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Park parties for kids

Parks make a great location for kids' birthday parties
Parks make a great location for kids' birthday parties
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Just another day at the park? Not when you plan a PARTY at the park!

Parks make a great location for parties because children have so much room to play. Plus, who doesn’t love to come back home to a clean post-party house?

Find the perfect park at: provides photos, highlights and comments about Orange County’s parks and beaches. Plus, it offers many other resources to bring more FUN to the outdoors whether party planning or just playing!

Don’t forget parks are great locations for Team Parties, too!


Any theme works for a party at a park by using themed paper goods, favors and games. But, here are a few park-related themes to try:


Remember to give a cell phone number in case guests have difficulty finding the party.

  • Shovel/Pail: Tie the invitation to the pail or write the invitation on the shovel in permanent marker.
  • Frisbee: Place a sticker with the party details onto the Frisbee.
  • Picnic napkin: Write the invitation on a picnic cloth paper napkin. As an extra touch, include plastic ants in the envelope!
  • Bug Box: Put the invitation inside a bug box. 


  • Balloons & streamers (These also help guests find you at a large park)
  • Music (Bring batteries in case there isn’t an electrical outlet)
  • Blankets (Provides extra seating in case there aren't enough benches/seating)
  • Tablecloths
  • Pinatas, paper lanterns, banners or other decorations that can hang from trees


  • Pack each guest a sack lunch with a sandwich, chips, fruit, drink and napkin (use themed bags or add stickers to decorate)
  • Grill hot dogs or hamburgers (check for grill availability or reservation requirements)


  • Bubbles, beach balls, sidewalk chalk and sand toys are all fun activities for guests to play with while you wait for the other guests to arrive.
  • Nature Scene Investigators: Check out these amazing adventures created by students as a service project for at parks throughout Orange County.
  • Obstacle Course: Create an obstacle course through the park equipment (this works well for a Survivor themed party)
  • Scavenger Hunt: Race to find a stick, leaf, rock and other items found around a park.
  • Fast & Furious: Have contests to see who can go across the monkey bars, down the slide or up a ladder fastest.
  • Frisbee Golf: Set out markers as “holes” (cones with balloons work well). Guests toss their Frisbee and count the number of throws to reach each “hole”. Lowest score wins.
  • Treasure Hunt: Give clues to find hidden treasures in the park or sandlot. (This works well for an Amazing Race or Pirate themed party)
  • Kite Runner: Pair up guests with materials to build and fly their own kite or use packaged kites.
  • Sports: Soccer, baseball, volleyball, badminton, and many other sports and relays work well at the park.
  • Trash Pick Up: Give each guest a trash bag (or plastic grocery bag). Instruct them to pick up as much trash as they can find. Award a prize to every guest who picks up at least 10 pieces of trash. The best part is leaving the park better than you found it!
  • Pinatas are also a fun birthday tradition that work well at the park.


  • Leaf Rubs: Place a piece of paper on top of a leaf. Rub the side of a crayon over the paper to create a leaf print.
  • Name Tags: Collect sticks, stems or pine needles from the ground. Arrange them to spell names and glue onto cardstock. Punch two holes at the top and tie raffia to create a nameplate door hanger.
  • Decorate visors with foam stickers, permanent markers and adhesive jewels.
  • Design-Your-Own Frisbee with permanent markers and stickers
  • Build a bug box (kits available at


  • Pail & Shovel filled with : sunglasses, snacks, water squirters & jacks
  • Custom T-shirts (Makes it easy to find guests at the park!)
  • Bubbles
  • Frisbees
  • Kites
  • Sidewalk chalk
  • Bug catchers & magnifying glasses
  • Beach balls
  • Jump ropes

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Need more party ideas? Check out the Amazing Race party (perfect for the park!) and more great party ideas in the Spring issue of Coast Kids Magazine!



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