Things to Do & Play at a 10-Year-Old Boy's Birthday Party

by Stacy Zeiger, Demand Media

    As far as children go, 10-year-old boys are fairly easy to please. The average 10-year-old boy is happy playing sports and video games. Most of his friends are boys, as his sights have not yet turned to the opposite sex. Parents should keep this information in mind when planning a birthday party and include activities that allow a 10-year-old boy and his friends to be active and a little bit silly during the party.

    Outdoor Party

    Most 10-year-old boys love to be outdoors. Hold the birthday party outside and have a cookout. If your neighborhood allows it, light a fire in a fire pit and allow the boys to roast hot dogs and marshmallows. Set up tents and have a campout in the backyard, letting the boys play flashlight tag and tell ghost stories after dark. If it is warm outside, purchase a bunch of inexpensive squirt guns and have a squirt gun fight or fill balloons with water and stage a water balloon fight or hold a water balloon toss.

    Sports Party

    A lot of 10-year-old boys are obsessed with sports. Hold a birthday party centered around field day activities such as three-legged races, sack races, a spoon relay and tug-of-war. Create an obstacle course in the backyard using swing sets, hula hoops and inflatable pools, and time boys as they race to complete the course. For a simpler party, gather a bunch of boys together for a game of kickball, ultimate Frisbee or flag football in a local park, and end the game with sports drinks and birthday cake.

    Food Party

    Center a party around food. For boys who enjoy competition, stage an eating contest and have them race each other to see who can eat the most pizza, pie, french fries or cupcakes. Create a certificate for the winner. Hold a "fear factor"-style party and have boys taste eyeballs (peeled grapes), worms (gummy worms), poo (melted candy bars) and cat food (tuna fish or pate). For the birthday cake, make a kitty litter cake by crumbling a chocolate cake and a white cake mixed with vanilla pudding in a brand-new disinfected litter box. Sprinkle crumbled vanilla cookies on top to represent litter. Melt tootsie rolls in the microwave and place them on top to represent kitty poop.

    Special Venues

    Consider holding the party at a special venue such as a skating rink or bowling alley. These locations often offer birthday packages that include play time for guests along with a birthday cake and pizza. A rock climbing wall, go-karts, miniature golf course, batting cages or a local amusement park are sure to please most 10-year-old boys. If your child is a sports fan, consider taking a group of friends to a Minor League or college baseball game. Tickets for these games tend to be inexpensive. For a special treat, contact the team to get a birthday greeting to the child read over the loudspeaker.

    About the Author

    Stacy Zeiger began writing in 2000 for "Suburban News Publication" in Ohio and has expanded to teaching writing as an eighth grade English teacher. Zeiger completed creative writing course work at Miami University and holds a B.A. in English and a M.Ed. in secondary education from Ohio State.

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