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10 Lively Indoor Birthday Party Ideas for Kids
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Get Your Glow On
Some of the best birthday party ideas can be the simplest, like a Glow in the Dark Party. You can turn your living room into a trendy dance club by simply adding some tunes, glow sticks and a strobe light. This theme is ageless because tweens will love painting each other's faces with glow-in-the-dark face paint, and little ones can make their own glow-in-the-dark Play-Doh, perfect for them to take home as a party favor!
Drive Right Up
No pricey tickets are needed to watch this movie! Bring out the popcorn and let the kids sit back in their cars—made from cardboard boxes and paper plates—at their very own drive-in movie theater. But before the movie starts, bring out the markers so the guests can personalize their cars and make them their own. After the movie, let the kids dive in the car birthday cake you made!
Glamour and Camping = Glamping!
Camping is taken to a whole new level when tents are turned into mini-spas. From manicures in a tent to facials in a sleeping bag, combining camping and glamour is a blast. But make sure you don't forget the best part of camping—the s'mores! And if that's not enough sugar for ya, try your hand at making a Purse Birthday Cake, the ultimate party accessory.
Considering the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles live underground, an indoor birthday party is the perfect place for a TMNT-themed party! From pizza box races to punching cups to knock out Shredder, there's something at this party to bring out the ninja in all of your guests.
Under the Big Top
What child hasn't yearned to play just one more game at a carnival? Bring that fun inside with a Carnival Party that features classic games, like paper plate ring toss and bean bag throw. And unlike the carnival, you won't spend $50 on a miniature stuffed animal! Throw in some peanuts, cotton candy and these classic face painting ideas, and you've brought the Big Top to your very own birthday party.
They Shoot, They Score!
The best part of a sports-themed party is that you don't have to pick just one! Try your hand at marshmallow soccer, or even dare to kick a field goal through Popsicle stick goals. Whatever you choose, make sure you get everyone's autograph in case they make it to the big leagues. And make your little sport a birthday cake geared toward his or her favorite activity, whether it's football, soccer, baseball, or basketball.
Fins are more fun
Sure, you could have a nice, standard tea party—or you can have a whimsical Mermaid Tea Party! Show your guests a world "under the sea," where they can make seashell jewelry, swim in a sea of blue balloons, and eat ocean-themed foods, like shell-shaped macaroni and cheese, Nilla wafer clam cookies, and a Mermaid Birthday Cake.
Search high and low
An indoor space is the perfect location for an epic scavenger hunt your guests will be racing to finish. Whether the hunt's theme is pirates (complete with a Pirate Ship Birthday Cake) or objects by color, kids will love searching for clues up, down and all around in hopes of being the first person to figure out the mystery. You can even make it more challenging by adding puzzles or challenges to each clue!
Surf and sand
It might not be nice outside, but that doesn't mean the sun isn't shining inside at your Indoor Beach Party. Ask guests to bring their favorite beach toys and lay out towels and umbrellas. You can turn a kiddie pool into a ball pit for a non-sandy ocean to play in. And the best part is no one requires sunscreen! Finish it off with a Tropical Island Birthday Cake.
Jukebox and Juice Boxes
Put on your favorite poodle skirt and get ready to kick your heels at a retro sock hop party. Turn any area into a dance floor by spray-painting linoleum peel-and-stick tiles. And a jukebox cut-out is the perfect idea for a photo booth and next to your Microphone Birthday Cake. Meet you at the hop!