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40 Budget And Meaningful Birthday Ideas For Kids

40 Budget And Meaningful Birthday Ideas For Kids

It is very common for parents to want to do something special on their children’s birthdays. People often think this means birthdays are expensive events, but sometimes it is hard to find the money for such things.

The good news is that special doesn’t have to mean expensive. Kids can still have an amazing day with their friends and families without the high costs if you decide to throw a budget birthday party. Here are 40 fantastic ideas on how to have a budget birthday party for your child.

1. Fill the child’s room with balloons of all different sizes and colors for a wake-up surprise.

2. If your child is old enough, throw a craft party where she can decorate unfinished items. Secondhand stores are normally filled with old picture frames, unvarnished pots and wooden jewelry boxes.

3. Consider going to somewhere free, such as local museums, for a day trip.

4. If your child likes swimming, take him and a few friends to your local swimming baths.

5. Take your child to her favorite place to eat as a special treat.

6. If your child likes the outdoors, pack a picnic and take him to his favorite park, or a park he has never visited before.

7. Invite your child’s closest friends over for a sleepover.

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8. If your child is a toddler, throw a circles party–everything at the party is circle shaped. Good examples are party rings, polka-dot table coverings and big bouncy balls.

9. If her birthday falls during the summer, throw a garden party with snacks and music and invite her friends around.

10. If his birthday is close to one of his friends, speak to the parents about throwing a joint party for both of them.

11. If your child loves music, invite her friends around and throw a karaoke party. If you don’t have a karaoke machine, you can find videos on YouTube and play them for the children.

12. Instead of handing out expensive gift bags at the end of each party, stick with one treat for each child, from yo-yos to a bar of chocolate.

13. Throw a fancy dress witch party for your child and his friends if they love Harry Potter. Use food coloring to make potions, and watch a Harry Potter film afterwards.

14. If you live near a lake, take a day trip out with some snacks and pizzas for dinner.

15. Throw a birthday festival in your back garden, with bubbles, balloons, face paints and transfer tattoos.

16. If you own a Playstation, Wii or Xbox, invite your child’s friends around and have a game day where they can all play their favorite games.

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17. Let your child choose all of the meals for the day.

18. If your child is young, throw a teddy bear party with all of her favorite toys.

19. Have a movie night where he can choose the film, the snacks and the drinks.

20. If your child has a favorite film or book, decorate one room in the house to fit in with the theme, such as a Frozen-themed living room. Dress up as the characters and have fun!

21. If you have a young teenage daughter, have a pamper day with nail painting, homemade face masks and experimenting with makeup.

22. Let your child wear whatever he wants all day, including face-paint.

23. If your child enjoys sports, host a sports day in your garden with her friends, with sweets for prizes.

24. If you have an older child, a jewellery party with friends is a great idea. Buy beads and string and teach the children how to make necklaces and bracelets.

25. If your child is old enough, taking him and a few friends camping could be a great success. Pack marshmallows and hot chocolate for a sweet treat.

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26. If your child loves the outdoors, drive her and a couple of friends to the beach for a fun day trip.

27. Leave a trail of glitter or sweets leading your child from his bed in the morning to his birthday presents.

28. Print face masks out from the internet. Have your child and her friends paint and decorate their own.

29. Hold a backyard treasure hunt as the main event of the day, where the final piece of treasure is the child’s main birthday present.

30. Instead of packing a normal school lunch, pack a special birthday lunch with a slice of cake. Wrap a small treat and leave it in his lunchbox for him to discover later.

31. Make your child her favorite breakfast and bring it to her in bed.

32. If your child has a sweet tooth, invite his friends around and throw a decorating party. Bake plain cupcakes and allow the children to decorate their own.

33. If your child likes cooking, throw a pizza-making party with bowls of toppings and ready-made dough.

34. A painting party is often a great success with younger children. Buy paints and colored paper and leave them to it!

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35. Tape an old blanket from your child’s door to the ceiling, and fill it with balloons before taping it up. When your child opens the door in the morning, balloons will fall around her as a birthday surprise.

36. If your child is older, throwing a party for him and his friends in the garage is a great idea. Buy a secondhand disco ball, put out some snacks and have an evening to yourself while they enjoy themselves.

37. For a creative child, throw a paper mâché party and let them create whatever they want. Check out tips and tricks online and craft something with your child!

38. Make a time capsule with your child for her to dig up in 10 years. Let your child choose some things she would like to put in, and bury it together.

39. If your child’s birthday is in summer, take advantage of the heat and make your own slip and slide for endless hours of fun.

40. Write your child a short, funny, fictional story about her as a princess, wizard or superhero. Read it to her in the morning to make her feel extra special and excited.

Do you have any budget birthday ideas for children? Share them in the comments below!

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Last Updated on August 15, 2018

30 Fun Things You Can Do This Summer Without Spending Much

30 Fun Things You Can Do This Summer Without Spending Much

Summertime can be a real strain on your wallet. The sun is out, there are people to see, places to be; it’s no wonder you might be short of funds during these sunny months. Not everything has to cost you an arm and a leg.

