5 amazing 13th birthday ideas

8/14/2022

If you're struggling with 13th birthday ideas, read this article for 5 amazing ideas for your child's 13th birthday.

Child hitting piñata
Child hitting piñata

Whether you’ve organised a big bash in a decked-out party venue with a private DJ and all the bells and whistles, or you’ve just bought a few party hats and a cake for a quiet get-together at home, your child’s birthday is always special, regardless of what you do. Most of us want to spoil our kids on their birthday, or at the very least, provide them with new or unique experiences that they may have never tried before. But this of course becomes harder with every passing birthday.

We’ll take a look in this article at 5 amazing 13th birthday ideas for your child.

Pizza workshop
Pizza workshop

Book a Pizza Workshop

Who doesn’t love pizza? This dish of Italian origin is about as popular as it gets when it comes to food that everyone loves. Something you’ll always find on a kid's menu at any restaurant. We all love pizza, but trying your hand at pizza making to make a delicious homemade pizza takes a little more skill.

The pizza workshop provides a great 13th birthday idea as you can take your child and a couple of their best friends to learn how to make traditional homemade Italian pizza in a safe and fun environment. Right from the kneading dough until a sprinkle of olive oil after it's cooked, they’ll learn how to make delicious pizzas, as if they’d come right out of a clay oven in Naples.

Portable gaming bus
Portable gaming bus

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Hire a Gaming Bus

You’re probably wondering why a gaming bus would be a good 13th birthday idea. After all, most kids - including yours, will likely have their own games console that they live on at home. But with a gaming bus, you can look at it like the cinema. We can all watch movies at home, but going to the cinema to watch the latest movies adds an element of excitement that you can't replicate in an at-home environment.

Gaming is something they can do in the house, but a gaming bus is a vessel that is specifically set up for group gaming in a comfortable environment. It almost looks like a portal into a virtual gaming world. Along with the décor, a gaming bus will come with multiple monitors and consoles arranged ergonomically to give your child and their friends an experience that they wouldn't have when playing multiplayer at home or online. Another benefit of a gaming bus is they're self-contained, so you don't have to worry about arranging the house to accommodate guests all afternoon. You just hire the bus, and it shows up on your driveway ready to go.

Inflatable igloo
Inflatable igloo

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Hire an Inflatable Igloo

So, you’ve decided on organising a party for your child's 13th birthday. You could hire out a venue, you could take them all to an adventure park, or you could hire a marquee. All are worthy choices, but one unique idea that your child or their friends have probably never experienced before is a party in an inflatable igloo.

If you choose inflatable igloo hire, you’ll have the perfect venue designed for an enclosed party. The unique shape of the dome and the way it looks from both the outside and the inside makes it a fun venue for hire, especially for the younger crowd. An Inflatable igloo is highly customisable too. You could attach a 13th birthday banner as well as kit it out with disco lights, LED flooring, and a DJ booth. It’s the ideal venue for a mobile disco as you get the amenities of a bricks and mortar venue without leaving your home.

Child photographer
Child photographer

Hire a magic mirror photo booth

One of the best 13th birthday ideas which you could also include with an inflatable igloo is a magic mirror photo booth. It’s not uncommon to see someone choose photo booth hire a party these days, but your child and their friends would be sure to have a lot of fun when playing and taking photos with a magic mirror photo booth.

The oval magic mirror photo booth for hire that we offer is the ideal photo booth to hire for 13 year olds. The height is adjustable so it can be lowered to the level of young children. They can look at themselves in the photo booths magic mirror while taking fun photos with their friends. Along with taking pictures, you can also have them printed with an onsite printer for child and their friends to take home.

Family beach holiday
Family beach holiday

Go on Holiday

Not a unique idea as such, but something that we all love to do. One way you could make a 13th birthday trip for your child more interesting is by choosing a lesser-known destination that most people don’t consider. Here are 3 destinations you can look into:

Cedar Point amusement park in Ohio, USA
Cedar Point amusement park in Ohio, USA

Ohio, USA

The USA is known as the land of theme parks, and Ohio state has some of the best. 13 is around the age where you reach the height and level of courage to ride big roller coasters, and spending a few days at Cedar Point in Sandusky, before taking a drive down to Kings Island just outside Cincinnati will fill your roller coaster boots for years.

Ziplining in Costa Rica
Ziplining in Costa Rica

Costa Rica

The Mecca of biodiversity, this small tropical country nestled in Central America offers limitless sustainable outdoor activities in its preserved rainforests. It has a great infrastructure for ecotourism, from white water rafting and zip-lining through rainforest canopies, to climbing volcanoes and bathing in volcanic hot springs. This is an unforgettable 13th birthday idea where you'll find the adventure that your child will remember for the rest of their life.

Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage in Nairo, Kenya
Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage in Nairo, Kenya

Kenya

If you’ve ever considered an African safari and your child has expressed a love for wildlife, then Kenya is the perfect destination for their 13th birthday. You can trawl the African savanna to see the big five as well as visit wildlife sanctuaries like the Giraffe Centre and the Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage just outside Nairobi.