10 year old boy birthday party ideas - I can't afford anything pricey

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I need some ideas about what to do for my son's 10th birthday party. I don't want to have a big kiddie party but I want to let him have a few friends and take them to do something, then maybe pizza and cake at my house. I thought of Dave and Buster's but that is soooo expensive. I don't know if boys would be into going to the movies. Anyone have any thoughts on good 10 year old boy birthday party ideas?

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Madden - posted on 06/18/2013

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For my oldest son's 8th birthday, he asked for a water gun fight party. We have a small backyard and he wanted to invite lots of kids so we did a water gun fight in the park. He has a summer birthday and it is hot where we live so this worked great. We did rent out the shaded picnic pavilion and served pizza and that cost money, but the water gun fight part itself was cheap...we asked guests to bring their own water guns, plus we had a few extras, and the favors were very cheap water pistols we got at Walmart. We filled buckets at a spigot at the restrooms for quick refills. It was so much fun a kid we did not know who was just at the park crashed the party.

Another party that has been great for our boys is indoor rock climbing. We have a good one locally where they let you bring in your own food and the party packages are very affordable. This is a great activity that younger kids can do but is of course challenging enough for tweens, teens or even adults.

Now my oldest is turning 10 and does not know what he wants to do. I am going to suggest backyard campout. Thanks for the ideas!

Sean - posted on 03/15/2014

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Wow guys you have super lame party's I am 9 turning 10 in 3 months and I want something Cool but I can not think of anything...

Michelle - posted on 03/21/2012

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I know this post was made on '09...ha ha ha... but there are soooo many things you can do at home for B-Day Parties and reasonably priced as well!!



Lego Party: Get out the tubs of legos (younger age prob.) cover juice boxes in constructin paper and attach dots so they look like legos, have contests building towers etc for small prizes.



Minute to Win it party: Remember that show? Simple games that each take...a minute to play so everyone gets a turn. Face the Cookie, Breakfast Scramble etc... all the games use items you have around the house! Have a bowl full of fun little prizes to choose from...or, don't do prizes per winner and give all participants a little something at the end ..maybe their own stopwatch from the dollar store..or a bag filled with the supplies to play one of the games at home with their parents! (I actually did this as an adult party and it was a KICK!)

You can find blueprints for the game here: http://www.nbc.com/minute-to-win-it/



Many Brunswick bowling will have bowling deals. up to 6 people for $30... doesn't include cake or anything, but after bowling you can always take em back home for cake and presents. Just bring a case of water with you to the alley.



Have a "Drive in Movie Night" Rent a movie or watch one you already have. Buy theater size candy, soda and juice in bottles, you can purchase popcorn bags cheap...give the kids tickets to "buy" the candy and drinks. Toss pillows all over the floor (or for really young kids you could let them decorate a small cardboard box as a car and they could sit in it to watch the movie)



I'll stop now... I have 4 kids from 7 to 22 so I have many a party themes I have done through the years! Ha ha ha

Ericka - posted on 01/25/2009

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My son too is turning 10 in just a couple of days, he wants to take his buddies bowling, I live in a little town in Vermont so the local alley is about $3/kid/game, we can bring any food we want and 2 hours of time gets us about 3 games plus food and presents time. Our plan is 6 kids make cupcakes and pizza and we are out for under $100. He asked for a webkin < $20. I don't know if this helps with 10 year old boy birthday party ideas but I hope so!

Mandy - posted on 01/31/2009

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A great 10 year old boy birthday party idea is doing a Scavanger Hunt...with maps, clues and treasure at the end! For an evening party, turn off the lights and use flashlights...hide treats along the way. You would only have to buy extra flashlights and a treasure!

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Tany - posted on 06/18/2014

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you can find many good DIY birthday ideas on pinterest. that's what I have done to create a despicable party for my 7 year old and it has saved me allot of money

Megan - posted on 12/23/2013

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I am a big fan of inexpensive home parties with lots of silly games, relay races, scavenger hunts... these are the celebrations kids remember for years. My neice has this incrediball toy that every single kid at their party LOVED http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005OLZ... but if you get it get a pump to blow it up too.

Clarissa - posted on 12/22/2013

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If you have a indoor water park in your area you could also do that but it might be pricey.

