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What are some cool birthday party ideas for boys?

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Boys' birthday party themes should reflect their personal interests and age levels, such as superheroes, firefighters, sports, wizards, cooking, painting, airplanes, robots or space travel. Boys who love amusement parks may enjoy a homemade water obstacle course in the backyard or an exciting county fair theme. Inquisitive kids may prefer to tackle mysteries or scavenger hunts at a detective-themed party or come up with fun concoctions at a mad-scientist party.

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Art-themed parties are inexpensive and give kids a chance to be creative and messy. For toddlers, parents can set up easels outside or lay down large sheets of paper for freestyle art while showing kids easy techniques, such as drip or splash painting. Older kids can do more advanced art, such as pottery painting.

For high-energy entertainment, parents can use salvaged materials and water toys, such as tires, beach balls, buckets, plastic tarps and pool noodles, to create interactive obstacles. The obstacles should keep kids active by requiring them to jump, slide, bounce, climb, swim and avoid hurdles. Parents can offer prizes for fun accomplishments, such as the best wipeout or the fastest completion time.

Parents can create a mad-scientist party by using laboratory-themed décor and serving accessories, such as petri dishes, beakers and test tubes. Critter-inspired treats, such as gummy worms and chocolate frogs let kids express their scientific imagination, and parents can set up faux chemical reactions by letting guests mix drink flavors or assemble "hybrid" treats.

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