5th Birthday Party Celebration Ideas

The 5th birthday is a major milestone in a child’s life. At this age, most 5 year olds have entered the world of kindergarten and are just beginning to develop a sense of independence. Your child’s social skills are improving and their network of friends is expanding. So what does all of this mean? It means that you will be spending the next 6 or 7 years of your life, usually every other weekend, transporting your kid from one birthday party to the next. From one theme to the next. With each parent trying to outdo the other parent to see who can create the most spectacular birthday party celebration of all time! Well, maybe it’s not that dramatic, but chances are with so many 5 year old birthday parties taking place throughout the year, you will need to put a little thought and effort into your son’s or daughter’s party to make it memorable.

The first big decision is whether you want to have the party at your house or at some other location. If you choose to have the party outside of your home, you can still self-host it at a park or even a restaurant. Or you have the option to have the party at a place that offers birthday packages. Many parents choose to go with the places that offer birthday packages. They may cost more, but it means less clean up and planning on your part and depending on the place, could be more fun for the kids (unless you are the house on the block with the amazing backyard or basement). Be prepared for some drama (note: may also come from the parents).

Here are a few 5th birthday party ideas to consider:

Birthdays based on popular movie themes:

All of the movies and television shows listed below are great options for building a themed birthday party. Party supplies based on each movie or show are generally readily available, which makes the job of planning that much easier. The party supply store may even have themed invitations you can send out. Other options for your party can include playing songs from the movie or television show, playing games such as movie trivia or setting up other challenges based on the movie or show. You can also have themed prize giveaways for the winners. Make it even more memorable by setting aside 2 hours for the kids to all watch the movie together. Don’t forget about your themed cake. And if you want to go all out, there are also companies that specialize in character appearances!

Popular kid’s movie birthday themes:

  • Frozen
  • The Lion King
  • The Little Mermaid
  • Aladdin
  • Monsters, Inc.
  • Mulan
  • Beauty and the Beast
  • Pocahontas
  • Moana
  • Finding Nemo (Finding Dory)
  • Toy Story
  • Despicable Me Party (Minions)
  • All Disney Princess theme
  • Cars
  • Brave


Popular kid’s television show character birthday themes:

  • Hello Kitty
  • Sophia the First
  • My Little Pony
  • Monster High
  • Doc McStuffins
  • Elana of Avalor
  • Peppa Pig
  • Super Mario
  • Avengers
  • Thomas the Train
  • Transformers
  • Jake and the Neverland Pirates
  • Paw Patrol
  • Bubble Guppies
  • Mickey Mouse
  • Minnie Mouse
  • Secret Life of Pets
  • Ninja Warriors
  • Pokemon
  • Shopkins

Other 5th Birthday Party Ideas

  • Have an Emoji themed party
  • Take the kids out to a popular movie
  • Celebrate in the park
  • Host your party at Chuck E. Cheese’s (or other themed restaurant that offers games and birthday packages)
  • Host the party at a local arcades or Indoor play-land that offers birthday packages
  • Rent a bounce house or inflatable water slide (or take the kids to a company that specializes in bounce house birthday parties).
  • Have a fun baking class where the kids all get to work together to bake cupcakes or birthday cookies.
  • 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.
  • Have a “fun with water” party – sprinklers, water balloons, squirt guns, etc.
  • Host a scavenger hunt
  • Have a spa party where the girls can get their nails done and get mini-makeovers
  • 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 an ice skating rink
  • Take the kids out bowling
  • Host the birthday party at a theme park (most offer birthday packages)
  • Host the party at an aquarium (most offer birthday packages)
  • Take the kids out to the ballpark to see a baseball game
  • Host the party at your local zoo (most offer birthday packages and you can also tie in a theme such as the Lion King)
  • Take the kids out to a local farm that’s familiar with hosting birthday parties for kids
  • Have a petting zoo
  • Host a sports themed party (soccer, baseball, football, softball, etc.)
  • Host your party at a local museum (many children’s museums have birthday packages)
  • Take the kids to Build-a-Bear Workshop
  • Take the kids on a train ride
  • Host your party at The Little Gym
  • Host the party at a local dance studio
  • Have a Lego party where the kids can learn to build Lego structures (look for a company that specializes in this)
  • Hire a magician (although somewhat cliché, they seem to work well at birthday parties)
  • Hire some face painters – always a hit
  • Host a tea party
  • Ask a local fire department if they have programs for kids
  • Create a superhero themed party (Avengers, Batman, Superman, Justice League, etc.)
  • Have a pop star themed party where the kids can sing karaoke
  • Take the kids to a local puppet theater
  • Take the kids to a local youth theatre
  • Rent a portable backyard movie screen and projector and have your own backyard movie party
  • Mermaids are very popular, so build your birthday them around them
  • Create a birthday theme based on sharks
  • Create a birthday theme based on Dinosaurs
  • Create a Hot Wheels based birthday theme
  • Host a jungle animal themed party
  • Host a party based on your daughter’s favorite fairytale


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