If you are wondering what to do for your child’s birthday party, we have put together a selection of the best ideas for boys’ and girls’ parties. We have included everything from football to dancing, camping to silent disco parties.
Kids love parties at any age, so whatever number they are celebrating, giving them the option to pick their favourite from this list of birthday theme ideas will get them excited and ready to party!
Children’s Birthday Activity Ideas
Birthday Party at a Soft Play Centre
A great hassle-free idea to let the kids run riot. Your local play centre will provide a children’s party package and theme, usually including a dedicated area and a party planner who entertains the kids for around 2 hours. The children play, are fed and watered and you can then have a birthday cake ceremony before handing out party bags at the end.
Silent Disco Children’s Party
Silent discos are incredible entertainment for kids’ birthday parties. Hire our LED silent disco headphones which flash to the beat and glow in red, green and blue.
You can play three different channels of music at the same time! This gives so much flexibility on the music. Why not have one channel dedicated to the kids, one for adults and one full of cheesy silent disco songs such as the Macarena to get everyone dancing!
All our headphones are lightweight, padded, have volume dials and are adjustable in size for both adults and children. Click here to read about our silent disco children’s parties.
We don’t need to tell you how much kids love gaming. This is a fun and easy party idea for them to organise amongst themselves at home.
However, if you want your child to meet up with their friends in the real world then why not hire a gaming van, such as Gaming Squad, based in Cardiff, South Wales. They will drive their two-tiered, state of the art 16 seater custom built multi-player gaming van to your front door. While the kids play games together you can prep food and drinks ready for the after party.
The Great British Birthday Bake Off
With the huge popularity of The Great British Bake Off in recent years, baking is more popular than ever before. A birthday baking party will be great fun (and create a lot of mess!) The children can then eat their crazy cake creations at the end and give their parents extras as presents.
Ten Pin Bowling Birthday Party
Bowl over your little ones with a ten pin bowling birthday party, perfect for ages 5 – 10 years old. Your local bowling centre will provide kids party packages including 2 games of bowling, food, drinks and amusement arcades all under one roof. The UKs largest tenpin bowling operator Hollywood Bowl has over 60 centres nationwide including London, Glasgow, Manchester, Birmingham and Brighton.
Inspire your kids by booking a science party! These parties are fun, incredibly entertaining, and visually stunning. Hire a specialist company, such as Sublime Science based in Hampshire, who will provide a fully interactive show, with dazzling science demos, snow machines, lights, party games, and fascinating science experiments.
If you are looking for a unique birthday idea, then a science party is a fantastic option, the kids will be amazed!
Music Bus Children’s Parties
Music Bus are a company who provide an array of fun and interactive music activities for children including action songs, live percussion, storyboards, puppets, dancing and musical games.
This is the perfect birthday party idea for babies, toddlers and children aged between 2 to 6 years old and can be hired in a variety of locations around the UK including Brighton, Cheshire, Cambridge and Swansea.
Face Painting Party
Guaranteed fun for boys and girls at any child’s birthday party – watch their faces light up when they see their new look! Hire a face painter to provide glitter tattoos, stencil patterns and incredible face painting designs including lions and tigers, scary monsters, princesses, superheroes, butterflies and clowns.
Hire a Children’s Entertainer
Entertaining kids at a party can be really hard work, especially if you have a range of different ages. One fantastic party idea is to hire in a professional children’s entertainer for a couple of hours. Take the stress off yourself, while you prepare party food or relax talking to other parents, while a professional takes the lead entertaining the children.
There are so many different entertainers to hire, popular ones include:
- Magic Shows
- Puppet Shows
- Balloon Modelling
- Mobile Party DJ
- Silent Disco Kids Party
- Mime Artists
- Comedy Jugglers
Fancy Dress Theme Party
Kids love dressing up! Ask children to come as their favourite character or set a fancy dress theme. Popular birthday party theme ideas include pirates, animals, Disney, superheroes, Marvel, Peppa pig, army and princesses.
Birthday Party Ideas at Home
Hosting your child’s birthday party at home is a great idea for smaller celebrations or when you have a tight budget. During the cold winter months in October, November and December, the weather can really limit your ideas for outdoor party activities, so home is always a dry, safe option. Here are our favourite at home birthday party ideas:
Bouncy Castle and Inflatables
Hire a bouncy castle or inflatable obstacle course in the back garden for hours of fun. A local bouncy castle company will hire various sizes, themes and styles to please both boys & girls of all ages. Ensure you provide party food and snacks to keep their energy levels up!
Camping / Tipi Party
The perfect idea for outdoor birthday parties during the summer holidays. Set up a mini campsite in the back garden with tents, gazebos or tipis. Ensure the kids are warm and comfortable with seating, air beds, sleeping bags and pillows. Provide plenty of games and fun activities for the early evening then as darkness descends light up a campfire and toast marshmallows. Great for older children around 8, 9 and 10 years old.
