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Birthday party ideas for 5 year olds

What, where and how?

So your child is about to turn six, but what should you do to celebrate? Do you want to have a full-on party? If so where will you host it? If your child's not keen on the idea of having a party, perhaps inviting just a couple of children to do some sort of activity might be a better option?

Really the possibilities are endless, and ultimately whatever you do needs to suit your child. It is their birthday after all!

Themed parties

If you are thinking of a party, you can make things more fun by having a theme.Think Mermaids and Pirates, Superheroes, Fairies, High School Musical; whatever your child's into at the moment.

Get them involved from the outset: they can help design decorations; help decide on what to eat, what sort of games to play, etc. Not only will this take some of the pressure off of you, they'll also feel more involved and grown up.

Ideas for party games

At Perform we play lots of different games many of which make ideal party games. Click for more information on each:

Oh My! - a variation on musical chairs;

Ten second objects - an upbeat and exciting ice-breaker;

How low can you go? - a fun physical game that doesn't need much space.


Alternatively your child might prefer to have an activity based party. Arts and crafts can be really fun and don't necessarily need to cost a lot. For example, each child could design their own plate or cup with a pottery painting party. The kits can be purchased relatively inexpensively, or there are some pottery cafes which can host your party for you.

Specialist venues

There are a wide variety of venues which will host and run your children's party. Examples include leisure centres, soft play centres, gymnastics clubs, sports centres and so on. Alternatively, you could spend a day at a zoo or children's farm. However, costs can quickly spiral at these sorts of parties and you may find that if many children have their parties at the same venue, it gets a little tired.

Perform Parties

If you're really not confident about entertaining a group of six year olds, then let us help you. Perform provides brilliant theme-based entertainment at over 1500 children's parties every year. Find out more about a Perform Party for your child.

Antoinette was lovely. She came in well prepared and took on a big role with ease. I would not hesitate to recommend her. My 5-year-old and her gang of girls were enthralled! Thank you!

– Mrs A Sharma

Tamsin did a great job of engaging the children, even on a video call, and getting them into the games. My daughter really enjoyed it.

– Mrs Louise Marston

Phoebe and her friends absolutely loved the party - thank you so much Melissa!

– Mr Bill Bows

We really enjoyed Lauren, who's warm, and natural. She's really good with leading the kids and engaging them, across all ages. Thanks!

– Ms Ella Goldner

Laura was absolutely great for the entire two hours. All the children engaged with her, without exception. My daughter thought it was fantastic.

– Mrs Ceri Wyatt

Antoinette was absolutely amazing. We had 14 super excited kids who haven’t seen each other all summer and she managed to get them all involved. They all took part and had so much fun playing knights. Thank you.

– Mrs Marketa Brennan

Maria had the kids enthralled from the first moment. They had a great time and loved the activity.

– Sasha Qadri

Katherine did a great job at keeping the children engaged via Zoom. They all participated and were very much into the party, which I find fascinating, considering it was online.

– Mrs Anne Morel

Rachel was fantastic - she made Anna's party very special. All the children were fully engaged and they all loved it! Thank you Rachel.

– Ms C Walford

What an excellent party! Children were able engage at their own comfort level and Evie kept it running so well. Massive thanks for creating such an interactive event. Matthew spent the rest of the day grinning from ear to ear.

– Mrs Laura Foley-Wright
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