The Best Kids Birthday Party Ideas

Updated: February 7, 2024

By Kim Bassan, Pretzel Kids content writer

Do you remember the butterflies in your stomach the night before your birthday when you were a kid? What about the excitement you had before blowing the candles out on your birthday cake?

Ah, the memories! 

Kids birthday parties are special times. They are a big deal to children and often a bigger deal to parents. 

Every child’s birthday is a celebration. For young children, this is a significant day and one that they’ve been waiting for all year long! And it’s up to you to decide just what to do and how to make the day special. Luckily, we’ve put together the best kids birthday party ideas! Read on to learn more.

What Type of Birthday Party is Best?

With so many options out there, it’s important to start with some research before planning your child’s special day. 

First of all, it’s important to determine how long the birthday party should last. For younger children, two to three hours is plenty of time for everyone to enjoy the festivities. 

Secondly, you need to crunch the numbers and think about your budget. How much should you spend on a birthday party?

Kids don’t think about the cost and as much as you want to make your children happy, it shouldn’t break your bank. There are amazing options out there for an incredible children’s birthday party at a reasonable price!

Now, it’s time to pick your activity and get this party started. And because we love you, we added a little bonus at the end.?

Follow us to learn about 3 of the best kids birthday party ideas

1. Go to a Playground

Even if it’s raining or cold out, indoor playgrounds have made birthday parties easy for parents. Children enjoy the equipment and toys that are available; food is often part of the package; and parents love it because someone else cleans up the mess!

Here are a few things to consider when choosing an indoor playground:

  • What ages do they cater to? Many indoor playgrounds offer equipment for a variety of ages, which works well if there are children of different ages attending the birthday event. 
  • Is there a place for parents to hang out? Sometimes parents travel far to take their children to birthday parties, so make sure the play space has an area for parents to sit and wait. Perhaps you can even throw in coffee and snacks for the adults! 
  • Food for the kids. There’s no such thing as a good birthday party without a cake! Some facilities only serve food it prepares, including the cake. Yet, you may want to bring in your own cake or even pizza. So, it’s important to inquire about whether or not an outside cake or food can be brought in. In addition, to make the party accessible for everyone, keep in mind that some children might have food restrictions such as allergies.
  • Exclusivity. Ask if the facility will be closed to the public during the event. Some play spaces will book the whole facility for a single birthday party while others may block off a section. There’s no right way – it will all depend on your preference and budget!

2. Stay-at-Home Party

If you decide to skip the playspace or party facility due to budget limitations or simply because you want it to be more personal and memorable, why not host a stay-at-home party? 

Many parents prefer to host a birthday at their house, a backyard or even a family member’s home. This often gives you more flexibility as guests can stay longer and you can choose a time frame suitable for you and your child.

Regardless of what time you choose to hold the party, it’s best to select a two to three-hour window with a specific time in mind for cake and ice cream. This allows everyone to plan their day without missing the big moment when the birthday boy or girl blows out the candles.

Besides cake, you can plan fun activities at home or outside for the kiddos. Not to be biased, but yoga games, yoga activities for kids, making healthy snacks are some of our favorite party activities! Read on for some other ideas for at-home party fun! 

Home Movie Night

Who doesn’t like a good old home movie night? 

All you have to do is pick a few choices from these kids movies, and let the birthday child pick a favorite preference! Or, you can choose the movie for all to enjoy. 

You can turn this into a super fun party by playing the movie while serving popcorn and movie-style treats. Just turn out the lights and let the kids enjoy the movie with the volume up loud, just like in the theater or going to a drive-in!

Parties with a Theme

Is your kid obsessed with building things? Does he or she like superheroes or unicorns?  Well, let them live their dream with a theme party.

Plan a birthday party with a theme!

For a cute idea, try a tea party and invite the kids to come to a tea party with miniature sandwiches, vegetables, and fruit platters (why not go all out with healthy snacks!)

In lieu of goodie bags, consider giving each child a plastic tea set to take home as a keepsake. They’ll enjoy duplicating the tea party at home.

