It’s your child’s birthday and the weather’s poor in London, but this doesn’t mean their birthday is ruined! It’s possible to have fun parties that children can enjoy without the risk of destroying the house in the process.
Creating a memorable, stress-free children’s party is all about preparation and choosing games and activities that don’t encourage children to go completely crazy.
With this in mind, read on for our top indoor bday party ideas!
1. Low-Key Games
Games are a must-have at any children’s party to keep everyone occupied and entertained. However, what you don’t want is a herd of children running through the house. Not only can this lead to injury, but you’ll need to take the time to make sure all your precious decor items are put away.
Instead, think of low-key games that don’t require a lot of intense activity. Here are a few ideas:
Bingo is a great game for children of all ages, and you can even find themed bingo cards to print online. You can use candy as bingo markers or small toys. Choose the winning prize based on the theme of your child’s party.
Pin the Tail on the Donkey
This is a classic party game that’s just as easy to set up. Print out a large picture of a donkey without a tail and hang it about eye-level for the children. Then, create some donkey tails out of cardboard or paper and place some putty tack at the end of each.
The children will queue up and, one at a time, get blindfolded and spun around gently three times. Afterwards, they’ll try to pin the tail on the donkey. The child who gets the closest to the donkey wins!
Children do need to let their energy out, especially when they’re already full of sugar. Freeze dance is a great game because it allows them to move and dance without sprinting around the house.
Keep everyone at least an arm’s length away from each other in order to avoid injury. When you turn on the music everyone dances, and when you turn it off everyone has to remain still, with children eliminated if they move. The one who remains is the winner!
The great part is all of these options are also budget-friendly. Remember that you can customise these games depending on the theme of the party as well!
Children love piñatas, and it doesn’t have to be a strictly outdoor activity. Purchase a pull-string piñata instead of your traditional one. These have a single trap-door that’s only able to open with one string. However, you’ll attach multiple strings to the bottom of the piñata so that children have to guess which one is the right one.
Once they get it open, consider filling it with small gift bags instead of loose candy. This will help avoid the crazy scramble for goodies that usually accompanies the breaking of a traditional piñata.
If you haven’t heard of slime before, it’s a kind of material that has the same appeal as Play-Doh – it’s fun to play with and manipulate. Making slime is fairly easy to do and by using different amounts of ingredients, you can create a slime that feels more gooey or fluffy.
There are many slime-making tutorials you can find online with ingredients that are safe for children to use. Even better, you can set out the different food colouring, glitter, or other objects so that everyone can customise their slime.
Once they’re done, have some cute containers so they can safely store their slimes, such as small decorated mason jars or colourful boxes. The majority of children absolutely love slime, and you may find that making some yourself is a satisfying and relaxing experience.
4. Photo Booths
Not only are photo booths entertaining for both children and adults alike, the fun photos they produce create great keepsakes for guests, especially if you opt to print them as soon as they’re taken. Plus, you don’t need to worry about space – you can easily find professional photo booths that take up very little floor space.
Best of all, you can choose the props and background of your photo booth based on the theme of your child’s party. You can also choose special add-ons such as:
- Photo albums
- Social media features
- Special photo effects
If you’re only renting out an open-air Essex photo booth for an hour, rental prices are relatively inexpensive!
The Best Indoor Bday Party: Embrace the Chaos
The key to enjoying your children’s indoor bday party is to be prepared while also remembering that things aren’t guaranteed to go according to plan. If you accept the fact that there may be one or two chaotic moments, you’ll be able to go with the flow and stay present on this special day.
You’ll also want to remember that “less is more.” We all feel tempted to spoil our children, but you don’t need to break the bank or plan out a half-day of celebrations in order for your child to have a great time.
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