How Long Should A Children’s Birthday Party Be?

If you’re hosting a children’s party, whether it’s a bear building party or not, you’ll have plenty of decisions to make! Food, decorations, who to invite, location, activities and games are all really important, but how long should a children’s birthday party be?

As with many questions we cover in this blog, there are many options, and it really depends on your priorities and situation.

For instance, many people suggest that two hours is the perfect length of time for a party. This is the standard and a good party could be hosted for this long. But there can be issues with this length. Two hours doesn’t give much flexibility and if people are late, or an activity goes on for too long, hosting can become stressful.

At the same time, any longer than two hours can be challenging for young children who don’t have the concentration levels of older children or might start getting tired if you’ve planned some energetic activities like bouncy castles, a play centre or sports party.

Decide On Timings For The Length Of The Party

There’s one way that you can decide on the total length of your children’s party, by creating a list of the activities you want with their timings. Traditional party games, like pass the parcel, musical statues, etc. often take about 15 minutes each. Bear building can take between 15 and 30 minutes depending on the number of children you have – but remember the children often like to play with their new teddies after making them.

Food is challenging, it can take half an hour for some children, but others take only 15 minutes.

You should also look at ensuring you leave 10 minutes at the beginning and the end for those who arrive late or for parents that arrive early to collect.

Whatever length of time you choose to host your party for, it’s worth remembering that it’s not the length of the party that will eventually decide how much fun your child and their friends will have.

How long are your children’s parties? Have you any tips on deciding the length of a child’s birthday party?

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