40+ Epic Summer Birthday Party Ideas For Kids, Depending on Their Age

Summer is a pretty magical time to throw a birthday party. Not to knock Winter or anything, but Summer parties let you experience great outdoor weather and a lot of fun activities that otherwise would be closed. If you're planning a birthday party this Summer for your little one (even if they're not so little anymore), it's helpful to have a handy list of ideas to get them excited. While some trips and plans are great for older kids, others are more simple and laid back. Keep reading for a ton of fantastic Summer birthday party ideas for different age groups that will help the celebration get going.

Ages 2-3
Flickr user Karen Kuo

Ages 2-3

Children from a young age are fascinated by a lot of neat things. While they won't likely remember these birthdays at such a young age, this is a really fun time to watch their little minds get blown by getting to explore different activities.

Ages 4-7
Flickr user U.S. Department of Agriculture

Ages 4-7

As children get older, they can start to appreciate more intricate and awe-inspiring activities. Keep them focused and entertained with some of these ideas.

Ages 8-10
Flickr user Tom Kelly

Ages 8-10

This is the age where things can get turned up a notch. At this point, they probably have a steady group of friends that they know really well, and they start to take more of an interest in adult-like activities while still loving the games of childhood.

Ages 11 and Up
Flickr user Jeremy Thompson

Ages 11 and Up

At this age, children start to transition into tweens and teens, who are responsible enough to be left on their own. Give them a chance to play with their friends by themselves (while monitoring from a distance, of course), and they will have the best birthday.

  • Age-appropriate music festival party
  • Theme park party
  • Movie theater party
  • Kickball tournament party
  • Concert party to see their favorite musician
  • Lake house weekend party (invite the parents, too!)
  • Backyard dance party
All Ages
Flickr user Patrick

All Ages

There are some birthday party ideas that are great, no matter what your age is. Here, everyone can have fun.

  • Pool party
  • Beach/sandcastle-building party
  • Outdoor pizza party
  • Bonfire/s'mores party
  • Mud race obstacle course party
  • Backyard BBQ party