Birthday parties are fun at any age, but selecting a theme for a tween can present an interesting challenge. Children this age are no longer interested in "little kid" stuff, and yet they still might enjoy some young activities like going to the zoo and watching cartoons. Planning a 12-year-old's birthday party should include age-appropriate things that are enjoyable and fun to do.
Mall Scavenger Hunt
For a t2-year-old girl's party, choose activities that you know she and her friends would enjoy. For example, you can set up a scavenger hunt at a local mall. Some items to include on the hunt list might be a picture of a woman in red heels, a receipt for one dollar and a stranger's autograph. Make sure each team has an adult supervisor as a safety precaution. Top off the girls' day with a jewelry-making party, where the girls can doll themselves in custom-made necklaces and bracelets.
If your 12-year-old likes to play sports, consider centering the theme around a favored sport. You can take the group to a party at a local youth recreation center. There, your child and friends will be able to play basketball, racquetball, volleyball and other indoor sports. Some centers also include a pool. Another sports theme involves taking your tween and a friend to watch their favorite team play. The sports event is sure to be something they'll remember for the rest of their lives.
Having friends sleep over is a fun way to spend a birthday, and you can help make the night extra special by selecting activities that you know your 12-year-old child is going to love. Make it a movie night by renting films. For snacks, order pizza, or barbecue hamburgers and hot dogs. You could also make a sundae bar for the kids to dress up their ice cream treats with a variety of sauces, sprinkles and other toppings. Other activities may include board games and rounds of karaoke.
Roller Rink Parties
Roller rink parties can accommodate both large and small groups. Many rinks offer special birthday party packages that include group discounts for pizza, drinks and skate rental. Many skating birthday parties also feature games on skates, like a limbo contest and a variation of musical chairs in which participants must skate to a particular area of the rink when the music stops playing. For those who do not like to skate, many rinks also have an arcade. These parties allow your birthday kid to skate and socialize with friends in a fun and safe environment.
- Photo Credit Jupiterimages/BananaStock/Getty Images
Birthday Party Ideas for 12-Year-Olds
Planning a 12-year-old child's party isn't as hard as you might think. Simply planning a few activities, food and sending out invitations...
12-Year-Old Boy Birthday Party Ideas
At 12 years old, boys have out grown of "kiddy" birthday parties, but may not be ready for the boy-girl parties of...
- Ideas for a Cute 12th Birthday Outfit
Really Fun Birthday Ideas for 12 Year Olds
When helping a 12-year-old plan out a birthday party, consider the balance your child is trying to achieve between having fun and...
Sleepover Party Ideas for 12-Year-Olds
Many 12-year-olds love sleepover parties, especially when they're well-organized and have plenty of fun decorations, foods, and activities. Even though you'll want...
Game Ideas for a Party for a 12-Year-Old Girl
Finding activities for a 12-year-old girl's party can be challenging. At that age, girls are too old for simple games such as...
Birthday Party Ideas for 12-13 Year Old Girls
Whether your child is a risk-taker, jewelry maker or a cookie-baker, you can plan her birthday celebration around her personality and passions....