DIY Birthday Party: Arthur

Athurs BirthdayBook characters make great birthday party themes because they are FAVORITES. Arthur is always a hit! Below you will find everything you need to plan a fun Arthur Birthday Party on the cheap. All you need is a computer, printer, some time…and your library card! We have the books, movies & music to make your party a memorable hit.

For our Arthur Party we looked at these sources of Arthur fun and picked our very favorites. You can follow our plan or mix and match activities that make sense to you and your birthday kid.



To get your party organized from the start, click and print the printable guest list tracker and invitation of your choice, full color or color your own!

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Arthur & DW party hats and a birthday banner to print and color.

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Party Activities:

1. Greeting Guests Music & Coloring Activity 15-20 min

Arthur Frame

  • Play the Arthur Theme Song
  • Printable Crayola Picture Frame (Best to print on card stock if you have it.) Make sure each child puts their name on their own picture frame! Later, a party picture will go in the frame.
  • Hand out paper and pens/pencils/crayons and have the guests learn to draw Arthur from this great video – the teacher is Marc Brown himself!

2. Game 10 min

3. Read Aloud 10 min

Arthurs Birthday

4. Music Craft 15 min

Arthur Shake the Shaker

5. Game 15 min

6. Take a Group Picture 5 min (Print one for each guest.)

Arthur Frame
  • Crayola Printable Picture Frame (Print copies of the picture while guests are eating cake. If you have time, attach the picture to the frame guests colored during the greeting time. If you don’t have time, add frame and photo to their take home bags!)
  • 7. Cake/Food Sing and eat cake 10-15 min

    8. Games 15-2o min

    9. Videos During Pickup Time

    Arthur Hoopla

    10. Take Home Bags and Say Goodbye 10-15 min

    You can make a printed Arthur Activity book for guests to take home. Follow these links to printable pages. Add your own small favors or treats.

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    Thank You Notes:


    Alternate Activity for a longer party or for older guests – Put on Play:

    Library Books:

    IndyPL Downloadable Audiobooks:

    • Marc Brown’s Arthur Chapter Books Vol 1 
    • Marc Brown’s Arthur Chapter Books Vol 2
    • Marc Brown’s Arthur Chapter Books Vol 3
    • Marc Brown’s Arthur Chapter Books Vol 4
    • Marc Brown’s Arthur Chapter Books Vol 5
    • Arthur Anniversary Collection

    Indianapolis StoryWalks: Take a Walk – Read a Story!

    Take a walk and read a story as you go! The Indianapolis Public Library invites you to visit two Indianapolis StoryWalks. Stroll through the parks and read a book displayed in mounted frames. Stories will be rotated on a monthly basis. Families are encouraged to post photos of their visit on social media: &

    There are TWO StoryWalks for you to choose from:

    • StoryWalk® in the Ruckle Street Park
    • StoryWalk® at Ft. Harrison State Park

    Now appearing on StoryWalk® in the Ruckle Street Park 3025 Ruckle Street:

    The Sunhat by Jennifer Ward – Rosa has a wonderful hat that fits her just right, but when the wind blows it away the hat shelters a wide variety of desert creatures from a storm.The Sunhat More about: Jennifer Ward This StoryWalk is made possible by Regions Bank through a gift to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation.
    NOTE: This storyWalk closes in December – it reopens in April/May, depending on the weather.

    Now appearing on StoryWalk® at Delaware Lake in Ft. Harrison State Park:

    Fort Harrison StorywalkWoodpecker Whem by April Pulley Sayre – Enter woodpecker world and get a bird’s eye view of everyday life: hiding from hawks, feeding hungry chicks, and drilling holes to build homes. Woodpeckers are nature’s home builders, creating holes that many other animals live in when the woodpeckers move on. A variety of woodpecker species fly through these pages–perhaps some that live near you! Woodpecker Wham Official Website: April Pulley SayreThis StoryWalk® is made possible by a grant from the Indiana Arts Commission. It is co-sponsored by the Department of Natural Resources, Friends of Ft. Harrison State Park, and The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation. The activity is also recognized as by the Indiana Bicentennial Commission.
    NOTE: This StoryWalk is located INSIDE Fort Harrison State Park, which requires an entrance fee. The StoryWalk is available for families to visit through October of this year (2016).

    Read Right Now! STARTING SCHOOL

    Every Child Ready to Read® @ your library® is a program of the Association for Library Service to Children and Public Library Association, divisions of the American Library Association.

    Use IndyPL’s Read Right Now! pages to have fun at home doing the five things that build early reading skills: Reading, Playing, Writing, Singing & Talking. Find books to read, songs to listen to, games to play, crafts to make and more! Things you can do RIGHT NOW, at home – no waiting!

