When it comes to birthday parties, entertainment can really make the party great or ruin it completely. The reason why entertainment is so important is that children will only remember the party by how much fun they had. Neither decorations not food will stick in their memory. So if you have a great list of activities you can be sure your kids will have an unforgettable time.
We advise going for the most popular and simplistic activities. Why? The rules are easy to remember for the host, you don’t have to buy tons of props and the guests will have plenty of energy afterward for the presents-opening time of the event.
Here are seven no-brainer birthday party entertainment ideas for kids:
Face painting is a standard birthday party activity, that nevertheless is a lot of fun. You can organize for a professional artist to come and do the face painting, but you can also ask your particularly artistic adult guests for help. Have a face painter arrive at least twenty minutes early to paint birthday girl or boy first.
If you are doing the painting yourself, make sure you take a couple of lessons beforehand. There are plenty of instructions online that give out secrets to painting the most simple animals such as a dog, a butterfly and a fairy.
Here are some additional tips on face painting:
- Try out different types of paint such as paint in tubes and paint in stick form before the party.
- Put a face painting kit together and never leave it in one place, as curious little kids will be very much tempted to meddle with it. The most basic face painting kit would include soft sponges, watercolor brushes and a palette of 12 paints. Also, add a water spray bottle and lots of baby wipes and tissues.
- Add some glitter to your face painting kit. The kids love it and it is an easy way to cover some minor painting mistakes.
- When you need to cover larger areas of the face, use sponges instead of brushes.
- It’s best to layer the paint rather than applying one thick layer. Let the first thin layer dry, then apply another one until you reach the desired saturation.
- Use stencils and temporary tattoos if you are not confident in your painting skills. Kids love heart, star, and flower shaped figures so make sure you have enough of those in different sizes.
- When you are just starting it can be overwhelming to meet kids’ expectations. To take the pressure off yourself choose three or four faces that you mastered and suggest kids choose one of them. Consider making a chart to make it easier for kids to choose from.
Invite Professional Entertainment Artists. Sometimes it is good to have an outsider to create a fun atmosphere. The kids will be happy to see a total stranger, dressed in peculiar clothes, performing crazy tricks. The list of artists you want to invite is truly endless. Here are some artists that we love most:
- Balloon twisters – people who can twist balloons into all the different shapes and figures.
- Airbrush Tattooist and Painter
- Caricature Artists
- Fortune Tellers
- Petting Zoo – you can’t bring the whole zoo to the party but you can set up a fenced area and have sheep, goats, lamas, rabbits or ducks.
- Stilt Walkers – people who walk on poles, posts or pillars that allow a person to stand at a height above.
- Party Entertainers – best birthday party venues have amazing professional hosts who not only manage the party but also organize fun and exciting activities and ensure everyone’s safety.
Canvas Painting. Canvas painting is an awesome and fun indoor activity for kids who like to get active and creative. Besides, collaborative canvas painting also builds a connection – it is simply easier to make friends when you are occupied by something creative. Hang the canvas onto the wall or simply put it on the floor. Have markers or brushes with colors ready and make sure the kids wear aprons and old clothes. Other supplies that you might consider include:
- Paper plates for paint
- Paper towels for cleanup
- Easels if you want each guest to take his own painter masterpiece home
Canvas painting is a lot of fun. Your little guests will surely enjoy imitating professional works of famous artists or creating their own unique piece of art.
Hopscotch – a classic game to keep kids active and entertained. Hopscotch is an activity that does not require too much preparation, is fun to play and can be organized almost everywhere: from the outdoor patio to a single small room. Take a look at these hopscotch rules but don’t take them seriously and just start playing:
- Take a chalk or a masking tape and draw a hopscotch pattern on the ground.
- Create a diagram. Here is a simple hopscotch diagram for you to replicate.
- The first player tosses his marker (a pebble or a button) into the first square
- The player then hops over the square one to square two and continues hoping to square eight and back.
- As soon as the player reaches the square two, he picks up the marker from the square one. Only after the player picked up the marker can he hop to the square one and finish the round.
- After everyone has done the first round, the second round starts with a player tossing a marker into the square two.
- The player is out if he lands on the wrong square, steps on the line, loses balance when picking up the marker, puts a hand or foot into the square where the marker is or puts both feet into one box.
Dancing. Dancing is an indispensable part of every party. Music tends to relax and make children happier so why not take on the opportunity and bring some more fun to the party! Blast the happy tunes and watch children jumping and moving to the beats. Lift younger children and join the fun.
You can even teach some old school moves to a younger generation – watch Youtube videos before the party and you will be an unofficial dance star of the event.
Pin The Tail On Donkey. Everyone loves this classic game. Hang the donkey picture on the wall that is on the eye level to the children. Have kids line up in front of the picture. Blindfold the first child in the queue. Spin him around three times and give him the donkey tail. The player should always be left facing the wall with the picture. The player then attempts to pin the tail on the donkey. After everyone had their turn the player who managed to get closest to the correct spot is a winner!
Free Play is always a good idea. Sometimes kids don’t like to be restricted by the game rules. In such case instead of inventing elaborate activities, you can just let them play free. At outdoor kids venue such as Polliwogs playgrounds at Suntec City or Eastpoint Mall, the state of the art facilities will provide a great entertainment for the guests and will keep the kids busy, exploring the play arena. At a home, the party have building bricks, soft toys, table games and balloons ready and put them in different spots in the room.
Simpler is better – it is a statement that can be applied to everything including kids birthday parties. Take a look at these amazingly entertaining and simple activities and save yourself some time when planning a celebration. The activities that we listed might be simple but they have been tested by time and generations of parents to always bring fun and positivity into the party. Looking to avoid birthday party planning stress altogether? Check out this guide on How to Organize a Stress-Free Kids Birthday Party.