Seeking 5 Year Old Birthday Ideas

Updated on June 26, 2011
M.A. asks from Redondo Beach, CA
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My daughter is turning 5 this year. Does anyone have any party ideas ? She loves to bake and do art and crafts. I would prefer to have the party outside of the home. Thanks in advance, Moms!

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C.F.

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Afirend of mine had her daughter's B-day party at Michaels Crafy Store.(hers was at the Walnut store on the corner of Grand and Valley) Most of them have a separate room that accomodates small parties. They have arts and crafts, food that you can order in and cake/cupcakes. There is also the option of Color Me Mine stores that have many loctaions.

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C.F.

answers from San Diego on

My daughter also loves to bake and do arts & crafts. Instead of a birthday cake I made cupcakes and put out frosting and little candies so each guest could decorate the cupcake themselves. The kids had a blast. I also picked up little boxes for them to decorate with buttons, beads, glitter, etc. The kids called the boxes their "wish box".

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D.H.

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One of my favorite parties that I did for my daughter when she was little (now 14, almost 15 in another week) was a dress-up tea party. Every girl brought their dress up clothes to share, fun little dress-up shoes, hats, boas, etc. We had only little finger foods. It was carrot sticks with ranch for dipping, gold fish crackers and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches made with a biscuit cutter to seal them closed. I wrote their names on plastic teacups (we had punch). We had a fashion show and I took pics of all the girls. For the craft (I would always do a craft, girls love this), we made jewelry boxes, I painted them a day earlier and they girls decorated them with glitter, beads, etc. The party favors were those boxes and plastic necklaces, bracelets and rings to put in them. The dessert (my daughter is not a fan of cake) was sugar cookie ice cream sandwiches. I made two cutouts for each dessert, bought 1/2 gallon of boxed ice cream, sliced the ice cream, then used the teapot cookie cutter to cut the ice cream out, pressed it between both cookies and sprinkled light colored sprinkles all around the outside edges, refreeze till ready to serve. Another finger food item. It was really cute and the girls had a lot of fun.
Hope this helps.

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S.H.

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Go to a place where you can paint your own pottery. They seem to have these all over the place.
This is what we did for my daughter's Birthday when she was 5 years old. She LOVES this and her friends liked it too.

It also depends on the size of your party... big or small? For me, I like to keep parties smallish... no more than 10 kids.
And thereby, keeping budgeting saner.

Good luck,
Susan

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P.M.

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One suggeston for your budding baker is to have a party at California Pizza Kitchen. They offer birthday parties where each of the kids gets an apron and gets to go in the kitchen to see how they make pizza's, then each child makes their own. Really reasonable too...I think $10 a child. The kids have a blast!

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D.E.

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Hi MA,

My son turns five soon too, and we'll being doing a Pump-It-Up Party (love having the party outside of the home, too!).

Since you said that your daughter likes to do art and crafts, why not have the party at a Color Me Mine!--you know, a pottery store where you paint your own pottery. They have deals for parties. There is one of these in Vista in the Krikorian theater center. If you don't live near there, I'm sure there are stores like this somewhere near your residence.

Too cute!

:-) D.

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R.G.

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What about letting her bake sugar cookies with you before the party, and then do a decorating craft at the party?

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E.S.

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We had a cupcake party. We made cupcakes and icing and let the kids decorate as they wished with an assortment of sprinkles. I made a pinata in the shape of a cupcake, and I also made a banner with a large cupcake in the center from felt fabric and made felt candles with velcro on the back and played pin-the-candle-on-the-cupcake. I purchased foam stickers from Michael's and goodie bags and had the kids decorated their own bags for all the goodies they collected from the pinata.
Good luck

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K.S.

answers from Los Angeles on

There a several cooking schools that offer parties for kids - there are also several gymnastic schools that offer parties for kids as well as art schools that offer parties - it is hard to recommend something specific without knowing where you live - if you want specific ideas in the West LA area write back and I can give you some specific places.

C.J.

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R.R.

answers from Los Angeles on

If you are in the greater Los Angeles area, then check out www.EducationAndEnrichment.com. There is a section under Enrichment that has a great list of fun places to go and things to do around town and many of these places offer birthday party packages.

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M.C.

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For my daughter's 6 year old party, we went to one of those pottery painting places. We had 6 kids (DON"T INVITE TOO MANY!!) which was just about right and it was great. We all painted tea cups and the kids still use them for having tea parties (all the kids helped to paint a tea pot, which we use also).

