As a mother, sleepovers at my house are a big deal. I always dreamed that my kids would have their friends coming over to our place because it was the place to hang out. Naturally then, I let them dictate the night, trying not to interfere too much but still giving them some fun options for things to do to make sure that no one gets bored.
Here are some of the ideas that I like.
Sleepover Ideas for Tweens and Teens
1. Have a Pancake Bar
This one is relatively simple and requires a bit of work from you. That's okay though because pancakes are easy to make and afterward you can take a step back and let everyone else dig in and decide exactly what they want.
The super cute, fun idea came from The Massey's Spot when they celebrated their twin's second birthday.
2. Glow-in-the-Dark Fun
We've done glow in the dark bowling before, putting the sticks in the bottles and using a volleyball or whatever we had on hand as the bowling ball. It was a ton of fun.
We also played glow in the dark tag which was fun as we had glow sticks on to be seen while running around in the dark. Just be careful that there is nothing around for anyone to get hurt on.
Next time we have a party, I plan to add in our glow in the dark body paint, and black light lightbox, all of which was bought at Halloween.
This cute picture, along with lots of great goodies can be found over at Party City.
3. Have Them Make Lip Gloss
Two ingredient lip gloss is super easy to make, and the jars are small enough that each girl will have their own take-home treat from the event. I recommend purchasing several different flavors of Kool-Aid because you never know what the girls are going to want!
This idea comes from Colleen over at Classy Mommy.
4. Ice Cream Bar
Having an Ice Cream bar is similar to the pancake bar, the only difference is you can choose if you want to cook or not. I have an ice cream machine and waffle cone maker and would want to make my own.
That being said, if someone offered to give my girls Ben and Jerry's for their parties, who am I to argue? That's some great stuff!
This creation comes from Mom & Munchkins.
5. Make a Bracelet
Erica over at Honestly WTF shows you how to make these heart bracelets. Get the girls together and have them make these bracelets and keep them as a reminder that they will be friends forever with memories like tonight to hold that bond.
6. Watch Chick Flicks
First, let me say that I am impressed this young girl in today's generation put down Clueless. You want me to tell you the movie that made me feel most girly as a kid? You just named it.
And that's what a good movie should do for the girls- make them feel proud to be one. This is where the ice cream bar comes in too.
For more ideas like this checkout Preppy Diaries.
7. Nail Polish Area
Doing our nails and toenails was a big thing when I was little. So much so that when my daughters had a sleepover with my best friend from junior high and high school's daughters, and we decided to do their nails, she looked over at me and said, “Now my girls don't have as many colors as you did when we were growing up.”
I about died from laughing so hard. My girls carry on the tradition and, oddly enough, my husband encourages it. So setting up an area where they can do each nail a different color or whatever tickles their tween fancies makes us both happy.
Also- the board they used, or at least one similar, can be purchased at Michaels or Hobby Lobby under Heidi Swapp. I own half of them already.
8. Giant Twister Game
When you have several girls at a sleepover, it's hard to play games like Twister where there are only a few spots available. To get everyone in on the action, the Do It Yourself Divas came up with a tarp version which extends the number of dots.
The tutorial is excellent, giving you in-depth details on how to get it exactly so and I like it because your children now have two separate activities to keep them busy- one making the tarp and two playing the game with their sleepover guests.
If you are feeling overly adventurous and the girls are okay with the idea, add some colored shaving cream for extra fun!
9. Decorate Pillowcases
My daughters already plan to do something similar to this at the end of the year. My oldest will design a shirt and have her friends sign them. She will wear it often during the summer, and when school starts, we set it to the side for a T-shirt quilt to be made later.
Purchase several pillowcases, some markers, and let them go wild drawing and signing to their heart's content.
For more ideas, head over to Be a Fun Mum.
10. Spa Event
I love this idea because the towels are wet and in a crockpot on warm and the cucumbers are cut up and ready for them as well. Girls typically like the idea of recreating what they have seen in movies and television. This gives them the chance to do so.
If you need a face mask recipe, you can find some over at Mom Junction.
11. Photo Booth Fun
This one is super simple to come up with a backdrop. Sue over at Sue at Home shows you how to make this and the props she used.
The one thing I would do differently is to use the camera on someone's phone because I purchased an HP Sprocket recently and can print their picture right there for about fifty cents (not that I would charge them, that is my price).
