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12 Birthday Party Ideas for 12 Year Olds

Team Peanut
Team Peanutabout 2 months ago7 min read
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If you’re looking for birthday party ideas for 12 year olds, check out our picks. We’ve got perfect party ideas for pre-teens.

Birthday Party Ideas for 12 Year Olds

12 years old is a big milestone. Your child is having their last birthday before becoming a teenager!











We know you want a special way to celebrate this year.

If you’re looking for birthday party ideas for 12 year olds, check out our picks in this article.

These pre-teen favorites are sure to engage even those that are “too cool” for parties.

In this article: 📝

  • What are some birthday party ideas for 12 year olds?
  • What are good ideas for a birthday?

What are some birthday party ideas for 12 year olds?

We’ve got lots of great ideas in this article, but we’re sure your soon-to-be 12 year old also has some opinions about their birthday party, so why not start by asking them?

Or you can go over our ideas together and see what appeals to them.

And before you settle on a theme, you’ll need to know how many people you’re inviting.

Most of these ideas are adaptable for any size crowd, but some are best suited to larger or smaller groups.

Is your child a social butterfly, or do they feel more comfortable with a tight group of one or two friends?

That might play a role in which kind of party you choose.

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Now let’s take a look at some awesome birthday party ideas.

🥳 You might also like: 60 Hilarious Birthday Jokes for Kids

What are good ideas for a birthday?

1. Video game tournament

At 12 years old, there’s a good chance your child and their friends are avid video game fans.

This is one special day where you can allow plenty of screen time.

However, to keep the party fun, you might want to set some rules about how long each child can play, just so everyone gets a turn.

You can set up a comfortable viewing area with plenty of snacks so the other kids can have fun watching when it’s not their turn.

2. Superhero Party

From Marvel’s Avenger series to DC’s Batman, superheroes have never been more popular.

This is a perfect birthday party idea for 12 year old boys and girls.

There are a ton of party accessories and activities available for this theme, from masks to bean bag toss games to pinatas.

Your local bakery or grocery store should also have a superhero cake readily available.

If you’re looking for an easy and fun party theme, this is it.

3. Arcade day out

Video gaming at home is fun, but gaming at an arcade is next level.

Google arcades near you and see if they are available for group parties.

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Many sports facilities, like trampoline parks, also have an attached arcade room.

Once you’re set up at the venue, all you have to do is bring your food and cake. Easy!

4. Star Wars party

Star Wars is one popular party theme that transcends generations.

With the Lego video games and the new movies, there’s a good chance your child is a huge fan.

Ask your kid’s friends to bring their favorite Star Wars lego or dress up as their favorite characters.

You can play the movie in the background during the party, or even make the movie viewing the centerpiece of the party.

5. Scavenger hunt

When looking for outdoor birthday party ideas for 12 year olds, a good old-fashioned scavenger hunt is something they’re bound to love.

You can theme the clues and prizes around something they’re into.

Maybe they could hunt around your backyard for Horcruxes, for example?

6. Laser Tag

If a day out is more in the cards (and you want to avoid the inevitable lengthy clean up operation at home!), then Laser Tag could be perfect.

This is an especially good option if you’re looking for 12 year old boy birthday party ideas, though plenty of girls love laser tag as well.

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It’s a great option for a birthday party and requires minimal planning.

They’ll be able to run around in an action-packed couple of hours, and be left tired and hungry for cake.

7. Picnic at the park

A picnic in the park is a simple but great 12 year old birthday party idea, especially in summer.

And 12 years old is often the maximum suggested age for most playgrounds, so this would be a good year to make the most of your child’s favorite playground before they grow out of it.

It’s a good idea to pick a park with a covered pavilion and nearby bathrooms.

Put balloons on the pavilion so your group is easy to spot.

8. Spa day

12 year olds for sure need to de-stress from a tough day at junior high.

What better way for them to relax and unwind than with a spa day!

If you’re wondering, what is a good birthday theme for a 12-year-old girl?, this could be a great idea.

Though plenty of boys would love a spa day, too!

Set up stations for manicures, pedicures, and facials.

Make sure to put a drop cloth under the stations for easy clean-up.

And pick fragrance-free and gentle products, since 12 year olds can have sensitive and acne-prone skin.

9. Movie night

When turning 12, a lot of kids will just be getting to that age to appreciate a good flick.

A movie night party with their friends can be just the ticket.

All you need for this is the movie, comfortable seating, and popcorn.

Bonus if the movie is one mom and dad enjoy as well!

10. Ninja Obstacle Course

For a more active approach, what about a ninja obstacle course?

There are obstacle course facilities popping up all around the country that are available for parties.

You can also host the party in your own backyard with a ninja obstacle course kit, or incorporate your swing set as part of a course.

Have some special prizes for the winners, and make sure there are lots of snacks, drinks, and cake, since these kids will be hungry from all that exercise.

11. Soccer

Soccer is one of the most popular sports in the world, and it’s pretty easy for anyone to jump in and play.

Plus, all you need is a ball and a couple nets.

You can host this in your own backyard if you have the space, or in an open field at a park.

12. Petting Zoo

A petting zoo is a great way to hold a party that is both fun and educational.

Though it’s a little more expensive, you should be able to find local companies to come to your home easily.

They can bring a range of animals with them, from exotic lizards to rabbits to bigger animals like goats.

Because they’ll be bringing and taking away all of the equipment themselves, this makes an easy clean-up option too!

Make sure to provide a hand sanitizing station before the kids dig into the snacks and cake.

There you have it – 12 birthday party ideas for 12 year olds.

We’re sure no matter how picky your pre-teen is, they will find something here that they love.

If you’re still looking for ideas, head over to the Peanut app to discuss party planning and more with other mamas.

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