There’s so much about the state of the world in a pandemic that’s difficult for kids to understand, and missing out on celebrating their birthday may be a very hard pill to swallow. The good news is, with a little out-the-box thinking, there are some fantastic socially-distanced ways to celebrate your kids’ birthdays.




Getting to see their friends’ faces will make your little one’s day. For a drive-by party, set up a socially distanced station in front of your house and allocate time slots for their friends to pop by to say wish them a happy birthday. Clear it with the parents first, but if they’re comfortable with it, you could also provide cake or party packs. Another option is to invert this idea – instead of your kiddo’s friends coming to you, you could drive around and deliver cupcakes to their friends.


Take this idea to the next level and give each friend a clue to give to the birthday girl or boy, so that your drive-by birthday becomes a fun scavenger hunt! Get all your party supplies from grocery retailers within the RCS Shopping Network and get up to 55 days interest free.*




Although technology is not without its pitfalls, there are a wealth of ways it can be used to bring people together for a celebration. One fun idea is to hire a performer such as a puppeteer or a magician to do a socially distanced performance on your front lawn, which you can broadcast to your kid’s friends via Zoom.


Alternatively, you can distribute party packs that include a game or activity, like a craft or cookie decorating, that the kids can all do together while online.


If your child is a gamer, they may enjoy celebrating their birthday with their friends in their favourite virtual world – for example, a virtual Roblox party. The online gaming platform has the option to host private virtual spaces so that no one else can join their game.


If live-streaming is too daunting for your little one, simply getting their buddies to send birthday wishes over video clips could be just the thing to make their day.




If you’re wanting to get your kid’s friends all together in one place, the key is to pick somewhere outdoors with lots of space. A picnic might work well, where each family gets their own picnic basket in a designated area. Another popular idea is to head to the bike track and let the kids burn some energy in a socially distanced manner.



We understand how stressful organising a safe kid’s birthday celebration can be in these times. To help you focus on making it their special day, you can cross off making your RCS account payment from your to-do list by paying it at any Makro, Game, Shoprite, Checkers or Pick n Pay store. Simply use your EasyPay number at the till point. Alternatively, use the RCS Mobile App or RCS Self-service platform to manage your account or make payments.


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