Celebrating your little party animal’s birthday during quarantine? Thanks to our list of virtual birthday party ideas, you’ll find plenty of ways to ring in the occasion from home. From Helen Woodward’s animal encounters and Zoom My Gym parties to brick-builder bashes and one-on-one princess chats, read on for how to make your birthday kid feel special on his/her big day.

Helen Woodward Critter-Grams

Helen Woodward Animal Center's adorable animal ambassadors will virtually deliver Critter-grams to bring a smile to your child's face. You can send a personal birthday message or experience a private animal encounter. Awesome animal choices include a parrot named Banana, a bunny named Pancake, an alpaca named Kronk and many more! A birthday message from an animal ambassador is $25 and a Zoom meet-and-greet for 10-15 minutes is $50. 

Online: animalcenter.org/critter-grams

Oasis Camel Dairy

Meet and greet with a camel! Zoom in for 30-minutes and invite your guest to the Oasis Camel Dairy animal show, complete with camel capers and parrot pranks. Just sign-up, pick a date and time. Cost is $75.

Online: cameldairy.com/zoom-our-zoo

My Gym

Get a move on! Throw a cool kid virtual party with friends logging in remotely. From creative activities and games to engaging puppet shows and songs, your birthday crew will have tons of fun. Parties are 30-45 minutes and cost $75 to $100.

Online: mygym.com/poway/birthday-parties


Go wild! Book a virtual ZOOMFari animal birthday with Zovargo. All ages are welcome to this one hour, private group fest for up to 30 half-pints for $150. Bring the zoo to your home as you pick 5 animals that will engage the crowd.

Online: zovargo.org/animal-birthday-party-san-diego

Snapology of San Diego

Snap to it! If you have a little brick builder, then this is your virtual party. Choose a theme, invite 20 friends, and a Snapologist will lead the group (via Zoom) on a building adventure. Party lasts one hour and costs $150.

Call to make a reservation: 619-855-4557

Princess Party Company

Hold court! Young birthday royals get a one-on-one chat with a princess via Zoom. Includes getting to know the princess, a story time and princess games. Cost is $49 for 20 minutes.

Online: princessparty.com/live-storytime

If I Was a Bird Yoga

Namaste! Book a virtual yoga-themed birthday party via Zoom for your youthful yogis. Great to get stretching and moving. From 45 minutes at $125, throw a little virtual birthday bash.

Online: ifiwasabirdyoga.com/birthday-parties

Dragonfly Designs

It’s the glitter that counts! Purchase a DIY jewelry making kit for each guest, then everyone goes online via Zoom to follow an expert instructor for 1 hour. Even more, you can add-in an extra 30 minutes for socializing. Packages start at $20 per party guest for a build a bead kit, live virtual instruction and tools.

Online: dragonflyfun.com/birthday-parties-san-diego

––Nikki Walsh


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