Ideas for a child’s birthday party from toddlers to teenagers
Birthday party ideas for children
Children of any age love to celebrate their birthdays, and they love to have lots of people, especially their friends and classmates, around to help them celebrate. Parents want to be creative when planning birthday parties, but they want something that will be economical as well as fun for their children.
Popular with older elementary and junior high aged children are skating parties. Book the local skating rink for two-hour block and celebrate on wheels. The skating rink provides the music and entertainment, as well as the skates, and all the parents need is the cake and perhaps the drinks. Most rinks also have a space, such as a snack bar, to have the cake and open gifts. Using skating party themed invitations is fitting; children will flock to this party. A skating party is nice because the children are occupied with fun and games and there isn’t a lot of set-up or clean-up at the end of the party.
Another popular idea for a birthday party is a bowling party. This party, like the skating party, is convenient for set-up, clean-up, and entertainment. Most bowling alleys have tables for eating cake and opening gifts and there is plenty of room for the children to move around. Children of all ages love to bowl and bowling alleys usually provide discounts or free shoe rental for the party. Parents need only provide the cake and drinks and the party is a success.
For younger children who aren’t able to hold a bowling ball or steady themselves on skates, a play dough party is fitting. Parents and children could make home-made play dough at the kitchen table or in the backyard and then have contests to see who can make the best dinosaur or cartoon character. Small children love to play with play dough and this type of party would also help them strengthen their fine motor skills. A play dough party would be fun and educational at the same time.
Lots of children love just having the traditional cake and ice cream party with their friends. Parents host the party at their home and provide games and treats in the theme of the birthday boy or girl’s favorite cartoon or video game character. Decorations and the cake are in the theme as well, and children have a good time playing together and blowing out the candles.
For girls, birthdays are a way to get the girls together without all those yucky boys. One way to celebrate just for the girls is to go to a spa or hair salon and get a makeover. Girls love to have their hair done in a different style and be pampered. They love to have their nails done and dress up in fancy outfits. This type of party is a good way for girls to get out of the house and spend time with their friends and their moms.
Teenagers get to the point where they don’t want a “childish” party, like the bowling or skating party, but they still want to celebrate their birthdays with fun activities. Several ideas for teenagers include slumber parties, pizza parties, pizza and video parties, swimming parties and so on. Teenagers, however, love to be social and they love music. For a significant birthday, like their sixteenth or their eighteenth birthday, hosting a dance party is fun. While having a DJ and renting an area to host the party might be costly, teens still want to celebrate their birthdays with their friends. Hosting a chaperoned dance party would be a safe and fun way for teenagers to celebrate their birthdays. Celebrating a child’s birthday should be fun for everyone invited and memorable for the child.