9th Birthday Party Celebration Ideas

The 9th birthday party is kind of a big deal to your soon to be 9 year old. Being 9 means you are just one step away from double digits. Here’s why this is so important. As a 9 year old, when someone asks you how old you are, you are officially granted permission to say “I am almost 10”. When planning a birthday party for a nine year old, it’s important to take this into consideration. You don’t want to embarrass the child in front of all their friends by planning a birthday party theme designed for younger kids. Chances are, your soon to be 9 year old is in the 4th grade and is considered an upper classman at their elementary school. Image is everything. Birthday themes like the Lion King and Elmo aren’t going to cut it any more. As a parent, you’re going to have to step up your game.

Well, thankfully at this age, there are plenty of birthday party ideas and options that you can plan for that will not only get your child excited, but will have you ranking high on the birthday party meter and make you the envy of all 4rd grade parents!

The first big decision is whether you want to have your child’s 9th birthday 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).


Here are a few 9th birthday party ideas to consider:

  • Have a fun baking class where the kids all get to work together to bake cakes, 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 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)
  • 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)
  • 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 on a real train ride
  • 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 some face painters – always a hit
  • Host a “high 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 youth theatre
  • Rent a portable backyard movie screen and projector and have your own backyard movie party
  • Create a birthday theme based on sharks
  • Create a Hot Wheels based birthday theme
  • Host a jungle animal themed party
  • Have an Emoji themed party
  • Take the kids out to a popular movie
  • Celebrate in the park
  • Plan a Campout or Sleepover
  • Plan out a Jurassic Park theme
  • Have a Karaoke party where the kids can have singing contests
  • Have a Slime Party – they are all the rage
  • Plan your party at a ranch that offers kids party packages
  • Create a magical winter wonderland theme and take the kids ice-skating
  • Host the party at a laser tag or paintball facility that offers birthday packages
  • Build your theme around the Harry Potter movies
  • Build your theme around the Hunger Games movies
  • 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
  • Pirates of the Caribbean theme
  • Have your party hosted at Dave & Busters if they are in your area
  • Create a Star Wars themed party
  • Create a Barbie themed party
  • Have a pajama party
  • Take the kids bowling
  • Host the party at a local arcade that offers birthday packages
  • Rent an inflatable water slide
  • Create a Minecraft theme
  • Host the party at a rock climbing facility


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