12th Birthday Party Ideas for Boys

March 30, 2007

12th Birthday PartyI 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


By mitchel (Guest Post)
March 8, 20082 found this helpful
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I went paint balling, and it was so awesome. I was popular for like 5 years after that hehe, and theres a low risk of getting hurt if everyones the same age.

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By Paula (Guest Post)
October 3, 20081 found this helpful
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I know you said that you didn't want to do anything at your house....But you could always do a bonfire outside, and hey they're boys...they can always find a bathroom somewhere outside I'm sure!

You could let the boys cook hot-dogs by putting them on a stick and holding them over the fire. They could just do ketcup on them and for dessert you could buy marshmellows, chocolate hersey bars and graham crackers and let them make smores! And what kid doesn't like kool-aid.

They could play flashlight tag or they could just hang out talking by the fire and have boy talk.

Good Luck and I hope your son has a wonderful 12th Birthday! My son will be 12 next week too!!!

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January 20, 20137 found this helpful
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I'll give you a great game. Its a bubble blowing contest. For each boy put a piece of unwrapped Bazooka gum on a paper plate. have the boys each hold a plate with gum on it.


Explain that its a bubble blowing contest and the first one to blow a bubble wins a prize. Sounds too easy right?

Now take a can of Reddi whip cream and cover the gum and the plate with Reddi Whip on each plate. On your mark-get set-go!

Each boy then sticks his face in the whipped cream to find the gum. Gets it in his mouth. Has trouble blowing a bubble because of the whipped cream.

Finally after about 3 minutes and faces full of whipped cream, one of the boys will blow a bubble and win. Give the winner a prize. Make sure you have paper towels and a camera ready for this. You will get great pictures and memories for a lifetime. Have fun!

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June 21, 20150 found this helpful
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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!

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January 28, 2010

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


January 30, 20100 found this helpful
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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!

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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.

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June 13, 2013

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

By Peter


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June 15, 20131 found this helpful
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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!

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May 27, 2013

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


October 3, 20171 found this helpful
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My son turned 12 just last weekend and we were not planning on doing a big party so I didn't book any venue or do any planning. But he wanted to invite some of his friends from school over on Sunday so I ended up having 12 boys of similar age. They ended up playing, silly strings, nerf guns( I bought about 215 bullets), football at the park and hide and seek,etc.


Since they are not really small kids they make up their own games and come up with one. They watched football on TV while eating. I was very worried on how to entertain them for 4 hours but it was not a problem at all. Instead of cake I gave them ice cream with lot of toppings and added nerf gun bullets (10-15) to take home to their party favors.

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