buy a big selection of sweets and make a pic n mix station for the birthday kid to tuck into!
⭐️Build a den and all have your tea in it
⭐️Get the neighbours involved – we’ve been told about neighbours making Happy Birthday banners for the birthday child so that when they went for their daily walk they could see that everyone was wishing them a happy birthday! Another take on it was to put a sign on the gate so anybody walking past can wish them a happy birthday and there’s a video online of a whole street going out to their front door and singing Happy Birthday to a little girl on their street 😍
⭐️Give them a pampering session – do their hair and nails, give them a massage, manicure, pedicure and generally make them feel a million dollars!
⭐️Get some face paints and paint their/your faces
⭐️Be led by the birthday boy/girl. Let them decide the whole day – what they eat, what they do when they do it, how they do it. One local mum did just that and said her son loved having control of the whole day.
🎈Presents…and be Present
A lot of people we spoke to were ordering their little ones presents a long time in advance and asking family and friends to do likewise and get them delivered to the birthday child’s house. If you get caught short and can’t source the gifts your little one has asked for, you could do what one Mumbler Mum did – get creative and draw little gift vouchers for her daughter – trips they’ll take her on, a voucher for a restaurant of her choice to have her Birthday tea when this is all over and a voucher for her favourite toy shop.
Remember, your presence will be their favourite present. School age kids are probably used to spending their birthdays at school and, with so much always going on, even those who are usually at home rarely get your undivided attention. Make their day extra special by making it completely about them. If you’re homeschooling, don’t…if you’re working from home, book the day off. Implement a no phone policy (apart from speaking to absent friends and family) so you’re not tempted to check social media, your emails etc. Remember, this time next year you’ll be back to celebrating their birthday by braving soft play, fighting the queues at a theme park or practicing crowd control with 15 kids, so make the most of this chance to just be with your child on their special day. By being completely engaged and present, and making a concerted effort to say ‘ok!” every time they ask you to play with their new toy (even when its the 75th time…..), you really will make it a day to remember for them.
So there you go, a few ideas on how to make their day as special as possible. But most of all, all they need is love. Stay home, stay safe. There’ll be plenty of time to celebrate again once this is all over. And from us at Mumbler, a huge Happy Birthday! ❤️