12th Birthday Party Celebration Ideas

The 12th birthday celebration is a big deal. Your child is only 1-step away from turning into a sassy teen. In fact, most 12 year olds already consider themselves to be teens. Turning 12 means that you are not allowed to associate with younger children or be seen with your parents (in public). Dads are no longer allowed to tell jokes in the presence of 12 year old friends and moms are not allowed to hug or kiss their newly crowned 12 year old in public. It’s a lot to take in, and when planning a 12th birthday party, proper teen party protocol must be followed. This means no party themes geared towards children, no childish games or activities, and parents must remain incognito.

Your child is growing up, and you’ll need to throw him or her a 12th birthday party that reflects this. Thankfully at this age, there are plenty of birthday party ideas and options that you can plan for that will not only be fun, but will also maintain your soon to be teen’s cool factor rating.


Here are a few 12th birthday party ideas to consider:

  • Host the party at an aquarium (most offer birthday packages)
  • Take the kids out to the ballpark to see a baseball game
  • Have a costume party and tie it into a popular movie or movie series that appeals to teens like Twilight, Harry Potter or the Hunger Games
  • Plan a Hawaiian theme and Luau
  • Have a country line dancing party
  • Host your party at a local museum (many children’s museums have birthday packages)
  • Host the party at a local dance studio
  • Plan a Mardi Gras theme
  • Take the kids to a local youth theatre
  • Rent a portable backyard movie screen and projector and have your own backyard movie party
  • Take the kids out to a popular movie
  • Celebrate in the park
  • Plan a Campout or Sleepover
  • Plan your party at a ranch that offers party packages
  • Take the kids ice-skating
  • Host the party at a laser tag or paintball facility that offers birthday packages
  • Take the kids horseback riding
  • Go retro and host the party at a roller skating rink
  • Plan a foam party – you can actually rent foam making machines
  • Create a carnival theme with different booths where kids can win prizes
  • Host a Zombie Party
  • Have a glow in the dark party where kids can have fun with glow in the dark face paint and clothing
  • Have a color fun party (similar to a color run without the running) – you can buy the colorful powder everywhere. Just make sure you have a big backyard and an area to hose off the kids
  • Plan a cool pool party
  • Make your own pizza theme – the kids get to design and bake their own pizzas
  • Have a sock hop party
  • Have your party hosted at Dave & Busters if they are in your area
  • Have a pajama party (girls, not for boys)
  • Take the kids bowling
  • Host the party at a local arcade that offers birthday packages
  • Host the party at a rock climbing facility
  • Host a craft party where you can bring in experts to help teach the kids how to paint, make jewelry or even pottery. Craft stores like Michael’s also offer birthday packages.
  • Host your party at an indoor trampoline park
  • Have an ice cream themed party where the kids get to mix up their own ice cream creations
  • Host the birthday party at a theme park (most offer birthday packages)
  • Have a retro beach BBQ party
  • Have a murder-mystery themed party


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