Ideas for Activities for a Shakespeare Themed 10th Birthday Party

My daughter's turning 10 and she wanted her birthday to involve Shakespeare. Fortunately there's a free summer Shakespeare festival in Fresno and we can take her and her friends to see the Merchant of Venice under the stars. We could be admitted to the amphitheater at 7 and party at a picnic table or on the grass there until the show starts at 8, or we could set things up earlier elsewhere in the park, but not much earlier, because it's hot here in July. Any tips or ideas?


I was thinking we could have a bit of a Venice Carnevale theme and decorate masks, but maybe we should just keep it to simple food and cake or we'll be too rushed. That's as far as we've gone. Any ideas on this? Thanks so much.

By Jen from Fresno, CA

June 2, 20100 found this helpful
Best Answer

I think that you wouldn't need much more than a picnic supper and cake before the play. This is a pretty full evening. You might want to do some research on the play, and talk about the plot with the kids before they see the play. I have taken my kids, who are now adults, to see Shakespeare, starting when they were 5, but the tragedies, with swordfighting and so on are easier to follow than the comedies, as it is tough to get the jokes. Merchant of Venice is a pretty complicated plot.

ReplyWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
June 3, 20100 found this helpful
Best Answer

KISS - Keep it Simple, Sister! Forego the cake and bring a variety of cookies (maybe pizzellas or biscottis), sub sandwiches, with an Italian flair, chilled grapes and strawberries, and individualized waterbottles (landfills, y'know) as a takehome!

ReplyWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
June 1, 20100 found this helpful has some ideas and links on cooking in that time period. Sounds like fun!

ReplyWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes

Add your voice! Click below to comment. ThriftyFun is powered by your wisdom!

In This Article
10th Birthday Cake.
10th Birthday Party Ideas
Holidays and Parties Parties Party ThemesJune 1, 2010
Poker Themed Birthday Party
Poker Themed Birthday Party
Bicycle Themed Birthday Party
Bicycle Themed Birthday Party Ideas
A plate of sushi at a Japanese themed birthday party.
Japanese Themed Birthday Party Ideas
Red Carpet
Red Carpet Themed Birthday Party Ideas
Halloween Ideas!
Ask a Question
Share a Post
You are viewing the desktop version of this page: View Mobile Site
© 1997-2016 by Cumuli, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Published by . Page generated on October 24, 2016 at 1:38:43 PM on in 2 seconds. Use of this web site constitutes acceptance of ThriftyFun's Disclaimer and Privacy Policy. If you have any problems or suggestions feel free to Contact Us.
Loading Something Awesome!