13 Great 13th Birthday Party Ideas (2021)


Birthday party venues on Peerspace typically cost between $100 — $150 per hour.

Thirteen is a super-fun age to celebrate! Those early teenage years take you on a dizzying ride that shifts at the drop of a hat: experiencing childlike glee and enthusiasm one minute, brooding about the unfairness that is middle school the next. Personalities take shape, and you get a glimpse of the adults they’re going to be. If you’re a parent planning for your kid’s birthday party, you may need a few 13th birthday party ideas that your teen-to-be will adore.

After all, the party for this vital age should be monumental, so consider changing your scenery, getting out of the house, and booking a unique, exciting venue through Peerspace! Whether you want to rent a bowling alley or a sprawling lawn, a modern warehouse, or a creative arts space, thousands of unique venues are at your fingertips when it comes time to host your birthday party.

And now, with the CDC recommending that every child over the age of 12 get the COVID-19 vaccine and booster shots in the works, you can comfortably host a birthday gathering for your 13-year-old and their friends (or modify the party to the extent that you’re comfortable hosting others). That said, behold a slew of fantastic 13th birthday party ideas for the newly minted teen in your life.

1. Host the 13th birthday party at a unique Peerspace venue

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If you’ve spent over a year in quarantine due to COVID-19, you’re likely itching to switch up your scenery and get out of your house when considering your 13-year-old’s birthday party. Thankfully, Peerspace has you covered: it’s the place to rent unique spaces for events like birthday parties. With thousands of cool venues across the United States, Canada, and beyond, you can take your 13th birthday party anywhere you like. Houses with an awesome backyard and a pool, a rooftop (for those mindful of socializing outside through the pandemic), or even a property with a private movie theater room are all at your fingertips! The bottom line? Your 13-year-old will be psyched to celebrate this milestone in a killer space that their tween friends will be talking about until Sweet 16.

2. 13th birthday party ideas for the budding chef: cooking class

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At this age, they have strong opinions about food that are often limited to whether they will eat what you’ve prepared or not. Give them a chance to learn some life skills and expand their horizons! Cooking classrooms are popping up all over the country; kids receive instruction and ingredients and get to bring their creations home. If the venue doesn’t provide aprons, make sure you do bring one. Either order them in bulk from a restaurant supply store or create simple DIY options.

3. Old-school bowling

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Bowling is a sport that even the least athletic, uncoordinated person can do, so it’s perfect for teens just growing into their bodies. This is one of those 13th birthday party ideas that are loud, competitive, and a good source of laughs — not unlike 13-year-olds! Grab a Polaroid camera to capture moments on actual film — it will blow their minds. Add pizza, root beer floats, and cupcakes for a truly memorable party.

4. Olympics

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There are always those middle school kids who simply never stop moving. Arrange for an age-appropriate Olympic-style 13th birthday party! Have kids create their own flags when they arrive, then offer a range of activities for different skill levels: hoop shoot, dress-up relay, hula hoop, tug-o-war, and shot put with water balloons! Of course, since it’s a party, everybody wins: give out medals and cones of cotton candy, reminiscent of the Olympic torch. Play hype-up music and serve cake decorated with — you guessed it — Olympic rings.

5. High tea

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Every kid defines “fun” differently. For calmer 13-year-olds, invite party guests to arrive in high style! Upon entry, greet them with a variety of hats — straw, felt, even top hats — and piles of decorations with which to adorn them: ribbons and feathers, beads and sequins. Start a game of croquet and offer dance lessons as activities. Serve tea in mismatched china (from a thrift store is fine), kid-friendly tea sandwiches, and tiny cupcakes on tiered trays. Send guests home with small wrapped boxes of truffles and petits fours, as well as their very own teacup and saucer as a charming party favor.

6. Backyard campout

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Pop a tent and ask kiddos to bring their own sleeping mats and bedding. As an icebreaker activity, hand out white pillowcases and puffy pens or fabric markers for each kid to create a custom design. For dinner, build a bonfire to cook mountain pie pizzas and s’mores, then when the flames die down, huddle and tell ghost stories. Be ready at the crack of dawn to cook a lumberjack-worthy breakfast!

7. Slip and slide

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We’re pretty sure some geniuses designed backyard water games with 13-year-olds in mind. Can you think of better summertime 13th birthday party ideas? Turn on the hose and cut them loose! Water games make hungry kids, so have lots of ready-to-grab snacks, drinks, and sweets while burgers and dogs are on the grill. No need for guests to bring a towel: that’s your party favor.

8. Karaoke dance party

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There’s no better way to see the diversity of your kids’ musical interests than to throw a karaoke-themed 13th birthday party. Make it easy on yourself and enlist the help of a DJ — for a nominal fee, they’ll provide everything you need — mics and a screen for lyrics and rock star lighting. Some kiddos will lean towards show tunes, others towards pop hits you’ve never heard of. They’ll make up for lack of skill with enthusiasm and choreography. This is one of the top 13th birthday party ideas for kids who love music and singing.

9. Rainbow party

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There’s no wrong way to decorate for a rainbow-themed party! Greet guests with a contemporary rainbow balloon arch, adorn chairs with ribbon streamers in a rainbow of color, and string rainbow garland and sunshine cutouts overhead. Provide tie-dye materials — including the T-shirts, wrapped to ensure a successful design — and send the kids outside to make a beautiful mess.

10. Silent disco

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There’s little about young teens that are silent but give one of the most creative 13th birthday party ideas a shot. You have the option to hire a silent disco DJ, but it’s just as simple to give each kid inexpensive earbuds to hook up to their phones. Clear an ample space, add club-worthy lighting, and let them cut loose.

11. Magic workshop

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A step up from elementary school magic shows! Invite a magician to perform a range of sleight-of-hand tricks, then teach them a couple of trade secrets. Provide goodie bags filled with finger traps, trick decks of cards, and brain-teasing puzzles; have a station of materials to craft their custom magic wands.

12. Backyard carnival

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Transform your yard — or a Peerspace! — into a raucous, colorful carnival. Entertain your guests with a combination of DIY and rented carnival-themed games and activities — dunk tank and pie-throwing, ring toss, and goldfish game (although don’t put real goldfish in the bowls: Kool-aid with plastic fish is just fine). Invite a juggling club and a group of gymnasts to provide entertainment, then serve corn dogs, bags of roasted peanuts, popcorn, and cotton candy.

13. Constructive destruction

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Adolescence brings with it a lot of emotions. Be the cool guardian and give them an outlet! Professionally designed rage rooms and axe-throwing venues have cropped up over the last couple of years, and the minimum age is the magic number 13. It sounds terrifying, but it’s a controlled and safe environment for kids and adults to blow off some steam.

A child only turns 13 once, so make it as special as possible! Pick a few of these 13th birthday ideas and see what the birthday teen-to-be likes best. And of course, don’t forget to book an incredible Peerspace venue! Peerspace is the easiest way to book safe and stylish venues in whatever city or town you like. Simply browse the listings in the location you desire, check out the photos and reviews, and book away. Whether indoors or outdoors, chic or thrilling, you’ll find a space that your 13-year-old and all their friends will be wild about.

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