Take some time to go through this list of 20 cheap summer activities and make some realistic goals to complete as many as you can.

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1. Visit a strawberry festival

Summer is prime time for tasting strawberries. More often than not, an area that grows strawberries will have a strawberry festival. Indulge yourself in strawberry pies, jams, cakes and more!

2. Have a picnic

Take your partner or your family to the local park and enjoy a relaxing picnic. Designate each person to bring one food item of their choice to add to the fun.

3. Camp in your back yard

    The summer heat can sometimes make it hard to sleep. Why not enjoy the heat outside in the yard? Pitch a tent or gaze into the night sky.

    4. Take long walks

    Discover something new where you live. Take the afternoon off from your chores and go for a long walk. You may be surprised by what you discover.

    5. Break a world record

    Breaking a world record doesn’t have to be time-consuming. You could even break one on your lunch hour. Give it a go!

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    6. Go on a bike ride

    The number of bike paths on roads in big cities has increased dramatically over the years. Take advantage, and enjoy the summer breeze.

    7. Join a gym class

      The gym is not everyone’s idea of a good time, but why not go with a friend a join a class? Spinning, yoga and step classes are always more fun with friends, and a lot of gyms allow you to pay-as-you-go.

      8. Find a new hobby

      The summer is the perfect time to find a new hobby. Serotonin (our body’s natural “happy” hormone) is produced by the sunshine and will be at a yearly high, which is great for when we want to tackle something new.

      9. Join a sports team

      Not all sports teams are competitive and require huge amounts of your time. Join in the fun with like-minded people, get fit, stay healthy and make some friends along the way.

      10. Make a slip ‘n slide

        Gather your friends, some plastic sheeting, a hose, washing up liquid if desired, and make a huge slip ‘n slide just like these guys. Granted, yours won’t be as big, but you get the idea… it’s fun!

        11. Make a treasure hunt for your kids

        Today’s digital world sees our children more often than not playing inside than outside. Why not create a sense of adventure by making a treasure hunt? Only rule? It has to be outside.

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        12. Visit a free festival

        Towns and cities are awash with free festivals, with themes from film to science. Scout your local area and discover something new.

        13. Visit the zoo

          Let’s face it: we love animals. While browsing news websites and social media networks you’re bound to come across a few pictures of cats. Take a trip to your local zoo for a better experience.

          14. Take a road trip

          Enjoy the open road with a few friends and take a road trip somewhere–anywhere. Just go out and enjoy the sunshine!

          15. Play ultimate frisbee in the park

            Frisbee is always great fun down the park, but why not turn it into more of a competitive sport by playing ultimate frisbee?

            16. Make your own ice cream

            Ice cream is a very versatile dessert. Make a sandwich, enjoy a cone, or simply just enjoy a bowl full. Better yet, making your own ice cream allows you to create any flavor you want.

            17. Invite your neighbors over for a BBQ

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              When was the last time you invited your neighbors over? Do you even know them? Now’s your chance. Just ask each person to bring a food item so costs don’t mount up for you.

              18. Get a summer job

              For many students, summer is the time for relaxation and fun. But who said earning money and being productive isn’t fun? You only get out what you put into a situation.

              19. Attend a charity event

              Attending a charity event is a great way to raise funds and awareness for a cause, meet new people, and generally have a good time. Search for your local charity event today.

              20. Visit a national park

              National parks are a great way to explore nature and learn something new. You could even volunteer and make a difference in helping restore natural habitats.

              21. Visit your local comedy club

                Local comedy clubs are extremely underrated. They are cheap to attend and no doubt you’ll have a barrel of laughs.

                22. Make your own hammock

                  Hammocks are very relaxing, are perfect for summer afternoons and are surprisingly easy to make.

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                  23. Read in your new hammock

                  Now you have your very own hammock, the only thing left to do is enjoy it. Grab your favorite book and read to your heart’s content.

                  24. Watch a movie outside

                  Movies are great. Relaxing outside in the evening is great. Put them together and you’ve got a perfect combination. In D.C, Maryland and Virginia this summer, for example, you can enjoy a huge number of movies outside.

                  25. Take a hike

                    Hikes are a great way to keep fit and see more of Mother Nature. There are countless trails available for you to explore. Why not try some this summer?

                    26. Learn how to fly a kite

                    As a child, you probably had a kite and haven’t touched it since. Why not dust it off and attempt to fly it? It’s tricky, but well worth the challenge.

                    27. Work out at the park

                    American cities are full of parks with ample space for a work out session. No doubt you’ll be happier to work out in the sun rather than a crowded gym.

                    28. Take your dog to the beach

                      One of the many joys of owning a dog is taking him or her for long walks during the summertime. This joy is enhanced when visiting the beach, for both you and your dog.

                      29. Make a summer smoothie

                      Healthy, delicious and perfect for the summer. Not only that, there are countless recipes ready for you to try.

                      30. Attend a free yoga session at the beach

                      No experience needed and all skill levels are welcome. Take yourself and a buddy down to the beach and try some yoga. You’ve got nothing to lose!

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