Birthdays are special, especially for kids. Hosting birthday parties is one of our favorite things that we do here at Rainbow Roller Rink. We just love giving our local families in North Tonawanda a fun place to celebrate and make memories! Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we haven’t been able to host parties for quite a while—but that’s no reason to give up on the birthday magic. Check out these creative birthday traditions to start with your kids, and get ready for some extra special birthday fun!
Creative Birthday Traditions for Kids
This could be written down in a journal or scrapbook, recorded on audio or video, or posted to social media. Come up with a list of questions to ask your child every year on their birthday. When they’re older, you’ll all be able to look back and get a kick out of their changing interests. Include questions like:
- Favorite color
- Favorite food
- What you want to be when you grow up
- Favorite subject in school
- Favorite song/movie/game
- Best friend
- Favorite memory from the year
- Hidden talent
- Thing you’re most proud of
- Anything you can think of! The more you personalize it for your family, the better it will be.
Don’t worry, no actual explosions are involved. But your kid might freak out (in a good way) when they see the balloon extravaganza you orchestrated while they were sleeping! There are several ways to do this. Some folks wait until their child is sound asleep before quietly filling the bedroom with a layer of balloons over the floor, furniture, etc. Others use saran wrap to create a “wall” of balloons in the doorway for the birthday kid to see when they open the door in the morning. You can also create a balloon curtain effect by tying ribbons to the balloons and hanging/taping them from the top of the door jamb. And for the “extra” parents, there’s the ultra-dramatic balloon avalanche from above!
Since this is all about celebrating the birthday person in question, why not tell them how you really feel? Have your family go around the breakfast or dinner table and tell the birthday kid what they admire most about them, or share a memory that made them proud of their child/sibling.
Another fun way to do this is to have people write a note to the birthday kid on a slip of paper (if you’re hosting an in-person party) or submit notes to you via email/social media. You can pass on the well-wishes or let your child read through the notes afterward to help them remember the party and the people who were there.