What to do for 14 year old boys birthday...

Bernadette - posted on 01/28/2012 ( 15 moms have responded )

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Hi All...This is my first post and I saw the recent post about a 13 yr old girl party. Well my son's 14 bday is on Valentines day and I want to do something for him. He says he doesnt want a party, but I get the feeling he wants something but is too embarrassed to admit it. Winter parties are so hard. I have a really small house so cant fit alot of people. Any suggestions as to...first of all...have one even if he says no but acts yes....and second of all....what type/where?

Thanks so much,

B~

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Kathryn - posted on 03/03/2013

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I want to have my son a special Birthday Party on his 14th Birthday, April 11th, I havnt had him a BDAY party since he was younger bc we always had something small and just had family so I wanna make this year extra special but I don't know where to have it or what to do, I wanna keep it local (Morgantown wv) if you moms could give me some ideas for a 14 yr old boy that would be a big help, thanks , KATHY L

Pat - posted on 04/05/2013

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I was agonizing over what to do for my 14 yr. old boys b-day, when I realized that I had just the resource to ask. I am a teacher of high school juniors and seniors so I consulted the "oracle" and asked my students. Several suggested a road trip b-day party to the nearest Dave and Buster's about 90 mins. away. We took 6 boys for the "pay and play' special and they had a blast!! We rented two movies for the road trip and they had a great time. May do it again next year:)

Vonda - posted on 09/12/2013

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My son's bday is Feb 10th- i am planning a party for him which will be a surprise because he don't want one...but want to make it special for him.. I am looking for a theme. and more ideas. also. it is hard for a teen boy...

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Gigi - posted on 02/07/2013

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Last year I took my grandson and 4 of his closest friends scuba diving. There are lots of these centers in cities that are pretty cold. They use indoor swimming pools usually in schools. The price really wasn't bad. It cost me 200 dollars but when you consider what you spend for a party, that's not bad. I actually got off cheap. That money includes instruction, all the gear is brought by the instructors and 3 hours of diving time with 3 instructors. The kids had a blast and all the friends said they have never been to a better party. And they each got a free t-shirt afterwards.

Kimberly - posted on 01/30/2012

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I would try indoor centers, so laser tag, swimming, paintball, skating, bowling. You could also see if you could do pizza party and do minute to win it games. If they like scarey things rent horror movies and have a sleep over with a few mates. Or if you live where it snows take them snowboarding for the day, skidooing if you know someone

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Bernadette - posted on 03/04/2013

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Hi All, Just an update, ended up renting the local hunt clubs hall and they had a pool table and big screen tv and card tables and we set up a fire pit outside, had pizza and wings and soda and cake. Was a success! Thanks for all the ideas!

Jodi - posted on 02/10/2013

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Some schools rent out the gym in 2 hour increments, you could try that. My daughter's best friend had his party at a gym and they played basketball and volleyball (yes it was a boy/girl party) There were over 20 teenagers there and I believe they she said it was under 100 dollars for 2 hours.

Emily - posted on 01/08/2013

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Hey there! I ran into this post as I was googling ideas for my son who is ALSO turning 14 on Valentine's Day. 14 on the 14th, right? We've done the paintball thing and the sleepover thing (which is usually a lot of stress for me) and I've suggested an indoor pool but he doesn't seem all that interested. I even suggested that he and his friends stay at a hotel that had a indoor pool but he didn't love that either. My other idea was to have a HUGE scavenger hunt with 14 clues all over the county- with stops at various cool places- sort of an adventure and a game all in one. This will take a lot of work and planning on my part, but this may be what I go with. Of course, the first thing my son asked is "what are we trying to find- what do I get?" Grrrr.... this isn't about what he GETS, it's about the adventure. I don't want to go through all the work, if it's not going to be appreciated. Anyway, just thought I'd throw that out there for brainstorming purposes.

Bernadette - posted on 01/31/2012

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Thank you all for your suggestions. Please keep the ideas coming. Love the laser tag idea....but none available within a 2 hr driving distance so not an option. We have done the paintball and the boys liked it but being winter and all paintball choices in our area are outdoors, the paintballs actually almost freeze and even with protective clothing, if the kids get hit, they get bruised and cut, so parents are not happy :( I have no problem with co-ed parties, but also don't want to encourage a dark room with music and making out party, which has already been happening at some parties. Would love an indoor rec. place with pool tables, ping pong etc....but none in our area. Asked son, he says I don't know... So still looking...Thanks :)

Jo - posted on 01/30/2012

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Paintball and laser tag are excellent, then feed 'em up with pizza and you've had a great party!

I don't know if your son is this type of boy, but one of my sons' friends was too embarrassed to ask his mother to have a co-ed party, so maybe ask him about that sometime, if you feel comfortable about it. Even girls love a bit of laser tag, one of my daughters went to a 16th that was laser tag! Everyone loved it.

Jo x

Angie - posted on 01/29/2012

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I just posted to the 13yo girl party because someone was asking about a boy...I did a fear factor party for my 13yo, depends on what your sons interests are, if he likes sports/activities, paintball, laser tag, all that is good, if he likes video games, a small group over, pizza/video games/movies works too, my oldests bday is in Oct, but 1 year we went to a rec center with an indoor pool ~ he was thrilled to be able to swim on his bday...maybe it's just the wording of a birthday party he might feel he's too old for & when he says he doesn't want a party, ask him what he would like to do...have fun & good luck :))

Cindy - posted on 01/28/2012

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Paintball parties are big in our area. Groupon or Homerun usually have 1/2 off coupons occasionally too. Then a pizza party sleepover. We've done it, limiting to 4-6 kids - they love it!

Michelle - posted on 01/28/2012

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I would google teen birthday parties for boys I usually get some great ideas that way.

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