Around the age of 6 is when kids start to reveal their true personalities. They absorb so much information, are super opinionated and they know what they want. It's usually the year they transition into first grade and go from being a "baby" to a little person with spunk. When it's time to celebrate their birthday, now is when you can include them in the party plans to make their sixth birthday one they will talk about for years.
Celebrate the birthday at school by offering to bring in pizza for your child's classroom. Replacing peanut butter and jelly sandwiches with pizza will make you the superhero of the day, and your child will enjoy the excitement of having you appear for lunch. Bring balloons and a cake to accompany your special visit. Use this in-class party to kick start the birthday bash over the weekend.
Slumber parties at this age are full of energy and excitement and you're likely to be worn out after a night of rambunctious 6-year-olds. Invite a few friends from your child's class and neighborhood over for a sleepover. Set up plenty of arts and crafts activities for the kids to move from station to station as they are likely to bore easily. Use one station for coloring and creating, another for watching a show or movie and another for something active like sidewalk chalk writing, blowing bubbles or making water balloons.
Explore a museum for an afternoon of exploration and entertainment. Book one of your local museum's kids' party packages to allow the kids to play and learn about the exhibits. Most museums that are equipped for kids' parties also include an activity room where the kids can draw, color or paint and may include a storyteller to discuss some of the cool displays in detail. Since these are the growing stages of the inquisitive years, this is a great opportunity for the kids to ask questions about what they are shown to get a better understanding of what makes things work.
Host a talent show for the kids to showcase their favorite talents. No matter if it's singing, dancing or creating a masterpiece, allow each kid a chance in the spotlight. End your talent portion by bringing out the ice cream and cake and allow everyone to salute the birthday boy or girl before the party ends.
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