bush birthday party

The Benefits of a Bush Birthday Bash

Whether we like it or not, kids’ birthday parties have evolved from serving Cheese Curls, playing a game of ‘Pass the Parcel’ and sending kids home with a Fizzer. These days, you’re more likely to find ‘make your own sushi’ than ‘make your own fun’. But what if you were to bring things back to basics while still giving your child a birthday party to remember? We have the solution for you, and we like to call it a Bush Birthday Bash.

Here are our ideas for outdoor parties that are unique, fuss-free and fun.

#1 Scavenger Hunt Party

Working in a team, children set out on an outdoor scavenger hunt where they’ll have to find (and either bring back or photograph) a list of things that can be found around them. Some ideas include:

A leaf from a particular tree
An animal footprint
A bird feather
A certain insect
A particular flower
An animal dropping
A certain landmark
A round stone

The first team to find everything on the list wins! The bonus is that they’ll probably learn a little more about the natural world around them at the same time.

#2 Geocaching Treasure Trail

Getting kids Geocaching may even inspire them to take up a new hobby! Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor adventure that is happening all the time, all around the world. To play, kids use the Geocaching app on a connected device and/or a GPS device to navigate to cleverly hidden containers called geocaches.

All you’ll need to do is identify some geocaches close together by going to geocaching.com and check that they’re suitable for kids to visit. You can plug in the coordinates and hide some ‘treasure’ at the geocache locations for kids to find in groups.

#3 Wacky Olympics

A great way to get kids active, you can host your own ‘Olympics’ with a series of fun events. Children can rack up points as a team (each one can represent a different country), and the team with the most points after competing in all the events is the overall winner.

Ideas for events:

A dress-up relay – instead of passing a baton, they need to pass on a funny outfit
Run 100m in gumboots
Create a waterless synchronized swimming routine
How many hoops can you shoot?
Wheelbarrow race
Spin 10 times then run around the track
The only limit is your imagination.

#4 Camping party

Get the kids unplugged with an overnight camping party – this can be anywhere, even in your garden! If age-appropriate, let the kids set up their own tents, make a fire, cook their own meal, toast marshmallows, sing campfire songs, tell campfire stories and jokes, and star-gaze.

You can also play ‘stalk the lantern’ when it gets dark and supply some snacks for a midnight feast.

The pros and cons of a Bush Birthday Bash

Pros of a Bush Birthday Party

Natural light and beautiful settings make for stunning photographs (it also provides a good dose of Vitamin B!)
Outdoor parties tend to be more cost-effective as you ‘make’ the entertainment rather than ‘pay’ for it.
Spending time outdoors is a natural mood-booster and stress-buster.
You’re not as restricted by guest numbers and rules that apply at indoor venues.

Cons of a Bush Birthday Party

You may not have enough private space and will need to make use of public areas.
The weather might not share your enthusiasm, so be sure to have a Plan B, and suggest a change of clothes and warm jackets for after the fun.

At Tugela Trails, we’ll make your child’s Bush Birthday Bash a breeze – leave it all up to us to give them a unique outdoor party that they’ll remember – and talk about – for years to come. Get in touch with us for some more fun ideas and a free quote: https://www.tugelatrails.co.za/contact/.