Safe Sarasota Birthday Celebration Ideas! | The Sarasota Moms

Celebrating birthdays during a pandemic requires a little creativity and a lot of flexibility.  Finding a safe, yet fun way to celebrate your child’s birthday can be difficult. We’ve rounded up some cool birthday ideas for local Sarasota families! Start your celebration off with a birthday yard sign!  Sunshine Yard Cards is a local parent owned, Sarasota yard sign company that has been spreading sunshine around the community from Lakewood Ranch down to Venice. Owner, Alaina Elliott, is sharing some tips to make a birthday extra special while staying safe. 

Sunshine Yard Cards has been honored to help celebrate many 2020 birthdays, drive-by-parades, and special events during this challenging year. Parents have called us in tears thanking us for helping to make a birthday morning feel close to normal. We are so glad to help and since we are in the birthday business, we wanted to share some other ways to still host a great celebration.

First off, we like to follow CDC guidelines and keep events outdoors and socially-distanced as much as possible. Make sure guests wear masks, stay home if they are sick, maintain a distance of 6 feet or more when possible, and wash hands with soap and water frequently.  If a sink is not available, make sure to have extra hand sanitizer on hand!

With safety in mind, here are three fun ways your family can still celebrate a birthday:

Camping Birthday Party:

Camping has exploded in popularity during 2020. You can enjoy the outdoors, while remaining socially distanced from other campers.

Sarasota has some great and diverse campsites. A few of our favorites are:

Myakka River State Park:

Oscar Scherer: 

Hunsader Farms (recently became a KOA property):

Sun n Fun:

Turtle Beach Campground:

Hunsader Farms is a great options for families looking to get away without sacrificing amenities. If you don’t have a tent or an RV, they offer cabin rentals, RV rentals, and you can even rent an air-conditioned covered wagon. Sunshine Yard Cards was recently invited to help celebrate a socially distanced 6th birthday at Hunsader Farms. The birthday boy loved bugs, animals, and camping. With a petting zoo just steps away from the campsite and a bug-themed birthday Sunshine Yard Card displayed in front of the campsite, the birthday boy had a blast!

Mobile Petting Zoo 

Do your kids love animals, but are you avoiding zoo or amusement park crowds? Consider bringing the zoo to you with a mobile petting zoo! Mobile petting zoo companies like Addis’s Pony Parties ( and Rosaire’s Riding Academy & Pony Rides ( serve the greater Sarasota area and have implemented Covid procedures to keep you safe.

With animals like goats, llamas, camels, ponies, and other exotic and farm animals, everyone will surely be entertained. Birthday party packages include the animals, a mobile fenced enclosure, and an animal attendant.

If you are thinking about a Mobile Petting Zoo or animal themed birthday party, don’t forget an animal themed birthday yard sign! Sunshine Yard Cards has displays for horses, llamas, sharks, and even a party monkey. Your little birthday animal will roar with excitement when they wake up to an animal birthday yard sign display!

Video Game Trailer 

2020 has seen a surge in the popularity of video games and console sales as a safe and fun form of quarantine entertainment. If you have gamers in your family, consider hiring a mobile video game trailer company to bring the fun to you. There are several that serve the Sarasota and Lakewood Ranch areas. We like Rolling Video Games of St. Pete:

Rolling Video Games of St.Pete provides 2 hours of fun with Xbox, Playstation, and Nintendo game consoles with an air-conditioned game trailer. It’s easy to stay socially distanced when using their outdoor monitors to race your family or friends in Mario Kart. Rolling Video Games of St. Pete also follow CDC guidelines, requires masks, and have capacity limits for players using the monitors and consoles inside the trailer.

Sunshine Yard Cards can help put the bow on this birthday gift with a video game-inspired birthday yard sign. We have game controllers and retro high score yard cards that can help celebrate the birthday gamer in your family.

We have all struggled with the new normal during this pandemic and the many challenges we have all faced. Finding safe and fun ways to celebrate a birthday has been a top challenge for many parents in Sarasota. We have heard your stories and shared your struggle in finding ways to celebrate loved ones and making things feel “normal”.  Sunshine Yard Cards has been honored to give parents a special way to show their love and safely celebrate so many birthdays in our community. We are happy to continue this mission into 2021 and beyond for our friends in Sarasota, Lakewood Ranch, Bradenton, Venice and surrounding communities, and look forward to hearing from you. Stay safe and healthy, keep celebrating, and don’t forget that we will get through this together! 

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