When you plan your child’s birthday party, there are dozens of things to consider — venue, activities, food, invitations and how to give the birthday kid the best day ever.
If your posse of partygoers includes active children or teens, there are a few birthday party tips to keep in mind. Try to choose an activity that keeps kids on their feet, running around and moving their bodies. No one wants to deal with bored kids at a birthday party.
Throw a Bowling Birthday Party
Active kids like to move around, and they like to have a challenge. Bowling is a great option for a birthday party for several reasons. You’ll have a super-fun, organized game for the kids to play that will keep them busy and happy until cake time.
They’ll also have plenty of opportunities to move and compete against one another. You don’t have to worry about gathering kids together and trying to teach them the rules to party games. A bowling birthday party makes it easy to keep kids active, engaged and excited.
Host a Laser Tag Party
Laser tag is another excellent option for a birthday party for active kids. Laser tag is more open-ended than bowling.
For kids who want or need less structure, set them up with target vests and laser guns and send them on their way. They’ll have loads of fun searching for their party pals in a darkened, glowing arena and wear themselves out having a blast with their friends. Best of all, this is a non-impact game, so you don’t have to worry about kids getting bumped and bruised.
Have a Video Game Arcade Birthday Party
For kids who are all about video games, consider an arcade birthday party. It’s not like screen time at home. Today’s modern arcades keep kids on their feet and moving around.
Game cards let partying players move from game to game without digging for more change. Today’s video games help kids expend mental energy as well as physical, and they’ll be excited to conquer the next digital level.
And let’s be honest — it gives you and the other parents the chance to kick back and enjoy a beverage and a snack while the kids wear themselves out.
Birthday Party Tips for Busy Kids
How you choose to structure your child’s birthday party is up to you. Some parents like to let the kids play for an hour, then do presents and cake, allowing them to head back to continue having fun until the party is over. Other parents prefer to do cake and presents right when the festivities begin so the kids have uninterrupted play time for the rest of the party. However you set up the big day’s itinerary, here are few tips to keep in mind:
- Make sure parents know the planned activities so kids dress accordingly.
- Get creative with your favors and goodie bags to reflect your active birthday party theme.
- Plan on having extra drinks and snacks on hand. Moving kids get thirsty and hungry!
While it may seem easy to have a simple birthday party at home, birthday party centers take the weight of planning, set up, and clean up off your shoulders — which means you’ll have as much fun as the kids do.
If you have a birthday party to plan for, check out our birthday party package options and book a party now at one of our Stars and Strikes locations. Our unique entertainment center birthday parties give you the flexibility to choose the activities your active kids love most. All of our locations offer exciting birthday party packages with competitive pricing and a safe, family-friendly atmosphere.