Madden - posted on 11/13/2013

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Here is the update to my last post where I was wondering what to do for my sons 10th birthday. My turning-10 son designed his own at-home party and it was great. This was a summer birthday -I am a little slow posting this-
He invited his three best friends (With his brother and another younger brother along it was 6 boys total.) He divided the party into three parts.
Part one, play on the street in front of our house and driveway with bikes, scooters, stilts, pogo sticks, kendamas... Some kids brought their own scooters etc.
Part 2: Basketball Game (we had a hoop already)
Break for hotdogs, cake and icecream, open gifts
Part 3: water gun fight on the front lawn. yes, again with the water gun fight!
At the last second-actually during the party- I threw together some treasure hunt clues for finding the favors, which again were inexpensive water guns-water 'shooter' tube things. I just made up little rhymes that hinted at where to find the next clue and eventually the ‘treasure’ -the treasure I hid in our clothes dryer. The clues were written on little pieces of paper, rolled up, and tied to something. I think there were five or 6 total clues. The boys liked the hunt. Aside from the favors and the food, the party cost nothing. The kids had a blast and my son set up everything-all I had to do was bake the cupcakes (my husband did the hotdogs.)

PS, here is a great super cheap gift idea. One of the kids brought my son a bottle of soda and mentos to make a geyser. My son loved it.

Pascha - posted on 11/08/2013

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@ Mandy- Please provide me some more information on the scavenger hunt if you don't mind.

H-dog - posted on 10/12/2013

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my little guy got shit faced then blew up some letter boxes with his little friends :)

Julie - posted on 08/19/2013

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For our daughter's 10 year old birthday party we hosted a Drive-In Movie Night at our house. We borrowed a projector and screen and turned our garage into the "theatre." The drive-in part was from the kiddos making cars out of appliance boxes, markers, and duct tape. They had so much fun with it that they actually all got up during the movie to go back and soup up their cars. You could also turn it into a demolition derby after they have finished their cars.

Janet - posted on 06/17/2013

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we rented the turf, 12 dollars and took a ball and mini bbq kids loved it!

Shehanna - posted on 06/06/2013

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You can have a fun party for him and his friends and not spend a lot. What does he like? Survivor... find unique foods and a blind fold. Set up game areas for them to go through. We threw a surprise party for a friends party... we had a neighborhood scavenger hunt. IT was lots of fun!!

Megan - posted on 05/13/2013

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This is a great for boys... a home party with games and make your own ice cream sundaes.. A game I have played with large groups is "Indoor Snowball Battle" Divide group into two teams. Use masking tape to divide the room - Use two lines of masking tape separated by about 3-4 feet (so the kids cant smack someone on the other team when throwing) Team one behind the first line, team two behind second line...space in the middle is neutral. Give each team lots of newspaper, or tissue paper. Give each team three minutes to make the paper into "snowballs". Then countdown to start the snowball battle. Kids just whip the paper balls at the other side. When time is up everyone has to freeze. Then count the paper balls on each side the team with the fewest balls on their side wins. Have them throw balls into garbage can when counting.
And if you can be outside, this was a HUGE hit at our last picnic -Kan Jam http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001RJ4...
Good Luck and have fun!

Selena - posted on 05/05/2013

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and partys they i have some games get pizza than go to the sinma than give them a birthday cake and let tham play football and some games your a great mom

Willa - posted on 02/08/2013

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Just have a birthday party at your house let them run around go get pizza ice cream and cake get a few little cheap games at the dollar store let them play with that get some goody bags that's what I did with my son and he loved it

Andrea - posted on 02/05/2013

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One year I had a camp out party in the back yard with tents and played a movie with an overhead dvd player. I hung a large sheet/dropcloth from the deck or you could use a flat part of the house. My son picked the movie 'Small Soldiers'. The kids loved it. They ran around and played, ate pizza, snacks and cake and some (not all) slept over after the movie.

Jamie - posted on 11/24/2012

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Maybe you could tell your son to pick four or three friends and you could go to the movie and friendly's or Fridays

Barbara - posted on 11/16/2012

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My son wants to have a soccer game at the backyard for his birthday party. So when I sent out the invitations I asked all the boys to bring their own soccer balls with them. The party was so much fun watching the boys make up 2 teams and playing against each other. The game took almost 2 hours before it was done. They had a great time. The weather was a bit chilly but they did not mind and I was so grateful there was no rain. I had a barbecue for the boys I made them hot dogs, chicken fingers, mac and cheese and I had potato chips and pretzels. Ice cream cake is all my son likes so we had that. All of them sat out on the patio and clean up was easy. I spent a little on decorations just balloons and crepe paper. The food as you see did not cost much and the balls were are contributed so I did not spend much. The ice cream cake was around $15.00 so that was my most expensive item. They all told me they had a blast and my son told me it was his best birthday party. I did rent a bounce n play a few years ago and spent a lot of money because it was per child and he said this one was better. Go figure.

