Children in this age group are comfortable with rules, taking turns, and playing games, so Physical Activity parties such as a Bowling Party, Martial Arts Party, Gymnastics Party are perfect for this age. They are also developing coordination skills and will be excited to put them to use in games geared towards these skills.
Invite schoolmates and friends. Just remember that some children at this age prefer to only have children of their own sex at their parties so don’t be alarmed if this is the case.
Length of party
1 1/2 - 2 hours
Entertainment for age
At this age, entertainment that involves hands-on activities such as baking/decorating cakes, sand art, or painting are great. Kids feel a sense of accomplishment, especially when they are at a phase in life where they begin to develop and perfect specific individual skills.
Safety for age
Make sure to have all the phone numbers of the guests’ parents.
Let everyone know that they have been challenged to a bowling game with this cool invitation.
Birthday Child’s Starring Role
Bowling will be a team effort at this party and each side will need an enthusiastic leader. So if your child will enjoy naming and motivating one of the groups, elect them team captain.
Reserve a few lanes at your local bowling alley. Make sure to inquire about services the lanes offer for special occasions. You wouldn’t want another group interfering with your party.
If the alley allows, hang up a birthday banner to make the scene more festive.
Party Fun & Games
The main activity of the day can be an Championship bowling event complete with teams of different countries and on camera interviews with the players.
A bowling instructor adds expertise and enthusiasm to the event. You can also hire a clown or magician to entertain between turns, if the bowling alley permits.
The bowling alley will probably have some music playing throughout the lanes, if not you can bring a player of your own if the alley allows.
Check with the bowling alley to see if food is included with your party reservation. If not, bring snack foods like popcorn, chips and finger sandwiches. Refreshments will be very welcomed between turns also, especially when served in these Bowling Pin Bottles.
Bring a Cake in the shape of a bowling pin and top with these cute candles.
For the grand finale, hold an awards ceremony in which each “country” wins an award. Consider silly titles like “craziest bowl” or “best gutter ball”. Then have a viewing of the day’s events on video.
Birthday Presents & Favors
Hand out trophies as both awards and as party favors. Another idea is to find small plastic bowling pins and decorate them with each guest’s name.
For younger children, find out if bumper bowling is available. With the gutters filled, children will have a much more successful experience bowling. And for older children, look into glow-in-the-dark bowling, where only the pins are lit.