More Than 100 Fun Birthday Party Ideas for Tweens

Ah, the tween years. Too old to be considered a kid and too young to be considered a teenager. No doubt, this is a tough age group to plan a birthday party for. Your party can’t be too childish, because that just wouldn’t be cool. Reputation is everything for 9 to 13 year-olds. How will they ever face their friends again at school if you throw a party befitting of a mere child? On the other hand, you want the kids to have fun, and you don’t necessarily want to plan a party that’s too “teenish”. What to do? No worries, we’ve got you covered. Below is a list of more than 100 tween birthday party ideas, themes and suggestions that your tween may not only enjoy, but will help maintain their cool-factor at school as well.

And we’re always on the lookout for fun birthday party theme ideas, so if you have any great ideas, please let us know in the comments below.

See below for some party inspiration!


Fun Birthday Party Ideas for Tweens

  • 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
  • For tweens into fashion, try a Coachella themed 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
  • Rent a karaoke machine and have an American Idol style party
  • 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
  • Host a pool-side barbecue birthday celebration
  • Take the kids ice-skating
  • If it’s a girls-only party, host it at a spa or bring the spa to you. You can also do makeovers
  • 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
  • Plan your theme around the popular television show “America’s Got Talent”
  • 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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