12 Birthday Party Ideas for a 6-Year-Old That Are Serious Fun

Published December 9, 2021
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If you are looking for unique birthday party ideas for a 6 year-old, look no further. This fun selection will help you quickly decide on a party theme and get you in planning mode. Whether your child's birthday falls during the summer or winter season, there's a party theme for everyone.

Backyard Carnival Party

backyard Carnival party with clown making balloons

A Carnival themed party offers plenty of fun ideas to keep kids active and entertained throughout the whole event. Transform your backyard into a festive carnival experience with colorful balloons and party buntings and set the stage with exciting games and kids entertainment, such as balloon twisters, face painters and magicians. Keep the food menu carnival style with cotton candy, pretzels, popcorn, and caramel apples. For your party games, the printable signs below will get you a head start on planning your Carnival stations. Simply print them out on white cardstock paper and hot glue a tall wood stick on the back of each sign. If you need help downloading, check the Guide for Adobe Printables.

Fairy Tutu Garden Tea Party

fairy tutu birthday party

Have the little guests come dressed in their fairy tutus, wings, and flower tiaras for an enchanting celebration out in the garden. Welcome each fairy with a whimsical wand they can use to exercise their magical powers and invite them to have a seat at your garden tea party table featuring finger sandwiches (peanut butter or cucumber) and sweet treats including petits fours, tea cookies, and a birthday cake fit for a fairy.

Pool Party

kids birthday pool party

Nothing screams summer fun more than a cool pool party. Invite friends and family for a splashy birthday celebration filled with giant pool floats and exciting pool games and activities, including inflatable ring toss, volleyball nets, and basketball hoops. Set out crates by the pool filled with bubbles, water guns, water balloons, and dive rings to encourage kids to keep themselves happy and occupied. You can opt for a barbecue style menu or keep it simple with cold sandwiches, chips, and frozen treats.

Arts and Crafts

kids arts and crafts birthday party theme

If you have a little artist at home, a birthday party centered around a fun craft is the perfect idea. At the arts & crafts station, the kids should be able to find everything they need to create their projects, so it's important to plan ahead and shop for all supplies ahead of time. Whether you are hosting the party at home or booking an art studio or pottery place for the celebration, narrowing down to one craft will help keep the event less chaotic and provide a smooth experience for kids and parents. Send guests home with a tote bag filled with art supplies and aprons as take-home favors.

Pony Party

kids pony theme birthday party

Pony rides, pony grooming, petting zoo, and face painting, oh my! Whether you are bringing the farm experience to your backyard or booking a farm to host your child's birthday party, a pony party will surely provide your guests with an unforgettable experience. Set up a tablescape with farm inspired details--cupcakes and cookies displayed on decorative straw bales, milk bottles wrapped in burlap, and horse themed tableware.

Slumber Party

kids slumber birthday party theme

Gather a group of kids together for a one-of-a-kind slumber party. To make a slumber party more exciting for the kids, pick an age-appropriate movie and plan crafts, games, and activities around it. If you are feeling like the hostess with the mostess, you can also plan creative snacks and drinks inspired by the movie. For example, if you opt for the movie Stuart Little, plan a mouse craft, serve "sarsaparilla" and mouse cheese and crackers as a snack.

Fall Costume Party

kids fall costume theme party

If your child's birthday falls around Halloween, plan a costume party and kill two birds with one stone. Set the tone to the birthday party celebration with a costume themed party invitation encouraging guests to dress up in their favorite Halloween costumes. Whether your child is into scary or not-spooky stuff will determine which direction you should take when it comes to party decorations. You can get extra creative with Halloween inspired appetizers, desserts, and drinks.

Winter Hot Cocoa Party

Twinkle Twinkle Little Party

A hot cocoa party is the perfect theme for a winter celebration if your child's birthday is around Christmas. Have a hot cocoa station as the focal point and add a holiday touch with greenery garlands, mini decorative trees, and holiday ornaments. Add an eye-catching hot cocoa sign and have a table with ample space to set out your hot cocoa toppings, hot chocolate, and mugs. If the weather is too frightful, plan indoor winter crafts, games, and activities to keep guests warm and toasty.

Spring Easter Egg Hunt Party

Spring Easter egg theme party

If your child's birthday is in the springtime and close to Easter, hosting an Easter Egg Hunt might be the perfect idea for a memorable celebration. In addition to the egg hunt, you can plan other fun crafts and activities, such as setting up an egg decorating station for extra fun. As far as party decorations go, consider streamers, balloons, Easter baskets, and eggs, all in pastel colors. Bonus? They double as photo ops. During spring season, supermarkets are filled to be brim with Easter inspired treats, so keep the menu stress-free with store bought treats and drinks you can pick up at your local stores to minimize food preparation.

Build-a-Bear Workshop

kids birthday party build a bear theme

Gather a small group of your child's best friends for a trip to Build-a-Bear workshop. The kids can have a fun experience by choosing their very own furry friends, stuffing them and naming them. The kids will receive a birthday certificate and a cub condo to bring their new friends home. Invite your guests to enjoy birthday cake and drinks at your house for a fun-filled birthday celebration.

Miniature Golf Part-Tee

kids mini golf theme birthday party

If you have a future golfer at home, a golf themed party makes perfect sense for a birthday celebration. Book a mini golf course for a private group and invite family and friends to celebrate your child turning six! Mini golf is not only for kids, so encourage parents to join in on the fun as well. Whether you are reserving a party room at the venue or hosting the party at your own house, be sure to set the stage with golf party decorations and creative golf themed food, such as watermelon "slice", "club" sandwiches, "chip shot" chips, and "par-faits".

Science Party

science theme kids birthday party

If your child loves all things science related, a birthday celebration mad science style is a wonderful idea that you can incorporate a variety of hands-on activities to build creativity, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills. Set up a science lab complete with lab coats and goggles for each kid and plan exciting activities, including chemical reactions, amazing bubbling potions, and the ever so popular slime making. Delight the kids with an incredible ice cream lab that will certainly be the talk of the party.

Party Ideas That Appeal to Your child

To celebrate a child who is turning six years old, themes that are engaging and offer hands-on experiences are always a winner. Once you decide on the theme, make a list of potential party ideas you can incorporate into your event and always make sure the ideas match your child's interests. Keeping your child's likes and dislikes in mind will help you throw a successful party your child will appreciate.

12 Birthday Party Ideas for a 6-Year-Old That Are Serious Fun