26 Best Birthday Party Ideas for Teens and Tweens

The only thing more difficult than keeping a teen or a tween happy is keeping a group of them happy! Have no fear, we’re here with 25 ideas for the BEST Indianapolis birthday party ideas for your teenager or tween-ager.

Indianapolis, Indiana Birthday Party Places for Teens

Here are our top picks for the best birthday party in Indy for your tween or teen. These ideas for your teen birthday party come from party pros who are top rated when it comes to putting together a fantastic birthday celebration.

Abby’s Garden Parties

Your home or party venue
This boutique birthday party idea is fun and unique. Purchase a DIY terrarium kit for each party guest and then serve up the activity any time, or book a terrarium bar party and Abby will set up a plethora of terrarium decor and lead the activity for your guests. This would be a sweet activity for a slumber party, a party in the park or a party at your home. Abby will travel to you in many cases, from Fishers to Greenwood and more!
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Urban Air

14450 Mundy Dr, Noblesville, IN 46060

Urban Air Adventure Park is an indoor amusement center with trampolines, Dodgeball, Climbing Walls, a Battle Beam, Sky Rider Coaster, Ropes Course, Bumper Cars, Virtual Reality, arcade games, Warrior Course, and more! This massive facility has areas for private parties with a party host and other economical options.
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Through 2 Eyes Walking & Talking Tours

Locations vary

We picked this birthday idea for the teen who is a history fan, a storyteller, or a social activist. History buff, Sampson Levingston leads walking tours of Indianapolis with a focus on history. Using places, buildings, and public art as the backdrop and prompts, he shares interesting stories and historical notations with a large emphasis on black history in different neighborhoods throughout Indianapolis.
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Kicasso Sneaker Art Bar

6416 Ferguson Street, Indianapolis

This Broad Ripple business is a full sneaker art studio — it’s a painting class with a kick! Book a birthday party on location or in your own space. Guests will create wearable art that is customized and created by them! All supplies and materials are provided, this epic party idea will have your guests thinking fondly of your birthday kid every time they wear their new kicks.

The Cake Bake Shop

6515 Carrollton Ave, Indianapolis, IN
799 Hanover Place, Upper Deck, Hanover Place Suite 260, Carmel

A beautiful restaurant, famous for its giant slices of cake and gorgeous interior decorating. Stop in for the legendary dessert or for a delectable meal. If you’re looking for a budget option, my friends have hosted tea parties with their children and their group of friends.
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Tie Dye Lab

8100 E US Hwy 36 Suite l, Avon, IN

The Tie Dye Lab is a DIY space for creating tie-dyed garments. Everything you need is there and the team will help you make a masterpiece worthy of wearing.

Cake Bake Kreations

1251 U.S. Hwy 31 N, Greenwood, IN

Everyone loves the sugary sweet Cake Bake Kreations activity of decorating your own cupcake or full-sized cake. Select your flavor and all of the frosting, supplies, and decorations are available at your fingertips.

Game Truck

At your home

With 9 televisions and 5 different game consoles, up to 36 kids (or adults) can play at one time. This self-contained truck pulls up to your home, office, school, church, you name it and the party is ready to go. Rain or shine, they bring the party to you.

Foam Warriorz

5661 E 86th St, Indianapolis, IN

If Nerf Guns are a staple in your home, or they were at any time, this indoor foam combat arena will be a hit for your pre-teen or teen’s birthday party.

Melting Pot

5650 E 86th Street, Indianapolis, IN

Foodies and their friends will love choosing from many different chocolate and cheese recipes. This social eating activity is a lot of fun.

DIY Candle Making and Pouring

Multiple locations and businesses

Candles are so popular and what’s better than creating your own fragrance and pouring it into the vessel of your choice? Penn and Beech allows guests to smell dozens of fragrances and combine them to create their own personalized smell. The fragrance is added to candle wax, stirred, and then poured into a candle safe container. Unplug Soy Candles is a simpler process – guests choose one scent from one of a dozen fragrances, mix it with wax and pour it in. There are no options to create your own fragrance but you do have a larger selection of candle holders.

