Party Games

Playing games is all part of the fun! Get great ideas for party games for kids (and adults) of all ages.

13 Fun Halloween Party Games for Kids

Your Halloween celebration can include much more than just costumes and trick-or-treating. These simple, not-too-scary Halloween games will help you host the best Halloween party ever! read more

After-School Olympic Games

After-School Olympic GamesThis is a party activity in which friends and family participate in Olympic-type events.Materials Each child brings a prize, wrapped up (used or new), which is then put in a big bag upon arrival. Big container of lemonade or water Directions Make a list of all the events you can remember from the Olympic games. Include other events that might be special to your neighborhood like grass rolling, acorn picking, leaf catching, or creek walking. read more

Blob Race

Blob Race Activity for a group Age group: 30-40 months Duration of activity: 20 minutes Although relay races may be too complex for young children, they will enjoy this simplified version. read more

Crazy Cooks Party

Crazy Cooks PartyDirections The main activity at this party is cooking. read more

Family Games: Charades

Family Games: Charades Winning Plays Charades is believed to have originated in France in the eighteenth century as a riddle game. The goal of the game was to come up with a word or phrase by trying to figure out the riddle. The riddles were given either in prose or in rhyme. Here is an example: “My first is a Tartar, My second a letter; My all is a country, No Christmas dish better.” (The answer is Turkey.) read more

Family Games: Charades

Family Games: Charades Winning Plays Charades is believed to have originated in France in the eighteenth century as a riddle game. The goal of the game was to come up with a word or phrase by trying to figure out the riddle. The riddles were given either in prose or in rhyme. Here is an example: “My first is a Tartar, My second a letter; My all is a country, No Christmas dish better.” (The answer is Turkey.) read more

Family Games: Sardines

Family Games: Sardines Sardines is a fun family party game that reverses the old classic, Hide and Seek. All the kids close their eyes and count while one person hides. When the counting is completed (usually to about 25 is fine for this game) all the “Its” must begin the search. When one of the “Its” finds the hider, he or she doesn't say anything but quietly crawls into the hiding spot with the hider. read more

Family Scavenger Hunt

Family Scavenger HuntDirections The idea of a scavenger hunt is to find all the items on a list and return them to a designated place as quickly as possible. There are many ways to organize a hunt and many choices to make. You can play as individuals or on teams either inside the house or outside. Here are a few ideas to try: read more

Find the Pumpkin Halloween Game

Find the Pumpkin Halloween GameSupplies: ·  Ten pieces of white paper ·  Five pieces of yellow paper ·  Five pieces of orange paper ·  A crayon ·  Scissors How to play: 1. Draw ten white pumpkins, five yellow pumpkins, and five orange pumpkins. 2. Cut out all the pumpkins. 3. Decorate each pumpkin with a funny face. read more

Hawaiian Luau

Hawaiian Luau Age: Preschool through elementaryTime: An afternoon Type of activity: Arts and CraftsA luau is a "Ohana" (family) occasion where everyone comes together to celebrate. Any event is a goodreason to have a luau. The day is filled with love, smiles, music, dancing, and lots of fresh flowers and delicious foods.Begin your luau by making leis for everyone to wear. read more

Indoor/Outdoor Party Games

Indoor/Outdoor Party Games There's one thing you can't predict: the weather. The following indoor party games are suitable for either inside or out, making planning your party a lot less stressful. Musical Chairs For this game you will need several chairs. If you plan to play the game, you may need to borrow chairs from your neighbors or rent some from a local party rental supply. You'll need one less chair than children. For example, if there are 10 children at the party, you will need nine chairs. read more

Make a Giant Peach Pinata

Make a Giant Peach PinataYou'll need these materials: A large balloonNewspaper 1 cup of flour1 1/2 cups of water4 cups of boiling waterPeach (or orange) tempera paint PaintbrushMasking tapeBrown pipe cleaner (you may want to use more than one and glue them together)A knife (a craft knife will work best) What to do: read more

Outdoor Games for Parties

Outdoor Games for Parties Take the fun outdoors! There are many memorable outdoor party games to play at a child's party. Here are just a few. Red Rover Red Rover is best played outside for a summertime party. It requires a lot of space and room to run. read more

Papier-Mâché Piñata

Papier-Mâché PiñataMaterials Large inflated balloon String Newsprint or other paper Papier-mâché paste Small toys and candy Crepe paper or tissue paper Paints Directions read more

Party Games for Little Kids

Party Games for Little Kids Here are some party games that may be appropriate for pre-schoolers. Not only are these party games fun, but they have also proven to be educational. You'll find that kids already know some of these games from school. For the really wee tots, try some of the following party games. Simon Says This game is very simple and children really love it. You'll never see them concentrate so hard! read more

Pin the Wart on the Witch

Pin the Wart on the WitchSupplies: · Large picture of a witch, preferably with a wart already on it · Blindfold · A paper wart for each player with his or her name on it· Tape How to play: 1. If the picture of the witch does not already have a wart on it, draw one. 2. Hang the witch on a wall or a door where there is lots of space around it. read more

Pineapple Relay Race

Pineapple Relay RaceTo play this game, use real or plastic pineapples. If you don't have a pineapple (or if it's too heavy) try using coconuts, guava, or mango.) You can play in teams or individually. First designate a start and finish line. Then choose one of the options below to play the game. read more

Quick on the Draw

Quick on the Draw While this game isn't really a word game, it is based on the game of Charades. But instead of having people guess a word (or phrase) with miming gestures, they have to guess a word by drawing it. This might sound easy, but it all depends on the word! This game is a homemade version of the popular board game Pictionary. For this game, you'll need a lot of paper and a couple of pens or pencils. You may also want to use a stopwatch. If you don't have a stopwatch, someone with a second hand on his or her watch will work. read more

River Rafting

River RaftingMaterials read more

Sleeping Lions

Sleeping Lions Activity for a group Age group: 18-40 months Duration of activity: 15 minutes You can adapt this game to meet the theme of your party. read more

Star Search

Star SearchDirections read more

Top 10 Backyard Party Games for All Ages

Looking for some fun outdoor games to play at your next barbecue or family party? Good ol' fashioned group games — from sack races to cornhole and other toss games — are all the rage these days! So check out this list of our favorite old and new outdoor games (to buy or DIY) that will make your backyard the ultimate kid-friendly party spot this summer. Many of these games are also great for the beach! read more

Tricks and Treats

Tricks and TreatsHow to play: 1. Give each of the players a bag filled with ten pieces of wrapped candy. 2. Have the players write their names on their bags so that the bags don't get mixed up. 3. Decide on a time limit. If you are giving a party, you could keep the game going the entire time, even while you are doing other activities. read more

Up Jenkins

Up Jenkins Up Jenkins is a very silly game that kids just love. It's great for kids' birthday parties or even small adult parties (that depends on what you and your friends are into). College kids have been known to play this game late on a Saturday night at the student union while some adults might have the best time playing the game at home with their kids and their kids' friends. However you play, or whomever you play with, the game is somewhat addictive and is good for an hour or two of good, rowdy fun. read more

Walk on the Witch's Hat Halloween Game

Walk on the Witch's Hat Halloween GameSupplies: ·  Big brown paper bag, or big picture of a witch's hat ·  Pencil ·  Scissors ·  Tape ·  CD player, tape player, or radio How to play: 1. If you have a large picture of a witch's hat, tape it right on the floor before you play the game. 2. If you don't already have a picture, you can make one easily. read more