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I need help organizing a birthday party for my son who is turning 12. I really do not want a party at home, but I really do not have a lot of money either. HELP
Monica from Cicero, IL
Camping! Even if you can't afford a campground, if you or a friend have a big back yard, you're all set! You could have a BBQ during the day, have a water balloon fight, or swimming, if you have a pool, you can swim, play some sports, do some Archery, fishing, hiking, make s'mores around a fire, and sleep in tents in the back yard! My son loves to do that. You can always find people who can give the kids a fishing lesson, (maybe one of the dads) or a lesson on how to build a campfire! The only thing that will cost money is the food for the BBQ, s'mores and drinks. Just have hotdogs, hamburgers, chips, popcorn, juice, lemonade or Kool-aid!
Ask friends if they have any skills in fishing, etc., and ask them for an hour of their time, they may be happy to!
Have a fun birthday!
Just take him to a hotel by six flags and take him there to six flags
Have a massive nerf gun fight
My son is turning 12, but he doesn't like little boy games. He likes paintguns and go carts. I don't have that much money. Please help fast.
Laser tag can be fun
Laser tag can be fun
Does your son like nurf guns. If so just go outside with him and the party and have a shoot off
My son is soon turning 12 and he has been going through an emotional time, as he is gay. I don't know what to do for his party. Please help. ASAP
Does he have friends he can invite, or would this be a problem? One year when my oldest son had no friends that he could invite just because he wasn't getting along with anyone, we made his birthday celebration a family getaway weekend. We went to the city, saw a dinosaur movie that was just out that he was excited about, went to a science center, ate out in his favorite kind of restaurants, and just had a nice family time.
A birthday celebration doesn't have to have dozens of guests. If your son has only one or two good friends, you could plan something special for them - a trip to the pool, a movie, a day trip to an amusement park. With only one or two guests, you can do more expensive things. Or maybe he would just like to have one or two friends over to play video games or something like that, hang out, have cake and pizza or something. There is nothing wrong with having a very low key celebration.
Talk to your son. Perhaps he would like something like eating out at an "grown-up" style fancy restaurant with the family - maybe grandparents as well, - and having a cake there. It is always a thrill to have the servers bring out a cake with candles and sing happy birthday!
As a former child myself I say the number one thing is to invite people who will actually come. No-shows are devastating at that age. What do the kids he knows like to do? Make the party something they will want to come to.
I have an 11 year old boy who is gonna be 12 soon and he has dyspraxya. I was wondering if you could help me to sort out something for him and his friends to do on his birthday.
By Lorraine from England
Can he play videogames if he is sitting well-supported? What does he enjoy? Table games, scavenger hunts where they have to solve puzzles can be done indoors and/or out. You could have movies and pizza. Bowling alleys have many accomodations they can make, including gutter guards and ramps for rolling the bowling balls down. Unless it is a surprise, ask him what he thinks would be fun. If it is a surprise, ask his friends for suggestions. Good luck!
Does your son's school have a speech-language pathologist? If so, consult her. She's studied dyspraxia, knows what is popular in school for kids his age, and might have an inside line on what he and his friends can do together that wouldn't be too difficult for him. There's nothing worse than being sidelined watching others have all the fun. She'd also be able to consult with his teacher, and together, they might have picked up on some things he's failed to mention to you that are going on or that kids in your area are wanting to do.
My son is turning 12 next month in May. He has allergies and also asthma, so grass and heat are really not an answer. I really need help and on a budget. What would fun for his age?
I need a theme for a party. It's a home party and I need ideas for themes. It's for his 12th birthday party and he's energetic.
By Marcus W