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Cool Kids Birthday Party Themes

There are hundreds of birthday party themes available for your kid’s memorable day. Aside from the usual cowboy, princess, dinosaur, pirate, and luau themes, some parents want to pull off something unique for their child’s birthday party.

Here are some of the unusual yet enjoyable themes that your kids and their guests would enjoy.

Backyard stargazing sleepover

A perfect learning activity for summer without even leaving your home! Invite guests to come over dinner time, bringing along their own blankets and insect repellents.

Set up tents, separated between boys and girls. After dinner, and a few rounds of space-related games, gather around as you spot planets constellations using a constellation map (available at hobby shops) and a telescope.

Family Olympics

An active party that includes parents and children. Come up with exciting games that would pit families against one another. Activities range from the physical three-legged races to more creative cake decorating contests.

You could even create your own medal standings and have the winning family sing their " family cheer" during the medal ceremonies.


Sports make an easy and customizable party theme! Whatever your sport of choice, make sure you get a game going!

Incorporate your child’s favorite sport to his or her party, from the invitations, the decorations, the games, and even the cake!


Kids love experiments! Hand out lab coats and safety goggles and put together experiments like volcanoes,  color cabbage,  bottle rockets made by dropping Mentos into a liter of cola or sundial.

Popstar party

Is your child a great singer (or simply a pop star wannabe)? Come up with a party inspired by karaoke, High School Musical, or your child’s favorite pop stars.

VIP badges, kid sunglasses and costume concert, camera flashing, and microphone singing karaoke.

Favorite cartoon party

Cartoon or animated movie characters are often the first choices for a kid’s birthday party theme. If your child has a favorite cartoon character, try incorporating it with his or her party. You could even have the guests dress up as their favorite cartoon characters.

Kids can create a comic strip about a fun topic.  You can find a great YouTube video that shows how to draw a cartoon.

Board Game

Perfect for the birthday boy or girl who doesn’t like loud parties. Set up individual game stations for guests!  Send a game piece to each invitee and ask them to bring the piece as admittance to your game-themed party.

You may want to schedule your party between meal times and simply serve some light snacks and refreshments.

Arts and crafts party

Have your kiddie guests create their own birthday cards for your birthday celebrant. You could also come up with other easy-to-do crafts that kids would enjoy such as cake decorating, coloring books, or cooking, and baking with an adult.


Teaching your kids to give back is important. Instead of the focus being on the birthday focus on a party theme around volunteering.

Make sure you have a discussion with the kids before you get started about why you’ve chosen to host a party with a purpose, and who will benefit from their generosity.