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Birthday party ideas for 8-9 year olds

My goodness time flies! So your little one isn't so little any more - and will soon be nine! So you might be wondering what you ought to do to celebrate. Perhaps a party? Perhaps some sort of activity? Ultimately whatever you do needs to suit your child - it is their birthday after all!

A party doesn't have to cost the earth, here are a few ideas:


You can do this at home if you've a garden or make use of local park (weather permitting!) or hire a school or church hall relatively inexpensively. Set up sporty games like assault courses, various races, football skills etc.


Craft based activities can make for really fun parties: think plate, mug or T Shirt decorating or perhaps cake or biscuit decorating. The children can also take their creations home with them!

The Movies

Great in conjunction with a sleepover - or even without! Create tickets at home as party invites, do popcorn and hot dogs etc (just make sure you choose a suitable film!).

Themed parties

You could of course have a more traditional party, but make it more fun by having a theme eg space, pirates, superheroes, wizards etc. Try and theme the venue and the games too.

Plan an outing...

Costs can easily spiral here, so it might be best to keep the numbers down. Think a trip to a theme park, the theatre, the cinema etc.

Perform do Parties too...

If you're really not confident about entertaining a group of nine year olds, then let us help you. Perform Parties offer the chance for the children to put on a show with a trained theatre professional - they combine music, dance and acting which come together to create a short show for the family members to watch.

Find out more about a Perform Party for your child.

Elsie had the best time at her party. Sarah was amazing, fun and warm and had the kids in the palm of her hand. Lots of parents commented on how good she was.

– Deborah Herring

Lelda was an awesome. Thank you for sending such a fantastic leader. I would happily recommend her to others.

– Mrs Nicola Stone

An utterly captivated audience from beginning to end. Warm, funny and engaging, Rhia thrilled her whole audience. This was a birthday party to remember which was due to Rhia's consummate professionalism, passion and enthusiasm. Thank you!

– Mrs Victoria Gayle

Lola had a fantastic time and Amy was brilliant- she really captivated the children and they all had a great time. Thank you

– Miss Teresa Palmer

Jen was excellent. All the kids were buzzing from the excitement, adventure and games with her for a long while after! 

– Annabelle

Robyn was fab. She arrived super-early and was lovely with the children. Plenty of energy and what an amazing singing voice she has!

– Ms Antonia Tarnoy

Rochine was amazing. She had a group of 20+ five year olds utterly captivated for the whole hour. Our daughter had the most amazing time. The best entertainer we have ever had.

– Mrs Rebecca Danner

Lelda was AMAZING! The kids loved her. She engaged well with every child. Well pleased. A lot of parents were very happy too and would highly recommend her.

– Miss Estelle Chijatrira

Sarah was engaging and commanded a group of 25 mostly boys with great enthusiasm. She was focused and ensured that each child was given attention. It was a roaring success and my little one had the best party!

– Ms Fatima Sadeck

Her level of energy was amazing and the children really loved every minute. Rosanna has already asked me if she can have another Perform party next year!

– Mrs K Heffernan
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