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Being stuck at home due to coronavirus self-isolation on your child’s birthday isn’t ideal. But just because a big bash isn’t in the cards right now doesn’t mean the birthday kiddo can’t enjoy a cool indoor birthday party that will still make them feel special and celebrated.
We rounded up the top ideas for indoor birthday party fun for kids with all different interests, from Legos to Fancy Nancy. Read on for tips on virtually or with safe social distance including friends in the birthday fun or just keeping things simple with a family celebration. Every indoor birthday party idea is easy to pull off with a few products plus stuff you already have around the house.
In the end, your special sweetie is sure to have such a good birthday, he or she may not even miss the huge party. After all, who says something has to be overblown to be memorable? Because seriously, as long as there’s cake and gifts, an awesome birthday for your big(ger) kid is 100 percent achievable even during coronavirus quarantine.
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Birthday Party Parade
Recruit neighbors and friends for a drive-by birthday parade. Ask them to decorate their cars with banners and signs and then surprise the birthday child who can watch from the window or doorstep and bask in how many people still care and want to celebrate their big day.
Honk for The Birthday Child
Another way to show you kiddo they are super special today is to adorn the yard with a “honk” for their birthday sign. Use social media and texts to spread the word. Friends and neighbors will likely be happy for the excuse to get out and drive by to show their support.
Personalized with name
Fancy Nancy Tea Party
For a little girl who loves Fancy Nancy hold a tea party complete with cake and costumes. Nancy loves being, well, fancy so your birthday girl will need the perfect outfit. This dress is sure to make her smile and say, “Merci.” Um, you should probably plan to put on your fanciest attire, too.
Fits sizes 4 - 6x
Not recommended for children under 3
Get out those holiday lights and decorations because why not? Wrap your kiddo’s birthday gifts in leftover holiday paper. And the family can wear ugly Christmas sweaters like this one for the birthday child. Don't forget the Christmas cookies!
Sizes M - L
Your kiddo is always asking to sleep with you and now is his chance! Everyone get comfy for a family sleepover with movies and popcorn. Gift the birthday child with this adorable bug-themed Melissa & Doug sleeping bag to make things official.
58 x 36 inches
Matching storage bag included
Kids Singing Machine
The birthday child can sing her heart out with this app and Bluetooth enabled singing machine with a microphone and speakers. Bonus: This cool karaoke machine is light-show capable and doubles as a nightlight for after the fun ends. Parents, get ready to also belt out a few tunes.
Indoor Pool Party
Beach Towel and Tote
Set up an indoor pool or beach soiree with lemonade, ice cream and this cute mermaid-themed hooded towel, tote and sand toy set (hold on to those for later!). A boy might like the alligator towel set for pool party fun that can also include a game of indoor volleyball, a tropical screensaver on the TV and pool floats. Did someone say margaritas for the parents?
5 sand toys included
Tote 15 x 13 inches
Hooded towel 46 x 23-1/2 inches
Foot Spa Kit
Pamper your birthday princess with a bubble foot spa featuring a waterfall effect just like at a real salon. Lights complete the experience. Do face masks together, watch a favorite movie and give each other back rubs. Then get dressed up for a fun dinner.
Includes 3 polishes and stickers
Birthday Poster Battle
Message families your kiddo misses that you are holding a birthday poster battle and they can pick up supplies outside your home. Then, each friend creates a poster and sends a pic to the birthday child. All participants get video thank you’s from their grateful birthday buddy.
28 x 22 inches
Candy Scavenger Hunt
Skittles and Starburst Fun Size Mix
Make gift opening even more fun. Send your birthday boy or girl on a scavenger hunt with clues directing them to a big present. At each clue stop, leave candy for added excitement. We won’t judge if you snack on a few leftover candies.
Stuffed Animal Send-In
Ask friends and family members to send your quarantined kiddo a stuffed animal for his birthday. What fun it’ll be to see how many arrive in time for the big day! Target has tons of adorable stuffies like this on-trend tiger pal available to order online.
16 x 13 inches
Best Day Ever Shirt
Recreate a day at Disney for your birthday child. Don Mickey ears, make themed treats like this one and watch favorite Disney movies. A “Best Day Ever” shirt will lend a sense of occasion to the soiree.
Sizes 2T - Youth large
Multiple colors available
Photo Booth Party
FujiFilm Instax Mini 9 Bundle
Gift your little one with her own camera and then have a blast dressing up in funny costumes to take pics. This bundle from Kohl’s has everything a child needs to click their way to birthday glory.
Film, batteries, close-up lens and strap included
Harry Potter Cookie Decorating Set
Combine a love of baking and Harry Potter and order this 26-piece cookie decorating set for the win. For extra points dress up like your fav characters from the beloved series as you create away together.
Includes 8 stainless-steel cookie cutters, 12 icing bags, 4 decorating tips, plastic coupler and storage box
Your birthday child will enjoy hours of fun crafting away with this 68-piece kit that includes pompoms, paillettes, fuzzy sticks, assorted beads, paper tubes, rainbow cording, felt and glitter sheets and googly eyes. Add candy and snacks and their favorite music and you have yourselves a party.
Ice Cream Bar
Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker
Your child deserves to pig out on his birthday by adding every topping under the sun to an ice cream sundae. If you want to get truly creative, try making your own ice cream, a project a cooped-up kiddo is sure to get excited about. Want to hear the best part? This Cuisinart ice cream maker produces delish ice cream or frozen yogurt in just 20 minutes!
Makes 1-1/2 quarts
Includes 2 double-walled insulated freezer bowls