Throwing a birthday party for kids during lockdown?

Don’t let lockdown get in the way of celebrating your loved one’s birthday this year. While children can’t physically be together with their friends, it doesn’t mean they can’t be involved in celebrating their special day. There are many apps and websites available now that let you play games, live stream activities, take tours and spend much needed time with friends and loved ones.  
 

Here are some virtual ways to help you celebrate your kid’s birthday at home with friends.  

1) Home safari  

Zoos all over the world are opening their doors virtually for kids to get involved in a home safari like no other! Get your kids to choose their favourite zoo or African safari adventure and invite their friends to dress up and join in.

a) Zoos Victoria offers online learning activities, live stream animals to help with real-world learning by distance and bringing the zoo to you!

b) Sea life aquarium and wild life Sydney zoo have launched  Merlin’s Education Toolbox, a free education resource portal, featuring a variety of worksheets, activities and videos. You can also watch the animals being fed via online streams.

c) National Geographic Kids Watch animal web cams, learn interesting animal facts, see and share photos of nature, learn about different countries, try science experiments, and much more. There's also a "Little Kids" section for the younger explorers in your home.

d) Symbio Zoo provides educational video and activity packs.

 2) Host a Houseparty  

Houseparty is a new face-to-face social networking app that offers video chats, quizzes and games for large groups of people to help bring them together digitally when they can’t be with each other physically. Throwing a virtual Houseparty is a great idea for a home birthday party, and best of all, there is no clean up afterwards! 

3) Dress-up theme online 

A dress-up party always helps lighten the mood, and this holds true online. There is something about getting in character that helps bring out the fun.

4) Host a talent show 

The talent challenge can be set as part of the invite, with each guest having to prepare in advance. An awesome idea for creative kids where the parents can get involved too. Download Zoom for free or use Facetime and let the party begin.

5) Online Activities

If you are out of energy from the home school/work/life juggle, why not outsource the party ideas ? Fizzics Education hosts awesome online science parties.

6) Ask friends and family to send video messages

Super simple simple and can be done when it’s convenient for other parents and family members. Watch the video messages as an activity on the day, and voila! More birthday love.

 

Resources:

Jumpstart

Tramsheds Sydney

Parents Guide Illawarra