Planning a birthday party for your child can be a lot of fun, but it can also be challenging to come up with activities that will keep everyone entertained. To help you out, we’ve put together a list of 10 classic birthday party activities for kids. All of these activities are flexible and can be done indoors or outdoors. Many of these activities can also be combined to fit a larger theme.
What kid doesn’t love having their face painted? Options range from hiring a professional to purchasing a face painting kit and doing it yourself. Either way, it’s a great way to add some fun and color to your party.
Balloon twisting is another fun activity that kids love. You can hire a professional balloon artist or purchase a balloon twisting kit and learn to make your own balloon animals and other shapes. It’s even an opportunity for the guests to put their balloon twisting skills to the test.
Setting up a photo booth is a great way to capture memories from your child’s party. If you’re a DIY kind of parent, you can even create your own DIY photo booth with props and a backdrop, using a cellphone for the camera. An instant camera is a great option because the photos are instantly available for guests to take home. Of course you can also rent a professional photo booth.
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A scavenger hunt is a fun and interactive activity that will keep kids busy for hours. This activity is particularly suited for trying to match the party’s theme. Depending on the uniqueness of your party theme, you try purchasing a pre-made scavenger hunt kit, creating your own items, or going with a general scavenger hunt kit.
Arts and crafts
Arts and crafts are always a hit with kids. You can set up a craft station where kids can make their own bracelets, decorate picture frames, or create their own artwork. Options for crafts are nearly endless.
A piñata is a classic party activity that all kids love. After all, how often do kids get to whack something with a stick to get candy, toys and treats? You can purchase a pre-made piñata or make your own using a balloon, paper mache, and matching decorations.
Karaoke is a fun and entertaining activity that kids of all ages enjoy. You have a wide range of options on how to set this up. On the one hand you can use or purchase a dedicated karaoke machine. A DIY option includes using an app on your phone or other device.
A dance party is a great way to get kids moving and grooving. You can create a playlist of your child’s favorite songs and have a dance contest or dance-off. This is another activity where you can try to sync up the activity with the party theme, including with decorations. You can also add in some unique features like disco balls, bubble machines or fog machines.
Kids love decorating their own cakes, and it’s a great way to add a personal touch to your child’s birthday celebration. You can purchase plain cupcakes or a cake and provide frosting, sprinkles, decorations and other supplies.
If you’re hosting an outdoor party, set up some fun and interactive games like a water balloon toss, bean bag toss, or relay race. Even if the weather ends up being poor, many of activities intended for the outdoors can still be done indoors. Or you can pivot to similar activities like a dance party or scavenger hunt.
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Many of the supplies for these activities can double as birthday presents for the birthday boy or girl. For instance, if your kid doesn’t have an instant camera, karaoke machine, or bubble machine, you can buy one for the party and then give it to him or her as a present. Win Win!
In conclusion, planning a birthday party for your child can be a lot of work, but including one or more of these classic activities will ensure that everyone has a great time. From face painting to scavenger hunts to cake decorating, these birthday party activities are sure to keep kids entertained and create lasting memories. So why not try incorporating a few of these ideas into your child’s next birthday celebration?