Navigating the teen years is tricky, even when it comes to the fun stuff like throwing birthday parties. Indoor play places are officially out, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of options for celebrating the big milestones, teen-style. From spa days to escape rooms, check out these awesome birthday party ideas for a teenager in Los Angeles.
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25 Awesome Birthday Party Ideas for a Teenager in Los Angeles
Immersive experiences. Whether your teen is a fan of Van Gogh or bubbles, Los Angeles is home to many unique immersive experiences that can make for the perfect place for a teenage birthday celebration. Immersive venues can also make great backdrops for birthday photo shoots.
Related: Guide to Immersive Experiences in LA
Escape rooms. Escape rooms are an excellent party activity for teens, kids, and even adults. Invite a group of your teen’s best friends to help solve the clues and make an escape. There are so many escape rooms in Los Angeles but look for family-friendly options like Questroom in South Bay and Galleria, which also offers free admission for the birthday person 2 days before or after or on birthdays.
Go-kart racing. Get your motor running with this classic birthday party activity that’s sure to be popular with older teens who can’t wait to hit the actual road. Los Angeles has many go-kart racing tracks, like K1 Speed and MB2 Entertainment.
Amusement park. Want to keep the party intimate but exciting? Invite a handful of your teen’s closest friends to their favorite theme park. With Disneyland, Universal Studios Hollywood, Six Flags Magic Mountain, or even the Santa Monica Pier within driving distance, there’s plenty to choose from in Los Angeles.
Dave and Busters: Arcade games are always hit with teens. With video games, pool tables, and food all in one place, hosting a party is a piece of cake at this popular birthday party venue. They also offer great birthday party packages to save some money.
Themed birthday party. Throw a themed party based on your teenager’s favorite movie, TV show, or book. For example, if they love Stranger Things, host a Hawkins-themed party with games, food, and decorations all based on the hit series.
Ice skating. Even in the summer heat, you can bundle up and hit an indoor ice skating rink for a party on the ice.
Pool party. Make a splash with a summer pool party! Add some silly inflatables and fun teen-approved snacks, and you’re set. It’s always a good idea to hire a lifeguard for a pool party to ensure the safety of all your guests. You can also take the party to a hotel pool and book a room at one of these fabulous hotels with waterslides.
Beach day. Don’t have a pool? Why not a beach day instead. Pack up a picnic spread, boogie boards, and frisbees, and celebrate with a sunny day of surf and sand.
Karaoke party. Karaoke is an excellent way for teenagers to have fun and let loose. Rent a karaoke machine and decorate a colorful space for a stage at home or go to a local karaoke bar and rent one of their private rooms.
Spa day. Does your teen love all things beauty and skincare? Spend a day pampering them and their friends with a spa day. Book facials or pedicures at a salon, or set up a spa-inspired party for teenage girls at home.
Concert. If your teenager is a fan of a particular band or singer, you’ll score major cool parent points by taking them to a concert to celebrate their birthday.
Hiking. There are so many excellent hiking trails in Los Angeles, perfect for hikers of all ages and abilities. If your teen loves exploring the great outdoors, plan a party on the hiking trail followed by a picnic.
Beetle House LA. This Tim Burton-themed restaurant is a unique and fun place for a birthday party. Diners are treated to a cabaret-style show with a variety of acts, including sword swallowers, sideshow acts, contortionists, psychics, magicians, and more.
Moonlight Rollerway. A party at a roller rink is a retro and unique way to celebrate a birthday. This family-fun spot has been a SoCal staple since the 1950s. Host a party during open skate hours, or book a private party and rent out the entire rink.
Theater performance. Is your teen a budding thespian? Take them and their friends to a live theatrical performance. Between the Pantages, the Ahmanson, and the Dolby, there are always family-friendly musicals to enjoy.
Museum. There are a lot of great museums in Los Angeles that make for sophisticated birthday party venues. The Getty Villa, the Griffith Observatory, and the Broad are all great options for a day out.
Laser tag arena: Laser tag is an entertaining activity for a teenager’s birthday party. There are several popular laser tag arenas in Los Angeles, like Ultrazone. Or you can hire a laser tag party, like GameTruck Los Angeles, to come to your location.
Rent out a movie theater. AMC offers the perfect way to party with stars: a private movie screening with friends. You’ll enjoy a theater and movie selection just for your party guests. Go all out and rent a limo to arrive red-carpet style!
Bowling alley: Bowling alleys are a great option for a teenager’s birthday party. Go retro at a traditional bowling spot, or make the experience extra at a place like Bowlero or Lucky Strike.
Virtual reality arcade: With a wide variety of exciting games and digital experiences, virtual reality gaming centers like Los Virtuality offer a thrilling escape from reality into a virtual fantasy world. With cutting-edge VR technology, the possibilities are endless, and it’s sure to be a memorable party.
A gaming truck. Hire a gaming truck and host a gamer’s dream party. They pull up to your curb, and the teens go wild; it couldn’t be easier! Companies like GameTruck Los Angeles bring everything you need for the partygoers to have a blast playing their favorite video games.
Topgolf. Hit the links and tee for a golf-themed party your teen will love. Topgolf offers youth party packages that include two hours of gameplay and food. Miniature golf is another fun option in the same vein.
Trampoline park. Bounce into the teen years with a party at a trampoline park, like SkyZone.
Paintball. If your teen and their friends love a little friendly competition, gear up for a day of paintball! Popular paintball arenas, like Hollywood Sports Park, offer private party packages for youth groups.