If you're looking for fun things to do on your birthday, you've just struck gold!
I know everything about games; virtual, board, and everything in between. And I know the best things to do on your special day!
Over on Gamertelligence.com, I wrote the best list of birthday party games, but today I'm not just sharing games; I'm sharing everything fun!
So, happy birthday to you! Let’s celebrate.
Ultimate List of 30 Fun Things To Do On Your Birthday
Whether you like to keep things low-key, or this is your favorite day of the year, there are so many fun things to do on your birthday. You just need to find a birthday celebration idea or a birthday party idea that suits you. Birthdays aren't about age. It's about celebrating your life so far!
8 Best Fun Things To Do On Your Special Day To Make It Memorable
Create memories today that will last a lifetime, ones that you can look back on and smile at. Reign over your day with style. Having survived another trip around the sun, enjoy the day with adrenaline-filled adventures shared with the people you love most.
1. Catch a movie at a drive-in theater.
Go back in time and have a nostalgic evening! A great adult birthday is celebrated well if you remember the fun times you had growing up. Drive-in movies were the best. You're in an intimate space, and it's a unique way to watch the silver screen.
2. Treat yourself to a spa day.
Nothing like treating yourself to a bit of self-love on your day. There are so many benefits to a nice spa treatment. It's extremely relaxing, which is good for your mind and body, but you'll get time for some quiet reflection to look back on the year you had too.
3. Play laser tag.
If you're up for some spontaneous, competitive, and exhilarating fun, this is it! Laser tag usually packs some great production value, so this is one for the memory books. Did you know it was a big back phenomenon in the '80s and '90s, and it's made a great comeback in recent years?
4. Prepare a pool party.
You don't need to spend the day at an amusement park to celebrate with thrills. A pool party is a great way to make a make a splash. Throw in some enjoyable pool games and create some unforgettable moments. These are, of course, best for summer. Make sure to remember the sunscreen!
5. Have a weekend getaway.
Plan ahead with this one to have an awesome time. Whether it's a camping trip, a cabin on the beach, or a luxurious hotel, amazing weekend escapes will make you wish you had birthdays monthly. If you're not going alone, discuss plans over some afternoon tea.
6. Watch a live music performance with a special someone.
Seeing your favorite artists live is an exhilarating experience. Sure, you listen to their music through Spotify or watch their performances through YouTube. But nothing beats investing some money into something that creates memories that you will carry with you for a very long time.
7. Enjoy a road trip somewhere with your BFF.
There isn't anything better than taking a road trip with your best friend; that delightful feeling of being on the open road, singing out loud to your favorite music, as you excitedly anticipate your next stop. A great road trip beats the simple birthday dinner.
8. Host an amazing party.
What's the best and most memorable way to spend your special day? Throw an amazing get-together, of course, and spend the day enjoying yourself to the fullest! Do it with style, surrounded by people you love. Parties are about creating moments that make you really appreciate the now.
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8 Things To Do On Your Birthday To Let Your Creative Side Work
Going big might not be your thing, so we've got the best and most creative things to do that will make this day a celebration of your artistic and imaginative personality. Commemorate this year’s big number in a special way and be innovative. Be inspired, be productive, and let your creative side work!
9. Bake your own birthday cake.
You could say the best thing about the day is that you get to think about all the things you learned over the year and how much you've grown. But really, if we're honest, our favorite thing is the cake. And creating your own adds an extra flair of being exactly what you want. Even if baking isn't exactly your hobby, there is still a great sense of accomplishment in baking your own celebratory cake, and it's like a gift to yourself.
10. Design your own birthday freebies.
Remember attending a child's birthday and being given a goodies bag to take home at the end of the day? Well, break out your thinking hat and design your own freebies because it doesn't have to be a bag of lollies. If you had a themed get-together, you could create something that fits the theme for your guests to take home as memorabilia, or you can get the oven cranking and bake some delicious cookies. Everyone likes getting freebies.
