How to Celebrate Graduation in 2021
You can still celebrate your 2021 graduate with these socially distanced graduation party ideas.
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Graduation movie marathon.
Luckily, your middle school graduate has many graduations to come even if she didn’t get a big ceremony this year. Give her a sneak peak of the future by watching some of these family-friendly, graduation-themed movies together:
- High School Musical 3: Senior Year (Rated G, Disney+)
- Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (Rated PG-13, Amazon Prime)
- The Graduate (Rated PG, HBO Max, iTunes)
- The Lizzie McGuire Movie (Rated PG, Disney+)
- Grease (Rated PG, Amazon Prime)
- Legally Blonde (Rated PG-13, Netflix)
- A Cinderella Story (Rated PG, Disney+)
- Crossroads (PG-13, Cinemax)
- Pretty in Pink (PG-13, Amazon Prime)
- Paper Towns (PG-13, Amazon Prime)
- Jack (PG-13, Disney+)
- Never Been Kissed (PG-13, Hulu)
Preschool Graduation Party Ideas
Make DIY graduation hats and gowns.
Whether your school provides a cap and gown, or you need to find one yourself, let your little one doodle out a decoration to put on top of the cap. Or, let him loose in Michael’s craft store to pick out his favorite stickers, pins, buttons, gems, sequins, etc. to decorate the gown.
Post a graduation lawn sign and have a drive-by parade.
It’s clear that drive-by parades are a fun energy booster and a great way to feel loved without getting too close. Invite friends, family, and neighbors to drive, walk, scoot, or bike by the house to cheer for the graduate.
Organize a visit from your kid’s hero.
If your little graduate is fascinated by fire trucks and sirens, ask your neighborhood fire or police department to come by for a socially distanced, special visit. If the loud noises and lights aren’t for your child, invite over another one of her local heroes—like a favorite teacher, sanitation worker, librarian, or doctor.
Invite some animals to play.
Ask your friend or neighbor if you can borrow their dog or cat to play in the backyard for a few hours. If your child’s favorite animal is more exotic, you can hire a reptile handler—like My Reptile Guys—to put on a show in your backyard!