We are all giving up a lot during the COVID-19 social distancing, it can feel hard and heavy for many of us. For children, especially our youngest ones, canceled birthday parties can feel like the worst thing ever. Lucky for you several of our local businesses are stepping in to fill the gap (but not too close!) and help with virtual birthday party options!
Virtual Birthday Party Ideas
For this story, we focused exclusively on local businesses as this shutdown will affect them the most. You can coordinate with friends and family and have everyone grab a kit and use a service like Zoom, Facetime, or Google Hangouts to all do it together, virtually.
Ceramics For You
Ceramics for you in Gurnee is offering Curbside pottery pick-up. Each kit (ranging in price from $16.50 – 19.50) includes your ceramic piece and paint. Order online and pick-up in Gurnee. Drop back off at anytime for firing.
Miss Jamie from the Farm
If your child’s birthday party has been canceled and you want a customized Miss Jamie video that greets them and sings happy birthday to them, message Miss Jamie via Facebook with their name (and if you wish, a photo of them and some details about what they like). She will send you a personalized video and a link to download a customized coloring page that says their name on it. This service is FREE. (You can donate if you wish, but not required) If you’d like a live-streamed video of interaction or a full 30-minute live-streamed interactive concert, please contact Miss Jamie for rates.
Royal Princess Parties
Royal Princess Parties are letting your children have a video chat with their favorite princess or superhero. Chats are 10 minutes long and cost $30. You can book your session on their website (scroll to the lower blue banner). Combine this with one of their princess party packs ($20) and you have a perfectly magical at-home experience.
Happy Little Flame
If you have an older child Happy Little Flame has just launched a DIY candle kit. They will send you everything you need to make a clean-burning, non-toxic, vegan, eco-friendly, and 100% free of additives, dyes, and phthalates! These kits offer a creative, educational, and interactive outlet that teaches patience, precision, and the importance of following instructions – great for kids AND adults!
Nanny Nicki is offering personalized videos sent directly to the email of your choosing! A couple of songs, a story, and some other general silliness customized just for your favorite little person! Contact Nanny Nikki today for details! [email protected] OR 224-212-0654.
RC Juggle Entertainment has options for all types of entertainment options. Choose from a No-Touch and social distance magic show and juggling show, balloon yard decor or car parade decorations.
Buffalo Grove Park District is offering a 30-minute Virtual Princess Party for up to 10 children ($75). Party will include a home scavenger hunt, a special song performance, and a story with the princess. Suggested for children ages 3-6. Bookings are available Saturdays in June from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
A birthday party isn’t complete without Pizza! Donati’s Pizza is offering all the kids 10 and under get a free 12” cheese pizza on their birthday with a big happy birthday note from us. Pick up or delivery.
Happy Birthday Kids, it will be one you will be telling your kids about!