September 14, 2016 Samantha

12 Best Summer Birthday Party Ideas For Kids

Was your child lucky enough to have been born in the fun-filled summer months? Are you eager to throw an amazing summer birthday party? Have you run out of ways to put a twist on the iconic “pool party” or are you ready for something totally different? With first-hand experience planning and coordinating all types of events, your Denver special events planner Blue Linden wants to help out by providing you with 12 wonderful ideas for summer birthday parties for kids.




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One of the best summer party ideas is a trendy Color Run Birthday! Get the kiddos outside, let them run off their excess energy, provide a creative outlet, give them a reason to get dirty, and they can have tons of fun. You can also tie in a “rainbow” theme for decoration, food, and desserts. Make sure everyone wears white!


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If you want to throw a super fun summer birthday party, look no further than a Camping (or Glamping) & Bonfire theme! Pitch tents in your backyard, prepare a daylight nature walk/scavenger hunt, teach some survival skills, and settle in for the night with s’mores and scary ghost stories around the fire!


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A Drive-In (or should we say walk-in) Backyard Movie is a fun and relatively easy summer birthday party idea to pull off. Not only can it be super affordable, but it’s simple to customize and theme! Make it as basic or as glamorous as you want, good for boys or girls of any age.


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Carnival Summer Kid Birthday Party Ideas

Put together a fun Circus or Carnival, one of the best summer party ideas. Organize DIY games and booths with typical “fair fare.” Kick-up a circus with a petting zoo or a clown/juggler/magician; spice up a carnival with a dunk tank or an inflatable bounce house. Make sure to give away “tickets” for the kids to cash-in for prizes!


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Break the kids up into five differently colored teams that’ll compete for gold at your Olympics themed summer birthday party! Have a sack-race, a paper airplane competition, “ring” toss, and other DIY games. And don’t forget opening and closing ceremonies complete with gold, silver, and bronze (edible?) medals!




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Summer birthday parties for kids require fun, games, and lots of sweets, and all those things are easily accomplished with an Ice Cream Social. Ice cream cone relay race, tallest cone tower, pin the cherry on the sundae, ice cream bean bag toss, tastiest sundae building competition, and ice cream bingo are just a few indoor game ideas (and decor is easily customizable).


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Aarrrghh, it’s a Pirate Party, matey! One of the best summer party ideas can be fulfilled outside or inside (or a little of both). Hand out costumes, temporary tattoos, and balloon swords. Send em on a treasure hunt, make captured pirates break free; take it outside for a while with a backyard pirate ship jungle gym and make the kiddos walk the plank (over a kiddie pool of water or not). Serve fish sticks, “sub”marine sandwiches, goldfish crackers, gold coin chocolates, and swedish fish candies (just to name a few).


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Ghostbusters or Star Wars or Ninja Turtles or any Currently Trending theme (books, movies, super heroes, etc). Make it a summer birthday party by taking it outside for a bit with a theme-appropriate battle! Silly string fight (Ghostbusters alien “slime”) or balloon or foam nunchucks/light-saber battle (Ninja Turtles/Star Wars)! Try mixing this up with an outdoor movie night by showing a movie related to the theme (if applicable).




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Tropical, Grass skirts, coconut bras, tasty food, sun, water, and sand (if possible) envelops one of the best summer party ideas: a Luau – a great twist to the typical pool party. Hula hoop competition, hula dancing entertainment, LIMBO, and of course splashing around in the water! Have the kiddos get decked out in sunglasses and leis (they can decorate their own) which can double as favors.


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Summer birthday parties for kids don’t have to be limited to a pool. Instead, put together a water balloon fight, squirt gun battle, set up water balloon pinatas, let the sprinklers run, and have the kids take a turn down a slip-n-slide. Throw a Water Fun Bash! This allows you to have the party right in your backyard and to serve as many messy foods as you want, cause they can easily wash it all away with the next water activity.


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Basing your summer birthday party off the reality competition Wipeout can give way to a wet and wild celebration! Set up the obstacle course for the kids to have a friendly, fun, and in the end soaked experience; it’ll allow them to run off their excess energy and stay cool during the summer heat, providing a pool-like party that they’ll be talking about for years!


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The best summer party ideas are all about cooling off! If it’s good enough for pigs, it’s good enough for kids! Have a Mud Run party! Make an obstacle course that’s all about getting dirty! You can incorporate bulldozers or burrowing insects into the decor/theme and be clever with the food. And when you’re all done playing in the muck, hose everybody down!


So what do you think about summer birthday parties for kids ideas? How would you incorporate some of these themes in your party? Any other unique themes we should share with other planning parents? Let us know using the social media buttons below to help you plan your next party! And if you need some ideas for what to give as favors, check out our post Summer Themed Party Favors For All Ages.

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About the Author

Samantha Sami (to those she knows and loves) holds a BA in English and freelance writes on anything that tickles her fancy, but she holds a special place in her soul for Blue Linden and its owner/operator Wanda. When Samantha is not writing to her little heart’s content, she’s reading (or knitting) like a mad woman, lovin’ on her furbaby Lucy, and soaking up every moment with her as husband as they travel the world together.