Birthday celebrations should be special each year, especially when a child marks their first decade. Picking a theme can be hard, but once one is chosen, the party can really take off. By the day of the party, the anticipation and excitement will be in high gear.
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By the time they turn 10, children are comfortable enough to swim on their own with minimal adult supervision. This is the perfect age to host a pool party where the children can enjoy themselves and participate in pool games. One pool game for multiple children is a treasure hunt.
Use a dozen or more ping pong balls and label some with numbers 1 through 5 while leaving the rest blank. Throw all of the pools into the ball and have the children retrieve them. Whoever collects balls with numbers earns a prize assigned to that number. You can do the same game with coins for more advanced swimmers because the coins will sink to the bottom.
Host a sleepover movie night. Make various kinds of popcorn such as buttered, caramel, cheese and kettle. Provide other snacks and before the movie screening begins, play some movie-themed games.
Play movie charades to act out popular movies. Write out lines from popular moves that the children can role play. Host a treasure hunt to find the movie that children will watch. Create a movie-themed cake in the style of a film reel, DVD disc or a popular movie.
Enjoy the great outdoors by hosting a campout for 10-year-olds. The backyard is perfect location to pitch tents, and activities can be catered toward the outdoors.
Split the children into groups of two and hold a tent race to get tents set up. Create a s'more-style cake and let children roast their own marshmallows over a fire. Have the children tell ghost stories and sing songs around the fire. Eliminate all electronic devices to make the party about nature.
Turn your child's favorite character into a birthday party. For example, fans of Indiana Jones can enjoy an adventure party filled with games and puzzles associated with the adventurer. A SpongeBob Squarepants party can feature water-based games and themed food such as crabby patties. A Hannah Montana party can feature karaoke contests and Hannah dress-up contests.
Treat 10-year-old girls to a traditional tea party. Have all of the girls wear party dresses and formal wear. Set up a table with all the trimmings, including a fancy tablecloth, fine china and snacks such a cookies.
Treat the girls like royalty and act as their server for the day. Play etiquette games and other games that teach girls about the upperclass life.