Themes and Activities for Your Child’s Birthday
Use these themes and ideas to hold a party at home or at an Atlanta attraction.
On the Big Screen
Make a movie night a birthday party.
Serve snacks for the movie in the Easy Movie Night Box Craft from Made to be a Momma. Wrap cereal boxes with wrapping paper. Use cup and juice boxes to create a template for the holes, and cut out with an Exacto knife. Then, fill your box with your delicious snacks.
Fill your box with Caramel Popcorn with Peanut Butter. Preheat oven to 250°F. Heat 2 tbsp. canola oil in a pot over medium-high heat. Add ½ c. unpopped corn kernels and cover. Cook for about four minutes or until the popping stops. Remove from heat and add 1/2 c. peanuts. In a medium saucepan, combine 2/3 c. brown sugar, 2/3 c. light corn syrup, 2½ tbsp. unsalted butter and ½ tsp. salt. Bring to a boil and cook for three minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and stir in ½ c. creamy peanut butter and 1 tsp. vanilla. Pour over popcorn and mix to coat. Spread on a baking sheet and bake for one hour, stirring every 15 minutes.
Rent out an AMC Theatre just for your family. See details on amctheatres.com/rentals. See a movie from the comfort of your own car at a drive-in theater: Starlight Drive-In, Plaza Theatre or The Springs Cinema & Taphouse.
Fun with Heights
If your child is a daredevil, take them to new heights with these activities.
Make a toy parachute with a plastic grocery bag, a plastic or paper cup, string and scissors. Cut off the handles of the bag, and then cut in half, making two large squares. Poke four evenly spaced holes around the top of the cups. Cut out four 12″ pieces of string. Tie the string to the corners of the bag, and tie through each hole. Then, stand on a high place to see the parachute drop.
For a delicious snack, make an Airplane Propeller Banana Snack using bananas, chocolate chips, clementines and toothpicks. Start by placing a toothpick into the banana on either side. Cut up clementines lengthwise to make the propellers, and stick the clementines onto the toothpicks. Place a chocolate on top as the nose of the propeller.
Shoot for the Stars
Your child astronaut will love celebrating space exploration with these ideas.
Make a rocket out of recycled items, including a paper towel tube, cardboard cone, a mini paper cup, straws, cardstock, paper strips and cardboard scraps. Start by decorating the tube and cone with paint. After the paint is dry, decorate with paint, washi tape or stickers. Glue on the fins of the rocket and paint them. Add colored straws to represent the engine mount and a black circle for the control center.
Make pretty sugar cookies that resemble the solar system. Use a boxed recipe to make round sugar cookies of different sizes. Once cool, decorate to look like the different planets, the sun and the moon using colored icing, glaze and sprinkles. Or, search for “Out of this World” sugar cookies on kickinitinthekitchen.com.
If you’ve got a young archaeologist, he’ll love these prehistoric dinosaur ideas.
Reenact a fossil dig. Bury toy dinosaurs in sand and invite the kids to go on an archaeological dig using sand shovels or kitchen utensils. Or freeze dinos overnight in a shallow tray of water, and let kids drip warm water on them to “excavate.”
Serve Dinosaur Bones. You’ll need two 5-oz. bags of yogurt pretzels, an 8-oz. bag of yogurt raisins, Easter grass and natural cupcake liners. Start by placing the grass on a platter. Fill the cups with pretzels and raisins to resemble dinosaur bones.