Great Ideas For Themed Birthday Parties For Older Kids

by Anita Kearney on August 10, 2013

Preteens are not as easily impressed. After all the years of fun party planning for your child they suddenly reaches age 10 or 11 and become some of the most critical and difficult to please bunch you will ever meet. This is the age when they first start to want to impress others and to be known for being “cool”, “hip”, “bad” or whatever they are calling it today. Don’t worry too much though, you can still have great fun planning the preteen birthday party, check out these great ideas one may just be what you have been looking for.

This is the age that let’s you get out of a lot of the dirty work. Preteen birthday parties can be held away from home. Consider a movie night, spa day for girls, ice or roller rinks are all popular choices. A bowling party or a party that celebrates something the child is passionate about, such as at a karate studio or even an art museum will be something your child will feel proud to invite their friends to. A lot of places will open their doors to you for a birthday party, if you only ask. Most of these sites have food available although you may want to order a special cake for the occasion.

Themed Birthday Parties For Older Kids

Forget pirate and princess parties they will undoubtedly tell you that they are for babies and be mortified if you insist and invite their friends to such an event. Scavenger hunts at the mall or a park is acceptable alternative. Look for a complete breakdown of how to plan a scavenger hunt in my next post.

Sleepovers are very big for both girls and boys. These are really a right of passage for a preteen. It is their chances to show the others in their circle how grown up they are. the trick to having a great sleepover is to limit the number of kids involved. Have schedule activities or events to keep everyone busy. Schedule any boisterous activities for early on in the evening. The kids may not go to sleep, so do not expect it but you can get a bit of rest if you schedule quieter activities as the night wears on.

Don’t hover but do check-in on them from time to time. Remember this is a right of passage and you do not want to embarrass her/him in front of their friends.

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