Waterpark Birthday Party

Teens love the independence of running free at a waterpark. Many waterparks have party cabanas or shaded areas you can reserve for your celebration. Throw a party using an organized party package, or just meet up with a bunch of friends at the waterpark and have a pop-up party and ride those water slides. Be sure to check the rules for food and beverages and groups. Some waterparks have unlimited soft drinks and a private party room.

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Slumber Party

Your home
The classic sleepover party is upgraded when using a slumber party design service. Businesses like Twilight Slumber Parties provide a charming set-up of matching sleepover tents with coordinating linens, rugs, pillows, and decor. From there, use our tips for the best slumber party activities ever! This teen party idea is a ton of fun. Just provide refreshments, a movie and your job is done!

Boss Battle Games

6020 E 82nd Street, Indianapolis, IN 46250

Spend a few hours at Boss Battle Games in the Castleton Mall. $15 per person gets you unlimited all-day play on pinball machines, arcade games, retro games, and all consoles you can think of!

Foam Party

Your home or a park
You can DIY this by purchasing foam guns online, or you can hire a company that does this as their specialty. Set up an awesome playlist, grab some beach balls and dance in the foam.

Camping Overnighter

Pack the sleeping bags up and hit up the nearest campground that has the amenities you want. There are campgrounds with waterfalls, near lakes and rivers, at amusement parks and almost anywhere you can think of. Let your teen bring their closest friends — as many as can fit in the tent.

Hotel Sleepover

Find a hotel with a pool or a hot tub, a yummy breakfast and an evening reception. Hook a game console up, set out tons of snacks and soft drinks, order a pizza and let the teens just be teens. It’s like a slumber party but hotel-style. We like the Drury Inn or Embassy Suites.

Boating and Inner-tubing

Rent a boat for a day or part of a day and let the teens have fun in the water. Boat rentals are typically 4 or 8 hour long rentals and you can also rent water gear for your outing. Rent an inflatable water towable or a knee board or even a wakeboard. Let everyone take turns going for a ride and getting pulled by the boat. Pontoon boats are also fun. Stock of on snacks and beverages and take the party to the water. You can rent a boat at Geist or Morse Reservoir.

Tube Float

Help your teens pack lunches, slather with sunscreen and hit the river. Several services can drop your party at one destination and they’ll float down the river on inner tubes and end up back at your car. This is no water park lazy river, so take an adult or two along for young teens and pre-teens or give those older kids their independence, depending on the rules of the livery you choose to use. Many families love the river in Noblesville or tube floating at Turkey Run State Park.

Spa Day

Gather a group and make an appointment at the salon or local spa for treatments. Pedicures, manicures, facials, blowouts, whatever your budget allows. This is great for a small group of besties.


If you have a game-loving crew, a local arcade might be the perfect fit for your teen’s birthday party. You can organize a group together and pay a la carte, but typically there’s better group pricing if you work with the venue on birthday party packages.

Paint Ball

This game of tag can be played in an outdoor or indoor arena. The paintball business will have equipment for rent, but be sure to send a recommended dress code to your attendees in case they’ve never played paintball before — they’ll get pretty messy and they won’t want to show any skin.

Laser Tag

A pain-free tag option that’s a hit with everyone? Laser tag! Boys and girls love this game that’s played in an arena with black lights and red lasers. They’ll spend an hour typically playing organized games with rules, goals, and even safety monitors.

Escape Room

Escape room concepts are wildly popular among the teen set. An escape room birthday party is a fun way to pass the time, gather everyone together, and work towards a goal. Plus, many locations will have a party room you can use for cake or food.

Trail Ride

Horseback riding is a favorite for many children and as they get older, their dreams of horseback riding don’t just go away. Organize a trail ride with a guide at a local stable or state park.

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