12 More Party Ideas for 6-12 year olds

Racing birthday party

Following on from our birthday party post (here), we thought you might like to see some other party ideas for slightly older children (approx. 6-12 years). We are in the North East, so I’ve added some local links that we’ve used in the past, but you can also use this post for inspiration then Google your local services.

Paintballing or Lazer Quest – My eldest had his 9th birthday party at a Lazer shooting and Paintball centre called Battlezone Paintball. It is all outdoors and set up as several camps, with a wrecked helicopter, tanks, ship etc. Most places don’t allow paintball for under 12’s so watch out for this. A friend had his party at a place which allows younger children as it uses softer, sponge-based balls (Battle Stations), so we went for something a little different.

Laser Tag
Shooting the photographer!

Zookeeper for a day – most zoos offer this type of experience. Prices vary enormously, the ones we looked at were Flamingo Land Zoo and Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens.

Be a zookeeper for the day
Zookeeper for the day party – Image Flamingo Land Zoo

Science Party – lots of smoke and bangs from experiments! A local company called Cool Science Party runs this amazing event, it is currently an option for my eldest son’s next birthday.

Cool Science party
Cool Science Party with smoke & potions! – Image CoolScienceParty.co.uk

Magician/ close-up magic party- so many options here, including those who give away some of their secrets to the older children, which they love! Some will also offer the full entertainment package with a bubble machine, disco or party games. They are too numerous to list!

Circus Skills – Depending on budget, you can have everything from a full circus performance with tuition, to a single person teaching a few fun skills. You could try Circus Malabaristas, or we are about to have Marko’s Circus at our PTA Summer Fair

Circus skills
Marko’s circus skills – image markoscircusworkshop.webs.com

Horse riding/Pony party – Your place or theirs, plenty of local stables or horse riding schools could help you here. Or try Mini Pony Hire

Mini Pony Party
Mini Pony Hire for your party – image miniponyhire.com

Pamper party – Have you seen the Airstream van which comes to your house – epic! Try My Little Beauty.

Airstream pamper parties
Airstream mobile beauty salon for pamper parties – image mylittlebeauty.co.uk

Pizza Making Party – try Pizza Express for a great experience being a pizza chef then eating your own creation!

Pizza Making Party
Pizza Making Party at Pizza Express – image pizzaexpress.com

Pop stars – record your group singing on CD. If you’re lucky you might even find a special deal on Groupon.

Pop Party
Pop party with Groupon discount – image groupon.co.uk

Climbing wall or trampoline party (eg at Go Climb – see our separate post Here, Clip n Climb etc).

Adventure and Daring at Go Climb

Game Wagon – a company which comes to your house with a big van full of Xbox/Playstation type games.

Game Wagon gaming party
Game Wagon team ready to party – image gamewagon.co.uk

Inflatables – There are some great variations on the conventional bouncy castle if you have space – we had a ‘Disco Dome’ from Zunzo Inflatables last year, and there are also obstacle course style bouncy castles.

Other bouncy castle style activities include the inflatable joust, sumo, surfboard etc. Take a look at Fun 4 Hire for more ideas.

Party inflatables assault course
Alternative Inflatables for a party – image fun4hire.net

I hope this has inspired you. Let me know if you try any of these party ideas.

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10 Replies to “12 More Party Ideas for 6-12 year olds”

  1. Ooh so many fab ideas! Baby would love the pony party and I think I want the pamper one! Thanks for linking up to #TheList x

    1. Familymakes says: Reply

      Thanks for having me too xx

  2. RachelSwirl says: Reply

    We did a cinema party this year and it was great.
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    1. Familymakes says: Reply

      We have a movie cafe in town that does great cinema parties too. Glad yours was fun!

  3. These sound like a lot of fun! I’ll have to remember them when my little one gets older. Thanks for sharing!#TheList

  4. Mama, my kid doesn't poop rainbows says: Reply

    Wow- what super cool, original ideas! We loved laser quest when I was little. My favourite party though was an Edinburgh Ghost walk ☺
    #fartglitter

    1. Familymakes says: Reply

      Ooh I like the sound of that!

  5. These look like good fun. I wonder which ones my daughter will be drawn to. #fartglitter
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    1. Familymakes says: Reply

      I must admit, having only boys, I couldn’t guess. I’ve tried to include some girly ones though!

  6. […] See our other post for some alternative options we considered or have experienced, which are ideal for this age of children (with useful links) […]

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