13th year old boy's birthday

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13th year old boy's birthday
Fri, 09-17-2010 - 11:56pm

HI...It has been a long time since I have been on these boards;-) I have a son who will be turning 13 at the beginning of November...does anyone have any ideas for a brithday party...I am not really keen on the boy/girl thing just yet...I teach 1st grade and belive that kids grow up way too fast these days...so I am really trying to make it fairly simple with a couple of my son's buddies. He had a sleepover last year with a neighborbood scavenger hunt which went over well...any ideas would be greatly appreciated:) I also have a daughter that will be turning 16 in March...yikes...will be looking for ideas for her as well;-)



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Registered: 09-17-2010
Sat, 09-18-2010 - 12:59am

For my son's 10th birthday, we had a food fight birthday party!!!

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Registered: 01-06-2006
Sat, 09-18-2010 - 12:03pm

Are ds and his friends Harry Potter fans? You could do a Harry Potter party and go see the movie which comes out in November (though mid-late month I think). For my daughter's 10th birthday with found a local water park that had "daycation" packages. We got a room for 6 hours and run of the water park for 8 people for a very reasonable rate.

Do you watch "Minute to Win It"? It might be fun to have a Minute to Win It party where they have to complete tasks (bouncing ping-pong balls in a series of cups, bean bag toss, etc.) in 60 seconds or less. The website might give you some ideas for tasks and I'm sure your ds could come up with some on his own.

Have fun. I love planning parties. :)

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Registered: 06-18-2010
Sun, 09-19-2010 - 9:22pm

Welcome back to the boards Lisa. Goodness, I really don't have any suggestions other than to take something he's really involved or interested in and go off of that. Is he into bowling, or laser tag. Do you want to do it at home or someplace in town?

As for the 16 year old, we're debating that right now for my oldest Jordyn. We have been sticking to smaller parties the last few years, just her and a few girlfriends going to the movies and shopping, or a mani - pedi party.

Good luck, let us know what you end up deciding.


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Registered: 05-27-1998
Sun, 09-26-2010 - 8:12pm
I really think you should let him think of his own theme. Most kids this age really enjoy planning (or at least coming up with an idea for) their own parties. With my kids, I just give them guidelines on how many kids they can invite, whether a sleepover is okay, and what date I need their list by so that I can shop for the food, etc. They also have to send out their own invites (or email them). My 15 yo has been writing her own invites since she was about 10, but DS (13) needs a little more help. He usually sends his out via email or just calls his friends up.