Run-of-the-mill birthday parties aren't for everyone. Some people enjoy a little more adventure than others. Birthday adventures work just as well for a party of two as they do for an entire group. Use the birthday celebrant's interests, personality and age to choose a fitting adventure.
Toddlers typically enjoy exploring and trying new things. Setting up a birthday adventure for a toddler may have drawbacks, such as there is no guarantee the toddler will enjoy the adventure. Hands-on museums or craft centres where the kids can play, touch, feel and possibly get dirty or create something will likely go over well. A centre that offers a variety of activities may work out best, as the toddlers can move on to a new adventure if he doesn't like another. Take your toddler to an amusement park or wild life centre that has specific attractions for toddlers if his birthday celebration is a family affair.
Elementary School-Aged Adventures
Tame adventures are typically sufficient for elementary school-aged children. Rent or charter a boat for a fishing adventure or sea life adventure if you live near an ocean. A hiking trip with an experienced scout to spot wildlife or go bird watching is another option. The trip should only last a couple hours on a fairly easy trail. Wildlife preserves or children's museums can provide an educational adventure. Backyard camping adventures are typically different enough to provide an exciting birthday celebration, while the conveniences of home are there for anyone who needs them. Spend an afternoon or a weekend at a dude ranch with instructors who can teach the kids how to ride horses for a horseback riding adventure.
Teenage birthday adventures can include longer excursions with more physically-demanding activities than younger kids, if your teen is up to it. For example, an overnight camping adventures near a lake or in the wild are appropriate with adult chaperones. Hire a surfing or snowboarding instructor who can give the teens a lesson that allows them to enjoy an extreme adventure. If your teen would enjoy skateboarding more, hire a professional skater. Mountain biking is another adventure that's appropriate for teenagers. Get written permission from the parents of your teen's friends before allowing them to participate in any adventures in which they may hurt themselves.
Adults of any age might enjoy an adventurous birthday rather than the routine cake and ice cream variety. Choose an activity the birthday celebrant has never tried, but has mentioned wanting to try. The length of adventure should be determined by who's involved, the activity and your adventure budget. A simple train ride through wine country or hot air balloon ride are adventures that don't require physical strength or agility. Bungee jumping, hang gliding, skydiving or parachuting are more extreme. White water rafting, rock climbing or swimming with dolphins have physical requirements, but might work if the birthday celebrant and guest share a passion for the extreme.
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