Sleepover ideas for 13-year-old girls

Updated April 17, 2017

At this point in their lives, teen girls are figuring out who they are and who their friends are, and it is important to foster those relationships. However, at 13, they are still too young to stay out on the town all night. Sleepovers are the answer to wanting to hang out late with friends, and they are good for parents who prefer to help plan and keep an eye on what their kids are doing.

Theme Party

Plan your sleepover around a theme. If you obsess over "Harry Potter" or "Twilight," have your friends come dressed as their favourite characters, or have them bring their favourite memorabilia. You can play the movies all night while you gossip about which characters are best suited for each other: Ron and Hermione, Bella and Edward. If you and your friends are more interested in cooking and baking than movies, have a "Top Chef" theme party. First, make sure you have permission from the adult in the house before turning on the oven or stove, and get to work. Have a contest --- each girl uses one common ingredient --- to determine who can create the best, or worst, meals. Everyone has to taste it to determine the winner.

Board Games

Teen girls spend a lot of time fantasising about what life will be like as soon as they grow up, and some board games can be a lot of fun to play with the future in mind. "Life," for instance, takes its players through the game of life from marriage, having kids, having job problems and more. Teen girls can use this game and apply it to their own lives, naming the spouses they get and the children they have, and creating a virtual life while playing the game. For a suiting movie to play in the background, put in Jennifer Garner's "13 Going on 30."


Thirteen-year-old girls may not have a lot to hide from their friends yet, but sometimes they have crushes and other little secrets that they might think are embarrassing to share with their friends. In come games such as "Skeletons in the Closet," "Truth or Dare" or "Never Never." Each game is designed so that someone has to answer a question or tell a truth about themselves, or they have to face consequences in the form of a dare. This can be a great way for girls to get to know one another better.

Scare Tactics

Many teenage girls find an interest in the paranormal at some point, and they like to explore it with certain folklore games that have been passed down over the years. Games such as "Ouija" can be scary and fun at the same time. This "talking board" has letters and numbers arranged on it, and uses a message indicator that slides along the board when it is touched by one or multiple people. Many people believe this board is a way to communicate with spirits of the dead. Others believe it is the game's participants playing pranks on the other players by moving the indicator. This game may not be for the faint at heart, though. Make sure everyone taking part understands it is just a game and not to take the game seriously, as the game can turn from fun to scary quickly.

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About the Author

Jaime Swanson started working as a journalist in 2001. She has written and edited for newspapers in northern Illinois, including the "Daily Southtown" and the "Daily Herald," both in suburban Chicago. Swanson holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Northern Illinois University.