If you are one who takes a lot of pictures and misses having a hard copy, I cannot recommend this tool enough!
12. Pizza Time
Sticking with the theme of letting them do most of the work for their meals, here is a make-your-own-pizza area.
Want to make it extra fun? Make it a friendly competition. Divide the kids up to where there are about three to four girls on a team and let them make it. Have some grown-ups as the judges, and then let everyone devour the greatness.
13. Pull Up ‘Would You Rather' Ideas
My girls recently got into this game, and it is often played in the van when we go places. I think it would be fun for friends to do at a party as well.
If you need ideas, Tatiana's HobbyLark page has over one hundred!
14. Pass the Candy
This looks like a super fun game that teenagers would like and have probably never played before. Sticking candy in a wrap, they unwrap as the person next to them tries to get doubles. When they do, they pass the dice to the person on their left, and the ball goes to them.
Although they chose to do it for a Christmas event it would work well for a sleepover I believe. For full details, check out Seminary at Six Am's blog post.
This was probably used for New Year's Eve, and I see it quite frequently when I am looking up ideas for that holiday, but if you or your children wanted to have a timeline without anyone seeing it, this would be a perfect idea.
Simply write what you are doing on a piece of paper, stick it in the balloon, blow the balloon up and seal it off. Pop when that hour hits, making it a fun surprise for everyone.
16. A Hyped Up Fort
I originally wanted to post the fort idea, but it didn't mesh well with spa nights and movies, so I kept it to myself. At least until I saw this one. I love the lights and the pillows and the balloons. I could see popcorn and movies, along with all the other ideas we have come up with being done in this room.
Add to that the fact that you could walk around in the fort and you have a great idea that has me wanting to create this for my girls' bedroom right now so the three of us can have a sleepover!
My youngest swears by the popcorn flavorings. Giving them the option of adding in other treats while they watch their movie is a great idea. I feel like this could be their way of winding down before they say goodnight.
The bar, created over at Happily Hughes, gives them an opportunity to make what they like so you don't have to guess. I also like that they can pick up a juice box to make sure there is less chance of spilling.
18. Picture Scavenger Hunt
While you don't have to use this exact list, most tweens and teens love the chance to use their phones to take pictures. Have them group up and go find these things.
If they are old enough to drive, you could have them go from place to place. We did that for an event at my sorority a few years back. Some of the stops included Dallas' Cupcake ATM and a local grocery store that was just around the block. We finished up at a Mexican restaurant near where we started. It was a lot of fun!
For more ideas on the scavenger hunt, check out Doodle Craft's Blog.
19. Bath Bombs
What amazes me the most about bath bombs is how easy it is to make them. Most of the ingredients you probably already have on hand at your house.
The kids will love creating their own as they can pick out the style and the smell of their bath bombs. If you need some inspiration though, we have over thirty here on our site.
20. Old T-shirts
Have each tween/teen bring an old t-shirt that they like but can no longer wear. There are so many great ideas they can do with the shirts that will give them hours of fun and might even replace the need for you to see them home with a “thank you bag.”
21. Truth or Dare
Fun fact: When I was ten years old, a friend and I had a sleepover at my house. We were playing truth or dare, and I got dared to dress like Steve Urkel. It was all fun and games until my three-year-old brother fell into a chair and had to be rushed to the hospital- me still in full Urkel.
Hopefully, nothing quite as memorable happens when you have your little ones play truth or dare. No matter what though it is a fun game that is almost a must for a sleepover. For some ideas, check out Sharon's post over at Mom of Six.
22. Get Parents Involved
In addition to having two tweens in my home, I have over one hundred teens that walk through my classroom door every day. Out of those one hundred teens, I can say I have met maybe ten parents and honestly know only a handful of them one-on-one.
Somehow I understood this going into teaching high school but I have to ask, at what point do parents not worry about what is happening in their child's life enough to come and meet their teachers? We need to get back to spending time with our kids the way we did when they were little.
While I am not saying we need to play games that they loved when they were four but don't at fourteen, we need to connect on their level now.
Inviting parents over for part of the party and helping them have a date night with their child is one way to do this.
Ending Off A Fabulous Selection of Sleepover Ideas
Letting your kids decide what to do at their party is important but making sure they don't get bored or frustrated and do something they are not supposed to, is also key. I hope I have helped you come up with some fun activities to make your child's next sleepover more enjoyable and bring their friends even closer. Now, go out and get to planning!