15 Memorable Childrens Winter Birthday Party Ideas

People think hosting a birthday party for a winter baby has its challenges. What do we do? Where do we take the kids? If you’re here, I’m guessing you’re looking for childrens winter birthday party ideas.

Well, I’m in the same boat because I have two winter babies.

Here are some of the winter birthday party ideas we’ve done, and some of them I came across during researching.

But really, any indoor kids activity can be made into playful birthday party: so don’t be discouraged.

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Childrens Winter Birthday Party Ideas

1. Go Sledding

Embrace the chilly temperature by grabbing a toboggan and some hot chocolate and head to a local sledding hill.

Make sure the hill you choose is clear of rocks, sticks or other bodily hazards. There is a great grassy hill near our house that is perfect for sledding. Do you have something similar in your area?

Depending on how large the hill is, and the speed the kids will get up to, you may need them to wear helmets.

Then when you get back home have a nice warm meal ready for the kids. They’ll be hungry after walking up the hill.

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2. Go to an Indoor Swimming Pool

Does your local community swimming pool have pool party packages? (Say that fast three times!)

If your local community pool doesn’t, ask local hotels with swimming pools. One year we booked a hotel swimming pool that had an indoor water slide. We had to share the pool with hotel guests, but there wasn’t many guests because it was the off-season.

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3. Book an Indoor Play Area

Most indoor play areas and playgrounds have birthday party packages. They usually offer a reduced rate and a dedicated room for the party guests.
I know my local indoor play area has two dedicated party rooms: one for girls parties and one for boys parties. And they are already decorated ready to go.

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4. Have a Skating Party

For me, nothing says winter birthday party idea like a skating party!

If you have a small number of kids attending the party then you can probably pay for them individually and go a public skating time slot.

But if you have lots of kids coming you may want to look into renting the skating rink for an hour or so.

This is especially appropriate if your kids plan on playing hockey.

Image by Mircea Iancu from Pixabay

5. Kids Take over the Kitchen Party

Kids love to show some independence and do “big kid” stuff. This one can be pretty easy to set up, but requires vigilance: there are a lot of sharp things in a kitchen.

You’ll need to judge for yourself whether your child is responsible enough to safely enjoy this. And don’t forget about their friends. Does your child have a close friend that you wouldn’t trust with a spoon? Then this isn’t right for them.

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6. Rent a Gymnasium for an Active Party

Many communities have gymnasiums that you can rent. Try having a fun badminton tournament, or dodgeball, or whatever game your child loves best.

7. Floor Hockey Birthday Party

If your little boy or girl loves hockey, and renting a hockey rink is not an option then perhaps an indoor hockey party is doable. As mentioned above, communities often have gymnasiums you can rent. Or maybe even a community hall (just use a soft ball).

Heck, Sidney Crosby used to shoot pucks at his parent’s dryer. Maybe you have an appliance you’re willing to sacrifice? 🙂

If you want to add a little hockey decoration to the birthday cake, I found this cake decoration set on Amazon.

8. Dinner, Movie and a Sleepover

One year for my daughter’s birthday we took her and a couple friends to dinner and then the movies. After the movies the girls had a sleepover.

It didn’t take much planning: no need to have activity stations, make treats or anything like that.

Of course, this works when they get a little older. I think it was for my daughter’s 11th birthday, but after awhile they seem to blend together. 🙂

9. Host a Skiing and Snowboarding Party

If you’re fortunate enough to live near a ski hill then a skiing party could be a fun option.

But it could be cost prohibitive. You could ask the other parents to pay for their child’s ski lift ticket…but you’ll obviously have to gauge this based on your finances and on the child’s parents.

And you’d have to set up and let the kids know your expectations. Where will you meet for the cake and presents? Do you want all the kids to stick together?

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If you are wondering how to decorate a cake or cupcakes for a skiing-themed birthday party, check out this set below. I came across it on Amazon while researching this article. Looks pretty cool.

Winter kids birthday party ideas - skiing party

Our local ski hill has a snow tube run.

It’s basically like a half-pipe that you slide down on giant inflatable tubes. It is lots of fun and requires no skills.

This “no skills” activity helps level the playing field and doesn’t exclude friends that don’t ski or snowboard (or don’t have the equipment).

10. Host an Eco-friendly Zero Waste Kids birthday Party at Home

If you’re trying to reduce the amount of waste you produce then you don’t have to give up your principles just for a birthday party.

There are ways to do a zero waste kids birthday party.

If you’re interested in this eco-friendly option click here to check out the article I wrote on this topic.

Zero Waste Kids Party

11. Host an Indoor Dinosaur Birthday Party

If your little girl or boy loves dinosaurs you could host an indoor dinosaur birthday party.

In the Instagram photo below you’ll see a couple clever ideas: lots of house plants, dinosaur toys set up and a cool volcano craft (or is it a cake?).

You have dinosaur-themed scavenger hunts, name that dinosaur, pin the tail on the dinosaur, and other games.

If you want a cool dinosaur birthday party decoration I saw this 3D Happy Birthday banner on Amazon.

Winter Childrens birthday party ideas - dinosaur birthday party
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12. Paw Patrol Themed Party

My daughter and her friends love Paw Patrol. She is still young, but if you have young kids too then this could be a fun birthday party option. Lord knows it isn’t hard to find Paw Patrol stuff.

Check out this birthday cake that I came across on Instagram. Pretty cool!

There were over 3,400 pictures with the hashtag #pawpatrolbirthdayparty. So you’ll find tons of inspiration there.

You could play games such as best Marshall impression (just be careful your kids don’t hurt themselves because Marshall is the “clumsy” one).

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Paw Patrol Party Pack available on Amazon

13. Winter Wonderland Themed Kids Birthday Party

Embrace the winter birth!

You could do a Winter Wonderland Ball type theme complete with white clothes, snow flakes and snowmen.

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The activities could include building snowmen out of marshmallows, baking cookies shaped like snowflakes, and tag where “it” is the abominable snowman.

14. Lasertag Birthday Party

Speaking of tag, how about laser tag? Most girls and boys enjoy laser tag.

Check if you a have laser tag location in your area, then call to see if you can host birthday parties there.

15. Virtual Reality Birthday Party

Many cities now have a virtual reality gaming site. In our relatively small city we have a virtual reality place that has HTC Vive virtual reality headsets.

The kids may have to take turns depending on the number of headsets are available, but VR can be really fun.

When I first tried it with a real VR headset (and not just some goggles you slide your phone into), I was amazed by how cool it was.

It can be a year-round birthday party idea, but it is a particularly great childrens winter birthday party idea because it is inside (where its nice and warm).

16. Wood-chopping Party

Great fun, and great way to get firewood for the cold winter nights. You don’t need much, just an axe or a mallet and a pile of wood.

Just kidding. Wanted to see if you made it this far down. 🙂

I hope you’ve found some inspiring childrens winter birthday party ideas. I’ll sure your kid will love whatever you come up with.

And don’t stress out over it. If you’re in a foul, stressed-out mood that is what your child will remember.

Just have some fun with it.

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