11. Create your own birthday card invitation.
Whether you're planning on going to a theme park or a bowling alley to celebrate, getting creative with your invitation card is always loads of fun. Designing and making the invitations gets you excited for the day, and your friends and family will love having something as a physical reminder of the day. It's something physical they can place on their fridge.
12. Wear a new out-of-this-world outfit.
Because this day marks a celebration of you, do it in style and put something on you've always wanted to wear but never have! It's a great way to show that you are enjoying yourself. You're honoring your creative and curious side. If you're a closet Trekkie, for example, and have always wanted to dress up as Spock, share some of your Star Trek Trivia in costume because why not? It's your day!
13. Make a new make-over on yourself.
It's not only New Years when you can say, "New year, new you," so spend the day getting a makeover. They have a special way of making you feel better about yourself. It's not just about looking your best either. Makeovers give you the much-deserved primping and pampering you've been wanting.
14. Celebrate with nature.
Get all arts and crafty with mother nature; after all, it's about celebrating your day of birth. Use the day to reflect and appreciate the environment around you. It's an opportunity to realize that nature's long-term sustainability is the foundation of our life, and it's nice to celebrate with nature. You don't have to make anything using leaves and sticks; you can go out for a nature walk and bring the camera with you.
15. Set up your own birthday photoshoot.
For a fresh idea that can be such a blast, consider setting up a photoshoot. It can be done alone or with friends and family, and it doesn't need to be taken by a professional. Gather up some props and bring out the camera. Photoshoots aren't just memorable because of the pictures you take either, but because of all the joy you have getting creative, dolled up, and all the smiles.
16. Get a tattoo.
One way to truly commemorate the day is getting something permanent, meaningful, something that really represents you: a tattoo. If you're artistic, you can design your own; otherwise, choose something that symbolizes you or a visual representation of something you believe in or love.
8 Fun Online Birthday Celebration Ideas With Your Girlfriend
Some days, even on birthdays, staying at home just feels right. But this doesn't mean you have to have a boring day. All you need are some fun things to do online. And it can be made more special when you do great indoor date ideas with your favorite person.
17. Indoor scavenger hunt.
You can create an exciting and unique scavenger hunt with a little imagination and some common household items. Keep it easy by simply choosing some things for your partner to look for, or you can get really creative and add a challenge by including some riddles and clues. You can play this while video calling.
18. Host a Netflix party.
Netflix and chill virtually and host a movie night. Grab your popcorn and watch those movies you've both been wanting to see for a while but have been putting off. There is no virtual party like the one you can literally do in bed.
19. Make a " Happy Birthday" video montage.
Bring out your creative side and collect greetings from all her friends and family members. Splice them, edit them, and put it all together into one fantastic and entertaining video montage. Share this with her privately or on Facebook for everyone to see. Your girlfriend will be over the moon at the effort, and it's something she'll treasure.
20. Send a dessert.
No matter how old someone gets, a delicious treat is always appreciated on the day they turn older. Sending a gift holds meaning, but sending something sweet is special. Make it, even more, one of a kind by making the treat yourself.
21. Take her on an online shopping spree.
Put a budget on this one because it might break the bank. But instead of going through the trouble of choosing and buying her a gift, why not consider taking her on an online shopping spree to get things she actually wants. It's like shopping together in stores, but you don't need to dress up or travel. Browse the web together to find the perfect presents.
22. Host a virtual tasting or book tasting.
Firstly, what is a virtual tasting? Well, like any tastings, you get to taste and learn about products, but instead of going somewhere to do this, you organize the taste testers to come to you. You can do this wine, food, and desserts. Simply plan ahead and order the taste testers you need, get on a video call, and try them out together. On the other hand, book tasting is sharing the front, blurb, and a snippet of books and having them taste it before choosing one.
23. Do a dress-up zoom party.
You do video calls with each other all the time, so why not spice things up and get dressed up. You can go fancy and opt to wear your best formal clothes, or make it amusing and get into costume. You can crank this up a notch by virtually modeling your outfits.
24. Attend a concert at home.
It's not just pay-per-view sports events that go live on TV anymore. Concerts are now selling tickets so you don't have to physically go to a stadium or concert hall to see your favorite artists live. You can now watch them virtually at home. This is an enjoyable way to celebrate birthdays.
