Awesome decorations and birthday cakes on fine dessert tables will delight young party guests…for a little while…but great party games will get everyone involved in playing together, laughing, and really having fun.
This collection of 50 fun party game ideas lists a variety of activities for ages ranging from young kids to young adults. Some are strictly for outside, some for inside, but all are for good times.
Since you can’t predict group dynamics, be sure to have more activities planned than you think you’ll have time for—keep the party energy stoked.
1. SCAVENGER HUNT
Who doesn’t enjoy a good hunt and discover contest? The idea for this outdoor game comes with a free printable, which makes it easy fun for mom, too!
2. RELAY RACE
What a fun game! Kids won’t mind if they win or lose with this one because there is a built-in reward for everyone.
3. PARTNERS IN PEN
Guests work in pairs, back-to-back. Each team is given a paper bag with household items/toys. One team member draws what the other is describing to him, but the name of the item and what it is used for cannot be spoken. If the partner draws/figures out what the item is, the team makes a point. The team with the most points wins.
4. OBSTACLE COURSE
Everyone is familiar with an obstacle course but the balloon table, wagon slalom and newspaper walk are novel ideas. Include these activities when you want to create lots of party ballyhoo.
5. ELEPHANT MARCH
This game means you have get to wear pantyhose on your head…weighted with a tennis or baseball. While you’re in this elephant-like disguise, you knock over target bottles with your new trunk. Good for laughs!
6. BALLOON BUST
Pre-party, fill each balloon with a small prize or candy. Blow them up and tie them off. Each young guest chooses a balloon. The goal is to make the balloon break so they can retrieve the prize—but they can only break the balloon by sitting on it.
7. CAMERA GAME
Set a timer on an inexpensive point and shoot camera. The camera gets passed around the circle while each guest briefly holds the camera in a selfie pose. When the flash goes off you get some fun photos. Re-set the timer and begin again.