Planning your child’s birthday party? More and more parents are choosing party themes that center on a fun activity. This keeps the guests entertained, while reflecting your child’s interests and personality. Does he like skating? Throw your party at a skating rink. Is she into arts? Then fill tables with scrapbook supplies for a crafts party. Try some of the ideas in this article.
Teddy bear party
Does your daughter and her friends like stuffed toys? Why not throw a teddy bear tea party? Kids can choose, stuff and accessorize their teddy bear and then take it home. Contact buildabear.com for information.
Paint your own pottery (like mugs, bowls, and plates) at a ceramics studio. Kids usually take a little over an hour to finish painting one item. The studio will then bake their creations, so they have a beautiful, unique and functional souvenir that will remind them of this day for years to come.
Your son and his friends may enjoy a special get-together at a fire station. For a donation, many fire departments offer their space and time. The partygoers can talk with firefighters, try out equipment, and even ride the truck! But remember, if the firebell rings, the party is over.
From crayons to jelly beans to potato chips—your child can find out how their favorite stuff is made on a tour of a local factory. You can arrange to have samples and goodie bags distributed to your guests at the end of the tour. Try visiting crayola.com/factory for information.
Contact your local recreation center to find out if you can rent out the pool, basketball area, bowling lanes, etc. The kids will have plenty of space to run and play—great for working off the birthday cake sugar high.
Rent out the local ice skating rink. Not only will your child and her friends be able to use the rink, many of these centers have an events room where they can go for food, party games, and of course, cake!
Take your child and a select group of friends on a picnic at a nearby orchard! Go apple picking, visit farm animals, and enjoy a great day outdoors.
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