13th Birthday Party Ideas

My daughter is turning 13 in March. She wants to finally have a boy-girl party, but we live in a townhouse so we can't have a lot of people over; and she is embarrassed of how small our house is. She really wants to have a laser tag party, but every place I look up, is either 30, 20, or 15 dollars per person with a minimum of 8-10 people. We have no idea what to do.


She wants to invite about 10-20 people, all are 12-13 years old, I have cleared that with her, but she is going to have mostly girls. She might just want a pool party, but that's not open until June. I feel really bad because we don't have much money to just throw around. She really wants to make this an amazing party because she is inviting her "crush". I am a clueless mom from the 80s (lol) so I think easy, but this generation is crazy and I need to get caught up. Please help!

By Janine

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January 10, 20150 found this helpful
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You could have a scavenger hunt. Break them into 4 teams or so. Take them downtown (if it is a safe area) or just in your neighborhood. You can make a list of things to find or do and have them take pictures. It will take at least an hour and they won't be in the house.


Also, if you have a garage, take the cars out, move the junk to the sides and have a dance party in the garage! A lot of fun for the early teens. I would keep playing the fast songs :) Both ideas are nearly cost free. Good luck.

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January 27, 20150 found this helpful
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Check with a YMCA for a indoor pool. Last year I planned a surprise 12th birthday party at the local YMCA. They provided two lifeguards, party room and a hostess. Surprisingly the cost was cheap! We brought decorations, drinks, chips, iPod, favors and ordered pizza.

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January 16, 20150 found this helpful

I had the same issue with cost everywhere. It got really expensive with everyone charging per person and meeting rooms in hotels charging so much. I found a fitness studio that has Zumba and other classes that is really cute. They charge per hour so we are renting it for a three hour dance party. We will bring our own food, balloons with long strings to help decorate. They have a sound system so we will just plug up the ipod instead of paying for a DJ. Cross your fingers that it goes well! Good luck to you!

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March 29, 20160 found this helpful

Check local hotels for their pool policy. A lot of them rent their pools and a banquet room for birthday parties. Also check with the local YMCA. They also often have party rooms and rent their pool and you don't have to be a member.


My children have winter birthdays but were able to have pool parties... one at a hotel and one at the Y!

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