Movie night / Netflix Party!
Your child can invite their friends over for a movie night birthday party! Cheap and easy to setup just make sure you have plenty of popcorn, hot dogs and ice cream at the ready!
Buy or hire a karaoke machine or use a games console to throw a karaoke birthday party for your child. All their friends can sing and dance along to the music of their favourite pop stars. Get those ear plugs at the ready!
Organise a treasure hunt around the house and garden with treats and snacks hidden along the way and a big prize at the final destination. You can even download clues making it even quicker and easier to design and set up.
Children Make The Rules Day
This requires a brave parent, but with an open mind could provide hours of entertainment for all of the family. Who knows where your child’s imagination will take you!
Virtual Birthday Party Ideas for Kids
With new social distancing measures currently in place for families around the UK, in the future virtual birthday parties could become the new normal.
Choosing the right app is crucial. Whether you prefer Zoom, Houseparty, Facetime or Skype, there are various apps to bring kids together from the comfort of their own homes. Zoom is best for big groups and makes it easy for the host to control. Houseparty is fantastic for smaller groups of older kids and has loads of fun, interactive games that everyone can join in with.
Virtual Themed Birthday Party
There are various websites who specialise in providing online virtual parties for kids (which won’t be postponed!) The Bubbles Crew, based in London, could save the day with one of their interactive 45-minute children’s Zoom parties.
Have a group Happy Birthday singalong using the Zoom or Houseparty app. Set up a group meeting and organise for your child’s friends to sign in then sing Happy Birthday together!
Birthday Party Ideas Outdoors
Bushcraft Birthday Party
Perfect for 7 to 11-year olds, get outdoors for an action-packed bushcraft birthday party in the summer time. Bushcraft days combine real adventure with fun and learning in the great outdoors. Activities can include fire lighting, treasure hunts, den building, BBQs and roasting marshmallows, all under the watchful eye of an experienced survival expert and party host.
Party In The Park
Organise a birthday party for the kids at a local park and let them use up some of that abundant summer energy. Local parks are completely free and a great way to give your party plenty of space. They often come with designated spaces for barbecues and picnics, have playgrounds and offer the opportunity for a variety of entertaining birthday games and sports.
Day At The Fair
Consider taking the kids to the local fair. With an abundance of food stalls, rides, and games, fairs offer hours of entertainment for boys and girls of all ages. Just make sure you enrol help from other parents to keep everyone safe and in one place!
Birthday Party Ideas for Boys
Kids Paintballing Party
This guarantees to send excitement levels off the scale for boys aged 8 to 12 years old. Book a paintball party with a national company such as Delta Force, who will supervise the whole party, kitting out the children in army themed protective gear. This is a fantastic birthday party idea for any child into Call of Duty style shotting computer games. Delta Force have paintball centres all over the UK including London, Essex, Liverpool and Edinburgh.
If you have a football mad birthday boy then hiring a football pitch at your local Gôl centre, Powerleagues or sports centre is ideal. As well as providing exclusive use of a football pitch, the venue can also hire a party room and provide a choice of party food to replenish energy levels after the football match.
Laser Tag is a great birthday party idea for boys aged between 6 and 10 years old. Let the boys loose for a couple of hours as they run round like headless chickens shooting each other in teams. Your local laser centre will provide children’s birthday packages including staff to safely monitor and police the games, followed by party food and drinks afterwards.
Birthday Party Ideas for Girls
Afternoon Tea Party
Sometimes, girls want to feel like adults. Having a tea party themed birthday is the perfect way to do this. The girls can dress up in their finest party dresses and snack on yummy treats, while sipping tea (squash or hot chocolate!). Decorate the tables, bake cup cakes and cookies together and eat posh sandwiches like grown ups.
What girl doesn’t love the idea of a spa day with her friends, relaxing and being pampered? Set up a jug of cucumber spa water and healthy bowls of fruit and nuts. Provide each girl with their own spa robes and cloth headbands. You could hire in a spa professional to come to your home and give the girls facials or manicures or do it yourself, with the help of other mums, to provide pampering and make up.
Hire in a dance instructor to teach the girls new, amazing dance routines, which they can all learn together. Guaranteed to be incredible fun and produce a lot of giggles! Let the girls choose their favourite pop songs to learn dances to and then perform the routines to their parents at the end at pick up time.
Silent Disco Hire for Children’s Parties
Silent Disco Party UK supply affordable silent disco headphone hire packages for kids birthday parties, as well as school events including end of term rewards days and PTA fundraising parties.
Our LED silent disco headphones are safe and easy for kids to use and can be delivered to any address in the UK, with all the equipment needed to set up and host a fantastic silent disco birthday party.
To find out more contact us today for a headphone hire quote.
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