There can be arrival activities, stations for activities, the usual arts and crafts, free play, the entertainment, clowns, moonbounce or etc. Also the closing activities hopefully are helpful below.
This would include decorating party hats, name tags, favor bags, are a fun way for children to transitions into the party.
With markers and ribbon supplies have the guest create a BIG Happy Birthday card for your child.
Also you can have a guess how jelly beans jar, or lego’s etc.
Setup simple activity stations ahead of time that are available to guests throughout the party. Activities can be designed for individual children or small groups and can be self serve of supervised by a parent as needed. Make a coin toss, ball toss or ring toss.
Arts and Crafts
Arts & crafts projects provide a nice balance for more active party games and completed projects can also serve as party favors. Arts & crafts should be relatively easy, so they aren’t frustrating for children and don’t require a lot of adult involvement. Avoid crafts that require lots of glue (messy and frustrating) and provide washable paints and markers to avoid staining clothes and skin. Coloring, beading (bracelets or key chains), modeling clay, and pipe cleaner sculpting are popular craft projects that most children are familiar with.
Group activities are designed for all the party guests to participate in at the same time and include party favorites, such as scavenger hunts, circle games (hot potato, duck-duck-goose), pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey (or a variation that fits the party theme), relay races, and breaking a pinata. Group activities can be as high energy as an obstacle course or as low key as listening to a story. Ideally, group activities should be noncompetitive and if the activity requires teams, have children count off to determine the teams
Clowns and magicians, it’s possible to book entertainers who come as popular storybook, TV or movie characters. Puppet shows are fun for younger children as are singers and musicians who lead children in musical activities. Try to see an entertainer in action before committing to have her perform at your child’s party. It’s more important that an entertainer interact well with children than be the world’s best performer. When the entertainer arrives at the party, introduce her to your child. Many entertainers will give the guest of honor special opportunities to participate in the show. If your child is shy and does not want to be the star of the show, be sure to let the entertainer know this ahead of time.
It’s rare, but possible an entertainer may cancel at the last minute or not show up. Don’t set expectations too high, make sure the entire party doesn't revolve around the entertainer, and have a back-up plan, such as additional games or a children’s DVD.
Keep in mind that professional entertainers are not inexpensive. They usually more than earn their fee and are often the highlight of the party, but if you’re on a tight budget consider recruiting friends and family as entertainers. Someone you know can probably tell a story, do face painting, apply removable tattoos or even create funny balloon hats.
Another popular form of party entertainment is bounce gyms; large inflatable structures kids jump around in. Bounce gyms come in lots of fun themes and styles with some including slides and water features. Bounce gyms aren’t inexpensive to rent, but the fee usually includes set-up and delivery. Adult supervision is recommended to limit the number of children and ensure that smaller children don’t get overwhelmed by larger guests. Find bounce gyms or our Moonbounce company HERE