Teens are a finicky bunch with developing personalities, so they may no longer enjoy the birthday parties they did in the past. Some teens are more reclusive and prefer to spend their birthdays doing something they love. Other teens may just want to spend the day with mom or dad, or a best friend enjoying a special activity or event. Provide your teen with plenty of options for a party-free, but memorable birthday.
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Rather than spend all your money on party favours and food, take your teen out for a spa day, or treat her and her best friend. Let the girls get manicures, pedicures, haircuts and even facials. Afterward, take them out for lunch at a trendy restaurant and let them order appetizers, entrées and desserts. You could also take your teen boutique shopping and purchase her a special birthday item.
To make your teen feel like he's one of the guys, you could take him to play 18 holes of golf and let him drive the golf cart. You could also hit the driving range, batting cages or go-kart track. For a cheap but enjoyable afternoon, play a game of disc golf, croquet, tennis or spend the day at a local pool; bring a picnic lunch along. If your teen would rather include his friends, rent a basketball court or take over the tennis courts at a local park. If your teen is eager to learn, get him a golf lesson or start him out on tennis lessons, then take him out for dinner.
Special Activity or Event
Drop your teen off at that all-ages club she has been dying to go to or take her to an under-18 comedy club for an adult experience. If your teen still enjoys childlike fun, you could drop her and a friend off at an amusement park or water park. You could also rent a hotel room for the night and let the teens watch movies and order room service. Or, make a night of it by taking the teens downtown for dinner, to a show or play, out for dessert and then back to a fancy hotel room. Wrap up the birthday in the morning with a delicious brunch. You could also sign your teen up for an all-day cooking class, photography class or writer's workshop if she would prefer to spend time learning or honing a skill.
Day of Independence
Maybe what your teen has been wanting most is to be able to tackle the town solo. Let him take the bus to the city and explore his favourite book stores, record shops and coffee houses. He may want to meet up with friends and see a movie or visit an arcade. Give him some spending money to buy lunch and a few purchases, and tell him to call you if he needs a ride or anything goes awry. Letting him have his independence will give him a thrill and show that you trust him.
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