Birthday parties for tweens are a challenge
Depending on what the preteen wants and what kind of party he or she prefers, there are many ways to approach a birthday party. Vanessa Van Petten (Birthday Party Ideas for Teens in L.A., L.A. Parenting Examiner) suggests tailoring the party to the type of child. Some kids are outdoor types, for example, and others just like being at home.
If you have few budget restrictions, there are several choices. You can rent a space such as the YMCA (described by Karen Birks, Birthday Party Ideas for an 11 to 15 year old, St. Louis Children’s Party Planning Examiner). The Hollywood, Silverlake, or Burbank YMCA will rent party rooms and pool use. If the preteen is interested in art, they might enjoy a party at Color Me Mine (www.colormemine.com), which has locations in L.A., Pasadena, Beverly Hills, and Studio City. Everyone paints a ready made and useful ceramic piece such as a cup, and takes home a great memento. If it’s a summertime birthday, pools and beach parties are always fun.
Some kids like to learn a new skill or share something they like to do
Again, if it is in your budget, you can have a bowling or skating party, or you can invite Mad Science (www.madscience.org) (818) 909-6777 over. For kids who like fencing, you can either go to the Swordplay Fencing Studio in Burbank (www.swordplayla.com) (818) 566-1777, or instructors will come to your home to hegive lessons or do a pirate treasure hunt. Budding rock stars might enjoy Rock Star CD Recording Workshop (www.rockstarcdrecordingworkshop.net) (626) 616-7390, where the participants make their own CDs. Some kids like to make films, and with the equipment available, that can be a fun choice. Some other cites you can check out include www.birthdaypartyideas.com, www.kidsparties.com, and www.daytrippen.com.
Having a party at home is another good option
Many preteen girls prefer celebrating with girlfriends at a pajama party or sleepover. They can order in pizza (or make their own), have a beauty night, do their hair and nails, dance, play games, or simply watch a movie. Birthday cake, popcorn, and hot chocolate are good comfort food as well. Just be certain that whatever type of party you have, your child is part of the decision, and have a great time!!!