11 Memorable Cars Birthday Party Ideas
The race is on! If you’re planning a Cars-themed birthday party, we have a list of fun Cars birthday party ideas perfect for celebrations. Feel free to combine a few ideas or just take on one idea and run with it. From party ideas incorporating real cars to crafty “create your own car” ideas, this list includes options that will fit any party size, budget, and age group!
1. Ready, set, go!
Make a trip to a real-life version of the Piston Cup race. The Los Angeles International Speedway in the Cars movies is based on a mix of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, the Arroyo Seco in Pasadena (also the location of the Rose Bowl), and the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana. But if you don’t live close enough to visit one of these venues, just visit the racetrack closest to home! RacingIn lists over 1,200 U.S. race tracks in their speedway directory for you to peruse. You can even rent this incredible motorsports track in Riverside, CA (pictured above) on Peerspace today!
2. Rent a car garage on Peerspace
Book the perfect venue to enjoy all your Cars birthday party ideas! With Peerspace, you can book both outdoor and indoor venues to celebrate in— our favorite idea is booking out a real-life car studio! There are spaces like this one in L.A. that already come with cars included, fully-equipped auto shops like this one in Chicago, race car garage spaces like this one in New York, and more! Just search for the kind of space you are looking for and the area you live in, and you’ll find an array of options near you!
3. Visit your local auto museum
Museum birthday parties are a great way to mix a little bit of learning with a great time! This is a fun birthday party idea for kids and adults alike — so be prepared for lots of parents wanting to join in on the fun too! Some car museums even offer birthday party packages, like the Automobile Driving Museum in El Segundo, CA, or America’s Car Museum LeMay in Tacoma, WA. Give the local auto museum nearest you a call to see if they offer birthday party packages!
4. Take a trip to Route 66
Make Lightning McQueen proud by stopping into one of the little towns along Route 66! If you live in an area near the “Mother Road,”— turn your Cars party into a destination birthday party. Route 66 is 2,400 miles long and crosses eight states and three time zones. This road is chocked full of amazing history to make for an enjoyable birthday trip for kids and adults alike. The road was first signed into law in 1927 as one of the original U.S. Highways, and sections of the road are on the National Register of Historic Places. Our top destinations along the route include Cadillac Ranch in Texas, The Painted Desert in Arizona, and the Totem Pole Park in Oklahoma. Still, these are just a few of the Cars party ideas along the way!
5. Hot Wheels races
Miniaturize the Piston Cup race with toy car playsets! Party guests can design tracks, race each other and compete for prizes! Hot Wheels cars or Cars themed toy cars would also be great party favors for all the guests!
6. Drive-in movie theater
Sleepovers and movie birthday parties are always a big hit— but what about stepping it up a notch and creating a Drive-In movie theatre to watch Cars in the driveway?! There are so many different fun routes to go with this birthday plan! Set up blankets in the back of the pick-up for all the kids to watch the movie from or for a COVID-conscious birthday party, have kiddos stay in their own family’s car but still experience the movie with friends close by!
7. Build your own car
Looking for Cars birthday party ideas that are cheap but still tons of fun? Put all those old cardboard boxes you have at home to use — let the kiddos use them to make their own cars! All you’ll need is paint, boxes, glue, paper plates (for the tires), and some imagination! For extra fun, consider cutting off the top and bottom of the box so kids can “wear” their car creations and even have foot races to see who made the fastest foot-powered vehicle!
8. Cars-themed mural
This idea might take quite a bit of pre-birthday prep— but it’ll be well worth it for the post-party keepsake! On a large sheet or wall (that you don’t mind having painted), outline a scene from the Cars movie. You could also project an outline of a scene onto the wall/sheet you plan to let the kids paint to make outlining easier. Then, during the party— have lots of colors and paints ready so the kids can fill in the scene! Once the scene is fully painted, you can also use it for a party photoshoot backdrop!
9. Cookie decorating
Why buy a Cars-themed cake when you can let the party guests decorate their own sugary snacks?! Sugar cookie or cupcake decorating would be a great way to get the kids’ artistic juices flowing and let them show off their creativity. Head to the kitchen, bake away, and have kids vote for their favorite Cars-themed cupcake/cookie. And as a bonus, they can eat them as soon as they’re done.
10. Remote control cars
Bring on the competition! Remote control cars would be a great birthday present that guests can also enjoy “test driving” at the birthday party. Set up courses, obstacles, and more for the kids to compete and feel a part of a real car race!
11. Don’t forget the decorations!
Whatever Cars party ideas you choose to incorporate into the celebration— don’t forget to decorate with Cars themed balloons, plates, table covers, and more. These little touches can really help bring the party theme together and make the celebration feel complete. Keep it simple and rent a Peerspace car garage and enjoy a pre-decorated rental!