A child's 9th birthday is the last time in his life where you'll be celebrating a single-digit number. For this reason, 9th birthdays should be as special as possible. Making some precious memories of this day that will be treasured by the birthday child and his parents for many years to come can be done in many different ways.
Themed Birthday Party
Every young child loves a great, big birthday bash. Themed parties are a sure hit because you can customise everything from the decorations down to the cake in ways that take into account the birthday child's interests, likes and dislikes. You could centre the theme of a birthday party on a favourite television show or book, or on a favourite character. Alternately, consider seasonal themes. For instance, if the birthday falls in the middle of summer, consider opening your backyard for a pool party, or if the birthday falls in the middle of winter, consider a cosy sleepover party with lots of hot chocolate to warm up party goers.
Special Outing with Friends and Family
A downside of having a birthday party in your home is that afterward, you have to clean up. You can avoid this problem by celebrating the birthday child's special day somewhere special to him. For instance, if the birthday child loves the park, a giant picnic and barbecue at a local park may be the way to go. Local water parks, the beach and speciality arcade/restaurants for children are all popular birthday party destinations.
Special Family Time
Perhaps you just moved to a new area and your birthday child hasn't had the time to make any new friends. Don't let this stop you from providing a fun and memorable birthday for your child. Consider special activities that will promote family bonding. A spa day for mom and daughter will make a little girl feel like a pampered princess, or for a little boy, some father-son time at the local science museum or another place where the birthday boy can play explorer, may go over well. End the day with a family celebration including birthday cake.
Just like adults, some children love parties and being the centre of attention, while others do not. If you don't think your child would like a traditional birthday party, consider timing his birthday with the annual family vacation, and go someplace that will give your child a memorable birthday. Walt Disney World and other theme parks are possibilities. However, these trips can be super expensive. If money is an issue, consider a camping trip.
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