6 Adventurous Things To Do With Your Friends And Relatives During Your Birthday
You've turned another page in life, and you want a new, exciting birthday idea. You're itching for some adventurous things to do. There's the bucket list, and it's time to start ticking them off. You know it's time for fun and adventure. Let us inspire you, birthday child!
25. Attempt an escape room.
Escape rooms are all sorts of fun and if you're looking for something adventurous and challenging, this is a brilliant option! You and your friends get locked in a themed area with commonly one hour to complete missions and puzzles to escape. Search online and you'll find there are so many to choose from. Find one you'll truly enjoy.
26. Go on a road trip.
Have an adventure of a lifetime driving along highways and byways. Choose a destination and plan out stops, or be courageous and daring and have no plan at all and just drive.
27. Go zip lining.
If you've always wanted to experience flying, ziplines are probably the closest thing to it. Yes, you fly in a helicopter or plane, but you're confined in metal. Ziplines let you experience rushing through the air with open views. Have a journey across landscapes that bring you over nature or urban areas.
28. Experience a hot air balloon ride.
If there's one thing you need to cross off your bucket list, it's to ride in a hot air balloon. If it's not on the list already and you want adventurous birthdays, this is it. A hot air balloon ride is an unforgettable and exhilarating experience. It takes you over incredible places with diverse natural landscapes, the beauty you'll remember forever.
29. Enjoy a whitewater rafting adventure.
Take adventure to the next level with this memorable outdoor experience. From mild to wild, whitewater rafting adventures can be a relaxed excursion or adrenaline-filled action that is not safe for the faint-hearted. But whatever level you want to do this, whitewater rafting is a thrilling treat.
30. Take a cruise.
Cruise holidays are an all-in-one favorite because of good value, delicious and unlimited food, and relaxing pamperings. Spoil yourself and take a cruise! Whether you're after romance, new experiences, or simplicity, this is a great way to enjoy and celebrate birthdays.
Downloadable and Printable List Of Fun Things To Do On Your Birthday
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Why Birthdays Are So Special? Does It Matter If You Celebrate It or Not?
Birthdays are a special time of year for a person compared to holidays where everyone celebrates the day. They symbolize the life we've lived so far.
They're a fantastic way to show a birthday girl or boy how much you value them. It's not so much about how long they've lived as it is about how much they've grown in the last year. Birthdays are momentous because they provide everyone with a special day; it is your day.
It's a personal choice whether to commemorate the day or not, but celebrations do have entertaining activities that bring families and friends closer together.
Our Message for All Birthday Celebrants
Make the most of this day that comes once a year. Find new value in your life as you start a new journey around the sun with more knowledge and wisdom than the year before. We wish you a happy and bright day, filled with sidesplitting laughter and joyous moments you’ll cherish for a lifetime.
“Another adventure-filled year awaits you. Welcome it by celebrating your birthday with pomp and splendor. Wishing you a very happy and fun-filled birthday!”
Sending messages has become a tradition. Sometimes finding the ideal words to say or write can be a challenge. But don't worry, this line is perfect for a public post, gift card, or card.
“Count your life by smiles, not tears. Count your age by friends, not years. Happy birthday!”
A sentimental and sweet message. This can be written on a gift card for a present. Because it's short, this would also make a perfect message on a customized gift.
“Be happy! Today is the day you were brought into this world to be a blessing and inspiration to the people around you! You are a wonderful person! May you be given more birthdays to fulfill all of your dreams!”
When you write someone a message on a card, it should be meaningful and heartfelt. Write words you mean, and give them a thoughtful wish. Let them know how you feel about them.
"Another year comes to a close, and another begins. May the coming year be one that will be filled with the laughter of friends, love of family, and the life that you dream of."
When someone near and dear becomes another year older, it calls for a bit of effort to greet them so their day is extra memorable. Your greeting can be full of wisdom or something that expresses how much you love and appreciate them.
"Birthdays come around every year, but friends like you can only be found once in a lifetime. Wishing you a fabulous birthday!"
