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Tools to give your child a virtual birthday surprise

Posted at 9:14 AM, Apr 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-15 15:31:03-04

Birthdays are a big milestone and wonderful celebrations with lots of friends and families just can’t happen during this time.
What can happen? Fun, new ways to make some memories. I know first-hand since our little Bronson Phoenix turns 4 years-old today!
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Here are a few things we have planned and some that hopefully will help you, as well.

Virtual Birthday Party

Online, live video chatting is something we started the first week of the stay-at-home order. If your family sends presents, try holding off so your child can open them on the video party.

Chalk Your Driveway

We woke up to snow on April 15 here in Michigan, but fingers crossed that much warmer days are ahead. Leave a bucket of chalk and a note at the end of your paved driveway, asking neighbors that walk by or family, to chalk a birthday note.

A Call From Santa

We discovered personalized video messages from Santa a couple of years ago and highly recommend It gathers a few facts about your child and then includes them in the message from Santa and his elves! They have a birthday message option! So cute!

Call from Favorite Nick Jr. Character

Sure, it’s pretty cool when relatives call to wish you a happy birthday, but even cooler when it’s Chase from Paw Patrol! Nick Jr. Birthday Club has free, personalized phone calls from a wide variety of characters. You can actually activate when you want the call to happen.

And finally, how about letting your child have a “birthday week”? Every day, do a little scavenger hunt that leads to a piece of candy, snack, or trinket. Also, let them pick out their birthday meal. If it means they eat pizza for breakfast, they eat pizza for breakfast.

To everyone celebrating a birthday, make it a great one!