Parents of teens and tweens know how tough it is to please them, especially when the topic turns to birthday parties. Just because your child has finally hit those double digits doesn’t mean they don’t want to celebrate their birthday with their friends. Teens and tweens still want those fun birthday celebrations. They just want the festivities to be in super cool and exciting spot.
House parties and sleepovers have mostly gone by the wayside, which is why parents need to be on the lookout for an awesome venue or location to host their teen’s special day. Thankfully, you won’t have to go too far off the beaten path because we’ve got the top birthday party places for teens that are sick.
Your teen’s birthday is coming up and you’re wondering how to mark this treasured day. If the thought of dozens of teens invading your home fills you with dread, you’re not alone. With teen parties comes a lot of adult responsibility, which is why teen house parties and sleepovers aren’t high on any parent’s list.
So, instead of going with the usual when it comes to teen birthday celebrations, think about an outdoor activity or venue that gets tweens and teens to put down their phones. Remember now that your kids are older, the birthday party guest list has shrunk. Kids want to spend their birthday with their closest friends, which means the location can be more unique. Check out these fun birthday party places for teens that even they will think are fabulous.
Back to the beach
If your tween or teen has a summer birthday, a beach party is a great idea. When picking a date for the beach bash, remember to have a rain date and include it on the invitation. Celebrating a birthday at the beach gives tweens and teens lots of room to spread out and enjoy what they like whether it’s swimming, boogie boarding, surfing, volleyball, Kan Jam, or frisbee. For teens who prefer something tamer, they can settle in on their towel to savor the sunshine. Pack an array of sandwiches and other munchies along with plenty of water.
Holding a spring or fall birthday party at the beach is fun, too. Sure, the water will be too chilly and there won’t be lifeguards, but that doesn’t mean there can’t be plenty of activities on the sand. A beach bonfire is a nice touch for parties in the late afternoon to early evening, but make sure to check beforehand if bonfires are allowed. If so, bring along a portable bonfire to heat things up.
Hit the ice
An ice-skating rink is a chill place for tweens and teens to enjoy a birthday any time of the year. Indoor rinks are open year-round and are a nice change of pace during the warm weather months. Many skate-party packages include an ice-skating lesson for anyone who’s never laced up the skates. Serve hot chocolate with marshmallows along with tasty treats.
Golf comes in many forms these days. If your tween or teen is an avid soccer player, some courses offer soccer golf. Instead of using clubs, the partygoers kick the balls into each hole. Soccer golf courses can be nine or 18 holes. Another golf-inspired option is Frisbee golf. Many parks have free Frisbee golf courses that make for a fun place to go for a teenage birthday.
Don’t assume tweens and teens are too old for mini golf. Mini golf enthusiasts span the ages, and there are even adult mini golf competitions. If there’s a challenging course nearby, book the party. A pitch-and-putt party is fun for everyone, including golf lovers. Clubs are usually available to rent if your guests don’t have their own.
Top Golf is big with tweens and teens. Hosting a party at one of the more than 100 Top Golf locations across the country will be a definite hit with the birthday guy or gal as well as the guests.
Many tweens and teens spend most of their time with their travel-sport teammates. Some never seem to get enough of their favorite sport and their teammates quickly become their best friends. So, it makes sense to host a b-day tournament party. Divide guests into small teams and play a round-robin-style tournament. Ice time, court time, and field time can all be rented. Once game time is over, have pizza or other snacks on hand with water and Gatorade.
Rent a movie theater
A crowded movie is probably not the best spot for a tween or teen party, but some theaters offer party rentals. Teens can catch the latest flick with a theater all to themselves, giving enough room to spread out. Movie options also include classics teens can enjoy with their friends.
For something really off the beaten path as far as teen birthday party places go, saddle up for a horseback-riding party. A beautiful trail ride is a great way to celebrate a birthday outdoors. Trail rides typically include riding instructions and mellow horses for the riders.
Night at the museum
There is something inherently exciting about being inside a museum when it is closed. Many large and small museums offer after-hours-themed events. Attending one of these as a birthday excursion is pretty cool. While some are for adults only, there are museums with after-hours events for all ages.
An escape room experience is very popular with teens. This type of venue will certainly get the kids off of their smartphones and interacting with each other. Escape rooms are exciting, challenging, and a wonderful way to make memories.
Teens can take their video-game skills and put them to use with actual moving targets with a paintball party. Beginner packages are usually an option for teens new to paintball. Just remind the guests to wear very old clothes and shoes to the paintball party.
Many amusement parks offer various birthday party packages that include admission to certain sections of the park along with food vouchers and parking discounts. If your teen loves amusement parks, taking a few friends to enjoy a day or rides and food is a win for a birthday celebration.
If these party ideas aren’t exactly super inviting to your teen, don’t worry. There really is something for everyone when it comes to planning a super cool birthday party for teens. Here are some other birthday party places for teens they will enjoy celebrating their special day at.
- Axe-throwing places are a definite do with teens and adults too. Order snacks and see who can hit a bullseye.
- For teens who enjoy being outside, how about a birthday kayaking or hiking excursion?
- If your teen wants a quieter celebration with a couple of friends, an evening dinner cruise makes for a different way to spend a birthday.
- Hibachi restaurants are always a hit. You can even do a hibachi takeover in your backyard.
- Tickets to a pro sports game in your area or a concert is a memorable way to celebrate a birthday. Most professional sports venues offer group discounts.
A tween or teen birthday party doesn’t have to be a big, extravagant event or one of those over-the-top crazy house parties. Friend bases typically shrink during the double-digit years, and kids want to spend their birthday with their close friends doing something fun. With a smaller guest list, you can explore unique venues you wouldn’t normally think of for a birthday party. Since teens and tweens are on screens a lot, an outdoor spot like the beach or horseback riding gets everyone outside and active. Always factor in a rain date for outside parties if possible.
If you prefer something inside so you don’t have to worry about the weather, consider ice skating, a movie theater, or an after-hours museum event.
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