    FREE Online eBooks about Starting School:

    School ToolsSchool HelpersWhat Good Is a LineEmilySchoolAreYouReadyForSchool

    eBooks & eAudiobooks to Check out with your Library Card about Starting School:

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    Use your indyPL Library Card number and PIN to check out FREE Online eBooks & eAudiobooks. Click on a book jacket & enter your Library Card number and PIN to borrow. What’s My PIN?
    Alice Miranda at SchoolBack to School RulesThe Berenstain Bears and the Homework HassleThe Berenstain Bears Go to SchoolThe Berenstain Bears Trouble at SchoolBoomer Goes to SchoolCurious George First Day of SchoolDancing Dinos Go to SchoolA Day at SchoolEdward Almost Goes to SchoolFirst Day JittersFirst Year LettersFranklin Goes to SchoolKindergarten CountdownLate for SchoolMax Goes to SchoolOllie's School DayRufus and Friends School DaySammy Spider First Day of SchoolSchool Day MathSnuffy Goes to SchoolWe Love Our SchoolAmelia Bedelia First Day of SchoolPinkalicious School RulesBiscuit Goes to SchoolMittens at SchoolMorris Goes to School
    Recommended by: Janet Spaulding, Selection Services

    More FREE Online Reading:

    Printables, Crafts & More about Starting School:


    Family Music Play with Jim Gill Coming Soon!


    Preschoolers and their families are invited to sing, clap, dance and sneeze along during this concert by award-winning musician and author Jim Gill. His distinctive music play creates the spirit of a family room in the concert hall and serves as an invitation to families to sign and play together. Schedule

    Take a look at the fun you’ll have!:


    Books & CDs:

    Jim Gill Makes It Noisy in Boise, Idaho Jim Gill Sings Do Re Mi on His Toe Leg Knee Jim Gill Sings Moving Rhymes for Modern Times Jim Gill Sings the Sneezing Song
    Jim Gills Irrantional Anthem and More Salutes to Nonsense Music Play for Folks of All Stripes Vote for Jim Gill May There Always Be Sunshine
    Soup Opera

    indyPL Children’s Librarians: Favorite Books for Starting Kindergarten

    Going to Kindergarten for the first time is exciting…and maybe a little scary! IndyPL Children’s Librarians have put together this list of their favorites to put even the most reluctant student in the mood for school. Start a reading tradition in your family like this one from Shellie Rich, Public Services Librarian at Central Library:

    “I love that book so much. With quotes like, “Alligator is for fancy. For school, stripes are nice,” I am pretty sure it is the best kindergarten book ever. And we still call my twelve-year-old’s school uniform her schooliform because of that book.”

    Also, you can read FREE books online, play online games & find FREE printables at: IndyPL Read Right Now! Starting School

    New York Public Library: The Top 3 Books to Read Before Starting Kindergarten

    More Recommendations:

    Chicka Chicka Boom BoomClick Clack Moo Cows That TypeCorduroyFoxyGreen Eggs and HamI Like MeI Like MyselfThe Kissing HandLeaf ManMonkey Not Ready For KindergartenThe Pigeon Wants a PuppyPlease Baby PleaseTell Me a DragonThe Very Hungry CaterpillarZ is for Moose

    Staff Pick: Poo in the Zoo

    Poo in the Zoo

    Bob McGrew, the head keeper at the zoo, loves his job, except when he has to clean up after the animals! One day, after escaping his cage, the iguana leaves behind something that catches the attention of the entire town, and a poo museum owner, that ends up making Bob’s messy job a lot easier!

    “A children’s picture book about the everyday responsibilities of the zoo keeper, including the not so desirable task of cleaning up the poo!
    As soon as I saw the title for this book, I knew it was going to be good. Poo in the Zoo is a laugh out loud tale of Bob McGrew, the zoo keeper.

    Poor Bob has lots to do each day including cleaning up after all the zoo animals. In a rhyming tale of descriptive poo proportions, Bob starts out a normal day only to have it end extraordinarily different. There’s an escaped iguana, glow in the dark poo and a poo museum! In the end, Bob finds a solution to his problems and he and the animals are able to enjoy their days a little easier and a little less smelly.

    This story is great to engage a large group of kids. They laugh and ‘eww’ at all the mentions of poo. It catches their attention from the beginning and keeps them watching and listening till the very end. Smallman spins a great tale for the imagination and Ada Grey’s illustrations are ‘illuminating’ and engaging for any young reader’s eye.
    I’d recommend this book for anyone with a sense of humor and who’s not too squeamish!”

    Recommended by Maggie Ward – Warren Branch

    Staff Pick: Runaway Tomato

    Runaway Tomato

    After dodging an enormous, rolling tomato, townsfolk hold a festival to honor the red fruit.

    “The Runaway Tomato is an action packed story of what happens when a giant tomato grows on a hill above the town. The town comes together to save the city from the huge tomato and even turns the giant mess into a fun time for all. The quirky story and vivid illustrations make this a fun story to read aloud and share the pictures with a small group. There are so many fun things to find in the illustrations it can keep a family occupied for an afternoon. With a nod to the classic “cloudy with a chance of meatballs”, this book brings the tomato into the realm of fun food.”

    Recommended by Catherine Scheib – Wayne Branch