More Children's Parties Picks
While "Fear Factor" is no longer on television, it is still a wildly popular theme for older children's birthday parties. The show consisted of several contestants competing against each other in increasingly more difficult -- and disgusting -- challenges, from sticking their hands into a tank full of snakes to eating live bugs. It is easy to recreate some of these challenges for a child's birthday party -- just be sure your guests aren't squeamish.
Children love toys, so pick a toy to use as a party theme. You can throw a Lego or doll party, or even a yo-yo party. The yo-yo, a popular toy that has been played with for ages, can be used as a party theme in a number of creative ways, from décor and entertainment to food and prizes.
In a city like Chicago, where Al Capone and John Dillinger are still household words and the ghosts of Resurrection Mary and the vanishing hitchhiker are still sighted, the mystery party theme has been popular for years. Some mystery party services in Chicago cater to children.