7 Unique and Fun Sleepover Ideas for Kids

Make it a memorable night for your child and their friends.

Sleepovers are a fun tradition and a rite of passage for many kids. Now that summer is upon us and the homework is on hold, it’s time to make some magical memories. Here are five unique ways to entertain the kids before they doze off for the night!

Happy Glamper

Turn your child’s sleepover into a “Glamp-out” with relative ease. If you have a tent and sleeping bags, you’re halfway there! Hang a few strings of lights and arrange fancy couch pillows to transform your space into an instant glamping oasis. If all that sounds like too much work, let the experts bring the party to you. With a variety of glamping themes to choose from, Fetti & Fizz will set up whimsical glamping tents while you focus on making memories.

Hotel at Home

Having a sleepover at a nearby hotel can be a blast, but kids will love it just as much if you bring the hotel to them. Prep the guest bedroom or blow up an inflatable mattress in front of the TV and designate a table as “Check in.” Create a fancy menu and allow your kids to order “room service” delivered to them on fancy trays as they watch a movie of their choice.

Upgrade Your Sleepover Snacks

Think creative, healthy options like toast with animal faces, frozen yogurt bark or peanut butter Cheerio bars. Then, take dessert up a notch with DIY popsicles, edible cookie dough or over-the-top milkshakes. Just be prepared to hear chatter and giggles all night once the kids are wide awake from all the sugar.

Let’s Glow

Glow in the dark parties make a big impact on a small budget. Decorate with a variety of colored glow sticks and arrange a few small black lights around the room. Hang neon-colored posters and have the kids decorate their own shirts with neon fabric paints. Hand out flashlights and end the evening with a glow-in-the dark scavenger hunt.

Movie Magic

There’s nothing more fun than watching a movie under the stars. Hang a white sheet in the backyard and use a projector to play the latest blockbuster. Many libraries, such as the Poplar Creek Library in Streamwood, actually allow you to rent a projector that plays movies right from your phone! For a fancier set up and VIP treatment, Kim and Co. Events will bring the movie magic and special inflatable seating to make it a true Hollywood experience.

Say “Yes” to Fun

Kids are often used to hearing their parents say “no,” so why not have one night where parents must say “yes” to whatever the kids can dream up? Create a framework of rules for safety and set a budget, then let the children’s imaginations run wild. Do they want to sleep in a bounce castle? Sure. Eat ice cream in bed? Yep. Wear crazy outfits and have a dance party? You betcha. Get ready to say “yes” and have a blast.

Host a game night

Get rid of any lull in the sleepover by having a variety of fun, age-appropriate games on hand. Traditional board games can add a sense of excitement, friendly competition and challenge to your average sleepover, and you might already have some of our favorite board games for families at home.

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Since 1984, the Chicago Parent editorial team is trained to be the go-to source for Chicagoland families, offering a rich blend of expert advice, compelling stories, and the top local activities for kids. Renowned for their award-winning content, the team of editors and writers are dedicated to enriching family life by connecting parents with the finest resources and experiences our community has to offer.


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