Birthday party ideas for a 7-year-old boy

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Turning 7 is an important milestone in a young boy's life, and a party lets him know that you are proud of his accomplishments and everything he can do. At the age of 7 a boy is going to be adventurous and curious about the world around him, and there are many birthday party ideas that foster this attitude.

Camping Party

A camping party can start with invitations written on simple brown paper that has been stamped with fish, tents and other outdoors objects. Set up tents in the backyard and serve up grilled hot dogs and burgers. A camping party allows a 7-year-old boy to establish some independence while remembering that his family is just inside the house. Allow the children to roast marshmallows and make s'mores at the grill and tell scary stories as the sun sets.

Pirate Party

A pirate-themed party is ideal for a boy who loves pirates and the idea of adventures on the high seas. Look for invitations that have a skull and crossbones on them and invite your son's friends over for a day of plunder and adventure. Gift bags can include eye patches and plastic swords. Organise a treasure hunt that will take the guests all over the house and the yard and will allow them to dig in a sandbox for buried treasure. Replace rum with root beer and choose a cake that has been decorated with skulls, treasure maps or ships.

Stargazing Party

Take your son and his friends to the local planetarium. At the age of 7, children are more aware of the world around them and intensely interested in exploring it. The planetarium gives them an opportunity to see the way the world works and to enjoy a celestial show. Look for programming that is suited for children this age and follow up the stargazing with a trip to an ice cream parlour.

Martial Arts Demonstration

If your 7-year-old son is interested in sparring or martial arts, call the local martial arts training centres to see if they do single session lessons for groups of children. Your son's party can consist of a trained martial arts instructor teaching your son and his friends to tumble and to take falls. This party is ideal for a boy who is physically inclined and adores martial arts movies.