All parents wish to make their kids’ birthdays special. But the bar has been raised so high lately when it comes to birthday parties that these events can now tend to be more stressful than memorable.
Emma Lawson shares with us in this guest post some lovely ideas on how to celebrate your child’s birthday by maximizing the fun and minimizing your expenses.
Did you know that families spend around $30,000 on kids’ birthday parties between their first and 21st birthday? That sum is quite overwhelming, especially if you know that most of the families go beyond and above their budget to afford a single birthday party.
How crazy is that? Even more so when you take into consideration that, in their early years, kids will not even remember the hired clown, trampolines, party supplies, cake, goodie bags for the guests and other costly stuff. The truth is that children will enjoy more spending meaningful time with their parents or a couple of friends, and having a memorable celebration that includes unique and new experiences.
If you agree with us on this one, here are a couple of ideas about how to celebrate your child’s birthday without throwing a party.
Go to the amusement park
Kids adore amusement parks because they are packed with versatile fun-filled activities that, depending on the age and preference of the kids, can include everything from a roller coaster to a house of horror.
Even if you decide to bring along a couple of friends of your child, you can save a lot of money by using group discounts that many parks have in their offer.
Spend a day camping
Nature is always a big adventure, especially for younger kids. Besides, it is a unique opportunity for the family bonding time or improving kid’s social skills if they are to go on a camping trip with their best friends.
Of course, it would be fantastic to rent an RV for the weekend and head to the nearest campground, but if you can’t afford it both time- and money-wise, you can still have a great time by setting up a tent in your own backyard, and spending the day without any gadgets and distractions.
Take a day trip
Alternatively, you don’t even have to pitch a tent and rough it. Just pack some basic necessities, sit in your family vehicle and go together on a day trip. That way, you can relax just by visiting the near-located destination of your choice and enjoying various sights together, including museums, libraries, playgrounds, etc.
A mini art colony
All kids are artists. Some of them only forget those skills as they grow older. What attracts them to painting and drawing is that these are fun activities where they can express their personalities and create something on their own.
All you’ll need to make this art colony project work is gather a couple of your kid’s friends, space where they can express their creativity, and various artistic tools, such as calligraphy pen, watercolors and a lot of different crayons. Did you know that calligraphy pens are fade proof? That way you can frame the artworks created that day and make it a memory to last forever.
Pajama party is something that will never go out of vogue. Our kids love it, we loved it, and probably our parents loved it, too.
Your child just needs to choose a couple of best friends to stay at your house one evening. Together, you can prepare some interesting activities or movies for them, and make some delicious party snacks.
Enjoy the game
The most active way of celebrating a kid’s birthday is by engaging in some sort of sports activity. Think about it – which sport is your child’s favorite? If it is soccer, you can organize a game between, let’s say, the kids and the grownups. It wouldn’t be a bad idea to take your little sports fan to a sporting venue. If you can’t afford the tickets for professional teams, you can always achieve the similar atmosphere with high school and college games.
Your child will have many birthdays, and not every one of them has to involve a party and a clown. It is always better to shake things up a bit and make every birthday a different experience.
Emma is a former English teacher, constantly improving her skills both as a teacher and as a parent. She is passionate about writing and learning new things that can help you to lead a quality life. She is a regular contributor to ripped.me . You can follow her on Twitter @EmmahLawson