Birthday Party Ideas During Covid


As birthdays come around again this year, we still need to be safe, but vehicle parades just aren’t cutting it any more.

Birthday Parties during Covid

Parents made do in 2020 for birthday parties and figured out fun options for kids. But, most places were closed then. Now, there are birthday parties during Covid that are possible because places opened up and they have safety protocols in place. 

Birthday Parties during Covid are a challenge! Here are 10 suggestions for birthday locations to host a small party, 10 suggestions for parties at home, five suggestions for outdoor parties, and three alternatives to blowing out birthday cake candles! 

So many choices and I am sure that even looking through these, you could generate some more ideas of your own. Birthday parties during Covid may be different but remember, it’s possible to still make their day special!

Birthday Parties during Covid

Birthday Parties during Covid

1. Art Parties


Whet Your Palette

Whet Your Palette is open for meeting up with friends during public painting hours, or renting a private room for painting.  They emphasize social distancing, mask wearing, and regular cleaning in their facility.

Birthday Parties during Covid

AR Workshop

Located in Norton Commons, this shop is open for parties. Everyone wears masks and spreads out throughout their shop. You can also get take-home items if you would like to do something at home or virtually with friends. 

Board & Brush

Board & Brush has ample room for social distancing while you create your wooden masterpiece. Masks must be worn.

Paint Spot

Paint Spot offers different packages for Birthday Parties during Covid. They have ample room for social distancing, masks are required, and hand washing is always required before working with pottery.

Birthday Parties during Covid


2. Animal Parties:

Purrfect Day Pet Cafe

Purrfect Day Pet Cafe allows your party guests to play with adoptable cats. Masks are required, and they are at 50% capacity, allowing 8 visitors at a time. Social distancing is observed throughout the facility.

Lucky Cat Cafe and Lounge
Lucky Cat is a non-profit cat cafe run by volunteers in a 100 year old house. They do host parties where you rent out the entire Cat Lounge (ages 6 and up). Their Facebook posts boast of 100% mask compliance, temp checks, sanitizing stations, social distancing, and lots of cleaning.

Birthday Parties during Covid

3. Skating Parties:

Iceland Sports Complex

While there are no party rooms available to rent for Birthday Parties during Covid, you can show up at the same time during public skate times to buy all admission and skate rental fees, and then enjoy skating together on one of the two full sized skating rinks. Plus, the masks help keep your faces warm!

Champs Rollerdome

Champs Rollerdome is a great place to meet up with friends, or “Rent the Rink” for a private party. Face masks must be worn at all times while skating 

Robben’s Roost Roller Skating
Robben’s Roost has public and private roller skating. They are allowing up to 100 customers, lower than 33% capacity, and masks must be worn.

Birthday Parties during Covid
4. Gaming Parties:

Activate Games

Activate Games provides high tech games to teams of 2-5 in each room. If parties are 6 or more, they will be separated into different rooms. Activate has reduced to 33% capacity to allow for more social distancing. All games are cleaned multiple times a day, and lobby iPads are cleaned with each use. Masks must be worn and temps are taken at entry.


Renaissance Fun Park

Renaissance Fun Park offers outdoor mini golf and go karts, as well as indoor arcade games and laser tag. They have increased their hand sanitizer stations and masks are required. While they aren’t renting out their usual party rooms for Birthday Parties during Covid, you can show up during public game time and play, or they do offer private rentals of the facility, during non-public play hours, starting at $299. Call for details.

Bluegrass Karting and Events

Bluegrass has go karts, axe throwing, and a rage room. They state they have increased cleaning and sanitizing, masks must be worn, social distancing must be followed, and participants are given one helmet and headstock for their full visit. Call for details on party details.


Malibu Jacks Indoor Fun Park

Malibu Jacks prides itself on being “clean, safe, fun.” They are allowing 50% capacity, require masks and social distancing, regularly sanitize high touch areas, and they have a Nu-Calgon air purification system that has been tested to treat against viruses and bacteria. They have go karts, laser tag,  mini golf, rides, and games. You can book a party or rent a party space. Call for details about Birthday Parties during Covid.

