Great Kids' Birthday Ideas
- Children who love to get their groove on can share the dance floor with friends at a child-friendly dance club or disco. Deb's Family Disco in New York offers party packages for children of all ages. Party guests can spend the entire party on the dance floor or arrange for a variety of entertainment, such as face painting, balloon sculpting, belly dancers, jewel makeup artistry and visiting princesses and superheroes. For a more economical dance party, turn a home party room into a dance floor. Dim the lights and hang some twinkle lights around the room. Keep the music playing all evening long and add a karaoke machine for the brave performers.
Little Scientists Party
- Turn a living room or kitchen into a science laboratory and have a visiting child science group provide a variety of activities for the party. Mad Science offers in-home science packages that include an hour of age-appropriate activities, such as making slime and silly putty, cotton candy, rocket launches and bubbling potions. Party planners can keep with the science theme but bring the party to a local science center, such as the Great Lakes Science Center in Ohio. Party packages at the center include all-day admission, private party area, lunch and birthday cake. The center also offers a variety of science-related demonstrations for the party, such as fingerprinting, liquid-nitrogen ice cream and magic tricks.
- For a day of pampering, have a spa birthday party in the living room. Enlist the help of friends or family to help provide salon treatments at home and set up two or three "service" tables. For small party groups, provide party hairstyles, glitter makeovers and manicures; keep the services simple when entertaining a large group. Party planners can also arrange for an indulgent party at a child-centered spa. Sweet & Sassy is a salon and spa for children that offers themed birthday party packages, such as the Enchanted Princess party, with gowns for each guest, up-dos, makeup and nail polish. Party guests attend a crowning ceremony and each receives a princess tiara and a photo of the group.
- For the sport enthusiast, host a birthday party at a sport stadium. Arrange for group tickets to attend a game or book a party at a venue that allows additional access or activities. The War Memorial Stadium in Arkansas offers two-hour party packages where party guests can enjoy cake, ice cream and beverages in the stadium's locker rooms and enjoy some time on the field. A birthday party at the Bank of America Stadium in North Carolina includes an exclusive tour of the stadium, activities on a child-size turf field and an autographed photo from a member of the Carolina Panthers.