Turning five is a big deal for most little kids, so it’s time to celebrate! Five is a great year to throw your child’s first big birthday bash with all their school friends. Now you just have to figure out what kind of party to throw.
No matter what time of year or where you live, there are many creative birthday party ideas for 5-year-olds that you can do right at home. Your child's party is sure to be the talk of all of their friends.
Below, we'll help you plan your child's party with some of the best birthday party ideas for 5-year-olds to suit just about any kid and situation.
Co-Ed Birthday Party Ideas for 5-Year-Olds
If you have both boys and girls coming to your child's party, you'll want to include activities that kids with all types of interests will enjoy. Below are some of our favorite co-ed birthday party ideas for 5-year-olds.
For curious kids, a science party is one of our coolest birthday party ideas for 5-year-olds. For activities, you can set up fun science experiments, such as making a volcano and lava lamps.
For snacks, serve beverages in plastic beakers. Kids can build molecules using toothpicks and candy.
A circus theme is one of the most fun birthday party ideas for 5-year-olds. You can set up a tent with circus snacks like popcorn and hot dogs.
For entertainment, you can rent a bouncy castle, hire a clown or magician, and set up midway games like ring toss.
Movie Night Party
Creating a movie party is easy with a projector. Pile up pillows, bean bags, and blankets for the kids to set.
For a creative element, you can use cardboard boxes and let the kids make drive-in movie cars. Take snacks to the next level with different popcorn flavors and toppings.
And end with an ice cream sundae bar instead of a cake.
Pirate and Mermaid Party
If your daughter or son insists on a more "girl" or "boy" themed party, consider a pirate and mermaid party. You can do ocean-themed decorations. Set up face painting and tattoo stations and a treasure hunt. You can serve ocean punch, goldfish crackers, and sand buckets as your birthday treats.
Have a cereal bar with an assortment of kids' favorite cereals and other breakfast items. Kids can watch Saturday morning cartoons and play classic games from the comfort of their pajamas.
Boy Birthday Party Ideas for 5-Year-Olds
If you have a little boy turning five, there are plenty of simple, fun birthday party ideas for 5-year-olds that are sure to get him and his friends excited to celebrate. Check out some of our favorites below.
For a construction party, give all the kids construction hats and vests. Set up a sandbox with construction vehicles and shovels. You can set up a tool station with tools, screws, etc. for kids to build.
For snacks, you can serve rocky road brownies and snack mix as "nuts and bolts."
A sports theme party is a fun and easy party, especially if you're planning it at the last minute. You can focus on one sport or do a mix. Set up challenges, such as a dribbling relay race and a free throw competition.
For snacks, you can easily make cups that look like basketball hoops and fill them with cheese balls.
A superhero party is a great idea for many 5-year-old boys. You can provide capes and masks as party favors. Little heroes will enjoy an obstacle course or agility training. Easy superhero trivia is fun, too.
Color code fruits based on different superheroes. You can also have cookies made with the different heroes' symbols.
If you're having a smaller group of kids, a Nerf party is a blast. Buy a bunch of Nerf guns and darts, then use large cardboard boxes to set up bases. Make targets for a target-practice area. Keep snacks simple with blue and orange foods.
A LEGO party is a lot of fun for creative kids. You can set up building stations, competitions, and even giant bricks in the backyard.
To make a LEGO cake, simply bake a square/rectangular cake and some cupcakes. Cut off the cupcake tops, flip them over, and put them on the bigger cake to make the classic LEGO brick studs.
Girl Birthday Party Ideas for 5-Year-Olds
Is your little girl turning five? Below are some of our best girl birthday party ideas for 5-year-olds.
Cake/Cookie Decorating Party
If you have a smaller group of girls, a cake/cookie is one of the best birthday party ideas for five-year-olds. You can have it at your house or a local bakery. You provide cupcakes or cookies for the kids to decorate. The activity doubles as a snack.
If your little girl loves makeup, a makeover party is perfect. You can set up makeover stations and even hire some older girls to do the makeovers. You can also do their nails and hair.
Keep snacks simple with a fruit tray and some finger foods. That way, your little ones won’t mess up their makeup.
For little girls who enjoy the finer things in life, a tea party is a great idea. You can easily serve everything you need for a full tea time. Guests can bring dolls or teddy bears as their guests. Activities can include sugar cube stacking and dancing.
A fairy party is fun and whimsical. Little girls will have a lot of fun creating a fairy habitat using supplies you assemble yourself or kits you can find online. For snacks, you can have a fairy tea with petit fours, finger sandwiches, and fruit.
Tie-dye parties are a lot of fun and work best outdoors. All you have to do is set up stations and provide the kids with t-shirts, socks, or anything else they can tie-dye.
To continue the theme, serve snacks in a rainbow of colors.
Indoor Birthday Party Ideas for 5-Year-Olds
If you don't have a yard or your kid's birthday is during the winter, these indoor birthday party ideas for 5-year-olds are sure to be a hit!
Creative kids will love an art party. You can have it at home or at a local painting class. The kids can focus on creating one piece of art or you can set up stations where they can try out different arts and crafts.
For snacks, get cookies shaped like paint palettes and make paintbrushes with Rice Krispy treats on sticks and dipped in icing.
A music party is one of our favorite home birthday party ideas for 5-year-olds. Kids can make instruments, play musical chairs, freeze dance, and end with a karaoke party. You can serve popcorn and cake balls made to look like microphones.
For a budget indoor party, you can set up several minute-to-win-it games for the kids. Supplies are usually items you can find at the dollar store. Keep snacks classic with chips and dip, punch, and a cake.
Video Game Party
For little gamers, consider a video game party. You can set up different gaming systems with easy video games. If you want to get out of the house, you can hold the party at an arcade. You can make fun Pokemon cupcakes and green rice crispy treats that look like Minecraft Creepers.
Indoor Camping Party
If you can't go outside, bring the camp indoors. Set up tents and forts around your living room or rec room. You can make s'mores in the microwave or oven. Sit in a circle and sing and tell funny stories.
Outdoor Birthday Party Ideas for 5-Year-Olds
An outdoor party makes for easy cleanup and you don't have to worry about kids ransacking your house. Check out these outdoor birthday party ideas for 5-year-olds.
If your kid loves to ride their bike or scooter, a bike/scooter party will be a big hit. Each kid will bring their own set of wheels. You can have a washing station, decorating station, and some fun races.
Mark off races or obstacle courses with sidewalk chalk on your driveway. Keep snacks simple with a fruit/veggie tray in the shape of a bicycle and bicycle-shaped cookies.
A foam party is one of our favorite backyard birthday party ideas for 5-year-olds that will have your kids' friends talking for the rest of the year. Give them a yard full of bubbles and the kids will take care of the rest. Continue the bubble theme with root beer floats and other snacks.
For a warm-weather party, a water theme is perfect. Set up a sprinkler, water balloons, water guns, a water obstacle course, and more. Since you're outside, you can have an ice cream bar with toppings for a snack. Clean-up will be easy!
Animal Pet Party
Some animal shelters will allow you to "rent" puppies for a party. You set them up in your yard and have the kids spend the afternoon playing with them. It's good for the puppies and fun for the kids.
If you don't mind the cold, a snow party is awesome. Kids can go sledding, have snowball fights, and build snowmen. Everyone can come in for a hot chocolate bar and popcorn to warm up.
Any of these birthday party ideas for 5-year-olds are sure to please even the most discerning of kids. Your child will have a blast and you'll have memories to last a lifetime.