A Dozen Kid's Birthday Party Themes

Planning a child's birthday party? Dawn Lantero, mom of four and preschool teacher shares a dozen party ideas that are guaranteed kid pleasers!


I have hosted a lot of kids' birthday parties.  My four children (like in most families) are very different from one another and therefore the parties that we have planned over the years are quite varied.  I compiled a list so that you may benefit from my family's experiences and feel free to leave a comment about your birthday party experiences.


Venue Parties:


  1. Indoor swim party--great during the doldrums of winter.
  2. Chuck E Cheese Party--doesn't everyone do one of these at some point?
  3. Ceramic Painting--at a local art studio
  4. Necklace Beading--fun for middle school and older girls
  5. High School Sporting Event--this party was one of the all time best.  Picture a group of 5th grade boys attending a high school football night game.  First, we decorated our van, did face painting, shirt decorating, and took them to the game where they were filmed by the local cable station and ended up on TV!
  6. Dance Party--at a local dance studio
  7. Roller Skating Party--fun for all school age kids.
  8. Bowling Party--good for older grade school age or middle school.



At Home Parties: (Usually more work, but much more memorable and affordable!)


  9.  Dying Tie Dyed T-Shirts-older grade school or middle school.

10.  Teddy Bear Tea Party--for preschool or kindergarten age.

11.  Obstacle Course--This was a party for preschool boys.  We set up a course around our yard 

       and then our whole family helped the children race through it.  Loads of fun and lots of family


12.  Photo Scavenger Hunt--This idea is for middle school or high school age kids.  The idea is to

       photograph their group at certain locations around your neighborhood that they find by solving

       clues about the locations.



The excitement and anticipation about the planning of a party is such a wonderful thing to experience with your children.  Be sure to plan it early and allow them to play a role in the decisions about party favors and activities, etc.  Some parents dread these events, and if that describes you, maybe you need to take a year off and focus on a small, simple family celebration.  Then next year you can put positive energy toward planning a wonderful celebration.  The childhood years fly by, so enjoy these special, memory making occasions that celebrate your children and bond your family.  Please share your successful party ideas with all of us, too!



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