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Extreme Birthday Series: Ideas For Kids, Tweens & Teens

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Here’s week 1 of our 10 a week, 10 week series for birthday ideas! 

It’s hard to believe that my twins are going to be 13, it seems impossible. I stopped with their birthday parties after they were 10,  but because they were going to be 13, I told them I’d give them one last special party. Well, to my surprise, I had a hard time planning what to do. Aaron was having his one day and Olyvia was having hers a different day. So, a boy and girl party theme. Wow! It was much easier planning their parties when they were younger. 

I’ve compiled a list of  parties below. Some are budget friendly, some are NH or New England based places to go and some are some of my unique ideas. I’ve learned there are all mom/dad types. Some parents throw birthday parties at the playground and some throw a sweet 16 dance reception at a fine restaurant. With that being said, there should be something for everyone!  Feel free to comment with your ideas as well! 

For Brock’s first party (our first born) we had a huge family and friend birthday pool party. We had a friend who came and did caricatures  for the day, we had a clown come and she made balloon animals. We planned relay games for the kids and any kid at heart adult and of course there was the pool! First birthday parties are easy to plan in my opinion especially in nice weather. 

1. A Party Palace: Party Palace creates themed birthday parties for children. They offer several themes from a Princess & Fairy Tea Parties, Diva, Spa & Pirate Parties. Party Palace takes the stress out of party planning and hosting to help create memories that last a lifetime! Read our personal review HERE. 

2. McIntyre Ski Area: Birthday parties are a blast at McIntyre!  Their 8-lane Tubing Thrill Hill is fast and fun!  With the longest tubing runs in New England, they are sure to add some excitement to your day!  Their state-of-the-art Wonder Carpet conveyor takes you up the hill – no hiking!  You will have a  private function room providing the perfect space for your guests, while their staff takes care of the food, cake and decorations.  Birthday parties and group events at McIntyre are hassle-free and a lot of fun! They offer a variety of party packages to suit your needs.

3. The Culinary Playground:  A cooking party is the perfect way to celebrate the birthday of a young food lover or cook. Not only does a cooking birthday party provide an unbeatable, hands-on activity to entertain the kids, but the event culminates in a delectably edible ending!

4. Chunky’s Cinema: No hassle birthday packages that include great food, hit movies and a complete party setting. 

5. Roller Skate Newington Roller Rink:  Why not have your party or event at Roller Skate Newington? They can make their rink and other facilities available to you for birthday parties, holiday parties or corporate events.

At Home & Budget Friendly Party Ideas: 

6. Host your party at a playground: The fun is all set up, just bring some party snacks such as sandwiches in fun cut out shapes, fruit on skewers, pudding dirt cups and or cupcakes. 


7. Tye-Dye Party: We did this outside and it was a huge hit! I asked moms the size shirt for each of the kids. Some moms just gave me shirts they had already. We kept the theme throughout the party. The kids got to do spin art too. We used a salad/lettuce spinner, put our cardboard in it, squirted some paint around and spin the spinner! Make easy tye-dye cupcakes. Balloons are cheap and fun, decorate with colorful balloons everywhere. 

8. Treasure/Scavenger Hunt: This is fun for a lot of ages. You can make up your own  hints or there are some inexpensive games to find online. Scavenger Hunt For Kids Card Game is one example. For younger kids, supply magnifying glasses and have them decorate their own bag before they start their hunt. 

9. It’s A Game Party: Here are a list of fun games that have been a hit at many birthday parties: 

Who What Where Jr. Drawing Game is a blast. You can use this to play a drawing game and then use the cards for a game of charades later. Some scenarios you could choose from the cards are “A penguin driving a spaceship” or “A cat brushing its teeth while swimming.” Funny scenarios that keep everyone laughing. 

Candy Bar Bingo. 

Minute to Win It at home party games. 

10. Carnival Party: I remember when I was a kid, our neighborhood friends made up carnival games. That day went into our fun memory file! I found some amazing homemade ideas HERE! This is one of my favorite birthday parties to give! 

The Birthday Cake Idea: 


Aaron’s favorite ice cream is actually frozen yogurt at TCBY (The Country’s Best Yogurt) Until last week, I didn’t realize they sold frozen yogurt cakes. Aaron chose a peanut butter fudge frozen cake with a chocolate cookie botton for his party. 


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