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K.B.

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My 6 year ld just went to a Build-a-Bear party at the Build-a-Bear store & the kids all had a blast. The hosting parents took them to Hot Dog on a Stick for lunch after they built their bears. Since she likes art another good idea is having the party at one of those ceramic places like Fire Your Imagination or Color Me Mine. Kids always have fun at Chuck E. Cheese's too.

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S.A.

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My son is turning 7 in a few weeks and we are going to have a party for him at Jumpin Jacks in Rancho Cucamonga. I don't know if you've heard of it before but it's great! Check out the website for prices. It's great for kids ages 3 and up.

Good Luck

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T.C.

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OK, it's not baking and arts & crafts, but we had an amazing fairy tea party for my daughter's 6th birthday party. We had it at a park and it was catered by enchantedteaparties.com. They brought everything and pricing was very reasonable for a catered party.

For my daughter's 5th birthday, she was totally into Ariel and we had an "under the sea" party at a park at the beach. I did all the themed food, we had four tables of arts and crafts and we hired an ariel character to come for an hour and lead the kids in songs and games. If this interests you, email me and I'll share more details. I organized everything during the planning stages in a binder and kept the binder as a scrapbook.

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J.W.

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If she likes to draw and color, there is a fisher price product that is just wonderful for this age. Its called the Digital Studio. They can get on the computer and color, make pictures of their own and just have a lot of fun. I got it for my 5 & 7 year old for Christmas. They are on it for hours at a time.

J.

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L.C.

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Hi there - Have you thought about doing something at a cooking school? You could do a cupcake party or a pizza party at a cooking school. Cupcakes are all the craze now and what kid doesn't love pizza or a pizza party. You could have a contest for who ever had the "best tasting" pizza or the "most creative." If you want to go with arts & crafts -kids love Color Me Mine and they offer parties for kids as well. If you need any other ideas please do not hesitate to email me direct at [email protected]____.com - I am the co-founder of an online company that sells party decorations. I would be more then happy to help you with any other ideas.

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S.Z.

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Look for paint your own pottery places. They have great parties. Michael's craft store does parties. Build A Bear is always a hit. Lots of cooking schools or culinary centers offer cooking or cake & cookie decorating parties. :) Have fun!

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S.P.

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We have an Arts & Crafts party is best if MOST of the children at the party are 4 years or older. Younger children require much more individualized attention for the type of projects we bring so we CAN do it, but since most parents like to socialize at the party rather than help with the activity the entire time it has been our experience that one of our other parties may work better for the under 4 crowd.

Our standard arts and crafts party is 1.5 hours long and geared toward groups of up to 12 or 13-24 children.

The coordinator brings an assortment of 5-6 different projects the children get to assemble, personalize and decorate with paint, jewels, glitter, sequins, feathers, shells, etc., such as: sun visors, photo frames, ceramic tiles. We also bring beads for making necklaces and bracelets, and sand art.

Each child gets to make 2-3 projects then you have a choice of facepainting or balloon animals. The coordinator cleans up the area and will also help present your cake if you’d like. There is not, based on experience, time for games if you only have our person there for the 90 minute party. You may add time at only $35 per ½ hour if you want to add games or do BOTH face painting and balloons.

This is one of my favorite parties. It is so much fun to see what the children create! They can be so clever…every project and every party is unique.

If there are more than 12 children, we send out an additional coordinator.

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C.R.

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not sure what your budget is...but I just took my son last month to a 5yr old party and it was really neat. they had it in their back yard, theme was peter pan....so they also did a treasure hunt for the kids....they had a few games for the kids and they had so much fun, the last of it was the dad came out as a pirate and the kids got to wack him with those spongie things for the pool...so it was really cool. then to end it...they got to watch the peter pan!!!! also had a jumper....they served hot dogs and burgers, juices and water and the kids had so much fun!!! my son will be 5 in may...so I'm looking for ideas too...although he loves star wars....so we will see!!!! i'm looking forward to seeing the responses on your request!!!

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C.A.

answers from San Diego on

I don't know if they have them in your area, but we just moved to Phoenix and there is a place here called "Girly Girls". They do princess tea parties and have kids make their own flavored lip balm and crafting things. We are seriously thinking about having our 5 year olds party there in May.

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J.C.