For another fun idea, consider the time of year and upcoming holidays. For example, if the party will be around Halloween, why not have a masquerade party and ask all the kids to dress up in their favorite Halloween costume? The food and decorations can be tailor-made and easy to fit this theme: mini pumpkin cookies, draped fake spider webs in the doorways and corners, and even a cake shaped like a pumpkin. Let your imagination run wild! 

For other ideas on kids’ birthday parties with a theme, ask your child what he or she would like to do for a theme. Then, let them help pick the decorations and the menu.

A DIY Birthday Party

One of the hottest themes currently is the DIY movement! 

Why not let the kids use their creativity and imagination to make something special? For example, making a stress ball or a rainstick can be super fun. If you want to make your life easy, you can also get a simple themed printable. Or, combine a printable with an art project to provide loads of fun. We recommend this mindfulness printable project

This way the kids can learn about mindfulness and immerse themselves in the moment with fun and activities. Plus, you’ll get a bit of peace and quiet!

A Kids Yoga Party!

It’s no secret that kids have TONS of energy, but we have a surprise for you, 

Kids love a kids’ Yoga Party! Not sure how to teach yoga or lead a kids’ yoga party? No worries! Open your web browser to find a Pretzel Kids yoga teacher near you! With a large database of trained yoga instructors, you will have no problem hiring the best yoga teacher for your celebration.

And, if you don’t find a yoga teacher in your area, no worries! Just reach out to Pretzel Kids right here and we’ll get you set up for the best kids’ birthday party ever! 

Let’s Start Planning a Kids Yoga Party!

best kids birthday party ideas

A children’s yoga party may start on your kids’ birthday but the yoga benefits will last way after the party is over. Plus, you can hold a yoga party indoors or outdoors. Take a look!

Indoor Yoga Party

You’ve been wanting to run a backyard birthday party for weeks! The cake, candles, gifts – it’s all ready for the green light. But, oh no! Weather has different plans and it is pouring rain.?

Don’t worry, take your yoga party indoors!

Spread the mats, put calming music on and get out your Animal Yoga Pose cards! Of course, if you’ve hired a yoga instructor to lead the kids’ party, they’ll know exactly what to do! 

Take it Outdoors

I see skies of blue

And clouds of white

The bright blessed day. What a wonderful world! (Especially with your kid in it!)

Ok, let’s take the children’s yoga party outdoors and enjoy this beautiful world. Grab some towels, and let the kids absorb nature while playing fun yoga games. 

And just think: Yoga for kids has endless benefits beyond the physical aspect. The skills and tools your kids will learn will last a lifetime. So no matter the weather, the celebration will live on!

If you’re still thinking about how to plan your best birthday party, think no more. With a kids’ yoga party you’ll have the kids up and active, you will be filled with pleasure and satisfaction and the other parents will be calm and joyful (and probably astonished by your creativity!)

And now, the moment you’ve been waiting for, your bonus. Can we get a drumroll?

You can be the instructor


In just 12 hours you can become a yoga instructor and lead your own child’s birthday party. Becoming a kids’ yoga teacher isn’t only a gift for your kids but also a gift to yourself!

And if you’re thinking about a kids’ birthday party on a budget, this is the perfect solution. Becoming a Pretzel Kids yoga teacher is also a profitable side hustle! 

The Best Kids Birthday party ideas to Make Your Child’s Birthday Memorable!

best kids birthday party ideas

Birthdays are special. However, you don’t want it to come at the price of your peace or wallet! 

As you’ve seen here, there are many kids’ birthday party ideas and some of them may also provide you with income in the future! 

And here’s a final pro tip: A yoga party can plant the seeds for wellness long after the party is over. So, we vote for a kids’ yoga party! What about you? 

About Kim

Kim Bassan is a content writer at Pretzel Kids. She’s also a yoga teacher and a communication and publishing student at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada. Kim is originally from Israel but moved to Canada with her family and little puppy Moana. In her free time, she’s busy hiking or doing downward-facing dog with Moana!

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