60 Activities for a Teen Birthday Party – Boys

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So here’s the thing. Parents aren’t very cool….but these teen birthday party ideas are! And throwing a cool teen birthday party just might make you a cool parent. Before you can throw the most impressive teen-approved party known to man, there’s a few things to consider.

Right now we have a 13 year old and a 17 year old in my house, and I’ve learned a few things. When it comes to throwing a successful teen birthday party, it is important to:

  1. Know your audience and the activities/setting that will most appeal to them. Your teen will offer the best input.
  2. Choose a well-fitted location for hosting the party. If you host it in your home, just make sure to establish any boundaries necessary.
  3. Decide on a budget that you will work around. Below is a range of activities that can fit within different budgets, interests, and time allotments.
  4. Plan a guestlist – This will help you determine which activities are best. Consider the space available, price, and food amount.
  5. Provide food! – We know teens can EAT, so plan for more rather than less.
  6. HAVE FUN! While planning the party can require preparation and coordination, remember that all the efforts beforehand will make for a great celebration.

Check out these categories to find something that will fit your group!

Food Related Activities

  1. Pizza Tasting Party – see our post about this here.
  2. Build your own pizza, salad, calzone, etc.
  3. Chopped Championship – incorporate random ingredients into a dish
  4. Make and eat Freakshakes
  5. Chef’s Kitchen – Pairs follow along to make what the Chef is preparing
  6. Fondue Assortment
  7. Rent a Food truck
  8. French Fries or Chicken Nugget Blindfold taste test – guess the brand
  9. Fast Food Mukbang – trying all the foods from a fast food restaurant
  10. Melon/pumpkin carving contest
  11. Blindfold taste testing – name that random food
  12. Food Eating Contest – hot dogs, bobbing for apples, etc.
  13. Roasting S’mores around a Campfire
  14. Backyard BBQ
  15. Picnic and Games at the Park
  16. Making Tinfoil Dinners

Indoor Activities

  1. Murder Mystery
  2. Sleepover and a Movie Night
  3. Karaoke Night
  4. Mario Kart/Wii Sports Competition
  5. Card/board Games
  6. Poker Night
  7. Painting – Follow a Bob Ross Video
  8. Era themed Night – 70’s, 80’s, 90’s!
  9. Host a Gameshow/Jeopardy
  10. Glow in the Dark Dance Party
  11. Power Point Night – attendees present a power point on a topic of their choosing
  12. Make a Fort
  13. Go on a Treasure Hunt
  14. Tie Dye or Bleach Shirts
  15. Make a Home Movie
  16. Wrestling Match
  17. Ping Pong tournament
  18. Minute to Win it Competition
  19. Movie-Themed night – Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Superhero, etc.
  20. Gaming Night – everyone bring their favorite video game to play

Outdoor Activities / Go to a Destination

  1. Attend a Drive-in Movie
  2. Roller Skating Night
  3. Mall Scavenger Hunt
  4. Beach Bonfire
  5. Sports Games – pickleball, volleyball, spikeball, etc.
  6. Pool Party
  7. Backyard movie on a Projector
  8. Escape Room
  9. Bowling and Arcade Games
  10. Paintball
  11. Miniature Golf
  12. Visit a carnival/festival/circus
  13. Giant Slip ‘n Slide and water obstacle course
  14. Have a Backyard Concert
  15. Attend a Concert
  16. Visit the Nearest City
  17. Hike a Nearby Trail
  18. Go to an Amusement Park
  19. Laser tag
  20. Fishing on the Lake
  21. Going to a Skatepark
  22. Indoor Rock Climbing
  23. Camping – in the Backyard or at a Camp Site
  24. March Madness Basketball Competition – have attendees wear their team jersey

If you use any of these ideas send in pictures or a comment about how it went! Any tips you have to help it run smoothly will surely be appreciated by other parents and party planners.

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