Birthday Party Theme Ideas for 5-to 6-Year-Olds

We've Got Wheels

This is an outdoor party, best planned for a home with a good-size driveway or in a park with good riding space. Have guests bring their favorite wheels -- they can be bikes, trikes, scooters, or skates. Encourage all riders to wear helmets and be safe.

Game: Ride-on Obstacle Course. Set up obstacles in your driveway or in another flat open area. Orange cones are fun, but don't feel like that's your only option. Chairs, garbage cans, and large stuffed animals can work, too. Have a stopwatch handy to time your riders.

Party favor: Bike reflector decals.

Planning timeline

  • One month before party day: Make guest list, plan menu, send invitations.
  • Two weeks before party day: Shop for party favors, paper goods, and items needed for the obstacle course. Ask a friend or relative who has RSVP'd to act as your assistant on party day.
  • One week before party day: Shop for menu items.

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