Birthday Party Activities For 10 Year Olds
Entertaining tween party guests can be daunting, but it doesn’t need to be. This article has some amazing birthday party ideas that are perfect for 10 year olds, and can easily work brilliantly for children aged 8-12. Whether you’re looking for birthday party games, themes or quirky and novel ideas, you’re in the right place!
Here are some fun ideas for your kid’s birthday party:
Classic Themed Party
This is a great way to celebrate your child’s favorite things and each theme lends itself to specific games and activities:
Dinosaur party– kids can thaw out small toy dinosaurs frozen in ice; dig for fossils in plaster of Paris and create their own fossils by making imprints of dino toys in clay!
Mermaid party– great to combine with a pool party but also works well at home; kids could decorate shells, do a treasure hunt, make sparkly hair accessories, get their nails done and enjoy glitter tattoos.
Minecraft or Roblox party– brilliant for gamer kids, a Minecraft of Roblox party can incorporate activities such as making Hama bead characters; taking pics in a photo booth with themed props; build yourself as a gaming character and hit a themed piñata.
An Olympic Games party
This is the perfect way to enjoy good weather as well as tiring out the kids! There are so many fun activities you can do in Olympics kids’ birthday parties, and the best part is that it’s a budget friendly idea too- you can even host it at your local park.
Try an obstacle course (throw in a time limit to complete it for bonus points); a relay race; flipping water bottles; who can spin hula hoops the longest; the classic game of long jump; bouncing ping-pong balls into plastic cups; an egg-and-spoon race to the finish line; a three-legged race and more.
You can also add team games to mix it up – whoever has the highest score at the end is the winning team! Kids will recognise this as an awesome party before they’ve even got to the starting line, and it’s a great way to enjoy outdoor activities (and keep your house clean!)
A mystery party
This party theme could be centred around an escape room or (for big kids) even a murder mystery. Another idea is to frame it as a giant game of Clue / Cluedo, where everyone gets a character and has to figure out ‘whodunnit’- was it the birthday boy in the living room with the candlestick, or one of his closest friends?
You could also make a scavenger hunt part of the party- hide different things around your house and garden, set clues and send them on a treasure hunt! If you have a mixed age birthday party it may be a good idea to team younger kids with older kids so they get a chance to find something or answer the clues.
Kids of all ages love hunting for a prize!
Online themed party
If you’d prefer for some else to come up with a fun game list and plan for your child’s birthday, and even someone to run the whole thing, an online party can be a great option! Outschool has some incredible online birthday parties in lots of different themes, so your child can have a happy birthday without you having to lift a finger!
The first thing you should know is that the birthday party hosts are all vetted and approved by Outschool and they are lovely, enthusiastic hosts who pack extra fun into every moment. Some of the birthday parties include:
Dance Themed Birthday Party– Miss Krystina offers a mix of crafts, dancing, classic party games and stories depending on the age of the child- you can customize your kids’ birthday parties with different themes such as ‘mermaid’, ‘dinosaur’, ‘superhero’ and more. The great thing is that whatever ideas you have, Krystina is great at incorporating them to make your child’s birthday completely unique and special!
Axolotl Virtual Visit– This is a super quirky and special party which can be adapted for more than one age group. Host Rosie will ensure kids get to see several live axolotl tank check-ins, as well as live axolotl feeding, a trivia game, and a time for birthday guests to ask anything they like about these amazing creatures! Rosie has some great party games for axolotl lovers and parties can be customised for slightly older children or younger children.
Painting Party– A painting party is a fun way to celebrate a birthday child who loves art, and guests will love being able to take their creations home with them. The birthday child can pick the painting theme from Juliann’s list of artwork, and guests will be guided through the creative process- all you need to do is provide the paint, paint brushes and paper or canvasses!
There are other birthday party options and themes and using the code HHE20 will get you $20 off any booking!
Life Sized Board Game
What’s more fun than board games? GIANT board games where the birthday guests are players!
A great game for this would be a toned-down Monopoly or Frustration, or even Chess (think Harry Potter style but less dramatic)- generally a quite simple game where the aim of the game is obvious. Setting up a huge board in a garden or park would work well, and is a great idea for a budget friendly birthday.
Party favors could be handed out as the prizes, or could be things that players collect along the way! Either way this birthday idea guarantees party guests a great time.
On a hot summer day, outdoor parties are a great idea for a group of kids. For just a few children you could have a couple of inflatable pools, or for larger groups a full sized swimming pool would work well. You can throw in water balloons for a water balloon toss, inflatable balls for pool games and even foam or gladiator-style challenges for extra fun. This is a great way to make the most of the summer heat and is so much fun!
A retro themed party is super easy to do and is budget friendly. Simply set up games such as musical chairs, the old classic ‘Pin The Tail On The Donkey’, a balloon stomp and some outdoor party games if it’s sunny- then it’s time to cut the birthday cake!
There’s nothing like a class movie night for a tween’s birthday party. Get lots of blankets and cushions to make the living room really cosy (or you could even set up a projector on a wall or on a screen in the garden).
Then grab pizza, popcorn and ice cream, and put on your kid’s favourite shows- Harry Potter or Disney is always a good idea! You could mix this up with some fun party games such as ‘fluffy bunnies’ (how many marshmallows can you put in your mouth and still say ‘fluffy bunnies’) or the chocolate race game.
(A big block of chocolate sits in the middle with a knife and fork, everyone takes turns rolling a dice and when they roll a 6 they can cut and eat chocolate squares until someone else gets a 6!)
Other birthday party activities for 10 year olds include:
- Slime making
- Cupcake decorating
- Nerf gun team games
- Lazer quest
- Horse riding
- A reptile experience
- A pizza making party
- Make your own bath melts
- Chocolate making workshop
- Build a teddy bear workshop
- Fabric painting
- Glass painting
- Pottery painting
- A ‘mad scientist’ party
- A bowling party
- Ice skating
- A trip to a theme park
- Ice cream sundae making
- An escape room
With these ideas you’re all set to throw your child the best birthday party ever! Whether they are turning 9, 10 or 11, these are all great birthday activities to help your child celebrate their birthday with the most fun possible.