Children of all ages love a good birthday party. If you are searching for kids’ birthday party ideas, you are only limited by your imagination. There are fantastic ideas to meet every budget, interest, age and location. The sky is the limit!
The first thing you should do is to decide on a budget for the party. Setting this ahead of time will help you stay on track with your spending.
After you decide on your budget, you should decide upon a theme for your party. Make sure to involve the birthday boy or girl in the decision making. To make sure that you stay within your budget, you can decide which things you want to spend more on, and which things you can create on your own (for instance, make the games and order a cake or vise-versa depending on your skills).
Below are some Kids’ Birthday Party Ideas that are guaranteed to put smiles on the faces of the guest of honor as well as their guests!
Activity or Destination Parties
Activity parties can be held at a destination like the roller rink, ice rink, zoo, rock climbing gym, or putt-putt golf course. Consider taking a group to the movies, the arcade, the go-cart track, or a laser tag center.
Arts and Crafts
Depending upon your child’s age and interests, there are a lot of kids’ birthday party ideas that revolve around arts and crafts. Consider tie-dye, pottery, beading, painting (canvas, shirts, vases or flower pots, etc.), sewing, or creating a keepsake like a mug or plate.
Some children would love nothing more than a good old-fashioned tea party complete with fancy china, feather boas and dress-up clothes. Serve fruit kabobs, mini muffins, bite sized sandwiches, and make sure to use your very best manners!
If you are hosting a summer birthday, a swimming party can be a huge success either at a pool or lake. Make sure to have lots of games like water balloon toss, water Frisbee, beach balls and other pool activities. Luau style decorations and cookout food are simple and fun.
If you do not have access to a pool or lake, or if your party is not in the summer, many local gyms and aquatic centers rent out their pools for these types of activities.
Another great kids’ birthday party idea is a spa party. Everyone loves to be pampered! Whip up some cucumber water, and either buy some face masks, salt scrubs and yummy scented lotions, or create your own at home. Burn some scented candles, set up a mani/pedi station and let your guests munch on fruit.
Think about your child’s favorite TV movie, book or game character and plan a party based around that! Star Wars, Wizard of Oz, Harry Potter, Disney Characters, Superheroes, the list for inspiration is almost endless!
Argh! Hunting for buried treasure at a birthday party is always a hit! Guests can walk the plank, decorate treasure chests to take home, play plenty of cannon ball games, and get tattooed!
Scavenger Hunt Party
A scavenger hunt party is a great kids’ birthday party idea and can be modified to almost any age group. They can be as simple as a backyard hunt with simple clues for the preschool crowd, to scavenger hunts at the mall for the teen crowd. This can be done in the daytime or at night, at home, or in a public place. Kids can hunt individually, or in teams.
Fear Factor Party
A Fear Factor, or gross-out party, is an all-time favorite! Try having kids pull “eyeballs” out of pudding (you can buy these at Oriental Trading Company), bobbing for apples with goldfish swimming in the water, eating chocolate pudding out of a diaper, or rolling dice labeled with ingredients they have to mix together and drink or eat. Wrap it up with a kitty-litter cake.