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I think I would do a party at either a tea party place for girls or Build a Bear workshop. Best of luck.

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J.S.

answers from Los Angeles on

Super Suppers offers kids birthday parties. I am taking my gs troop there Tuesday. It is $12 a person and includes making a dish , snacks, drinks, etc. See if there is one in your area.
Some pizza places also offer pizza making parties (John's Incredible Pizza comes to mind).
Painting pottery is also a fun thing to do. Michaels also hosts birthday parties.

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J.D.

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Not sure about the baking, but Michaels Craft Store and Joanns do birthday parties where the b-day girls(or boy) get to pick out a craft for them and their guests to do. It is super cute and relatively inexpensive!!

Mayeb a local baker would let the kids come in and help make a b-day cake or something!!

Good luck and have fun!!

J.
So Cal

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M.C.

answers from Los Angeles on

Hi MA!

Happy birthday to your daughter!
Royal Dance Party would be perfect for that age group. Everything is provided: crafts (making crowns, necklaces etc.), princess and prince entertainment, music, dance and a lot more. You can check it out at http://www.royaldanceparty.com . It is much more affordable than any other birthday party places.

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S.W.

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I was completely amazed with A Faery Hunt. They perform in Simi Valley, Granada Hills, and I think sometimes in Los Feliz. You go to a park and the kids join in on a journey to find Faeries. Singing, dancing, audience participation.... every kid was in awe! It's kind of a girl thing, but there were boys in attendance (the boys I invited were designated more as knights/hunters/protectors. Afterward you can picnic. The show is very reasonably priced. www.afaeryhunt.com

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S.T.

answers from Los Angeles on

Michaels' (arts and crafts store) does birthday parties. My location in Long Beach has a big room to support active kids and they lead them through themed crafts.

We've enjoyed birthday parties at Color Me Mine and Paint'n Glaze (pottery painting). My kids love the process and the mementos are still special to us.

Kids this age also just love assembling their own pizzas (we make pizzas frequently using english muffins) and decorating their own cookies/cupcakes. You could have a park birthday party (if the weather cooperates) and enjoy these food crafts. Pizzas can be heated/cooked on a bbq grill. You could also have a table where the kids can make a themed craft (there are many inexpensive kits you can buy through Oriental Trading Company or Michaels or other craft supply store).

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D.R.

answers from Los Angeles on

Wed had my 6 year olds party at a part. We got wood objects from Michaels (they have quite a selection from bird houses to jewelry boxes and such, and we got a selection of paints and some sticker things. The kids had pizza and then they all sat there and painted their object (for the boys we found a pirate bood house and the girls had CD case that looked like a house). They were all engaged and had a good time.

Have fun

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J.P.

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lots of fun ideas.

Sand Castles in the Park. I got them all buckets and shovels and we made sand castles. The cake was a castle - I made the cake and cooked it in diffrent sized cans, used whip cream for frosting. and golden grams for the windows and doors and the spike things at the top of the torrets, used blue frosting for a mott with a draw bridge. If you use this idea make sure you fill the cans at half full because cake rises and put a cookie sheet under them just in case. Also use shiskabob (I know that is spelled wrong but clueless at the moment) sticks instead of toothpicks to make sure its done in the middle.

Backwards party, everyone came with they're clothes on backwards, and we played games we could think of to play backwards, pin tail on donkey the one farthest one instead of the one closest. Musical chairs you had to walk backwards, ETC.

Ashlin in wonderland. Yes I got the name right, that's my daughters name. We did the things Alice in wonderland did. We played croque, we painted the roses Red, (the sun things you paint and hang in your window that looks like stained glass), We had a mad hater tea party with pizza and soda(I went to every thrift store around till I found enough tea cups with matching plates, I wanted them all different so some ended up being the mugs and plates that come with your dishes, and I think one was a punch bowl cup and plate). But each girl had one, they toke it home filled with candy as they're gift. We did other things but it's been a while since our party and I haven't seen the movie forever either. But we tried to think of something for everything she did. Oh yea, we played hide and seek with the cat that disappears, (we had cat ears and the person it had to where the ears).

My daughter still brings up sand castles in the park and
Ashlin in wonderland as her favorite. I agree they were so fun to put together, use your imagination, take something and run with it. The more creative the better. Take what she likes and make it real.

Bowling parties are great too. Good luck! J.

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A.S.

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What about a pottery place to paint? Just an idea.

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