How to Host an Active Kid’s Birthday Party

If you’ve been around the birthday-party block a few times, you know the possibilities are endless (and can easily become overwhelming). Simplify matters by planning an active birthday party, one that includes plenty of physical activity and good old running around. It’s healthier for everyone, and always a lot of fun. The guests will have such a good time—and be so worn out—they won’t notice if the napkins match the plates or care about what comes in the goodie bags.

And putting active play in the spotlight means less emphasis on cake, ice cream, candy, and presents.

Active Birthday Party Option 1:  Sports Theme

If your child is a sports fan or avid athlete, it’s a no-brainer. You’re all set for a party dedicated to his favorite team or game. You can decorate with team colors, or those that call the chosen sport to mind: black and white for soccer; red, white, and blue for baseball; green and brown for football; and so on. Or you can opt for an all-star sports theme, celebrating many sports with a fun mix of decor and activities.

For games, play the real thing if you have the space (or see option 3, below, for venues to consider). You can also adapt many sports for indoor play. Keep plenty of water on hand for thirsty, sweaty kids, and serve half-time style snacks like orange slices and bananas.

Active Birthday Party Option 2: Active Games for Any Theme

Even if your child wants another, non-sports theme, you can still incorporate plenty of physical activity into the party. Many outdoor and indoor games, as well as relay races, can be adapted to work with different themes—whatever the birthday child enjoys.

Active Birthday Party Option 3:  Active Venue

For the simplest party of all, outsource. You’ll pay a price, but you’ll save wear and tear on your home, as well as planning time. And you might not need extra supplies or equipment. Invite guests to join you for an active outing, such as:

  • bowling
  • inflatables/trampoline center
  • batting cages
  • miniature golf
  • ice skating
  • roller skating
  • gymnastics
  • hiking
  • swimming
  • horseback riding
  • ballet or another type of dance
  • martial arts
  • climbing—outdoors or at a climbing wall or gym
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • volleyball
  • laser tag
  • paintball (for older kids)
  • open gym (at a fitness or community center)
  • school track for a field day event
  • playing at a playground or adventure park

Source:  Very Well