What should I do for my birthday?
Once you have kids, it can be HARD to find something exciting to liven up your own birthday. Celebrating their birthdays with little traditions is a whole lot of fun. Celebrating another year as an adult? Not so much.
But a child’s birthday delight is REAL and radiant. And we could all use a piece of that. So, let’s celebrate life like a kid again!
Here are over 100 fun things to do for your birthday – whether you are 15 or 85!
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The Complete Birthday Bucket List!
Fun Birthday Things to Do at Home
Whether you are a homebody, at home due to the weather, or it’s during Covid, these all make for spectacular ways to spend your birthday!
1. Binge Watch Your Absolute Favorites
It’s time to re-watch the shows or movies that had you cracking up or moved you in a deep way.
2. Get Friends Together for Mimosas
Your birthday is the perfect occasion to enjoy a brunch with pals that includes a splash of champagne.
3. Dress Up
Get out that flirty dress, do your hair and makeup, and ROCK your new age.
4. Give Yourself a Gift
Isn’t it time you got something that you KNOW you’ll love? Buy yourself a gift that makes you feel good or a simple item that makes your life easier.
5. Dream Big
Spend your afternoon dreaming up your perfect vision board and giving yourself the gift of intention for your life!
6. Do a Staycation
Make it a “birthday weekend” and decide that it’s time to stay in and pamper yourself. You can incorporate many of the other items on this list for a full staycation too! Or find family-friendly ideas HERE>>
7. Give Yourself a Spa Day
If it’s in the budget, get a professional massage. But if not, you can do just as much pampering at home! Raid your nearest Target for bubble bath supplies, face masks, new nail polish, and more! Then spend your evening taking care of your skin.
8. Get the Fire Pit Going
Spark that fire pit and sit around it with those you love recalling great memories. Don’t forget the marshmallows and a fun drink too.
9. Take a Day Off of Work
If you have vacation days available, use one! Give yourself the gift of an entire DAY to do what you want to do on your birthday.
10. Buy Yourself an Inspiring Book
Get that book you’ve been eyeing and then spend the whole day reading it!
11. Do a Project
Next, pick a low effort (but high reward) project to liven up your space. Maybe you’ve been meaning to re-decorate your bedroom or put lights up on your back patio. Today is the day to do it!
12. Make a Huge Gratitude List of Your Life
There is so much to be grateful for once you take the time to look!
13. Spend the Afternoon Asking Fun Questions
Seriously, you’ll laugh AND find out a whole lot about people. Try these Fun Questions to Ask Friends & Family
14. Have a Board Game Tournament in Honor of the Big Day
Do you love games? Challenge loved ones to a day of snacks, games, and laughs.
15. Put Together a Fun Self Care Basket
Spend an hour of your birthday at the store picking out small goods that you can use on a rough day. Put them in a box, and voila, you’ve got a great way to decompress! Your future self will thank you! See a self-care box example HERE>>
16. Get Flowers Sent to Your Home
Who says you can’t order yourself flowers? Order flowers online and delight in their beauty on your kitchen counter. And by picking them yourself, you get exactly what you want!
17. Eat Your Favorite Foods
Indulge in what you love on this day. No guilt!
18. Make Yourself a Birthday Cocktail
Experiment with something new or go with your favorite classic. Every birthday deserves a fun drink!
19. Have a Karoake Night at Home
Grab your family or friends and crank up the tunes. To make it extra fun, play past hits you remember from your younger years.
20. Throw Yourself a Party
Make it a full-on bash or invite over your closest friends. Often we wait for others to do the work, but this time, take the reigns and make your birthday get-together exactly how you want it to be.
21. Have a Sleepover
Remember how fun sleepovers were as a kid? Re-create that with your closest friends! Or, if you have kids, enjoy camping out in the living for a family sleepover.
22. Order/Bake a Ridiculously Awesome Cake
Order that decadent dessert you are always eyeing, or bake yourself the most delicious cake you can think of. It’s your birthday, so why not treat yourself to the BEST quality on your big day?
