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There’s More to Throwing a Children’s Party Than Just Hiring a Clown

Children wait for what seems like forever for their birthday to arrive. Parents, on the other hand, often tend to fret over how they can make their child’s birthday as fun and memorable as possible.

Throwing a backyard party for children involves more than just hiring a clown. In fact, if you have ever hired a clown for a party, you may have found that there is, at least, one kid in the bunch that is horrified of them. This can quickly turn a party from the huge success you hoped for into a disaster.

Parents, remember that the party is for your child and their friends. The ultimate children’s party doesn’t have to be overly extravagant but does need to be fun. The first thing you want to do is be sure you are planning an age-appropriate party.

Children wait for what seems like forever for their birthday to arrive. Parents, on the other hand, often tend to fret over how they can make their children's party as fun and memorable as possible.

Parties for Children Ages Three to Six

Children in this age group need to be kept busy, and the best way to achieve this is with unstructured activities. A game or two where everyone is a winner is more than enough for young children.

Game ideas include:

  • Fill a paddling pool with toys or candy prizes and then balls of all sizes. Let the kids wade their way through the balls looking for prizes. You can send them in two or three at a time for a few minutes each. Refill prizes each round.
  • Hide prizes around the yard. Have the kids run around finding prizes and, of course, they get to keep what they find.
  • Do a simple craft project:
    • A playdough station! Plus you can even make your own edible playdough to avoid worrying about the little ones ingesting any chemicals from store bought playdoughs.
    • Decorate paper plates with paint, cotton balls, straws, pipe cleaners, coloured construction paper and anything else you can think of.
    • Make animals out of empty plastic water bottles. Pipe cleaners make great antennas, construction paper for wings, markers for drawing and other materials for gluing on the bottle.
    • Make necklaces out of Cheerios or Fruit Loops. Young children love making jewellery they can eat!

Aside from a few games, have ongoing activities for guests to participate in. If you have the room and the funds, consider renting an inflatable bouncy house or waterslide. Young children can spend hours in these!

Keep it fun and simple for this age group, and be sure to recruit lots of other adults to have around for supervision. If you are hiring amusements, most companies like Monsterball can supply people to supervise these so the adults can sit back and relax.

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Parties for Children Ages Seven to Twelve

Children in this age group love themed parties. Your child will probably have at least one idea for you. Whenever possible, allow them to have the party of their dream theme. At a minimum, you can decorate your backyard to fit the theme, and have the cake made to match (check out these awesome homemade cake ideas). Perhaps have the guests come dressed as characters.

This age is fun in that they love to play games. Try some games that they don’t see at every other party they attend. Here are some ideas:

  • Play a game of limbo. This game isn’t new, but it’s not often played anymore. All you need is two adults and a long piece of bamboo or dowelling. Start with the adults holding the wood high enough that the kids can walk under it. Each time the group of children has passed under, lower the wood. The kids have to bend backwards and pass under without touching. If they touch the wood, they are out. Add some music that is either from the party theme or fun and upbeat.
  • Using washable chalk, draw a soccer goal on your fence or other solid structure. Make it like a target with different areas being worth points. Each child gets three attempts to kick the ball. Any points scored are added together and the one with the most points wins.
  • Play a game of volleyball but with balloons and paddles. Let the kids construct their own paddles out of paper plates and wooden sticks. Make the paddles at the beginning of the party so they have time to adhere. Play the game towards the end of the gathering.

Children of all ages love chalk. If you have a place where they can draw, leave some buckets of chalk out for them to grace your yard with their artwork.

Do you have some fond memories of parties you attended as a child? Please share your best children’s party tips and memories by leaving us a comment below.

Guest post: This article was written by Casey from Monsterball Amusements & Hire – Perth’s premium amusement services with everything from jumping castles to dunk tanks, obstacle courses and the super fun bubble soccer!


  1. April 23, 2016 at 12:29 PM

    I just celebrated my daughter’s birthday. We took her and her friends to an equestrian place where she is learning to ride. It is important to let our children know ho much they mean to us. Keep up the great work and live unstoppable!

    • April 23, 2016 at 2:26 PM

      What a great party idea! Thanks for reading Rhonda 🙂

  2. March 17, 2016 at 6:51 AM

    These are such fantastic tips. I love throwing parties, they are stressful but I love all the planning and finding ideas for them. Some of these I will keep in mind for future parties. Thanks for linking up to #justanotherlinky xx

    • March 18, 2016 at 2:47 PM

      Thanks for reading!! 🙂

  3. March 15, 2016 at 9:48 PM

    This is great. I remember after everyone left my daughter’s first birthday party my husband and I sat on the couch and looked at each other and said, “why?! She won’t even remember this!” haha. But now that she is older we are still throwing her parties 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

    • March 16, 2016 at 8:13 PM

      Thanks for reading Ali 🙂 First birthdays are hard. So much pressure!

  4. March 14, 2016 at 8:05 AM

    This is such perfect timing as I have 2 kids parties to plan and I’m running out of ideas. Love the chalk idea. Super easy. Thanks for sharing and linking up to the ultimate rabbit hole. Xx

    • March 16, 2016 at 8:06 PM

      Thanks Shannon! Best of luck with the party planning 🙂

  5. March 13, 2016 at 3:04 AM

    I’m currently planning a rainbows and unicorns party for my (almost) 5yr old – so much more than jelly & icecream these days!! I do have some craft activities planned, though I will be sticking to tradition with a few games of pass the parcel and musical chairs! #justanotherlinky

    • March 16, 2016 at 8:14 PM

      Sounds like a brilliant party!! Love it 🙂

  6. March 12, 2016 at 7:06 PM

    What great ideas! I used to love birthday parties both mine and other people’s because I got to wear my “party dresses.” I still love all those old skool games like pass the parcel and pin the tail on the donkey!

    • March 16, 2016 at 8:15 PM

      Thanks Sammie 🙂 Some party games are just classic!

  7. March 12, 2016 at 4:02 PM

    Great ideas here. I’m about to leave the kid years and embark on teen parties, which I’m sure will be a completely new frontier…eeek!

    • March 16, 2016 at 8:16 PM

      Eeeek! I wouldn’t even know where to start!! Good luck Kirsty 🙂