If you have young kids and are looking to host a birthday party in your backyard for them, here are some fun ideas that will help keep them busy!
Hire a Children’s Entertainer
If your kids are under 4-5 years old, children entertainers can be a fun interactive activity that takes a lot of the stress out of entertaining the kids yourself. Kids older than this will generally think they are too cool for this and may not participate properly. When hiring someone to entertain your kids, remember to ask to see their Working With Children card.
Birthday Party Clowns
I know no one actually likes clowns and they generally aren’t very funny, but going to a birthday party as a kid and having a clown tell terrible baby jokes and make balloon animals for you is a right of passage that all kids should be able to look back on and cringe at. A magician also fits into this category.
Other Guest Characters
What’s slightly more modern is having some other character come and run part of your birthday party. This is often someone dressed as a fairy, Elsa from Frozen, Spiderman or another superhero. These often accompany themed costume parties.
Hire a Jumping Castle
A jumpy castle is one of the easiest ways to keep the kids contained in one central area and to wear themselves out. Kids love jumping castles but be sure to have a first aid kit handy for if any bump heads! Just be sure your yard has enough space for it.
Hire a Petting Zoo or Reptile Handler
Petting zoos may seem inhumane, but the better ones will teach kids to respect and be gentle to animals. A reptile handler will also be educational, teaching kids about how to behave if they see a snake or other reptiles in the wild.
Party food for young kids
The usual go-to foods are things like sausage rolls and party pies, but be sure to supply healthier options as well. Fairy bread is also a must. If you are going to order pizza, be sure to get basic flavours that kids will like. Many kids are fussy eaters.