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Need a fantastic theme for a fifth birthday party? Consider these

Birthday party ideas for five-year-olds they'll love

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Turning five is fabulous. It marks the end of the preschooler stage, which makes it a milestone birthday. That first day of kindergarten is right around the corner. Planning a five-year-old birthday party is super fun. Kids at this age are pretty easy to please. They love running around and playing games. There is also a plethora of awesome five-year-old birthday party ideas that rock. In honor of five, let’s take a peek at five fantastic themes for a fifth birthday that get the guests moving because that is what five-year-olds love to do.

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5-year-old birthday party ideas

Since most of your guests will be four turning five or five already, an outdoor party or one at an indoor venue where kids can get active is a perfect pick. Having structured activities is key with this age set. If you do decide to hold your kiddo’s fifth birthday party outside, be sure to build in a rain date. Always have extra hands to help keep the games and activities focused. Tweens and teens are great for this. Here are five fav five-year-old birthday party ideas that will be a huge hit with the guest of honor and friends.

Kick it

The four and five-year-old set need to be active, and many of them probably just started lacing up the cleats to give soccer a try. If yours is loving soccer, then a soccer party is a major score. Plenty of indoor facilities host soccer birthday parties, but if you don’t want to use a venue, you can certainly hold your own. If your backyard is large enough, you can turn it into a soccer field. Otherwise, look for field availability at a neighborhood park or high school. Sometimes, permits are required, so check with your town’s recreation department first.

Have the guests wear cleats. Sneakers are okay, too. Set up a goal and order enough size 3 soccer balls for all the guests. You can even personalize each ball with each party-goer’s name, so it can double as the party favor. If Mom and Dad aren’t soccer-oriented, consider hiring a high school soccer player to lead soccer-related games. Accessorize with soccer decorations, plates, and napkins, and order a soccer cake or cupcake cake. Just be sure to have plenty of water bottles and juice boxes on hand for the thirsty players.

Play ball

T-ball is another classic game for four- and five-year-olds. This beginning step for baseball and softball makes for a fun and low-stress party. Luckily, you don’t necessarily need a field to organize a T-ball game. You can do it in the yard with bases, a ball, and a tee. Go baseball-crazy with the decorations. A baseball cupcake cake is a home run. Have an outdoor movie ready to go in case the kids get bored or tired. The Sandlot is the perfect family-friendly film for a T-ball party. For favors, you can give each guest a T-ball bat and ball. Personalize each bat with a paint marker for an added touch.

Painting party

Preschoolers and kindergarteners enjoy crafts, and painting is always a big hit. If you’re looking for a venue, try a painting studio that specializes in painting parties for younger kids. Many studios also do virtual paints and will send you the necessary supplies beforehand. If possible, set up the painting party outside or under a tent to make for a low-stress cleanup.

Another option for an art party is to set up different stations, where the guests rotate to different crafts. One station could be finger or sponge painting, while others could be seasonal or birthday-related crafts. A cute favor would be a personalized art apron or a watercolor paint set. For decorations, have fun with an array of primary colors and top off the theme with a rainbow cake.

Let’s ride

If your birthday boy or girl has a warmer-weather birthday, a different and fun party idea is a wheels party. Invite guests to bring their bike, scooter, trike, or their favorite ride along with a helmet to a neighborhood park with a bike path. See if you need to rent the picnic area ahead of time or if you just use the tables. Decorate with a bicycle or Hot Wheels themed accessories. Once all the guests arrive and have their helmets on, hit the road for a fun ride around the park. An added bonus is some time spent on the park’s playground. If a park isn’t an option, set up an obstacle-type course in your driveway or along the sidewalk. Use cones or other fun objects to ride around like big stuffed animals. Have plenty of drinks on hand for the riders. Celebrate with a cupcake cake in the shape of a bicycle. Personalized water bottles are a cute and useful party favor.

Nature hike

For birthday boys or girls who love the great outdoors, a family-friendly hike is a unique party that gets kids outside and into nature. Check out local trails in your area. One with a nature center is ideal because you might be able to arrange a presentation from a park ranger. Choose a family-friendly hiking trail that’s about a mile long out and back. Anything longer may be too much for younger kids. Give each hiker a pair of kid-sized binoculars. Personalize each one with a paint marker along with a water bottle and add trail mix to snack on. Place all their hiking goodies into a personalized sack, which doubles as a party favor. Celebrate the end of the hike with cupcakes at a picnic area at the conclusion of the trail.

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More five-year-old birthday party ideas

If those five party suggestions aren’t getting your kiddo super excited, try these five on for size.

  • Sports party – Many indoor sports facilities offer sports party packs with different options like basketball, flag football, hockey, and more. These party also often include food, a cake, and an attendant to run the games.
  • Trampoline Park or jumping jungle – Jumping parties are always a kid-favorite.
  • Bowling party – With bumpers and lightweight bowling balls. Kids will have a blast on the lanes.
  • Cooking party – Another kid fav is cooking. See if there’s a place in your area specializing in cooking classes for kids. Most offer kids cooking parties too. Kids get to make foods like pizza. Then, they get to eat their creations.
  • Movie party – This is a great choice is there is a much-anticipated Disney or animated movie coming out right around your child’s birthday. Rent out a theater for the kids and parents.

Active, structured parties are perfect picks for a soon-to-be five-year-old. Even better if you can get kids outside and running around. Your birthday boy or girl will have a blast at one of these fabulous five-year-old birthday party ideas for their big day. Don’t forget to build in a rain date on the invitation if your kiddo’s fifth birthday party is outside. For parties not at a venue, have extra help like older siblings on hand to keep the activities moving.

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