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12 Birthday Party Ideas for 8 Year Olds

Team Peanut
Team Peanutabout 2 months ago7 min read
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Party planning can be stressful. To take the load off, we’ve compiled a list of the best birthday party ideas for 8 year olds.

Birthday Party Ideas for 8 Year Olds

8 years old! Many parents love this age.











At 8 years old, your child is still little, but they might astound you with their growing independence and maturity.

To help you celebrate this special milestone, we’ve compiled a list of the best birthday party ideas for 8 year olds.

From sports to arts and crafts, from soccer fields to inside your home, we’ve got you covered with 12 great birthday party ideas.

In this article: 📝

  • How do you entertain an 8 year old at a birthday party?
  • What are themes for an 8 year old birthday party?
  • What can I do instead of a birthday party?

How do you entertain an 8 year old at a birthday party?

8 year olds are ready for more complex activities and interactions – and that means something like a tea party might be too boring for them.

You might have to work a little harder this year to come up with a unique event that they and their friends will love.

But don’t worry!

We’ve got you covered with great ideas that won’t break the bank.

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Before we get into that though, let’s talk about some party basics:

How many guests for your 8 year old’s birthday party?

To plan a great party, you first need to decide on the size.

Is your 8 year old a social butterfly who would love a big party, or are they more into a smaller event with their closest friends?

This could be a factor in what kind of party you choose.

What birthday party theme for 8 year olds?

Once you know how many kids will be attending, it’s time to choose a theme.

We’ve got great ideas below, but you can also talk with your child about what they’d like to do.

What time of day for your 8 year old’s birthday party?

Unlike smaller children who still need a nap, 8 year olds have the energy to party at any time of day.

Keep in mind what your child’s friends might have going on in terms of sports and activities.

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For example, a Saturday morning party might conflict with a swim meet.

You might also like: 60 Hilarious Birthday Jokes for Kids

What are themes for an 8 year old birthday party?

Depending on season and size, your party might be indoors or outdoors.

We’ve got fun party ideas for both types!

Outdoor birthday party ideas for 8 year olds:

1. Twister

This party pleaser is an easy way to ensure a good couple of hours of fun for all your child’s friends.

All you need is the game and enough space for the mat.

A good idea could be to split the game into rounds and hold a twister championship

Or if you’re having a bigger party, buy a couple mats.

2. Field day

Field day doesn’t have to be a once-a-year event with this party idea!

Include easy-to-set-up classics like an egg and spoon race, and three-legged competitions.

Alternatively, have a look at this guide to find more unique ideas.

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Water balloon toss and dance contests are sure to be a hit!

You can set up four or five different stations.

Add in a basketball hoop or even giant ten-pin bowling to spice things up, but be sure to get enough adults to supervise each event.

3. Bouncy castle

Bouncy castles are always a hit.

Have a look online to find small businesses that offer bouncy castles for rent in your local area.

Some have limitations on the number of kids that can bounce at one time, so keep that in mind when planning your guest list.

4. Piñata

A piñata is a classic party game.

Grab a piñata from your local store or make one using this easy guide.

You could even get your child involved in the making.

5. Scavenger hunt

This one will require a bit of prep, but if you pull it off, it’s a magical birthday party idea for 8 year old girls and boys.

The hidden prizes can be anything from sweets to small toys.

You could even split children off into teams to compete in figuring out clues!

6. Soccer party

You can’t go wrong with a soccer party in your yard or at your local field.

You’ll just need nine of your kid’s friends and two marked goal posts.

Put out snacks and a cake for a half-time treat!

You can set up your soccer party with a regular ball, but to lower risk of injuries, why not try it with a giant inflatable?

How can you celebrate an 8 year old’s birthday indoors?

Those of us who live in cold climates and have winter babies are always wondering how we can celebrate a birthday at home.

Whether you need to be indoors because of weather, or your child just wants a cozy party in their own house, here are some 8 year old birthday party ideas for at home.

7. Magic show

When it comes to birthday party ideas at home for 8 years olds, a magic theme could be just the ticket.

Encourage your child and their friends to learn tricks of their own to display at a magic show, or you could hire a local magician to put on a show and blow some minds.

8. Disney costume party

If you’re after a crowd-pleasing birthday party idea for 8 year old boys and girls, consider a Disney costume party.

Many of your child’s friends will have their favorite characters they will love dressing up as.

After a costume competition, you can hold a Disney-themed quiz or cake decorating session and finish the night perfectly with a movie.

9. Superhero party

Harness all of the magic in Marvel or DC and put it into your party!

Theming a birthday around superheroes is a surefire win.

Why not combine games with a treasure hunt?

Find some gems from a crafts shop and create some themed clues.

The whole party can enjoy hunting down the infinity stones around the house and backyard.

10. Cake decorating

For a great option for kids of all ages, have a look into cake decorating.

You can bake cupcakes yourself either in advance or with the children, or buy plain cupcakes.

Be sure to get plenty of icing and sprinkles, as the kids will probably eat half the decorations before the cupcakes are even finished!

And do yourself a favor and put down a big drop cloth.

11. Karaoke night

Karaoke machines have been a staple of parties for years now, but it’s not just something for young teens.

The good thing about 8 year olds is that they will probably belt out some classic oldies, unlike too-cool-for-school teens.

Set out plenty of snacks and drinks for the kids to munch on while they watch their friends sing.

12. Arts and Crafts

Most kids love getting creative…

Let their imaginations run wild with an arts and crafts party.

You can set out a variety of craft supplies and stations and keep it open-ended, or you can pick one or two crafts and lead the group in completing them.

This is a party that is better suited to groups of smaller sizes as things can get messy very quickly when paint is involved!

What can I do instead of a birthday party?

Instead of a party, your 8 year old might prefer a simple meal out with their friends, a trip to the local swimming pool, or even a picnic at their favorite park.

There you have it, mama. Twelve great ideas for 8 year old birthday parties.

To discuss your birthday ideas with fellow mamas, check out Peanut!

There, you’ll find a community who listens, share information, and offer valuable advice.

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