Daughter turning 13 this November - I'm clueless!

Sheri - posted on 09/05/2014 ( 6 moms have responded )

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We ended up having a fun bday for her last year. Limo ride to laser tag and a sleepover. I don't want to spend as much this year, but I want her bday to feel special because she will finally be a teen! She isn't into crafts. She wants to take her friends somewhere cool. We all enjoyed indoor skydiving, but gatlinburg is 4 hrs away. That would be costly, plus my husband would have to stay and she could only bring 2 friends.. Maybe 3. My daughter isn't helping much with any other ideas! What have you done outside of the house that was just awesome? Help!

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Ev - posted on 09/06/2014

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If you are strapped for money to do a birthday party of the sorts you did in the past, why not do a slumber party at home and rent movies? Get pizza and make the cake yourself. Make memories that way. Also maybe have a cook out for the girl and her friends and let them play video games or something like that. You do not need to spend a lot of money to make a birthday happy. Its the memories that come from it not the amount of money spent or the venue used.

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Samantha - posted on 09/11/2014

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Camping party will surely delight her if she is looking for something other than theme parties.. We did the same last year for my daughter’s birthday party. You can arrange some tents at the backyard, fire pit and colorful picnic tables.. We also had some skewers to roast marshmallows and hot dogs. It created quite a cozy and camp like environment. We also kept some flashlights handy and did many fun activities including memory game, ghost stories, most fun was snake race wherein we made a 30-60 foot curving course in the playing area using cones and a finishing line with spray paint. One of her friend plays guitar, so playing guitar with songs was also a huge hit among kids as they like to feel grown up moment the enter teen world. We had theme favors like flashlights, fake bugs, candies and glowy jewellery for girls like bracelets and necklaces.

Chet - posted on 09/07/2014

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What about camping? Maybe you could find a place that had something like zip lines or are kayak lessons or something.

Gena - posted on 09/07/2014

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Maybe let her invite some friends for a sleep over and get some arty stuff so that they can make something together at home. Like wooden frames that they could paint and decorate and put photos in it. Make some pizza together,watch a film and eat popcorn. This just came into my mind now..you could give her a poloroid camera as a present,so she can take photos of her friends and of the party for in the frames they decorated themselves. I think that would be a real cool way to remember her bday,cuz she can keep those pics and the frames..like let her friends write something on them for her.

Sheri - posted on 09/05/2014

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Thanks! We just had a trampoline park put in here and we've been numerous times- not sure if she wants it there??? She seems pretty serious this year. Haha!

Chet - posted on 09/05/2014

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You could look for an indoor trampoline park. We have a couple where we live and they're really fun, and popular for birthday parties.

We haven't done a sleepover at a zoo or aquarium, but I've heard they're really fun. I think they're quite expensive though.

Go carting? Mini golf? Not super original, but could be lots of fun.

A karaoke party?

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