Birthday Fun at McDonald’s

Disclosure: I am a brand ambassador for McDonald’s. I will be compensated for this Birthday Fun at McDonald’s post. All thoughts, opinions, and ideas are my own.

Are you shocked that my sweet Scooter Britches is already FIVE? Yep, me too.

I know all of us mamas are not in the same camp when it comes to birthday celebrations. Some of us like to keep things simple and low-key. Others like to make a big fuss.

Birthday fun at McDonald's and the movies - #kidsbirthdays - #sponsored - The Gifted Gabber

Just call me fussy because I LOVE big birthday celebrations! I adore the fact that each year, my girls have one day that they get to call their own and all of our outside attention narrows down to them. Because their birthdays are only about two weeks apart, they have a big double birthday party on a weekend that falls between the birthdays. This means, I really try to make their own days special. I want their day to be about them – letting them pick one special activity to do and one place to eat – even if their birthday falls on a school day. This year, Scooter Britches has two wait two weeks after her birthday for her party. Two weeks is a long time for a little girl, y’all.

SB wanted to watch the My Little Pony: The Movie. She has only been to one other movie at the theater, and that was last fall when we went to see Trolls. Little One will probably not go see a movie until she is four either which is why she didn’t get to go with us to see My Little Pony. She will barely sit still five minutes to watch a show at home at this stage. She is busy, busy at all times.

I failed to get any pictures at the theater. Just know that she managed to sucker me into buying her a little plush Rainbow Dash pony as soon as we walked in. It’s hard to tell a kid no on his or her birthday, isn’t it?

Unfortunately, the My Little Pony movie had a bit of darker plot than the usual My Little Pony TV show, and SB wanted to leave the theater about one half of the way in. A friend told me yesterday that the theater would have refunded my money if I had spoken with someone before we left. That is good information to know for next time. I didn’t think the show was too dark, necessarily. But SB gets scared quite easily any time a show turns away from cheery and colorful plots that she is used to watching. I think the movie is probably okay for most children.

So we were soon headed to the next stop of the night. SB’s restaurant choice was McDonald’s, of course! Was there any doubt we would have some birthday fun at McDonald’s? The girl loves those Golden Arches. Remember how she had Daddy take her and Lo to McDonald’s for a daddy-daughter date last month? 

The Hubs picked up a few cupcakes and met us there with LO. I thought it was sweet how LO sang the birthday song to SB several times unprompted when we first got to McDonald’s.

The girls have gotten to where they order their standard Happy Meal favorites – a Cheeseburger for LO and McNuggets for SB.

little girl at McDonald's

little girl at McDonald's

The Hubs has a favorite too – the Pico Guacamole with Artisan Grilled Chicken Sandwich. As for me, I switch between a Quarter Pounder, McNuggets, and the new Buttermilk Crispy Tenders. If you haven’t given those strips a try, you need to! They are so good!

Arisan Grilled Chicken Sandwich with Pico de Gallo at McDonald's

The Happy Meal toys right now are in promotion of My Little Pony: The Movie so the two different birthday outings worked together perfectly.

We had lots of birthday fun at McDonald’s!

Little Girl with 5 year old candle

Little girl with cupcake


little girl with cupcake and messy face

After a round of fun in the PlayPlace, we headed home so SB could open a few presents.

girls in play place at McDonald's

Litle girl opening birthday presents

At the end of the night, when I tucked SB into bed, she said she had a great birthday which made this mama’s heart so happy!

I’ll be back soon with more birthday fun! 


  1. Sonya says:

    Happy Birthday, SB!!! 🙂 We went and saw My Little Pony the movie and my kiddos loved it. They are huge My Little Pony fans. I understand why SB got scared there were some scary moments. My kids couldn’t watch The Secret Life of Pets. As soon as the pets mentioned killing humans they were done and asking for me to turn it off.

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