Birthday Party Ideas
A: It’s ABC’s birthday next Tuesday! What should we do?
B: ¯\_(?)_/¯ We can just meet at *insert random location* and surprise him with a cake?
We’ve all been there, done that. And it's getting old. Asking C out on his birthday week isn’t going to work as a surprise. But hey, although you can’t surprise the birthday celebrant with the purpose of the meeting, you can surprise him with the activity itself!
From bouncy castles to extravagant yacht parties, we’ve scouted Singapore for the most interesting birthday party ideas. Here are some of the most unique birthday celebrations you can throw for that special friend.
1. Laser tag - Paintball without the Pain
Budget: $25+ per pax
Contrary to what Anonymous might think, paintball without the pain is possible! Laser tag brings all the best of paintball, minus the pain. The adrenaline rush as you hunt your friends down one by one is second to none. Well, except for the adrenalin pumping through your veins as you evade their lines of sight.
Adrenalin Laser Tag brings the game wherever you want it to, outdoors and indoors, and would be the perfect surprise for an adrenalin junkie! You can check out our review of Adrenalin Laser Tag here. (Spoiler alert: it was really fun!)
2. Escape Singapore for under $50
Source: Robin Schade
“Eh, go overseas to celebrate your birthday, on or not?”
“You pay ah? I sure on!”
And that, my friends, is how you get the birthday boy to celebrate his birthday not in an air-conditioned mall. Batam’s pretty fun and there’s a variety of things to do there. You can go cycling, Go-Karting, and take part in the many other activities that can't be done on the mainland.
Plus Batam is so green and a world away from the busy Singapore we all know that just setting foot there will lift your spirits and rejuvenate you. Celebrating a birthday in Batam will be quite literally a breath of fresh air!
All-in-one packages on various groupon-type sites in Singapore are priced around $40-50. They include massages, transport and even a seafood lunch! It's one of those packages that sound too good to be true but it really is true. We've been on a few!
3. Be a bouncy King for a day
Trust me - nobody’s too old for this. It takes the first brave soul to take the initial uncertain step into the great castle of joy before you gotta set up the barricades. While I'm pretty sure that the exhilaration of bouncing is not something that will ever be scientifically explained, everyone who has been in one will testify that it's AMAZING.
Roll back the years and feel young again! Source: TBS
Yes, bouncy castles are available for rental in Singapore. They can be found at Lumineux. Good luck navigating the website finding out the price. We gave up.
4. Home away from home - Host a staycation
Budget: $50+ per pax
An activity that's been steadily gaining popularity, staycations at boutique hotels are cheap alternatives to escape from reality. Staycations are versatile, with many possible themes it can be organised around - costumed parties, board game parties, or just a simple kick back and chill session.
If you're looking to spend, check out hotels like W Hotel at Sentosa Cove. They have a massive swimming pool that's open 24 hours a day! You can stargaze after a quick swim with your friends, with no worries about getting chased away by overzealous staff.
Staycation parties cater to all sorts of people, and most hotels aren't fussy about the number of guests per room, as long as volume is kept down. But if you get thrown out for having too many people, don't say we say one!
5. Unleash your inner diva at a KTV
Source: Pro-Audio Central
Budget: $10+ per pax
Karaoke is popular among my friends, with their inner Mariah Careys and Adam Lamberts just itching to get their hands on the microphones. A night of discovering which of your friends have hidden talents and which should sing only in their showers await!
Some of the more affordable places for karaoke include:
6. Gather At A Park
Budget: $10 for birthday cake?!
A picnic at Botanic Gardens would be fun, with no maximum party size. The talented ones can bring their guitars and initiate sing-alongs while the rest can play board games or reminisce about good times.
Other activities that can be held:
- Watergun Fights (!!!)
- Scavenger hunt
7. Take An Epic Road Trip
Budget: $10-$20 per pax
Reactions like that make me want to include this all the more. If it's the company that matters, there is no better way to celebrate your birthday than within a 2 meter radius of the craziest people in your life.
You can go roadtripping to as near or as far a destination you want. For shorter roadtrips, you can even travel within Singapore checking out all the ulu but amazing cafes and surprise the celebrant with a birthday cake at the destination.
If you're feeling more adventurous, you can even take a roadtrip to Malaysia!
8. Have A Board Game Party
Budget: $20 per pax
Board game cafes were very popular 5 years back and it's time to bring the fun back. A board game party offers more interaction with your friends as you huddle around a small board and plot to take each other's money/property/lives.
Just make sure the boards are nailed to the table if you have a friend with anger management issues!
9. Escape from a room!
If you're cool enough, you would have heard of the phenomenon of escape room games. The concept, imported from Japan, is simple enough: you're stuck in a room with a set time limit to find a way out. There will be screaming and snapping at each other as the time runs out. Can you keep your cool with your backs against the wall?
Some of the Escape Room outlets include:
10. Party on the seas
Source: Marcel Scully
Budget: $50-100 per pax
I'm sure you've seen pictures of at least one yacht party on your Facebook feed. With everyone looking posh and swanky with the breeze in their hairs, a yacht party always looks to-die-for. Easily the most #likeaboss party idea on this list, this is a surefire way to be the talk of the town.With the cheapest yachts costing $220 for a 2 hour family trip (SingExperience) to over a $1000 for most others, this option isn't one for those on a tight budget. You can check out a list of yachts available for rental here.
- Lloyd Marine
- Marine Bookings
- Boat Charter
- Yacht Charter Singapore
- ONE°15 Marina Club
- Boat Bookings Online
- Aqua Voyage
Budget: $30 per pax
When mum scolded you for wasting all your time in the bouncy castle, you can tell her that she was wrong - you were training to be a bossaball champion! With origins from Spain, bossaball is a sport that synergizes football, capoeira, and gymnastics into a whole load of fun.
With a basic throw-and-touch version for beginners, no sporting background is required for this. The equipment is portable, so Bossaball Singapore can bring the game to wherever you are.
Find more details about Bossaball Singapore here.
12. Trampoline party
Budget: $10 per pax
Amped Trampoline Park is an increasingly popular attraction among the youth. A trampoline haven, everyone comes here to bounce. With outlets at Katong and Jurong, it is accessible on either end of the island. It's also suitable for parkour enthusiasts who can take their skills to the next level with unprecedented air time. And everybody will be too busy having fun to judge you for acting like a kid!
It is possible to book the entire area (with a max capacity of of 80 pax), but smaller group rates (less than 30 pax) are available. Check out booking details here.
13. Have a bumpin' good time!
Budget: $20 per pax
This is something I've wanted to try for the longest time. For the sporty and sports-challenged alike*, Bubble Bump is an activity that's sure to give you the workout of your week! Bump or be bumped while having a birthday party like no other. No sports-related experience required for this activity.
You can check out Bubble Bump here.
Any Other Singapore Birthday Ideas?
If you've planned any other great parties recently, let us know in the comments below!