• Entertainment and Activities
    Hide and Seek
    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) a...
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    Party Games
    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 giv...
  • Outdoor Games
    Outdoor Games
    The Top Outdoor Party Games for Family Fun
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    Charise Rohm Nulsen
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    Party Games
    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....
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    Party Games
    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 s...
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    Party Games
    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...
  • Backyard games
    Outdoor Games
    Fun Backyard Games for the Summer
    Looking for some great backyard party games for the summer? Here are our favorites! Get the full details on these games (and where to by them) from our slideshow! ...
  • Talent Show Party Activity
    Play Acting
    Star Search
    Star SearchDirections Send invitations to your friends two weeks in advance so everyone will have a chance to prepare an act either alone or with a few other people. Acts could be anything they like to do. They could be funny or serious and do no...
  • After-school Olympic Games Activities for Kids
    Outdoor Games
    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 lemonad...
  • Formal Dinner Dance for Kids
    First Formal
    First FormalDirections Send formal invitations to about ten children. They should resemble wedding invitations with full names and addresses written out. Decorate the party area with real or artificial flowers, tall candles, white tablecloths, an...
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    Party Games
    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 a...
  • Cooking Party Activity for Kids
    Activities With Food
    Crazy Cooks Party
    Crazy Cooks PartyDirections The main activity at this party is cooking. Pick a menu all the ingredients. Set up the ingredients at different work stations and let kids work in groups to prepare the recipe. An adult should stand by to answer ques...
  • Build-A-Raft Party Activity for Kids
    River Rafting
    River RaftingMaterials Plastic bottles with screw lids—you need at least 100, so contact a recycling center or have everyone you know save them for you Large onion bags—16 bags to make a raft for two people Plastic fishing line Needle Direction...
  • Scavenger Hunt Party Activity for Kids
    Scavenger Hunt
    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 indivi...
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    Party Games
    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 Satu...
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    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 This is a great project to make for a birthday party or other special o...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Preschooler's Busy Book
  • Pineapples for a pineapple relay race
    Party Games
    Pineapple Relay Race
    Pineapple Relay Race To 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. The...
    Jill Dvornik
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    Party Games
    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...
    Jill Dvornik