A child’s birthday party doesn’t have to always follow the same simple routine. And your little ones will love a break from the norm, too — a unique birthday party will become a memory they’ll never forget.
Of course, planning something out-of-the-ordinary is easier said than done. Start your brainstorming session with these XX exciting birthday party ideas for kids:
1. Spa Day
You don’t want to take a gaggle of young boys and girls to the spa, of course. Instead, you can set up a handful of kid-friendly spa treatments in your home. For instance, you might set up a nail-painting station as well as a face mask bar. You’ll make attendees feel extra special by outfitting them in spa gear, too. If you keep the party small, you can make a kid-sized robe the party favour — the little ones will love to wear it during their treatments, too.
2. Hike and Picnic Party
Perhaps your kid prefers to rough it up in nature. If so, gather their closest friends and head outside for a nature walk or hike. Depending on their age group, you can chaperone them on a bona fide trek. Littler kids might prefer an easy walk in the park, completing a scavenger hunt for leaves, small animals, birds and other common park finds.
At the end of the journey, gather all of the party attendees for a picnic in the sunshine. The great thing about a picnic is that it’s easy to prepare – just make sure you have enough sandwiches and snacks to fuel all of the kiddos on your hike and voila — you’re party-ready.
Competitive or car-crazy kiddos will love to hit the track in celebration of their birthdays. A go-karting party would suit older kids who can handle the 50-mile-per-hour speeds that a go-kart can reach. Plus, tweens and teens can adopt some of the tricks of driving a go-kart to make their rides even more fun. For instance, adjust the seat for the birthday boy or girl so that they comfortably reach the wheel and pedals. That way, they have a better chance of winning their celebratory ride.
After that, head indoors for a traditional send-off to the party. Most go-karting facilities will have a place for you to gather post-ride to celebrate your child’s birthday with food, cake and presents.
4. Painting Party
With a few easels, paint palettes, mini canvasses and aprons, you’re ready for a kid-friendly paint party. Give attendees an idea of what to paint, or let them run wild with their own imaginations. You’ll be surprised at what they can create, and they get a built-in souvenir from the birthday party. Just be sure to put a few bedsheets or tarps down under the work area — kids can be a bit sloppy with their art supplies, as you likely know already.
5. Bake-Off Birthday
Speaking of messy children’s birthday parties, a bake-off would be great fun for your kiddo, too. Once again, this theme would probably suit older kids, and you’d have to supervise oven use and timing. However, you can invite a handful of the birthday boy or girl’s friends over to whip up some sweets together. You might even make it a contest — have kids bring their favorite cookie recipe. After they’ve prepped and baked a batch, everyone can sample and vote on the tastiest confection.
6. Game Night
Grown-ups gather with their friends to play board games — why not plan the same kind of party for your kids? Of course, you’ll want to choose kid-friendly competitions to keep them entertained. For instance, you might play musical chairs with hula hoops instead of actual seats, saving your living and dining room furniture. A game night will work for kids both young and old, so long as you choose age-appropriate activities for them to play. Don’t forget to pick up a smorgasbord of snacks to sustain everyone during the game night — the party wouldn’t be complete without them.
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7. Karaoke Contest
Here’s another beloved activity that suits you as much as your children — karaoke. Grab a few toy microphones or, if you’re brave, you can rent a real karaoke machine. Then, let party attendees pick their songs and belt them out. You might want to grab a set of earplugs, but your kids will love pretending to be pop stars for a night.
8. Field (Birth)day
Kids love field day at school — why not throw one of your own to celebrate a birthday? All you have to do is prep a few games beforehand. Better yet, they don’t have to cost a lot of money to set up. You only need to buy water balloons for a fun, high-stakes throwing contest. Contests including the three-legged race require only party guests to play. Keep everyone fed and hydrated throughout the day with cookout classics, such as lemonade, hamburgers and hot dogs. You can even invite other parents to attend and watch the cute competition ensue.
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Party in a New Way
Your child’s birthday party doesn’t have to be run-of-the-mill, and these eight ideas prove it. Indeed, this list only scratches the surface of the countless creative ideas for a child’s birthday celebration. Pick the one that best suits your son or daughter, then get planning — you have priceless memories to make on their next birthday.