Do you remember all the fun times you had at sleepovers? Pass along the tradition to your little ones with these gender-neutral slumber party ideas.
Chefs in the kitchen
Teach young ones the importance of cooking with a super-fun chefs party. Great for children age five and up, this party is a wonderful way to get children involved in the kitchen by dressing up in chef hats and aprons. Once equipped with their ensemble, assist them in making kid-friendly recipes like pizza cupcakes and mini cinnamon rolls. You can make foods based on a theme (common examples include pizza or cupcakes), or you can let them choose ahead of time what they would like to make. Do make sure that everyone has the proper cooking and prep utensils. Tip: When planning a chef sleepover, do reach out to all parents for dietary and special-food needs.
- DIY chef hats and aprons, Crafts Unleashed
- Kids’ cooking utensils (Pottery Barn Kids, $29)
- Mini cinnamon rolls, Kraft
- Pizza cupcakes, Betty Crocker
- 17 Piece measure and prep kit (Curious Chef, $25)
Pass the popcorn for this slumber party that will have kids up all night. Great for the preteen crowd, this is a moviethon where they watch a series of movies surrounded by pizza, popcorn and any other edible item that goes with a good film. When planning this sleepover, make sure you have enough pillows and blankets for everyone. It’s also a good idea to check with parents to make sure certain movie genres are OK for their children to watch.
- Retro popcorn boxes (Etsy, $9)
- Netflix subscription (starting at $8/month)
- Pillow and blanket set (Wayfair, $30)
- Whole-wheat pizza kit (Amazon, $15)
Camping is a very popular pastime that you can do year-round — it’s especially fun when you have a group of friends that are willing to rough-it outside. If the weather permits, host a campout in your backyard. You can always bring it indoors should there be bad weather or cold temps. Camping slumber parties are great for preteens and older if held outdoors, and for younger children when supervised inside. When hosting a campout, provide camp-inspired edibles like grilled-cheese sandwiches and s’mores. Feel free to use a tent if you have one, and do tell guests to bring their sleeping bags, and don’t forget the lanterns just in case they need a little illumination for ghost stories.