23. Plan a Post Birthday Trip
Perhaps you need to be home, but that doesn’t mean you can’t research and book your next amazing getaway. Having something to look forward to is half the fun!
24. Celebrate Your Age With a Workout
I know, it may not seem like the most exciting one on this list. BUT if you have a good workout you finish feeling amazing and inspired. Why not give yourself this gift on your birthday?
Just make sure it’s something you love!
25. Re-read Your Favorite Book
Remember that book that you couldn’t put down? Pull it out and spend a few hours reading with a nice warm drink.
Things to Do on Your Birthday Alone
Next, you don’t have to depend on others to make your big day special! These things to do for your birthday offer fun and insight.
26. Adopt Something
Adopt a plant in need of care, a puppy in need of rescuing, or something else that has been neglected. You’ll be enriching your life and the life of something else.
27. Go for a Hike in a new Location
Grab your gear and hit the trails for a beautiful scenic hike.
28. Find a Treasure at a Thrift Store
Spend your birthday afternoon leisurely searching for treasures. You’ll love the rush as you hunt for gold!
29. Start a Challenge to a Stronger You
This site has many challenge ideas that promote health, wellness, and love. Try one of these:
- An Inspiring Gratitude Challenge
- A Challenge for self-love or 30 days of self-care
- The huge list of life-changing challenges
30. Get Your Hair Professionally Done
Many of us feel like a million bucks after a haircut and color. So, purposely schedule your next appointment for your birthday! It costs nothing more and makes it extra special!
31. Give Yourself Reflection Time
When was the last time you sat to think about your LIFE? Carve out a few minutes to reflect on your past and your hopes for the future. If not now, when?
Then, use your reflection to set goals for the coming year.
32. Create Your Beautiful Life Bucket List
Click on this epic list of adult bucket list ideas and create yours today! What awesome things will you do in your coming years?
33. Check Something Off Your Bucket List
And now that you have it, do one of the things for your birthday. Check something off! What a great start!
34. Donate to a Charity
Pick a cause that’s close to your heart and donate in honor of your birthday.
35. Take the Free Self Care Quiz
The self-care quiz has four simple parts, and most importantly, it will help you determine what areas you need to take better care of yourself moving forward.
36. Mark Your Birthday as a New Beginning
Is your birthday the beginning of a healthier you? Is it the beginning of a more focused chapter in your life? Use it as the milestone it is, and decide on the direction you want to go for the next year.
37. Put Together a List of New Things
Write down 10 things you want to try by this time next year.
38. Make a Creation
If you are a creative type, use your day to indulge in your imagination. Paint, make jewelry, write, or spruce up furniture.
39. Decide on a Word
What’s your mantra for the coming year? Thrive? Focus? Love? Simplify?
Find your perfect word and then plan out how you’ll live it out.
40. Turn Your Birthday Into A “Self Care” Day
There’s no better time to have a self-care day! Make your body and mind feel good on your big day. Use these Sunday self care ideas to recharge and renew.
Adventurous Things to Do on Your Birthday
These fun birthday things to do get you out and are perfect to do with friends or your significant other.
41. Go Wine Tasting
Visit a winery or bar for a wine tasting session. You can also host this at home by picking up a few bottles at the store. And use this wine tasting journal to record your findings.
42. Spend Time at the Lake With Friends
I’ve been lucky enough to do this on my birthday the last few years, and it’s a super special (and relaxing) way to spend your big day.
43. Go to an Amusement Park
Pull your inner kid out and ride that big scary roller coaster!
44. Play at the Beach
Sunbathe, get a game of frisbee going, or swim in the lake/ocean.
45. Spend the Day in a Cabin
Research a beautiful place to stay and take off on the weekend to retreat somewhere calm, colorful, and meditative.
46. Do a Fun Progressive Dinner
Pick your 3 favorite restaurants to hop around for different drinks, dinner, and dessert!