Dave and Buster’s

D&B wants you to come party with them and eat, drink, play, and watch sports. They have games including billiards, bowling, and arcade games. Their website states they require masks, social distance tables, have sanitation stations, and clean tables and games regularly.

Kentucky Science Center 

The Kentucky Science Center has limited capacity, mask requirements, and lots of room to socially distance. You can meet at the Science Center and have group pricing for 10 or more guests. You can also  rent out the four story screen to watch your favorite movie or play your video games. Up to 20 guests for 2 hours for only $100. You are only able to rent the theater at 3pm every day, so book early.

If you have younger kiddos, you can also reserve an hour for friends at the Kentucky Science Center at the mall so they can all play together. Check out the information by clicking here. 


5. Escape Games Parties:

Breakout Games – Louisville 

Breakout Games states each game is private – no strangers will join your room. Rooms are cleaned thoroughly between each game. Only one team is allowed in the lobby at a time.

Countdown Louisville

Countdown Louisville books all private rooms. They disinfect the high-touch surfaces in our escape games prior to each use with hospital-grade virus-killing and germicidal wipes. Countdown Louisville states it is the only locally owned escape game in Louisville, and all of their escape rooms are unique.

Escape LOU
Escape LOU states all of their rooms are private, so you only interact with your own party. They have missions for all experience levels.

6. Beauty Parties:

Beauty in the Bus 

Beauty in the Bus strives to provide a unique and unforgettable experience for every little beauty who walks on the bus. They offer paint parties, spa parties, tea parties, and karaoke parties. The bus is disinfected before and after each party. All party hosts are required to wear masks, gloves, and face shields for the entire duration of all parties. They do temp checks and will not allow anyone with a fever onboard. And everyone who enters the bus wear a face covering.

Pink Julep Boutique

Pink Julep Boutique, located in Prospect, has launched a unique interactive “self-care” experience for girls, tweens, and teens. Their customizable “beauty bar” has a thorough selection of sugar scrubs, bath salts, lip gloss, body glitter and body lotions, you can personalize colors, fragrances and fun designs. Party packages start at $160 for four kids. Face masks are required. Recommended for kids 4 and up.

7. Bowling Parties:

Kingpin Lanes

Kingpin Lanes states everyone must wear a mask. They also state all surfaces, seating, equipment, shoes and balls are cleaned and sanitized after every use.

8. Trampoline Parties:


Defy has lots of information about their Covid safety. Temp checks, masks, increased cleaning and sanitizing, and social distancing. They do host parties. Call for details on different options.

Xtremenasium Trampoline Park

Xtremenasium Trampoline Park and ninja xhallenge course has limited capacity, requires masks, and some attractions are closed. They offer private bookings so your party can have the whole place to yourself!

Bounce ‘N Round Inflatables

Bounce ‘N Round is offering private, indoor inflatable parties with Covid restrictions in place. You can get and private open play session for 1 hour and by reservation. This is for 10 people(Adults &Kids) for just $50.00. It includes 1 Drink and 1 Snack for the kids.

9. Climbing Parties
Climb Nulu

Climb Nulu offers a bouldering experience (no rope for belay or repelling, but thick mats below). In addition to temp checks and mandatory masks, Climb Nulu also restricts 25 climbers in the facility at a time in 2 hour time slots. Book your guests at the same time and stay socially distant while you have fun and exercise at the same time!

Rocksport Climbing
Rocksport is a rock climbing gym where you will be on belay (attached to a rope for safety). Rocksport has  10,000 square feet of Climbing to help you social distance, and masks ate required. Rocksport only allows 22 climbers in the facility at a time, so book your guests together at the same time for a fun Climbing party!

10. Movie Parties

Rent out a theater to yourself. Most theaters have a 20 person limit. 
Cinemark Theaters
Xscape Blankenbaker
Baxter Avenue Theater
Kentucky Science Center theater

You can also rent out the theatre room a Pregame Coffee. It’s $100 per hour and they include food and beverage ($100 toward food and beverage)

Pregame Coffee

In Home Parties:
(Have kids wear masks, use sanitizer at the door, do temp checks upon arrival, keep 6 feet apart, and take hand washing breaks during the party). Or, do some of these things virtually by delivering the materials to friends and connecting online!

