Things to Do On Your 18th Birthday

You're looking for things to do on your 18th birthday, really special and memorable things that will make your milestone birthday unforgettable. Here are some ideas to get you started planning the sort of a birthday that you'll remember fondly for years to come. Your 18th birthday only comes once, and it marks the transition between childhood and adulthood. Think through this list and pick out what works for you, or create your own event from one of these ideas.

Family, Friends or Both?
You can celebrate with your family separately at a dinner in a restaurant. This is a nice way to have a good time eating your favorite foods and get out for something special. You may decide to include friends and make this your celebration, or this can be your family party, with a separate birthday celebration with your friends. 

Remember two things: First, this occasion is just as important to your family as it is to you. Turning 18 is a big deal for everyone. Second, your family probably won't want to go out and dance the night away. The best bet may be separate celebrations with each group.

What do you enjoy doing? Are you an extreme sports enthusiast, or do you prefer to catch a movie? Do you want to see a play, or would you prefer to go camping? Let your interests be your guide in planning the perfect celebration of your birthday. If your friends are not the extreme type, and you really want to go bungee jumping, then do it, and invite your friends to come with the video camera to document the event and take you out afterward.

If clubbing is your idea of fun, call in advance to find out if local clubs have all-ages nights or shows for people 18 and up. Ask about admission specials for birthday crowds too. Be sure that all your friends meet the age requirements to attend so you can celebrate together. Remember that having a good time with all of the friends you'd like to be with is much more important than the venue itself.

Some Wise Advice
Turning 18 means you are considered an adult. That means you will receive adult punishment for illegal actions, such as drinking alcohol or unruly behavior in public. Use adult prudence in making decisions regarding where you go and what you do.

You are old enough to get a tattoo or piercing without parental consent, but that doesn't mean you should do this on your birthday. While piercings are reversible, tattoos are harder to remove down the road. Making a decision that permanently alters your body at age 18 without a lot of thought and reflection can come back to haunt you later in life. Exercise that adult mind when making choices that can affect your future, and make sure to have fun on your birthday.


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