47. Book a Stay at a Historic Hotel
Pick a historic, a haunted, or a boutique hotel to make your birthday night one to remember.
48. Challenge Yourself With an Escape Room
Will you be able to get out in time?
49. Accomplish Something Physical
Doing something physical that you’ve never done reminds you what it means to BE ALIVE. So, go rock climbing or bike riding.
50. Try a Sip & Paint Class
Grab your friends and paint your masterpiece.
51. Take a Cooking Class
Learn how to properly make your favorite dish!
52. Go to a Comedy Show
Spend the night indulging in good belly laughs that melt your stress away.
53. Gamble Your Birthday Money
If you love the casino, hit the buffet for a special dinner and then get your rush.
54. Get a Tattoo or Piercing
A tattoo or piercing makes a mark just like your birthday does. This is a great occasion to get one if you’ve been wanting to.
55. Try Top Golf
Get outside and try the virtual game with friends.
56. Go Bowling
See who gets a strike first! There’s nothing like a little friendly competition.
57. Be a Tourist in Your City
Most of us never see what’s inside our own nearby city. Now’s your chance to scope it out!
58. Go in a Hot Air Balloon
Have you always wondered about this? There’s no time like your birthday to follow through and get a one-of-a-kind experience like this!
59. Check Out a Tour
Distillery tours, factory tours, and food tours all make for a unique way to spend your day.
60. Go Horseback Riding
Riding a horse is always a fun experience and gets you into nature.
61. Go Shopping
Have a little spree for your birthday! Get a new outfit, score a great deal, or replace worn-out wardrobe pieces.
62. Go on Vacation
Take a cruise, visit a destination you’ve been pining after, or just explore a city within a day’s drive. You’ll never regret getting out and seeing things.
63. Pack an Amazing Picnic
Find a pretty spot and bring your best quality picnic. Think of great wine, fresh bread, fancy cheeses, and juicy fruits to enjoy while you are there. Use this fun backpack.>>
64. Go to Your Favorite Sports Game
See your favorite team from great seats and enjoy the stadium snacks too.
65. Go Skydiving or Indoor Skydiving
Get a true thrill by jumping out of a plane or mimicking the experience in a closed environment. Nothing will make you feel more alive than this!
66. Go to a Concert
See your favorite band live on your birthday!
67. Go to a Winery
See if you can hit a night with live music and food trucks to mark your perfect night.
68. Go to a Music Festival
Whether to see local bands or your favorite headliners, you’re sure to have a good time.
69. Rent a Fun Car
Get the car of your dreams for a day and go on a joy ride. Don’t forget to take pictures next to your car as inspiration for the future!
70. Walk Through Open Houses
If you love home design or are dreaming of an upgrade, spend your birthday walking through different styles of homes. And don’t be afraid to go through your dream homes too! It costs nothing to dream!
71. Rent a Boat for a Day
Pack food and fishing poles and rent a pontoon boat to take out on the lake for the day. If that’s a little much, rent a kayak, canoe, or sailboat instead.
72. Go on a Helicopter Ride
Splurge on a once-in-a-lifetime helicopter ride over a cool scenic view.
73. Visit an Arboretum or Beautiful Garden
Walk through a sea of flowers and enjoy nature at its finest.
74. Sign Up for Axe Throwing
Call out your inner lumberjack and enjoy an axe-throwing contest with friends.
75. Jet Off to See a Friend
If you have a friend that lives in another city, use this as a reason to see him or her and celebrate together in a new location.
76. Try a New Fitness Class
Do something you’ve never done before like Zumba, boxing, or hot yoga. You may fall in love with something new!
77. Go Searching for Beauty
Hit the nursery for house plants that will bring happiness to you (+ clean your air!). Or purchase plants and flowers for a landscaping project that you’ll love.
78. Climb a Mountain
If you’re thinking big on your birthday, climb to a peak! Most guided places offer different levels of difficulty. Regardless, you’ll give yourself a truly amazing view and a moment of reflection from the experience.
