Birthdays

15 Lively Indoor Birthday Party Ideas for Kids

by Kelley Crosbie


15 Lively Indoor Birthday Party Ideas for Kids

There are plenty of outside, fun-in-the-sun, summer birthday party ideas for kids, but what if you’re planning to keep the kiddos inside for the festivities? Whether you just want to hold an indoor celebration or the weather is just too unpredictable for a backyard bash, these 10 fabulously fun indoor birthday party ideas are sure to put a smile on their faces, rain or shine!

Glow in the Dark Birthday Party

Glow in the Dark Birthday Party

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 merely adding a black light, your kiddo’s favorite tunes, glow sticks and a disco ball. Tweens will love painting each other's faces with glow-in-the-dark face paint, and little ones can delight in the fact that the glow sticks can be turned into necklaces, which also makes them the perfect party favor. Watch your birthday babe and friends light up as they get to giggling over how goofy they look glowing in the dark!

We Recommend

Glowchampion Glow Sticks
Let your little ones celebrate by getting their glow on with this set, which includes 25 nontoxic pieces that can last up to 10 hours. Be sure to save a stick or two for yourself! ($13; walmart.com)

Hanging Disco Ball
Turn any room into a disco nightclub with this hanging, 12-inch mirrored disco ball. ($35; amazon.com)

Midnight Glo UV Neon Face & Body Paint Glow Kit
These nontoxic pink, orange, yellow, blue, green and purple paints  wash off easily to ensure that parents won’t throw you any shade when they pick up their kids. ($17; amazon.com)

Drive In Movie Birthday Party

Drive In Movie Birthday Party

Drive Right Up

Kids party ideas can quickly break the bank, but for this drive-in movie theater birthday bash, no pricey movie tickets or concessions are necessary. Bring out the popcorn and let the kids sit back in their cars, which are made from cardboard boxes and paper plates. But before the DVD starts or the movie begins streaming, bring out the washable markers so guests can personalize their cars and make them their own. Once settled, provide plenty of snacks and refreshments to get them through the flick. After the film, watch the kids race to enjoy the car birthday cake you made!

We Recommend

Amazon Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote
You know that phrase, “good things come in small packages?” They were likely talking about the Amazon Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote, which can be used to view your family’s must-see movies and shows and play songs on your HDTV. Thanks to the abundance of content from over 200 channels and apps like Netflix and Hulu, as well as Prime Video and Prime Music, you’ll find something that hits the spot for guests of all ages. ($40; amazon.com)

Crayola® Ultra-Clean Markers Broad Line Washable 10ct Classic 
With 10 colors ranging from red and green to blue and yellow, these classic tints are sure to take each kiddo on a creative journey. ($4; target.com)

glamping party

glamping birthday party

Glamour and Camping = Glamping!

There is seemingly no end to the ideas for camping out in your backyard, but it’s taken to a whole new level when tents turn into mini-spas. From customized and ruffled tents to “Glam-Aid” kits stocked with things like glittering stickers, cool cosmetics and glamping hair-tie party favors, this is one of our favorite birthday party ideas for kids who love the outdoors but with a touch of “sparkle.” Combining camping and glamour is a blast, but don't forget the best part of camping—the s'mores! And if that's not enough sugar for you, try your hand at making a butterfly birthday cake, an unexpected guest that will have all little party goers fluttering with joy. 

We Recommend

IQ Girls Makeup Case
Recommended for ages 5 and up, this kit has everything they need for a glamping-themed party, including eye shimmering eyeshadows, nail polishes, lip glosses, a nail file and body glitter. ($25; amazon.com)

Glamping Party Hair-Tie Favors
Stylish and cute, these hair ties can be customized with the guest of honor’s favorite color scheme and theme, and you can even personalize the text on the card that holds them. ($20 and up; etsy.com)  

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Birthday Party

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Birthday Party

Cowabunga, Dude!

Considering that the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles live underground, an indoor birthday party is a perfect place for a TMNT-themed birthday shindig set in the sewers of New York City! From amazing decor to cookies that look like mini pizzas, this is one of the best — we mean “most bodacious” — kids birthday party ideas to bring out the inner ninja in all your guests. Just stock up on a few party-themed decorations and supplies, and dress tiny turtles for the occasion with the appropriate mask and shell (or in this case, cape). You’ll be hearing, “Totally tubular, dude!” repeated among the “radical” reptilian partygoers in no time!

We Recommend

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Deluxe Party Kit 
Here’s everything you need to have a “gnarly” gathering, including paper straws, hanging decorations, a jumbo banner, centerpiece and more. ($30; amazon.com)

Ninja Turtle Cape and Mask 
The felt mask is secured with an elastic strap while the satin cape uses Velcro to securely stay in place for hours of fun battling The Shredder and other NYC sewer bad guys. ($8; etsy.com

Carnival Birthday Party

Carnival Birthday Party

Under the Big Top

Step right up for some birthday party ideas that are sure to amaze! What child hasn't begged to play just one more game at a carnival? Bring that amusement inside with a carnival party that features classic games, like ring toss and bean bag throw. Unlike the carnival, you won't spend a fortune attempting to score that miniature stuffed animal! Throw in some salted peanuts, cotton candy and a face-painting station (here are some great ideas), and you've brought the Big Top to your child’s very own birthday party.