Bethany - posted on 11/11/2012

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i don't know if he would like it or not but ask him if he wants to go Qaud biking

Beatriz - posted on 10/16/2012

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My son 10th birthday is tomorrow. I would like some ideas to take him and a few of his friends 5 to do something fun on Saturday. I can't do the sleepover theme, because I work in the evening. What suggestion would anyone give me ?

Rita - posted on 09/19/2012

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We gave my grandson a scavenger hunt party with only a few friends. We made clue cards (one clue for each year old) and placed them at various places in town a head of time; school play ground, friends houses, park, even handed one to the cashier at the ice cream shop to give to him on our way out. The final card led us back home where he had to hunt for the big gift which was in the tree. All three boys had a great time and all received inexpensive treats along the way.

Ashlee - posted on 09/15/2012

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I had my three yr olds party last week and I struggled with ideas because of the age group of kids 2-10!!! We did some messy games and they loved it!! In fact the 10 year old asked it I could plan her party:) you could also do a camp out in the backyard or a movie night in the back yard and use a sheet for the screen. I think you can get projectors for your computer pretty cheap theses days. Oh!!! I saw on pinterst the other day a cool way to make table top s'mores. Hope this helps!!!

Maddison - posted on 09/13/2012

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Im looking for something to do for my brothers birthday he is turning 10 and i need help to do someting for him i want to make this the best one he has ever had in his life and i love im so much and i want him to no that

Julie - posted on 07/30/2012

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Thank you all so much for the ideas. im gonna look into a few of them ... some we have already done and some I never even thought of.

THANK YOU

Coral - posted on 07/24/2012

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I'm doing a surprise party for my son. Inviting all his friends and having a sleepover. Determined not to spend a lot and just let them have fun. It's not often he gets more than 1 friend to stay over so it will be special to him. Also doing create your own ice cream sundaes with tons of toppings.

Jocelyn - posted on 07/22/2012

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Have a nerf party in your back yard and have all the kids bring there guns and end with pizza and cake.

Stacey - posted on 05/04/2012

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We have springs & summer birthdays in our house so our parties usually revolve around a water theme that we change up each year depending on the age. Decorations are key to making it festive. We've done slip and slide, water balloon fights, water gun fight, pinata to the song Wipeout, musical chairs in the sprinklers. And the ultimate party ending we did once was a bubble pop. I bought a roll of the giant bubble, bubble wrap and rolled it out into two strips forming large square. On "GO" every jumped and stomped. Sounded like a hundred firecrackers, the kids went nuts.

Went all out on a pirate party one year. Made treasure map (for decoration) out of butcher paper that I burned the edges with a match. A net draped across a doorway. Plastic black table cloth with colorful trinkets, mardi gras beads, chocolate coins, candy down the middle. Scavenger Hunt was a group effort at the end of the party to find the "treasure" or the stash of goodie bags to take home.

Beth - posted on 03/21/2012

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My child is 7, and had a summer birthday. he is content with the slip and slide in the back yard and a cookout. I keep it small. Family and a few of his friends. Last year I think it was three.

goodluck.

Diane - posted on 02/13/2012

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I have an 8 year old. I love the ideas, but do not have a house large enough for 5 or 10 extra boys. I do not want the party to appear "cheap". I want his friends to be able to come. There is nothing local. Many, many kids had parties over a half hour away. I do not want to inconvenience anyone by making drive an hour each way.

Amber - posted on 11/29/2011

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my boy is turning 10 and last year we went laser tagging and roller skating. This year he wanted to go to an indoor water park.. to much money.. so now I am trying to come up with a good idea...

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We've done the sleepover idea three years running now when my son turned 8, 9, and 10.  It's still a big hit.  We usually take all the kids (6 - 8 boys including the birthday boy) to the playground so that they can run for about an hour before inside activites.  Burn as much energy as you can!  It's loud and they don't sleep much, but the kids all have fun.  As others have suggested, we have pizza and snack food plus a movie.  We let the birthday boy pick out a new DVD.  Have fun!