For most people, birthdays are the best because it's a day you're given a lot of love, affection, and attention. So when you write a message for someone on their day, communicate why this person means so much to you.
Frequently Asked Questions
We've got a present for you! Because it's your birthday, I've answered some of the most frequently asked questions. Check them out:
What are your favorite birthday traditions?
There are plenty of ideas, but my favorite ones are making a keepsake for that year and writing yourself a letter to read on your next birthday. For the keepsake tradition, you can make a photo album filled with photos of that year or fill a small box to act as a time capsule. The objective is to physically capture that age year with something that will help recall memories easily. And the tradition of writing yourself a letter is so you can see how much you've grown in a year.
Is it OK to spend much knowing that birthday occurs once every year?
Saving money is a great goal, but it's okay to splurge on yourself occasionally. So when it comes to our birthdays, considering only having a big bash every other year, or opt for smaller, more affordable ideas yearly. You can also consider throwing big parties or spending big on milestone birthdays like your 21st birthday, 30th, etc.
What would be a good birthday caption for my socials?
Do you want to post something on Facebook and Twitter for your big day but aren't sure what to say? Creating the ideal caption is similar to writing a card message; it can be difficult. Your caption should be about celebrating yourself, or you can use the moment to say thanks for another year. You can say how you're looking forward to celebrating with your friends and family.
Are birthday parties important for kids?
Depending on their age, children want to become adults, so aging for them is an accomplishment they would want to celebrate. While some kids don't like being the center of attention, even for a day, a social gathering is a great opportunity to make the birthday kid feel special for simply being who they are. It helps them understand time as they've waited a whole year to receive another birthday gift, and a party encourages socialization and friendship.
Why do older people don't celebrate their birthdays anymore?
As we get older, birthdays become less exciting and can often be considered bothersome. That's not to say they lose their significance; it's just we don't find a need to celebrate that we've made it through another year.
My friend will celebrate his 35th birthday. Is it okay to give them a cake for the celebration?
Cakes and desserts are always good at celebrations but check with the host first if someone is throwing a party. They may have ordered an extravagant cake for the occasion, and bringing another may not be needed. You can opt for other dessert ideas instead.
How To Truly Enjoy Your Day of Birth Without Worrying Anything
Birthdays, oh birthdays. Everyone wishes you well on this day, from your Facebook friends to your work colleagues, and of course your family and friends. Some love this day and milk it for all its worth, while others, it can cause anxiety and a lot of stress. They are, nonetheless, unavoidable because they come once a year.
1. Celebrate it how you want.
Think about what you want to do and remember that you can't please everyone. You'll be thrown a lot of suggestions and opinions on how you should spend your day, but in the end, it only matters how you'd like to celebrate it.
2. Ignore the pressures of age.
Sadly it's unavoidable, but as we grow up, questions are thrown at us that are hard to answer. They may come from parents, friends, or even ourselves about our accomplishments so far. There is pressure to meet certain milestones. You need to learn to ignore these and remember that everyone has their own timetable. You don't need to do anything by a certain age.
3. Don't fear getting older.
There is something about birthdays that cause fear of getting older. It's probably the fact that it makes you face your own mortality and realize that the clock doesn't stop ticking. But instead of worrying about wrinkles and turning a year older, think of birthdays as a new cycle. You're at a different level of maturity now, and there are new opportunities around the corner.
More Awesome Things To Do
Having a great time shouldn't be limited to birthdays. In fact, people that find time to do fun things enjoy life more! Check out these other really awesome things to do:
- You're sitting around wondering what to do and how to spend your day. These things to do when bored will make sure you don't waste the day away.
- Home is where the heart is. Try these fun things to do at home and have an enjoyable day in comfort without leaving the house. This means you can stay in your PJs!
- Brunch is a great idea, but there are many other things to do with friends. Check out these options, and you might find a new fun way to spend the day with your close friend or group of favorite people.
We hope you find fun things to do on your birthday that is just right for you.
So, whether you decide your birthday celebration is going to be extravagant or simply a chilled night at home, happiest birthday to you.