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.
Birthday Child’s Starring Role
Appoint your child head paleontologist or scientist for the day and outfit them in a special excavation outfit.
Send out these roaring invitations to invite all your guests to participate in this expedition.
Spend the afternoon at a natural history museum if they have a dinosaur exhibit, or transform your home into a Jurassic park with dinosaur and fossil props.
Make prepping for your party an activity, spend a weekend collecting a few interesting looking rocks and pebbles with your child and use them around your house for decoration. Cover furniture and couches with tan colored fabric to make it look like the dusty sand dinosaurs walked on. It will make the room look great and save your furniture!
Use dino posters and stuffed dino toys to make the scene look even more Jurassic!
Or use this fun 3D Centerpiece that Roars at the push of a button.
Contact a paleontology student at a local university or someone you know is very knowledgeable about dinosaurs. They can bring enthusiasm to all the party guests with all the facts and stories he’ll tell.
Party Fun & Games
Hand over the reigns to your party professional and suggest they lead the group throughout the museum (or your home) on a fossil hunt. Provide clues describing various finds and send the guests searching for the display that corresponds.
Have the leader hand out Dinosaur Masks to all the kids and have them Roar like the Dinosaurs.
Books and other educational toys are great for this party which revolves a great deal around learning. See our American Museum of Natural History page for more favor ideas.
Book your Dinosaur Party at the American Museum of Natural History through Linda Kaye’s Partymakers, the official Party Planner for the AMNH.