79. Go Bar Hopping (or Brewery/Winery Hopping)
Get out on the town and try out the best bars, breweries, and wineries. See what good eats they all have too!
80. Go White Water Rafting
Take adventure to a new level as you shoot down a river!
Things to Do on Your Birthday With Family
Finally, if you’re like me, it’s not always possible to do things for your birthday without the kids. That’s ok, because this list will give everyone a wonderful time!
81. Go Go-Karting
Tell the kids they have to let you win on your birthday.
82. Start a Friendly Game of Laser Tag
Split into teams and see who wins! If you’re feeling competitive, bet that the losing team has to do the winning team’s chores.
83. Visit a Planetarium
See what the night sky truly looks like and learn about the universe together.
84. See a Drive-In Movie
Grab a pizza and head to the drive-in for a night of fun and entertainment.
85. Go to a Magic Show
Enjoy getting wowed together by the impossible.
86. Go to a Local Pool
It’s a cheap and fun way to spend a hot birthday afternoon with family.
87. Go Camping
Spend your birthday re-connecting with nature AND your family under the stars.
88. Go Out for Ice Cream
Get the really good stuff while you’re at it!
89. Have a Pajama Party
Decide that for this day, pajamas are welcomed ALL day long!
90. Have Your Kids Make You Dinner
Now, if you’re looking for something fancy, a parent needs to help. But either way, there’s no reason the birthday adult needs to cook dinner.
91. Have a Dance Party
Show your kids the fun dance moves you learned when you were a kid.
92. Let Your Kids Interview You
Take the kids birthday interview printable and use it on the adult instead. The kids will love asking you the questions, and you’ll get to share your favorite things with them too.
93. Laugh With Family Questions
Would you rather questions are EASY, fun, and require very little work to play!
94. Start a New Tradition
What would be a fun tradition for every family member? Create a “birthday plate,” a special dessert, or decide on an activity the birthday person gets to pick. Find great family birthday tradition ideas HERE >>
95. Have Your Kids Bring You Breakfast in Bed
Let them eat with you and make it a special birthday breakfast!
96. Splurge at the Farmer’s Market
Buy that fresh-baked bread that looks so good, and a few things you don’t normally buy.
97. Go to a Water Park
Get wet and have TONS of fun on the water rides together.
98. Mark Something Off Your Family Bucket List
Make your bucket list if you haven’t yet, and then mark at least one thing off! This makes it so that you’re doing activities that mean the most to your family!
- Find tons of family bucket list ideas HERE
- And seasonal bucket lists here: Spring, Summer, Fall, Holiday, Winter
99. Play Truth or Dare
Next, laugh and do absurd things with your family. These truth or dare game questions will guarantee you have a good (family-appropriate) time!
100. Play Never Have I Ever
See what your kids really do, and have a few giggles while you’re at it. These epic never have I ever questions will reveal a whole new side of everyone.
101. Play 2 Truths & a Lie
Can your family trick you? Get a few tricky truths & a lie and see if you can stump the kids!
102. Play Family Feud
Next, grab another family and play on your birthday! Get these family feud questions to make the game easy >> – coming soon!
103. Go on a Date Night With Your Spouse
If you have kids, it’s not always easy to spend quality time with your partner. So today, enjoy a birthday meal and outing with the one you love.
104. Take a Photo
Have someone take a photo of your family on your birthday and frame the picture! It also helps you remember how amazing your day was.
105. Leave a Note to Your Favorite Little People
Finally, give a little love on your birthday too! Print these simple encouraging notes and leave them for your family members to find. Then, watch those kiddos light up as they do.
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To Consider With the Birthday Bucket List
I hope this list gave you plenty of ideas for yourself and for the people you love most! Let’s make our adult birthday as much fun as we make it for our kids! It’s time to get living friends!
What are your favorite things to do for your birthday? Let me know in the comments!
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