13th Birthday Party Celebration Ideas

Need ideas for a 13th birthday party? This could only mean one thing, your child is about to become a teenager. Congratulations! Turning 13 years old, is one of the most monumental achievements in anyone’s lifetime. It means your new teen now has been granted certain rights only available to teenager, such as the right to sit on the couch all day watching videos, or the right to post a minimum of 100 selfies on Instagram each day.

If you are planning your soon to be teen’s 13th birthday party, it’s very likely that they’ll want to have a big say in what happens in order to avoid the risk of mom or dad planning anything too childish or less than cool. Your child is growing up, and you’ll need to throw him or her a 13th 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 street cred.

Here are a few 13th birthday party ideas to consider:

  • 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 rock climbing facility
  • Host a craft themed party
  • Host the birthday party at a theme park (most offer birthday packages)
  • Have a retro beach BBQ party
  • Have a murder-mystery themed party
  • Take the kids to an indoor sky diving facility
  • Host the party at TopGolf if you have one in your area
  • Plan a fashion-oriented Coachella themed party
  • Have a 60’s themed party
  • Have a 70’s themed party
  • Have an 80’s themed party
  • Have a disco themed party
  • Create a high school Prom theme
  • Have a fiesta taco theme where kids can make taco creations, etc.
  • Have a fiesta salsa theme where kids can make salsa, etc.
  • Build your birthday theme around the Oscar’s, complete with the red carpet and paparazzi
  • Let the kids go out to a concert
  • Plan a masquerade ball
  • Create an around the world theme with foods, deserts, etc. representing other countries
  • Have a preppie themed party
  • Have a Goth themed party
  • Plan a Great Gatsby themed party
  • Have a spa party (girls only)
  • Create an Amazing Race party where the kids have to team up to conquer challenges
  • Host the party at a water park
  • Plan a theme that’s all about social media (i.e. Instagram)
  • Host your party at a hotel resort
  • Host the party at an aquarium
  • Take the kids out to the ballpark to see a baseball game
  • Have a costume party
  • Plan a Hawaiian theme and Luau
  • Have a country line dancing party
  • Host the party at a local dance studio
  • Plan a Mardi Gras theme
  • Rent a portable backyard movie screen and projector and have your own backyard movie party
  • Let the kids go out to a movie (no parents)
  • Celebrate in the park
  • Plan a Campout or Sleepover
  • Plan your party at a dude ranch
  • 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


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