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Outdoor Kids Party Ideas for Fun in the Fresh Air

Little Hotdog Watson Kids Adventurer Reversible Bucket Hat in Giraffe,

and the Little Hotdog Watson Cub Hat with Neck Flap in Giraffe 


We're Little Hotdog Watson, and we make cool, fun hats for kids. We're talking about some great ways to have fun outdoors for a birthday party!


Party season? While there are some staples to many kids birthday parties, such as a caterpillar cake of various names, you can make your little ones party special to them. What better than to make use of the good weather (if you're lucky), and get outside for some birthday fun. 

It's free, it's fun, and it'll make for a memorable alfresco birthday or end of term party. Here are 8 outdoor kids party ideas you may not have thought of!


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Family sports day 

Don’t leave all the competitive fun to the school sports field, let the whole family get involved with a family sports day for kids, parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents and friends! You can pull out all the old classics like the egg and spoon race, dressing up race and three-legged race or make up your own obstacle courses and carnival games. 

boy and girl wearing panda print matching sun hats

Little Hotdog Watson Kids Adventurer Bucket Hat in Panda Pop

and Cub Hat with Neck Flap in Panda Pop

Get Treasure Hunting


Help them burn off energy and get them engaged with nature with an outdoor scavenger hunt. Set up a trail of clues to find around the garden or park and lead the party crowd to a prize. You could then extend the outdoor fun by choosing an activity or toy they can set up and play with immediately to continue with in the fresh air. 


Garden nerf wars 

Big kids will love this one. All you need is a large outdoor space and nerf guns or similar - and let the battle commence. Get ready to dodge in what will prove to be quite a workout. 


Child wearing panda print hat by Little Hotdog Watson, sliding down waterslide into pool
Little Hotdog Watson Sun Hat Cub in Panda Pop print
Pic credit: @bonaofmay

Big splash birthday

One of the best things about summer as a child? All the water fun to be had! Paddling pools, seaside trips, sprinkle runs... How about turning their next birthday party in a splashing fest with loads of water activities to choose from.  

Read our blog 13 Fun Outdoor Water Games Your Hotdogs Will Love' for ideas on what these could include.

Messy play day

Let their creativity flow without having to stop and worry about the mess, by setting up a messy play day in the garden or at your local park. Chuck down some tarpaulins or keep to natural ingredients which won’t impact the lawn, and set up invitations to paint, build, make potions and get messy with no prescribed outcomes.  

Check out our blog here for more ideas for messy outdoor fun with your tuff spot this summer. 




Liewood Wooden Golf Set via Junior Edition


Mini golf madness 

Work together with the party child and create your own mini golf circuit for friends and family. You can use a set to get you started and then add your own fun obstacles made from cardboard or toys.


Image via We-Are-Scout.Com 


Den building  

Give them the tools and then challenge your party goers to create their own epic dens! Depending on their age, things you could provide include: cardboard boxes, sheets, blankets, pegs, tape, string, chairs, cushions, and bamboo poles. When they’re done set up a drink and snack station they can help themselves to and take into their creations for an extra cosy treat.


Little Hotdog Watson Cub Hat with Neck Flap in Pineapple Punch

Make it Colourful 

You may have noticed we love bold colours here! So, bonus points for any summer party that brings out the colour – its so great for lifting the spirits. You can add colour in loads of different ways from details in the décor to choosing a colourful dress code. Little Hotdog Watson hats compulsory, perhaps?

If you like this article you might also like our blog: How to Do A Plastic Free Party Bag.

Garden cinema party 

If you’ve got the means, how about setting up an outdoor projection screen and hosting a garden cinema party with cushions, picnic blankets, popcorn and pretty paper bags of sweets. They get to enjoy the fresh air and you get to sit back and relax too!


eco party bag paper kids party
If you’re looking for creative party bags to match, a plastic free alternative makes a great party favour. These pre made party bags from The Paper Bag Party Shop also include seeds, encouraging more outdoor fun! 

play prompt cards being held by child in denim jacket
Another great option comes via our pals over at Play Hooray, who have great ideas to get little ones playing and having fun. If you struggle to come up with everyday fun activities for your little ones (and let's face it who doesn't), then these are perfect. Some of these fun ideas can be incorporated into your outdoor party ideas.

Stay Safe in the Sun

Little Hotdog Watson Kids Baseball Cap in Multi Colour 

Nobody wants to end their birthday bash as a lobster. Keep kids and adult sun cream at the ready and Little Hotdogs protected in appropriate kids UV-protecting accessories like our smart design hats and sunglasses. You could even set up a station for sun cream, hats and water to keep safe and hydrated while having fun outdoors! 

What are your ultimate party activities for an outdoor party for kids? Get in touch on our Facebook and Instagram and let us know! 


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Emma Watson, Owner, Little Hotdog Watson

After growing up in the North-west of England, Emma’s love of travel and style saw her career move to London with a fashion + business degree,  first working as a trend researcher then menswear buyer for some of the most famous stores in the UK. 


In 2015, having had her first baby she moved to Norwich to explore a family life closer to beaches and the countryside. Becoming a parent she found herself in a world of kidswear that didn’t look good or perform for the type of fresh air fun as a family so she set about creating her own brand. Little Hotdog Watson was born in 2016. The summer and winter hats for kids and adults, jam-packed with innovative protective technology have gone on to win awards, grace the pages of magazines, like Vogue, Grazia, Independent, Mother and Baby and celebrities alike. 


Emma had another daughter in 2019 and became a lecturer in Fashion and Business at Norwich University of the Arts.  She continues to design hats at her dining room table and share her passion to help families get outside more and explore the world. Here is one of her favourite outside blogs; 15 games adults will love playing with kids 


Email her anytime at; or find her on Instagram.


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