Planning a (Not-Virtual) Birthday Party During COVID: What You Need To Know

Birthday Parties

As Ontario moves into Stage 3, you might start thinking about expanding your bubble even further, and if you have a little one with an upcoming birthday, you may be considering throwing an in-person party.

There is some debate as to whether it is a good idea to have a party even with a small group of children. There is a lot to consider, especially when getting a group of small children together. I’m pretty sure enforcing mask-wearing and social distancing with a group of 6-year-olds isn’t anyone’s ideal afternoon.

With day camps and daycares operating in a limited fashion, it doesn’t seem crazy to host a modest birthday party with a small handful of guests.

In the end, we all are making our own choices and doing so at our own risk. And we want to make sure you have all the information you need to make an informed decision.

Party Entertainers That Come To You

Currently, regions that are still in Stage 2 have a limit of 10 people for both indoor and outdoor gatherings. For regions in Stage 3, indoor gatherings are limited to a maximum of 50 people and outdoor gatherings are limited to 100 people.

That being said, if you have people from outside your social circle you still must maintain social distancing of at least 2 metres between people. And you must ensure that masks are being worn by everyone.

In terms of party entertainers that come to you, you will need to ensure that you meet all of the above requirements and that the entertainers are also following the regulations. This means you will need an entertainer who will practice social distancing, wear a mask, and be vigilant with washing and sanitizing their hands.

Party Venues

If you are considering holding a party at a venue, there are a few things to think about in your planning process. All party venues or businesses that are hosting events are subject to indoor or outdoor gathering limits and are required to ensure physical distancing can be maintained in the space.

Any performers or staff members who are working at your event are not included in the gathering limits.

A few more things to know:

  • Indoor playgrounds and play structures will be permitted to open during Stage 3. Physical distancing of at least two metres will still be required.
  • Movie theatres are permitted to open during Stage 3 if physical distancing is maintained. But most have their birthday party packages on hold at the moment.
  • Museums, galleries, aquariums, zoos, science centres, landmarks, historic sites and similar attractions were permitted to reopen in Stage 2. But many have their official birthday party packages on hold at the moment.
  • Water parks and amusement parks are not yet permitted to open in Stage 3.

Toronto Party Providers Operating in Summer 2020

We’ve pulled together some of our favourite Toronto party providers who are operating in person this summer.

The Gaming RV

If you’ve got a gamer in your home, The Gaming RV is a great way to celebrate their birthday! The Gaming RV will come to your home and your guests will get a chance to enjoy some of their favourite video games as well as some delicious gaming snacks. The Gaming RV is currently booking summer parties with a maximum of 8 people.

Pirate Life

Take the kids on a pirate cruise on the high seas—also known as Lake Ontario! You will need to wear a mask and maintain social distancing while on board. Have some fun with it and decorate your face masks before arriving to match the pirate theme.

Glama Gal Kids Spa

If you are looking to host a small, intimate party out of the house, Glama Gal Tween Spa is a great choice. They have significantly reduced their spa capacity and are also requiring all adults to wear masks. Children are required to wear masks based on the municipalities bylaws so be sure to check before you go!

The Toronto Zoo 

The Toronto Zoo is back! And if you are planning a birthday party at the zoo, there are a few protocols to keep in mind. You must keep 2 metres between your group and other groups at the zoo. You must wear a mask or face covering if you are over the age of 2. And your groups cannot exceed 10 people. But the animals are ready to say hello and some restaurants are also open inside the zoo.

My Studio Party

With everything from crafts to magic to dancing, My Studio Party is bound to have the perfect party for your child. They have just restarted their at-home birthday parties with certain restrictions. All their hosts will wear masks and respect social distancing around kids and adults and parents will be responsible for imposing social distancing between kids and guests at all times.

High Park Nature Centre

What better way to celebrate a birthday than outside enjoying nature? The High Park Nature Centre is offering 2-hour outdoor nature experiences for up to 9 people (children ages 0-7 require a 1:1 adult ratio). You get to experience an hour-long guided nature hike where you’ll visit 3 different ecosystems and a 1-hour campfire in OURSpace with a pre-made fire!

Wanda’s Creative Clay

Offering in-studio and at-home birthday party packages, Wanda’s Creative Clay is a great way to celebrate your little one’s birthday. Let the kids get creative with some clay and create their own one-of-a-kind piece of take-home art.

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