6 Socially Distant Birthday Party Ideas in Atlanta

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Gone are the days (for now) of unbelievable birthday bashes for your babies, toddlers, and big kids. But smaller, socially distant parties can still sizzle with fun. From an outdoor movie night to ziplining through the city tree canopy, these Atlanta-area birthday vendors can help you pull off an epic pandemic-era birthday party. Keep reading for our go-to pandemic birthday party providers, below.

Northside Yard Cards

Northside Yard Cards

For those looking for some all-day attention, birthday yard signs are the way to go. Simply place your order in advance (you select the wording, the colors, and the emojis), then someone will set it up during the night prior to your birthday and remove it at the end of the day. They're basically yard ninjas, and your birthday guy or gal can cop a squat in the front yard and enjoy the honks, waves, and well-wishers all day long. 

All occasion yard signs are $115+tax, and include delivery, set-up and pick-up of the one phrase greeting you choose.

Online: northsideyardcards.com


Funflicks Outdoor Movies

For a birthday activity that keeps the kids out of your kitchen and adequately spaced, an inflatable screen outdoor movie rental just might be the ticket. Perhaps better for older kids who can stay up later, the only thing you'll need to do will be to lay out the beach towels (possibly a party favor?), string some lights over a folding table, and pop a few bags of popcorn. Funflicks will set up the screen, run the movie, and stay on-site in case anything goes sideways during the show. 

From $299, with multiple a la carte options that include delivering a popcorn machine, to showing a double feature. 

Online: funflicks.com

Gelly Ball Atlanta

Gelly Ball Atlanta

Gelly Ball is the latest in battle games. Perfect for the battleyard, it's similar to paintball or airsoft but comes with no mess and no sting. GellyBall Blasters shoot a soft gel ball, much like an Orbeez, from easy-to-use blasters. Unlike Nerf guns, a GellyBall Blaster holds 750 shots so kids don't have to reload, and the triggers are easy for kids as young as 5 to use.  

$350 for a 2-hour party at your home or location, including sanitizes GellyBall Blasters, ammo, and inflatable bunkers. 

Online: gellyballatlanta.com



S. Massey

Treetop Quest

It's easy to be socially distant when you're ziplining in a tree canopy! Guests must reserve and purchase tickets online before visiting, or if you'd like to book a formal party, you can purchase a package that allows party-goers 2.5 hours of exploring the zipline park, then celebrate at an on-site picnic area. 

Admission prices start at $20 per person, with discounts applied for groups of 10 or more. 

Online: treetopquest.com

S. Massey

Sam's Path Mobile Petting Zoo

Let them bring the zoo to you for this backyard version of the big one. With camels, lemurs, a zebra, and more, this backyard birthday party option is a solid choice for the animal-lovers out there. 

From $250 per hour, with add-on options for additional time and exotic animals. 

Online: samspathpettingzoo.com


DIY Backyard Bash

If you're looking to keep the headcount low and the kiddos outside, the pandemic is your perfect excuse to do exactly as you please. Try setting up an epic obstacle course in your backyard, or host an old-school game party that will have your handful of guests begging to stay for another round. Feeling crafty? How about a tie-dye party? Or maybe have a backyard campout—with or without the actual sleepover!



—Shelley Massey



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