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Age characteristics

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.

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Guest list

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.



Simon Says

Shoe Mix Up

Wheelbarrow Race

I Spy

Hot, Warm, Cold


Safety for age

Make sure to have all the phone numbers of the guests’ parents.


Circus/ Carnival Party

Circus Party Birthday Box

Birthday Child’s Starring Role

Acting as ringmaster for the day, your child will be the hit of the party. Everyone will enjoy being under the “big top”.

Party Settings & Games

A large open space is ideal for this party. Whether in your home or a local gymnasium. Create a mini carnival with different stations: face painter, fake tatoos, bean bag toss, etc. Don’t forget to have plenty of game prizes which can double up as favors. Use lots of decorations of your own or cheat a little with this Giant Carnival Decorating Kit


Buy trinket prizes in bulk so that every participant gets something! And have sturdy bags ready to hand out tho the guests so that they can store all their prizes. 

To make your own booths, ask friends and family members to be in charge of each booth.

  • Basketball Shooting (draw a line on the driveway, 3 shots per try)
  • Ball Toss (toss 3 softballs into a basket, win a grand prize)
  • Mini Golf Putting Challenge
  • Guess the number of jelly beans or animal crackers in the jar (and win them all at the end of the party)
  • Quarterback Test (throw a football through a hanging hula hoop)
  • Face Painting (have easy to draw designs like rainbows and suns, or use peel off tattoos)
  • Mystery Box (put your hand inside a cardboard box and guess what lies within. Peeled grapes can feel like eye balls and really give you goosebumps.)
  • Hot Dog Vendor.
  • Photo board cut outs. Have a fun or silly image on a cardboard with a cut out for the face. Take plenty of photos or use a Polaroid camera so kids can take their special momento home.

Sack Race Game

Enroll a family member who is great at juggling or magic to teach the guests. And don’t forget a popcorn stand with retro popcorn boxes.


As your guests arrive hand them out a ticket , as you would in a carnival. Or for more fun, hand them out a large row of tickets and have them use them at different booths in order to play or redeem their hot dogs and popcorn.


Party Leader

Hire a circus act or a clown to join your party. Ask the leader to hand out Clown Noses to all your guests as they clown around with him.

Party Tunes

Circus, carnival music

Party Menu

Carnival and boardwalk food are ideal for this party. Corn dogs, french fries, soft serve ice cream, cotton candy and lots of juice to keep hydrated. Top your juice off with some crazy colored straws.

Krazy Straw

Party Finale

A circus parade showing off the new skills learned by the guests or their freshly painted faces led by the ringmaster will certainly be a hit. Videotape the procession and let the children watch during cake time.

Birthday Presents & Favors

Juggling Balls are a great favor. The guests will have an activity to do after the party is over and will always remember the special day. Plus, don’t forget all the extra prizes they won during the carnival games.

Color Your Own Circus Wagon

Clown Hat Kit