Andrea - posted on 02/01/2009

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We are lucky enough that our son's b-day is in June, so we usually do a small cookout or order pizza for them. Honestly, I agree with everyone above and a sleepover/movie night is really the way to go. They just want to be autonomous, even if it is just in the other room and only for a 12 hour period!

Dawn - posted on 01/31/2009

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My son just had a b-day party. His is younger, but I still didn't want to spend a lot for this party. I bought him a movie he wanted, and we had a movie party. We rearranged the furniture in the living room around the tv. I served hot dogs, nachos (bought the cheese that you get at the movies from costco), popcorn and pickles and the drinks. We had cupcakes-they could get all they wanted. They all loved it. Down it TX, you never know if it is going to be 80 or 30 degrees outside in January, so we couldn't plan a camp out. This would be great for any age. Good luck on your party!

Jennifer - posted on 01/31/2009

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I have had just about every party in the world but the cheapest was when my 10 year old had his sleepover.  He was allowed 10 kids; including himself and his brothers (twins).  We ordered some pizza and I popped some popcorn.  We already have movies and they slept in a room at the bottom of the steps.  Only 8; including mine, spent the night.  One chose not to spend the night.  My friend, also, has a tent and has done camp outs in her back yard with smores, mountain pies, marshmallows but that can be scary depending on the kids involved.  I'm in PA and we, also, have a pizza place that has an arcade. 



I'd call around and see what kind of deals places offer for birthday parties.  I've done bowling, skating (several times), a cooking school party, a video game party with a Wii challenge, a pig roast and my twins are turning 9 In February and we're now doing a swimming party at one of the high school's that has a pool.  It only cost $90 for 25 swimmers and an hour up above for the party. 



One of my friends rented a place at one of our parks and she knew a magician that would come in and do it for free for her.  Maybe somebody you know has a talent like that?



Another one of my friends chose not to have a party at all; approved by the kid, of course.  Instead she took the money she would spend on the party and the deal was, she put half in his savings account and the other half she allowed him to pick whatever he wanted; within reason and bought that as a big birthday gift.



Every year, I try to have a different party and a different theme and with three boys; finances must be considered.



Is there anything he's requested to do for his party?

Jenny - posted on 01/30/2009

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will a camp out in the back yard work in your area. I am not sure where your at. If you can't do the back yard and tents do the living room and sleeping bags. Or if you don't want the kids to stay the night then pizza in the park would be fun. I have done that for several years. What boy does not like to play at a big park. We have one called castle park and it is big with alot of  stuff for older kids. You could create a obstacle course out of what is at the park so they have some adventures as well as other games. Or just let them play hope that helps you with 10 year old boy birthday party ideas!

Anne-marie - posted on 01/30/2009

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for my 10 year old boys birthday party, he had a sleep over. its cheap, pizza, dvds, their own entertainment, board games, spotlight, etc.

With this sugguestion though, you carnt really count on sleep, lol this year my son wants to camp outside in the tent, ( i have to think about that one )

Victoria - posted on 01/26/2009

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my son is a little younger than yours but bowling is a good idea also check around with your local schools, some schools will rent out there gyms for like $10 an hour and you can play with the equipment and stuff, so if he likes playing hockey or soccer ect, than this may be a good idea, plus most of the time they have tables and chairs for you to use as well so you can bring everything there and theres mess to clean up just paper plates and sweeping the gym



the other thing that kids like is a sleep over, bord games, a move or two, pizza, popcorn and pop and camping out in the living room what could be more fun ?



anyway good luck with 10 year old boy birthday party ideas

Melanie - posted on 01/25/2009

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okay, so I live in NZ so don't know what Dave and Busters is lol



but I have been told by MANY people (i am just too lazy to do it myself as my boy is only 5yrs so mess would eventuate lol)... anyway, I have been told that you buy a pizza base pr child, and let them decorate it... and obviously cook it lol. Sounds like it would entertain them AND feed them! lol... you could get them to put their Name on top in sauce or something so they know who's is who's.
Movies are usually popular with every kid aren't they? But are they not expensive too? Or do you mean at home movies? It costs $15 pr child here to go to movies, let alone all the food etc.



You could have a few people, let them choose a dvd each (or whatever) for home, and do the pizza thing... the other thing is, the kids (mainly boys) at my last adult party, were secretly REALLY happy to do singstar for hours (karaoke)... not what you would think boys would be into, but they LOVED it... battled for hours to see who could become a 'pop star' status lol



oh well, hope that gave you some 10 year old boy birthday party ideas.

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