We Recommend

Prextex 3-in-1 Carnival Combo Set
Perfect for developing gross motor skills and hand-eye coordination, this set comes with six carnival cones, 10 plastic rings and 10 colorful nylon bean bags. ($23; amazon.com

Leah Fanning Natural Face Paint Kit 
Makeup applicators are included with these handy, nontoxic paints, so summon your inner artist and get those kitty cat, tiger and butterfly faces on for hours of pretend play. ($19; uncommongoods.com)

Sports Birthday Party

Sports Birthday Party

They Shoot, They Score!

Party guests will have a ball playing ball and testing their skills at your kiddo’s birthday celebration. The best part of sports-themed party ideas for kids is that, yes, they can be done inside without posing too much of a risk to lampshades or picture frames, plus you don't have to limit the fun to one sport! Try your hand at marshmallow soccer, dare to kick a paper football field goal down a football field tablecloth or test your skills at table top foosball. Whatever you choose, get everyone's autograph just in case they make it to the big leagues. And serve your little sport a birthday cake themed toward his favorite activity, whether it's football, soccer, baseball or basketball

We Recommend

Foosball Table Top Game
This mini version of the classic foosball game is a great way to keep kids entertained without taking up too much space. As a bonus, it helps develop hand-eye coordination in little ones. ($25; amazon.com

Pack of 4 Football Game Day Touchdown Table Covers
Cover tables in these fun field-themed disposable tablecloths to add extra flair and possible game space to your party. ($10; amazon.com

Mermaid Birthday Party

Mermaid Birthday Party

Fins are More Fun

Sure, you can have a lovely, standard tea party — or you can have a whimsical mermaid tea party! Show young guests a world "under the sea," where they can make wear mermaid crowns, swim in blue balloon salt waters and eat ocean-themed foods, like shell-shaped macaroni and cheese, Nilla-wafer clam cookies and even a mermaid birthday cake. When it comes to kids birthday party ideas, you can’t go too overboard, so dive in and have fun! 

We Recommend

Confetti Mama Mermaid Crown Favors
Accessorize under-the-sea outfits with fun crowns shaped like glittering gold seashells. Little mermaids will love dressing up for their party. ($3; walmart.com)

Chrome Blue Balloons
Hang these balloons from the ceiling, scatter them on the ground or bundle them in a bouquet to create a blue ocean of awe. ($12; amazon.com)

Pirate Treasure Hunt Birthday Party

Pirate Treasure Hunt Birthday Party

Hunt for Treasure

An indoor space is a perfect location for kids party ideas such as an epic pirate treasure hunt (complete with a pirate ship birthday cake and pirate patch and party hat favors). Use a pre-purchased variety pack of treasures and get your kids searching for clues in hopes of being the first to solve the mystery. You can even make things trickier by adding games, puzzles or challenges to each clue. Happy hunting, parents, and enjoy watching those little faces flood with excitement as they answer each clue!

We Recommend

Pirate Bag Full of Treasures
Fill up a prize loot bag with this variety of pirate treasure. This pack includes necklaces, rings, jewels and gold coins. ($14; amazon.com)

12 Pirate Patches and Party Hats for Kids
Have kids dress for the party (and make the scavenger hunt a little more difficult) with cute pirate hat and eye patch accessories. ($13; amazon.com)

Indoor Beach Birthday Party

Indoor Beach Birthday Party

Surf and Sand

There may be a chill in the air outside, but that doesn't mean the sun isn't shining inside at your indoor beach party. Ask itty-bitty beach bums to bring their favorite sand and water toys. Then, just lay out towels and a kiddie pool filled with toy balls as you crank the Moana soundtrack. You can turn a kiddie pool into a ball or balloon pit for a non-sandy ocean they can play in, and don’t forget to put the empty birthday gift-wrap tube to good use with a laugh-out-loud limbo contest! Conclude the beach blowout with a tropical island birthday cake.

We Recommend

4 Pack of Cabana Stripe Beach Towels
Stock up on a few of these cotton towels to use at your child’s indoor beach party and beyond. ($30; amazon.com

250 Kiddy Up Pit Balls 
Make a mess-free indoor pool by turning an inflatable kiddie pool into a super fun ball pit. Just dump these in and let the kids hop in. ($35; amazon.com

Sock Hop Birthday Party

Sock Hop Birthday Party

Jukebox and Juice Boxes

Put on your favorite poodle skirt and get ready to kick up your heels at one of our favorite throwback indoor birthday party ideas, a retro sock hop party. Turn any area into a dance floor with peel-and-stick tiles or tossing down a kids rug worthy of some serious moves. Add a jukebox cutout for the perfect accessory to a photo booth (don’t forget the props). Then, have junior party guests jive on over to enjoy your must-have microphone birthday cake. Meet you at the hop!

