Great Summer Birthday Party Ideas for Kids

Summer birthdays are extra special. A summer birthday party can be held outside and feature water activities that aren't as fun in cooler seasons. Celebrate your child's next birthday with sunshine and laughter. Take the party outdoors with these simple, budget-friendly summer birthday party ideas - your party will be a huge hit! What are some great kid’s summer birthday party ideas?

The best part about having a birthday party in the summer is that finding ways to celebrate while in the outdoors is so simple! These awesome summer birthday party ideas for kids feature themes that are sure to please any age group, and your party will be a tremendous success!

Many of these suggestions are very inexpensive as well, allowing you to use nature in place of a costly indoor rental for your party. It’s also a great way to allow your little ones to get plenty of sunshine and exercise while blending some good fun into the mix!

This list features the best summer birthday party ideas for kids and offers a variety of options for your party to accommodate almost any age group! Cast your votes for the best kids birthday ideas for the summer season below.

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  • 1
    131 VOTES

    Splashy Bash

    Throw a water balloon shindig to cool the summer heat! Fill up the water balloons before your guests arrive and place them in a plastic kiddie pool. Let the kids grab balloons and have fun splashing each other!
    131 votes
  • 2
    82 VOTES

    Backyard 'Wipeout'

    Backyard 'Wipeout'
    Video: YouTube
    To get started, rent an inflatable water slide, stock a soapy water kiddie pool with rings hidden at the bottom, and make the iconic "big red ball" course with some extra-large bouncy balls and tires. To finish it all off with a splash, include a "crooked noodle" path (made out of swimming noodles) for the little ones to weave and bob through before crossing the finish line.
    82 votes
  • 3
    75 VOTES

    Outdoor Movie Party

    There's no reason to sit inside and watch your little one's favorite flick when the weather's nice. Local A/V stores often sell inflatable movie screens, or they can be rented from party supply stores so your tot can screen their favorite film at the party. Depending on your child's age, create a true red carpet entry to your yard, complete with "photographers" snapping their every move. A menu filled with classic theater snacks, or even a popcorn machine, will keep everyone munching throughout the showing.

    75 votes
  • 4
    62 VOTES

    Afternoon Scavenger Hunt

    Afternoon Scavenger Hunt
    Video: YouTube
    Have a scavenger hunt! Little toys, snacks, and favors can be hidden along a path to be hunted for. Inexpensive tote bags are a great way for kids to collect the items that they gather on the hunt. Consider embellishing them with a party motif, or have the kids personalize them with some basic craft supplies.
    62 votes
  • 5
    64 VOTES

    Ice Cold Piñata Treats

    Create an ice cream sundae piñata — perfect for cooling off on a warm summer day, and certainly one activity that's sure to be a fun surprise for all of your young guests! Fill an ice cream themed piñata with all the best ice cream sundae fixings and then serve ice cream once the piñata has been hit. Your guests can create their own special sundaes with the toppings they collected.
    64 votes
  • 6
    70 VOTES

    Bubble Party

    Bubble Party
    Video: YouTube
    To make your own "human bubble" game, simply create a homemade bubble solution the night before the party, and have a hula hoop (for making giant bubbles) and kiddie pool on hand. Bubble containers, bubble bath, and bubble gum are all great goody bag favors.
    70 votes