Our favorite ideas for the 12th birthday party! Fun and unique birthday themes, party games, activities and fun ideas just for twelve year olds. Perfect for tweens and preteens, boys and girls. See our tween party ideas for more fun ideas for ages 10, 11 and 12 year olds.
Our top 12 birthday party theme picks are:
1. Art Party
2. Spa Party
3. Rock Star
4. Neon Party
8. Animal Shelter (charity party)
10. Dance Party
11. Fear Factor
12. Wish Upon a Star
Each 12 year old theme has fun ideas for invitations, decorations, games, activities, icebreakers, party favors and goody bags.
More themes! 200 birthday party theme ideas
Tween / Preteen Party Games
12 year old Party Games - for more birthday party games for 12 year olds and preteens see our Tween party games page! Mix and match your favorite games that correspond to your party theme. Print out the whole list so you will have enough games for the whole party.
Mall Scavenger Hunts
Mall Scavenger Hunts - Mall Scavenger Hunts are a fun group party game that 12 year olds love! We've listed our favorite scavenger hunts and they all have a FREE scavenger hunt list that you can print out for your party. There are 8 fun Mall Scavenger Hunts to choose from! Great party idea that 12 year olds love!
Choose your favorite scavenger hunt and print out the list of items that teams will need to find. Divide the players in to 2 or more teams depending on how many kids will be playing. Try to have at least 4 players per team, but no more than 6 per team.
Set a time limit on how long the teams have to find the items on their list. 45 minutes to an hour is plenty of time to collect most of
the items and also makes teams hurry so they can find as many as possible within that time. Set up a meeting point for the end of the time limit. A restaurant within the mall is a great place for everyone to end up. Have lunch or dinner and serve cake while the
judges go through and determine a winner.
The Freebie Shopping Spree has a huge item list of 40 items that can be found and collected free at any mall.
Mall Scavenger Hunts include:
Freebie Shopping Spree - Free list with over 40 items to collect Free!
a 2 z - This is an alphabetical list of fun items to find within the mall.
Ultimate Mall Hunt
Rainbow Scavenger Hunt
The BEST Minute to Win It Games!
Easy to play and all use inexpensive items you have around the house. Perfect for 12 year old parties! Great with large or small group parties of boys and girls.
Tween Minute to Win It Games
Party Ideas for 12 year olds
Fun party ideas for tween and preteen parties
Tween Party Ideas - 10, 11 and 12 year olds
Backyard and Outdoor Group Party Games
Outdoor Party Games
All the favorite outdoor / backyard games including:
Water Balloon Games (over 50!)
Pool Noodle Games (no pool required!)
Beach Ball Games
Hula Hoop Games
and many more!
Sleepover and Slumber Party Ideas
If the 12th birthday party includes a sleepover check out our Sleepover and Slumber Party guide! Full of great ideas for invitations, games, crafts, activities and lots of fun ideas!
Mystery Dinner Game
This party game is a crazy and different way to serve dinner or snacks. Guests order from a crazy menu where all the food items have a name that gives a clue to what the food will be. The kids won't know what they have ordered until it arrives.
They order three different times and by the third time all the kids have figured out what the items are and can order knowing what they will receive.
You'll need extra helpers to be waiters that are not part of the party so they can keep the menu items a secret. Complete instructions, set up and free menu to print out are on the Mystery Dinner Game page.
Icebreaker Games are great for the start of the party to have a chance for the kids to get to know each other and "break the ice" before the party begins. Quick, easy games that get the guests talking and interacting with each other.
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