There are all sorts of things that people do for their birthday, which might include visiting a special restaurant or go out to the movies. While children might also enjoy a treat, they are more likely to want to have a party in one spot and have activities that are unique to emphasise the importance of the day. Young children want attention and the opportunity to feel important, so birthday party activities for young kids usually keep this desire in mind.
So what could be perfect? An activity that seldom happens on other days is a great start. Hispanics are very fond of bashing pinatas, and it can still be a great experience for a kid that has never done this before. Even adults like to bash things with sticks, and having to knock the pinata with a blindfold adds to the challenge.
Spinning the child around to disorient them may not be the best idea for younger kids. Young kids do not like to feel humiliated in front of a crowd, and being dizzy might be unpleasant for a kid not used to it. Knocking a pinata is a better ritual for a smaller group. If there are fewer kids, then the odds of embarrassment are smaller and each kid can have several swings.
A birthday party might be a great place to introduce children to new sports. This is especially true if they are more adept at downloading new apps on a smartphone than swinging a plastic baseball bat. A few possible choices are darts or football. Since darts are dangerous for young children and since football is more commonly practiced by older children, introducing these on a birthday could be a great rite of passage. It presents a new activity while acknowledging the growth of the child.
Since children receive presents on their birthday, a lot of activities might dwell on new toys received. Sporting goods such as baseballs and footballs are obvious, but other sports depend on the season. A child who was born in summer might receive water guns and so might have a water gun fight on a birthday. Someone born in the fall might receive foam dart guns instead.
Birthday party activities in winter can be a bit more challenging to figure out, but there are interesting things to do inside and outside in winter. Exercise is the best way to keep warm in cold weather, so winter sports might include a race. There are usually a lot of leaves on the ground into early winter, so hiding small gifting in leaves might be a great challenge. Use your imagination and think of something new each year.