A 13th birthday is a special occasion in my opinion…especially for a girl! The problem is this age group can be a little “challenging” when it comes to finding just the right party. Figuring out how to make a 13th birthday special can be hard. I have come up with 20 ideas for a girls 13th birthday for a girl…I bet you will see the perfect idea for your daughter on this list!
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20 Ideas for a Girls 13th Birthday
The problem with this age is that they don't want to have a party that seems too “childish” but they aren't old enough to do some activities that teenagers would do. We have to get creative and offer up a few choices to make this day extra special for these girls!
As a mom of three daughters….I am getting the hang of this!
Spa Day Party
Most families are not going to shell out money for a big group of girls to go to a real spa. Luckily this is something easy to do at home and still have a blast. Mom—grab a few of your friends to help “treat” these girls to a spa day at your house.
You can do facials, pedicures, manicures….even hair treatments–like special conditioning, etc. The girls will have so much fun being pampered.
Cooking Contest Party
A lot of kids are really into the whole “chef” thing. There are lots of fun TV shows that have cooking contests, etc. What if you did your own version of Cutthroat Kitchen of Chopped!
This doesn't have to be extravagant to be a blast! Be sure to make some kind of cooking trophy for the winner!
Neighborhood Scavenger Hunt
Send the girls out on a big neighborhood scavenger hunt. They can go in teams of 2 or 3 for safety purposes. Don't forget prizes for the winning teams.
Mall Scavenger Hunt
Another fun version of a scavenger hunt is to do it at the mall! Instead of getting items…they will take pictures of items with their phones. This is a good option when the weather isn't going to allow an outdoor scavenger hunt.
Jewelry Making Party
Most 13 year old girls like jewelry. It is easy to personalize to each girl's taste too. Head over to your local craft store and buy a variety of beads, charms, etc. and let the girls get creative all evening long!
It is nice to have an activity that ends with a nice item for the girls to take home!
Learn a Craft Party
I know some ladies who do different crafts…and do them really well! Find someone in your community who could come over and teach the girls a new craft.
Maybe they could learn to crochet and they could all make a small project. It could be candle-making…there are so many fun crafts out there to learn!
Painting parties are all the rage for women right now. I know that most teen girls would also enjoy painting a nice picture they can put in their room. Find a local painting center and book it for the afternoon! Be sure to ask for picture options that teen girls would like!
You are never too old to have fun at an arcade (in my opinion, LOL). Take the girls out for pizza and then head to a local arcade…be sure to give them all bunches of tokens so they can play and play!
Bowling is fun…but cosmic bowling is even more fun! Do a late night cosmic bowling party for your daughter's 13th birthday party. This will be an evening of LAUGHS for sure!
Renting a limo for a couple of hours would thrill most girls of any age. I think this would make a 13th birthday party very special. If the birthday is near the holidays they could look at Christmas lights. If not..they can just cruise and feel extra grown up!
This may be a smaller party idea…but taking your daughter and her best friend to a hotel for a night can be a really awesome idea. Book a room somewhere that has a nice pool so they can swim.
My kids and I love to go hiking together. I know that getting a group of friends and going on a hiking adventure for the day would be a really fun time and an unusual 13th birthday party.
Pack some fun snacks to the girls. Take tons of pictures of them on the hike too!
We aren't really a camping family, but my kids wish we were, LOL. I know that surprising my daughter with a camping party would get me lots of points!! Bonfires, tents and roasted hot dogs…just equals a fun time! Here is a great camping packing list!
Night at the Theater
Dressing up and going to the theater…as in musical theater…is a really special evening. Take your daughter and one or two friends to see a musical. This will be a great memory for them.
You can try to see about a backstage tour or a chance to meet some of the cast if you let the theater know it is your daughter's 13th birthday!
We don't live near an amusement park…much to my children's dismay. If we did this would be high on my list for birthday! Spending the day at an amusement park would be fun for most teenagers.
Be sure to look for ticket coupons or even a Groupon to save money on admission!
Retro Game Party
Retro and vintage are all the rage. Drag out your old games and have a good old fashioned game night. Twister, Connect 4, Dominoes…teach the girls how to play some of the classic games in your closet!
Pull out your karyoke machine or borrow one from a friend. A last resort is to buy one…they are fairly reasonably priced these days. Get some music and let the girls have a Karyoke contest! This will be a hoot to watch and seeing teen girls let their hair down and just have fun is priceless.
My daughters LOVE going to the pet store. They have actually spent HOURS there holding puppies. 🙂 Take the group out to lunch and then to some pet stores for some hands on fun. Give the kittens some love too!
Escape Room Party
We have several businesses in town that offer “escape room” parties. I have been hearing my teen talk about this recently and I think it would be a really unique party idea.
How about getting down and dirty with an all girls paintball party? I am sure a lot of people think this is something only boys would like…but I disagree and think this would be an exciting party!
How Will You Celebrate?
How will you celebrate you daughter's 13th birthday? Which of these 20 ideas for a girls 13th birthday is your favorite? Do you have an idea that isn't on this list? Let me know!