How to avoid the dreaded "What Now?" at a Tween Sleepover

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Whether celebrating a birthday or just having a “Girls’ Night”, nothing brings a bunch of friends together like a sleepover. But once all the excitement of arriving and picking which WonderTent to sleep under has settled you might hear the dreaded “What now?” being voiced. So to save you (and your child) some angst of what to do during a sleepover here’s a list of activities we've found that keeps the fun moving.

Activities for a Successful Sleep Over

Food Glorious Food.

Having the girls create their own meal is a fun way to get them interacting and, also, making sure they eat. Get them making their own pizza, create a delicious taco, or concoct a scrumptious sundae. Simply provide all the ingredients to let them make a meal that really tickles their tastebuds. Other crowd pleasers include decorating their own gingerbread people, baking their own batch of cookies, or making their own cupcakes. To make it extra fun, have the girls come up with a name for their fantastic creation and award prizes for the most inventive, most creative, and yummiest.

Release their inner artists.

Arts and crafts never fail but take it up a notch by having the girls create their own friendship bands or decorate their own pillowcase. We’ve found styling their own pillowcases is a big hit as not only is it a nice tie in with the sleepover experience it also makes for a nice keepsake. Having the girls autograph each other's pillowcases also makes it something they’ll treasure forever.

Make it a Spa-jama Party.

Who doesn’t love to be pampered? Let the girls style each other’s hair with colorful ties and bows, paint each other’s nails or enjoy mini-facials. Be sure to take before and after photos for when the makeover is complete.

Get a clue.

On a recent Sleep Over, one of our Mom’s created a fun scavenger hunt for all the girls to do. It was a great way for the girls to safely explore the neighborhood as well as burn off that tween energy. Of course, it’s just as fun darting throughout the house to find the next clue or prize. The main thing to remember is to make the clues just hard enough that it makes them think and feel good about solving the puzzle.

Bored? Games!

It’s always a great idea to have a few board games on hand to focus the energy (and give you a little reprieve). Everything from quick games like Uno or Jenga to marathon efforts like Game of Life or Monopoly can have the girls chatting and laughing in no time. Our personal faves are Guesstures and Sequence, or for the app enabled tween, Heads Up is always a crowd pleaser.

Disco Divas and Dancing Queens

Turn up the tunes and make some room for the girls to bust a move. Have each girl teach the others a signature move or the latest dance. And if a gaming console is close by loading up Just Dance will guarantee hours of enjoyment (not to mention great video opportunity.) For added Diva-ness bring out a karaoke machine and let them channel their inner Ri-Ri, Sia or Taylor.

A magical movie night.

Of course, who can go past the classic Sleepover & Movie Combo? Have a theme selected with two or three hit movies that fit and let the girls decide which one to watch. Add to the fun with one of our Popcorn Carts, and give each girl their own popcorn cartons and snack trays filled with goodies to munch on during the movie. Don't forget to have an intermission halfway through for toilet breaks or to grab a refill of popcorn.

Whatever activities you decide, the goal is to have fun. Have the girls shrug off any self-consciousness by making sure everyone is involved and cheered on. It's ok to have a schedule of activities (in fact, I think it's a great idea but then I'm a planner) but build in flexibility to let some activities run long or others wrap up sooner if you feel their enthusiasm waning. And remember to have fun yourself and you'll soon be making magical memories in no time.

PLAYLIST: A Thrilling Halloween

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With Halloween just around the corner and everyone picking out their costumes, we thought it was time to unleash our Thrilling Halloween Playlist. Jam-packed with spooky tunes and killer grooves this collection of songs will bring any party to life. And best of all it's suitable for ghouls of all ages.

From Halloween classics like "Monster Mash" and "Purple People Eater" through to the quintessential Halloween track, "Thriller" there's something to keep even the most stubborn of ghosts and goblins grooving. And just so your kids don't think these are all songs taken from the crypt, there's modern favorites like "Heathens" by Twenty One Pilots and Fifth Harmony's "I'm In Love With A Monster." So to get your party going, just load it up and remember to play it loud enough it wakes up the dead.

And of course, for the perfect Halloween party why not throw a spooky Sleep Over with our WonderTents and some deliciously spooky treats.

We're social.

We've been busy making sleepover experiences like no other that we've fallen a little behind on our social side. But we're proud to announce that our Facebook page is up and running, Instagram is chugging along and we're putting the finishing touches to our website. We've got a lot to share with you all and can't wait. Thank you to everyone who's supported us and entrusted WonderTent Parties to give your kids memory making moments.

We're just getting started so stay tuned. Oh, and be sure to follow us too.

Why should the big kids have all the fun?

Traditionally Sleepovers have been the domain of the "big kids". Well now, with our Slumber Under experiences your little ones can get in on all the fun of a sleepover even if they're not quite ready for an over night stay. Held in the afternoon our Slumber Under now lets your kids experience all the fun of a slumber party and all the great memory making magic that goes with it.

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Did someone say glamping?

When we say we want to create a sleepover experience like no other, we mean it. Take our WonderDome. A luxurious outdoor overnight experience that takes glamping to the next level. With enough room to sleep 6 the WonderDome is perfect for teen birthdays or any excuse for a sleepover with the squad. 

We've designed the WonderDome to be multipurpose and it can handle anything from sleepovers to a girl's night to a one of a kind dinner party. We even see a few uber romantic proposals taking place in the future. The possibilities are endless.

To learn more check out our Glamp Out experience.

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