Party Ideas For Pre-Teens

I love it now that my kids are a little older. It is so nice to be able to have a party at home, away from the plastic nightmare of McDonalds’ party rooms. My kids love having their friends over especially to parties. I know that having a party at home can mean more preparation and cleanup but it is worth it to be able to give them a real party, rather than a plastic one!

Here are some great ideas for parties suitable for pre-teen kids that you might like to try. None of them cost a lot and you don’t need to pay for entertainers.

Clown Parties: Have the kids come dressed as clowns. The activities can include juggling competitions (use very soft balls!), painting their faces as clowns, making clown masks, balloon blowing and so on. Simple, fun and easy.

Army Parties: Boys love these. Come dressed in army gear (or at least in old clothes). You’ll need a whistle for authority on this one! Set up boot camp on your backyard. Obstacle courses are fun. Incorporate whatever you have handy. Up the slide, swing on the swing, climb over the seat, 4 throws at the basketball hoop, bean bags into the bucket, star jumps etc. If you have some spare tyres you can lay them out to walk through. Bird netting held about 60cm above the ground is great to wiggle under. Just use your imagination. Keep the theme going with the prizes. The $2 shops always have army coloured toys – jeeps, compasses, binoculars, toy soldiers. If the day is wet you can always declare war on the toy soldiers and knock them over with marbles!

Sports Parties: Good, active and fun. Either select a sport as your theme, or create a sports carnival. Try some fun races and skill competitions. Think egg and spoon races, banana relays (gets a bit slippery and it is hilarious!) tunnel ball, crawling races and so on. Remember to keep the activities suitable even for the ‘sport challenged’ and then everyone will have a good time.

Dance Parties: Some music and coloured lights make an instant disco. Add glowing tube necklaces and turn down the lights for atmosphere. They are great prizes too. Try some simple dance competitions and get them doing the Nutbush and Macarena.

Idol Parties: What child doesn’t want to be famous? How about karaoke? Play Station Sing Star? Throw in a fake microphone and plastic sunnies and how cool a star will they be? You can be paparazzi and shoot some photos while they sing. Print a few out to take home in their loot bags.

Pamper Parties: Always a favourite. You will need a helper with this one, and make sure the area you use is safe if water is spilt on the floor. Let them soak their feet in scented water, paint their nails, put on makeup. Don’t forget the headbands to keep their hair off their faces for the real spa look. Play games like “Pin the Lipstick on the Donkey”. It is hilarious to see where that lipstick ends up!

None of these parties involve a lot of work, or mess., but the kids will love them. Just pick your theme and tie it into everything from games to prizes and even the birthday cake.

Go ahead and have some fun. I think it is as much fun for the parents devising the ideas as it is for the kids who are partying!