Fun winter birthday party ideas for kids

Let’s face it, having a winter birthday can sometimes stink. Holidays tend to overshadow the excitement and cold weather makes everyone want to hibernate. Luckily, there’s still plenty of indoor fun to be had when the weather is chilly. Your winter babies will love these creative birthday party themes.


Indoor pool


You may not feel like wearing a bathing suit in the dead of winter, but your kids will (literally) jump at the chance to swim right now. Call around to see which local gym, recreation center or resort has the best deal on a party package. Waterparks are eager to get guests during the colder months, so chances are, you’ll be able to score a good deal.


Party favors: Goggles, pool toys, squirt guns and flip-flops




Who doesn’t love a little healthy competition? Bowling may seem a tad old fashioned to some, but the sport is inexpensive, energy burning and fun. Another plus? Bowling alley party packages typically include food, drinks, shoe rental and game time, making your life as the party planner a whole lot easier. Whip up this tasty malt ball cake to take your bowling party to the next level.


Party favors: Bowling pin pens and bowling lollipops


Play place


Chicago and the suburbs are loaded with places for kids to run, jump and explore. Jump!Zone, Legoland Discovery Center Chicago, Pump it Up and Kid City all offer party packages that include food, decorations, tableware and even clean up (music to a parents’ ears). For tweens, arcades, laser tag or indoor rock climbing will keep them so entertained, they may not even miss their devices.


Party favors: Reusable water bottle and a drawstring bag


Cookie decorating


Christmas may be over, but baking treats is still completely acceptable. The mini chefs in your family will love hosting a cookie decorating shindig, complete with all the yummy toppings. Start with a basic sugar cookie recipe like this one (or use shortbread cookies to save time and mess), give the kids a few supplies and watch them go to work. Keep the decor and food simple and serve hot cocoa to go along with the kids’ creations.


Party favors: Colorful tins and aprons


Princess/Superhero party


Princess and superhero parties aren’t anything new, but having an actual movie princess or superhero arrive at your party? Now that’s magical. Royal Princess Parties offers character experiences complete with activities, songs and a photo op for kids. Parents can choose from a variety of princesses, superheroes, fairies and even cartoon villains to help make their party out of this world.


Party favors: Tiaras, masks and capes, and tote bags designed with their favorite characters



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The article originally published on Jan. 15, 2019. It has been updated with the most recent information. 


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