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Fun Birthday Ideas for a Tweenager in Perth

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by Sandee (subscribe)
I am a single-mom with a teenaged son, newly arrived migrant, working full-time, and doing my best to adapt to life in the so-called most isolated city in world - Perth, Western Australia.
Published June 16th 2013
Donut cake
My son's donut cake

A 'tweenager', according to Oxford Dictionary online, is a child between the ages of about 10 and 14. As a single-mother of a child who is under the "tween" category, it becomes a challenge to come up with birthday celebration ideas that will appeal to him that are not too "kiddyish". If you are in that dilemma, please read on as I share some tips and what I did to make my tweenager's birthdays fun and memorable.

When my son turned 10 years old, he had his birthday party at Darkzone. He and his friends had a great time shooting laser guns inside the purpose-built sports arena in Southlands Shopping Centre in Willeton. Be sure to pack spare change of clothes as the kids come out of the arena, after about two hours of game, really sweaty. Darkzone has other branches in Northbridge and Malaga so select the one that is close to most of the party invitees. As my son is past that stage of blowing candles on cake, I actually ordered donuts from Dreamy Donuts and just have them stacked into a tower. It was a hit with the party guests. As my son always say donuts are "man-food". It also saved me the trouble of having to cut the cake and serve it individually as the kids just grab a donut from the tower as they wish.

On my son's 11th birthday, we thought we would skip the party and have an adventure instead. We opt for a 15-minute scenic helicopter ride. The flight departed from Burswood Park Helipad and flew us along Perth City, Swan River, Fremantle, and Cottesloe Beach. Although my son is well-travelled (having visited about ten countries), he still enjoyed the experience of flying cramped inside a tiny jet helicopter. We both enjoyed the experience and I also somehow took that as an opportunity to see if my son would be interested in becoming a pilot someday.

For his 12th birthday, we tried an indoor go-karting experience in Kartworld Belmont. It was an opportunity for my son to have his first taste of controlling a motor vehicle on his own. Unfortunately, some kids got so excited and clipped my son's go kart causing him to crash onto a sharp turn in the track. Nevertheless, I'm sure he would remember that day when he was taught a lesson about speeding. It was an exciting adrenalin pumping fun-filled day. As usual, I served donuts for the sweet treats and ended up doing the same thing for his next two birthdays.

On his 13th birthday, we had another laser shooting skirmish but this time at an outdoor venue in Battlezone Laser Combat in Forrestdale. My son enjoyed the adventure as they have to wear camouflage overalls, paint their faces and work on missions. They also enjoyed the hilarious pre-game safety demonstration and post-game de-brief.

Last week when my son turned 14 years old, we thought it was high time that he tried a close-to-reality shooting experience. As such, we had his celebration at WASP Paintball in Canning Vale. He and his guests played on the different playing fields for about three hours wearing long overalls and safety goggles. As paintballs were used, unfortunately some kids who were shot at close range got some mild bruises. But from what I have gathered with the stories after the games, it was an awesome and priceless experience.

Well then, I hope you got some ideas for your tween's next birthday celebration. No matter what theme you may think of, what matters is that our tweenager had fun and will always treasure the memories of that special day.
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Why? Throw a great party for that awkward age
When: Your next tween birthday
Where: Around Perth
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Your Comment
These are all very boyish. What to do for girls?
by kalas (score: 0|7) 2135 days ago
Awesome ideas for birthday activities. Would be nice to have an idea of the cost for each of the venues you've mentioned.
by Miyan (score: 2|169) 2138 days ago
Hi great article!
by veraj (score: 0|2) 2138 days ago
Thank you, this is a great article! Boys definately love Paintball and Lasers. My niece Gracie is 13 years old and writes articles for tweens including DIY crafts, recipes, party games, party activities and more. If you are looking for more great Tween ideas like the ones above, feel free to check out
by Di (score: 1|44) 1911 days ago
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