Birthday parties

11 super-fun birthday party ideas and activities for school-agers

How to throw a super cool and way-fun shindig for your school-ager with these easy birthday party ideas.

By Amy Valm

11 super-fun birthday party ideas and activities for school-agers

school-age birthday party ideas

Make a pennant

Throw a basketball party and have your court stars make vintage pennants they can take home. All you need is stiffened felt, tacky glue, dowels, precut letters, glitter and any other decoration you desire. Get the instructions here


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


11 super-fun birthday party ideas and activities for school-agersPhoto: Roberto Caruso

Celebrate friendship

There's nothing better than celebrating your birthday with friends, especially with these fun DIY friendship bracelets. Can you believe they're made out of towels? Watch the how-to video here


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


11 super-fun birthday party ideas and activities for school-agers

Make mini hockey sticks

These cute mini hockey sticks are a fun and easy craft to make at your hockey party. Get the instructions here


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


11 super-fun birthday party ideas and activities for school-agers

Raver

Let it glow! Stock up on glow sticks, stars and neon icing to create this awesome scene. Don't forget the black light. Get more information at A Pumpkin & A Princess


 


 


 


11 super-fun birthday party ideas and activities for school-agersPhoto: A Pumpkin & A Princess via Pinterest

Throw a fiesta

This cactus bowling game is a crowd-pleaser, so start saving up green bottles now. (Ginger ale, aloe and sparkling water bottles work well.) Get the instructions here


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


11 super-fun birthday party ideas and activities for school-agersPhoto: Tony Lanz

Star Wars Yoda pops

Looking for a Star Wars recipe? These marshmallow pops are so cute and yummy, Yoda approve he would. Get the instructions here


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


11 super-fun birthday party ideas and activities for school-agersPhoto: Jeff Carlson

Minecraft pixel pickaxe

Build up this celebration starting at square one. We've got tons of ideas to keep crafty party-goers busy. Get the instructions here


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


11 super-fun birthday party ideas and activities for school-agers

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Go offline with an emoji party. Use yellow paper plates, construction paper, permanent markers and large Popsicle sticks to make these funny-face masks. LOL. Get the instructions here


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


11 super-fun birthday party ideas and activities for school-agersPhoto: Tony Lanz

Crafternoon

Duct tape, a plastic zipper bag and a bit of creativity are the basic supplies for these incredible little pouches. At the end of the party, guests could tote home loot in them, too. Watch the how-to video here


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


11 super-fun birthday party ideas and activities for school-agers

Go green

Take party guests for a nature walk around the neighbourhood and have them collect sticks to make this easy DIY wind chime. Get the instructions here


 


 


 


 


11 super-fun birthday party ideas and activities for school-agersPhoto: Tony Lanz

Matinee

If your crew is low-key, an afternoon movie is a fun way to party. But don't even think about scrimping on the snacks. Get some fun movie snack ideas at Family Fresh Meals


11 super-fun birthday party ideas and activities for school-agersPhoto: Family Fresh Meals via Pinterest

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This article was originally published on Feb 25, 2016
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