Welcome to being a teenager! The 13th birthday party marks your child’s entry into teenage-hood. All sorts of things are changing for them so its important to show that you are excited for them to grow up and also taking them seriously. Here are some unique and fun party ideas for teens who have just entered their teenage years broken down into the following categories:
- Creative Parties
- Active Parties
- Puzzle Parties
- Party Harty Parties
What are the Best Creative Party Ideas?
Digital Painting Party
Digital painting is the perfect party activity for 13-year-olds who love art and technology. This type of party can be held at a local art studio where the kids can create their own masterpieces on an interactive tablet or at home with a qualified instructor.
Lego Rollercoaster Build Party
If your son or daughter is a Lego or rollercoaster fanatic (*fun gift idea*), it’s time to get creative with those blocks. When guests arrive, give them an objective to build the most impressive coaster or full theme park with certain limitation criteria to meet (number of loops or minimum coaster height requirement). If guests finish early, have them make a poster or advertisement for their coaster or watch the Lego Movie.
Fashion Show Party
A fashion show party theme is perfect for a young teen birthday that is looking for something more sophisticated than your average teenage party. Its a great theme for a group of teenagers with different fashion tastes and style.
Provide a few basic design materials like old clothing, fabric, embellishments, and adhesive. Then create a runway on your lawn or in the house and hang up signs with the names of different designers (for example, Dolce & Gabbana). Crank up the music and have each guest walk the runway in their own unique outfit. The audience can even vote on who won best dressed!
What are the Best Active Parties?
Forget the piñata — why not have a Nerf battle instead? This is one of our favorite party ideas for 13 year olds because it’s so easy and inexpensive to set up! Just buy some foam dart guns (these ones are a great deal!) that are safe for children, then divide the guests into two teams and set them up in opposite corners of your backyard or front yard. Give each team an objective to either hit a certain type of target or tag a certain number of opponents with their darts and let them loose to play & have fun.
For a little added safety, we recommend giving each guest a pair of goggles to protect their eyes and make sure to have a few Band-Aids on hand!
Paintballing is a great activity for teens. A paintball course can be set up in your backyard, forest, park, or field. If you are not allowed to play with paintballs in your area, then we recommend visiting an indoor facility.
What are the Best Puzzle Parties?
Murder Mystery Party
Murder mysteries are a great way for your kids to interact with each other in an interesting way. You can host a murder mystery dinner party from an online site or kit or even rent out a venue so that guests have time and space to come together and work together as part of their mysterious investigation.
Escape rooms are a great way to get your teen’s mind working and the adrenaline pumping. You can make an escape room more challenging by including some physical challenges and by having your teens use their problem-solving skills. For example, you could have them solve a puzzle that involves moving furniture or climbing over obstacles in order to reach the next clue.
Friday the 13th (Scary Haunted House Party)
This is a great idea if your kids love scary movies or stories. Invite guests to wear their creepiest costumes, set up a haunted house in your garage or backyard, and put on a scary movie.
Video Game Party
Video game parties are a unique way to celebrate the 13th birthday, and they’re perfect for those kids who love gaming. There are many different games you can play at a video game party, but some of the best party games include:
- Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
- Super Smash Bros Ultimate
- Minecraft (this one is great because it doesn’t require any additional hardware or controllers)
What are the Best Party Harty Ideas?
Wild Wild West Party
Bring the West to life! Set the party tone by asking guests to wear their finest cowboy hats, bandanas, and cowboy boots. Then prepare your best homestyle cooking: chili con carne, baked beans, cornbread muffins, apple pie and lemonade.
Fun activities can include country dancing, a water pistol fight, and throwing a home made rodeo complete with modified horseback riding, roping, barrel racing, and more!
Glow in the Dark Mini-Rave
This theme is a great choice for teens who love to dance, listen to music, and glow up. The theme can easily be adapted to fit any age group and budget. Just get some black lights and provide a few basics for your guests:
Glow all out!
With a little imagination and creativity, you can host a great party for your teen.
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