1. Paint It Sweet

Paint It Sweet is a mobile art studio that brings everything to you, you just provide the social distancing space and mask rules, and pick the painting everyone will be instructed in.

2. Pinot’s Palette

Pinot’s Palette provides virtual classes and take home kits. You provide the space and rules for hand washing and mask wearing.

3. Breakout Games – Louisville 

Join a live, breakout video call to solve the escape room in your home. You have 60 minutes to solve the case!

4. Bounce ‘N Round

Bounce ‘N Round can deliver a bounce house to your home if you wish to have a small party at your private residence.  They sanitize all of their units with Clorox which kills 99.9% of germs and bacteria.

5. Spa Day Party: Have a spa day complete with mani/pedis, temporary tattoos, and mask beautification decorating.

6. Game Party: Have board games or “Minute to Win It” games, or relay races – check Pinterest for ideas!

7. Craft Party: Pick up supplies at your local craft store. Everyone can paint, create, or color objects or canvases.

8. Glow In The Dark Party: Go to your local dollar store or Oriental Trading type company, and buy a bunch of glow in the dark supplies. Have the kids wear black to the party. Have the kids add the glow in the dark to their clothes to look like stick figures or just random. Then go to a dark location (like a basement), turn off the lights, and video the kids dancing to music.

9. Costume Party: Have each child come in a costume of any theme. Then make magic wands, decorate masks, or do some temporary hair die and crazy hair styles.

10. Zoom Party: Send out invitations for a Zoom date and time in advance. Drop off supplies to each party attendee in a sealed brown bag the morning of the party. Have the attendees open the bags together on Zoom. Ideas for Zoom activities: games, crafts, baking together, etc.

Outdoor Options when you feel like indoor parties are still too risky.

There are so many wonderful parks around Louisville for Birthday Parties during Covid outside!

1. Playgrounds and parks – meet at your local park or playground for old fashion outdoor fun! Provide hot chocolate if the weather is cold.

2. Outdoor Movie – set up an outdoor screen, have everyone bring a lounge chair, and provide individual popcorn and drinks while you sit 6 feet apart.

3. Tie Dye t-shirt party – keep the mess outside while the kids each get their own tie dye station with supplies. Check Pinterest for details.
Birthday Parties during Covid
4. Horseback riding/pony rides – pony parties are fun and easy to socially distance when you’re on a horse. Check with your local barns for options s.

5. Scavenger hunt – Set up a scavenger hunt for hidden treats or letters that spell out “Happy Birthday child’s name.”

Birthday Cake Candle Blowing Alternatives:

It’s hard to keep kids apart. Maybe you can reinvent some of the fun elements of traditional birthday parties for a Birthday Parties during Covid!

1. String Piñata: Use a pull string piñata instead of a cake: Have each child write their name on a large cup or small bucket from the dollar store. Place the bins under a string piñata. Have the guests sing “Happy Birthday” and at the completion of the sing, have the birthday child pull the piñata strings until the goodies fall out into the bins. Whoever gets the least candies in their bin gets all the extras that missed the bins. That way there’s not a swarm of kids under the piñata, and everyone’s a winner!

2. Cupcakes: Give Each party attendee their own cupcake, and each child their own color of sprinkles. Have the birthday child put their cupcake in the center of the table. Have the kids sing “Happy Birthday.” When the song ends, everyone gets to toss their sprinkles onto the birthday child’s cup cake.

3. Balloon Pop: Pre-load balloons with confetti, dollar bills, or small gifts in a balloon for each birth year, or each child attending the party. (Use an air pump or helium tank to fill the balloons, not your mouth). Have the kids sing “Happy Birthday” and at the end of the song, have the birthday kid pop each balloon, or have all the kids each pop their balloon at once.

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