After 9 years of going to birthday parties and having hosted them, children know exactly what they want at this point, so consult with your child about what party theme they would like and what they would like to do. As they get older, they begin to feel very grown up about parties. They like to show off and compete and have a desire to win in games that involve active participation.
Invite schoolmates and friends. Some children prefer to only have children of their own sex at their party. Since as they get older, children typically tend to have one intimate group of friends, the guest list might not even be that large. And parents need not be at the party.
Length of party
2 -2 ½ hours
Entertainment for age
Girly things such as spa, manicure, dress-up for girls parties are great since the girls love to feel grown up at this age. You don’t even have to hire a professional, buy a couple of nail polishes, mud masks, and clean out your closet full of old clothes you don’t even wear and tell them it’s vintage clothing. They’ll have a blast trying things on!
For boy parties, physical activities, including attending a sporting event with friends are great. Create your own little league in the back yard, or make dad take the boys to a basketball game.
Good music, fun pickup foods and a DJ Emcee helps to insure the success of a party at this age. Dance games with lots of prizes help to keep the dance floor filled. A strolling entertainer, such as a sleight of hand magician, works well to entertain those kids that shy away from the dance floor.
Games & Activities
Scavenger Hunt Relay Races
Lip Sinc Contest
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.