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Cooking is a great party activity

Cooking is a great party activity

What Makes For a Memorable Child's Party?

Basically you have 3 choices:

1.To run the party at home or nearby venue and do it yourself

  • 2.Run the party at home and get people in to do the catering and entertainment
  • 3.Take them somewhere to be entertained and fed by someone else

What makes a good venue for a child's party?  In the summer there is plenty of choice and you can't beat the beach! If not the beach then a picnic areas, zoo, park, theme park, swimming pool, castle, fayres, pony rides, water park would be just as good.

In winter think about the cinema, theatre, interactive museums, ski slopes, tobaggon runs, paintballing

In my experience thinking that a home party is easier and cheaper is not always the case. Money/time spent on food/prizes/themes/decorations/partyware can work out more expensive in the long run.

For home entertainment you could try a magician, balloon artist, fortune teller, clown, cartoon artist, bouncy castle, trampoline, face painting, cooking, t-shirt design, mask making and all kinds of art and craft projects such as collage, murals, painting egg cups, mugs, plates etc. There are lots of ceramic paints these days that you can decorate on porcelain and easily fix by baking in the oven. These make great little projects to take home. Find lots of projects at your local craft store. And of course a sleepover is the best of fun.

Outdoor painting in winter

Of course if your child's birthday is around Halloween, then a halloween party with dressing up, spooky stories and  pumpkin stencil carving is a must

Theming your child's party

Theming your child's party is also a must - fairies, princesses, Disney, colour themes, pirates, animals, action man, teddy bears, soldiers, cowboys and indians, knights, Robin Hood, Murder Mystery, karaoke, football, all kinds of sports; favourite movies, musicals and books - there's so much choice!

  • Match the food and decoration to the theme, plus invitations, partyware etc. Buy loads of cheap prizes from dollar and pound stores
  • Don't forget games for the garden and beach to include football, cricket, rounders, soft ball, frisbee,
  • Other ideas include lighting a camp fire in the garden and have spooky stories. Sleep in tents overnight and get children to decorate the tent
  • But above all don't forget the ever important ice breaker games to get children joining in.

  Try This Very Simple Treasure Hunt for Small Children

Here's a great little ice breaker for kids' parties -  a very simple treasure hunt  that can be themed around your event. Cut out some themed shapes from card in advance - so you might make up easter egg shapes for an easter hunt or Christmas tree shapes for Christmas parties. Mark the back of a few shapes with an X and then hide them around the garden or house. Any child that finds a shape with an x marked on it can trade it in for a prize.  Simple but fun!

Collect small containers to put sweets in as a variation.

For more great icebreaker games to use with teenagers and young people take a look at our Youth, Party and Corporate Collections of Ice Breaker Games. Together they make an indispensible collection of icebreaker games and ideas that can be interchanged between the different ages. We frequently use our corporate games for our own kid’s parties!