We Recommend

RG Costumes Poodle Skirt Child Costume 
One, two, three o'clock, four o'clock, rock … We're gonna rock around the clock tonight. You’ll love watching your birthday girl boogie woogie all night long (well, maybe afternoon) in her retro pink skirt and white lace scarf, which can also serve as her next Halloween costume.($21; amazon.com

1950s Rock N Roll Party Photo Booth Props Kit
Party guests will be smiling from ear to ear with these colorful ’50s-themed props, which include dowels for easy holding. ($20; walmart.com)

Art Birthday Party

Art Birthday Party

Art Party

Get your little artists in on the action by having them do some decorating of their own at an art-themed birthday party! Place plain cupcakes on paint palettes with the paint reservoirs filled with a variety of sprinkles and other cupcake toppers and watch them work on their masterpieces. Lay washable finger paint  and other craft supplies on plastic-covered tables or try one of these mess-free craft ideas to keep little artistic geniuses busy during the birthday party.

We Recommend:

12 Pieces Round Paint Tray Palettes
Kids will feel like real artists when they decorate cupcakes using plastic painter’s palettes. Pour a variety of sprinkles, candies and other sweet little toppings into the palette and watch them get to work. ($11; amazon.com)

Crayola Washable Finger Paint
Washable finger paint will help keep your lively indoor party a little more mess-free. Just remember to go the extra step and lay down plastic tablecloths to protect tables and flooring. ($12; walmart.com)

 

Tea Party Birthday

Tea Party Birthday

Tea Party

Set up a sweet tea party for your birthday girl. They can recreate a real tea party with these fun, kid-friendly disposable tea cups and saucers. Use fake flower garlands to add a garden vibe to the party, and let little ones use the same garland material and ribbon to create faux flower crowns to take home as pretty party favors.

We Recommend

Talking Tables Tea Party 12 Pack Vintage Floral Tea Cup and Saucers
This precious paper cups are perfect for letting little kids handle tea party supplies without worrying about breaking real tea cups and saucers. ($12; amazon.com)

Fake Flower Rose Garland 3-Pack
Fake flower garland is great for decorating your tea party and making cute little flower crown favors for girls to take home. Let them choose between the three colors of garland, cut it to fit their heads and then tie with a pretty ribbon. ($12; amazon.com)

 

Construction Zone Birthday Party

Construction Zone Birthday Party

Construction Zone Party

We’re seriously digging this construction zone party idea. Decorate with rolls of caution tape, set up snacks for the hungry workers—er, partygoers—and let little ones race tiny construction toys through a work-zone obstacle course set up with miniature orange plastic traffic cones. Bigger dump truck toys make the perfect place to hold snacks, and you can even make a DIY dump truck cake to match!

We Recommend

3” X 1000 Feet Mega Roll of Caution Tape
Stop right there! You need a cool, authentic-feeling addition to your construction zone birthday party, and this mega roll of caution tape is a great replacement for streamers. ($13; amazon.com)

7-Inch Plastic Traffic Cones, 12-Pack
Set up an obstacle course through these fun tiny traffic cones. Kids can race on foot or by racing miniature construction toys. ($18; walmart.com)

 

 

LEGO Birthday Party

LEGO Birthday Party

LEGO Birthday Party

First things first—any LEGO party is going to need a ton of LEGO blocks! Use the blocks to build a cake stand, pass out in party bags as favors for the guests, build cool decorations and set up a LEGO-building table where the kids can work on one giant creation together. For a fun game, fill a clear decorative glass jar with different sizes of LEGO pieces and let guests guess how many are inside. The winner gets a small prize! When the games are over, cut up a slice of building blocks-shaped cake.

We Recommend:

LEGO Classic Large 790 Piece Creative Brick Box
With a bucket this big, party guests can create whatever they want out of LEGO pieces—and you’ll have plenty to help you build party decor! ($60; amazon.com)

Set of 3 Apothecary Glass Candy Jars
Fill these jars up with LEGO blocks for a guessing game, snacks or both (in separate jars, of course)! The best part? You can reuse these time and time again. ($30; walmart.com)

 

 

Slime Birthday Party

Slime Birthday Party

Slime Party

Making slime is a favorite pastime of kids of any age. Let your birthday boy or girl host their own slime-making party where they can get creative (and a little messy!) with their friends. Setting up individual spaces at the party table with small take-home containers, slime ingredients—like a boatload of glue—and some popsicle sticks for stirring. Keep the slime table separate from the eating table or do a quick change of tablecloths before serving up the birthday cake.

We Recommend:

4oz Clear Plastic Slime Jars with Labels, 12 Pack
Send slime creations home with your little guests (their parents will be thrilled!) in these adorable plastic jars. The jars come with a label so you can remember who made what. ($16; amazon.com)

Two Gallons of Elmer’s Washable Glue
Washable glue is one of the major ingredients to slime. With this pack of 2 one-gallon containers, you’ll have plenty. ($28; amazon.com)