Are you looking for awesome kids birthday party ideas? You have come to the right place! Here you will find fun, engaging party games and activities that you can incorporate into your child’s special day no matter what birthday party theme you’ve chosen! These are open-ended and can be incorporated into a wide array of children’s parties. Let’s have some fun!
1. The Scavenger Hunt
A huge hit at any birthday party, a scavenger hunt is perfect for keeping kids occupied for a good chunk of time. Just give them a list of all the things you want them to find and send them on their way! You can have them find nature items in the garden or park, simply take photos of their discoveries, do this around the house or yard with planned or random finds, or as an alternative, turn it into a treasure hunt by giving them specific clues to lead them around to a special treat at the end.
2. The Pinata
No one can resist the allure of a bright, colorful pinata full of surprises! Whether you fill it with candy, little toys, or other special treats, it will be the center of attention at your party. Get a pinata that matches your theme to make it extra-special. Let the smallest or youngest children whack at it first, so that the bigger kids don’t demolish it before everyone has had a turn.
3. The Photo Booth
Most kids love to have their picture taken. A photo booth or styled backdrop is perfect because you can DIY one that goes along with your party theme. Make sure to include lots of props to choose from so that kids can express their silliness and show off their personalities. Assign someone to be the photographer who can concentrate on this one task.
4. The Bounce House
These are a major hit in backyard parties everywhere because most kids don’t get to jump on one every day. You don’t need to actually buy one (that would be really expensive!) because they are easy to rent for an afternoon. We guarantee that this attraction will keep the kids totally enthralled.
5. The Craft Station
Kids and crafts are the perfect combo! You can either supply a variety of open-ended craft supplies so that the kids can create whatever they want, or have an organized and specific set of craft items that match the party theme. Make sure to have plenty of stock so that every child has something to make and take home with them.
My kids love to make a variation of this classic game to match whatever the party theme is, so no, we have never actually done “pin the tail on the donkey.” We simply draw out a picture on a large poster board and cut out whatever we want to “pin” with construction paper. (We actually use bits of tape, not pins!) You could try “pin the hat on the fireman,” “pin the horn on the unicorn,” or “pin the dot on the ladybug,” etc… Anyway, you get the idea!
7. Balloon Games
Whether you do relays with balloons between the knees or being carried on spoons, or “pop the balloon” to reach the treat inside, or any other balloon-related games, you can be sure that the kids will have a blast. Balloons are a classic birthday party hit!
8. Sack Races
All you need for this are some burlap sacks and a big enough space. Now stand back and let the giggles begin! It’s harder than it looks! Jumping in a sack is a great way to get the kids to expend a bunch of energy. As an alternative, you could also have them do a 3-legged race by pairing up the kids and tying their closest ankles to each other. Give treats to the winners!
9. Obstacle Course
There are so many ways to create an obstacle course using stuff around your house, yard, or garage. Boards make planks to walk on, incorporate a tunnel or two, lay old tires in pattern to jump through, create a limbo bar with a broom, etc….the sky's the limit to creating a fun obstacle course!
10. Hot Potato
This old classic can be played with nothing more bean bags and some music. Get the kids in a circle and let the fun begin! And if one circle game isn’t enough, keep going with Duck, Duck, Goose, Musical Chairs, or “The Telephone Game” where each person whispers a secret phrase to the next person in the circle.
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11. Water Play
Break out the sprinkler, splash pad, or kiddie pool! Kids love to get wet on sunny days and this is a perfect party attraction. Make sure to let the parents of the guests know ahead of time so that they dress their kids appropriately and bring a change of clothes, if necessary.
12. Sand Pile Fun
Maybe you already have a sandpile that you can stock with fun, new sand toys for the party. If not, consider having a pile of sand dumped at the edge of the yard and let that be the main attraction of your child’s birthday party. Chances are, you probably won’t need any other games, because a sand pile will hold their attention for a long while! Even better, hide some coins in the sand and tell the kids to start digging!
13. Garden Seed Planting
This activity is perfect for letting the kids get their hands dirty! All you need is some paper cups, potting soil, vegetable or flower seeds, and a watering can. Most kids can’t resist the allure of a gardening activity and this would be perfect for any party that has a garden or nature theme!
14. Making Smore’s
Yes, this will result in sticky messes, but that’s half the fun! Great for a camping theme party, or if you have a fire pit or bonfire to light. Perfect for autumn birthdays, Smore’s are always a favorite with kids. Just make sure to have plenty of adults to monitor the kids since this activity does include fire. All you need are roasting sticks, marshmallows, chocolate bars, and graham crackers!
15. Picture Painting
Whether you set up easels for the kids with canvases or paper or have them work across a table top, painting is an awesome party activity. If the kids are young, have them do finger painting, but if they are older, supply paintbrushes. Because this could prove to be quite messy, supply paint aprons, but even more importantly, let the parents of the children know ahead of time so they can dress their kids in clothes that don’t matter.
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16. Picnic Time
Not only will your house stay cleaner, but picnics just have good appeal to the party crowd. You can either count the picnic as the main party attraction or just have it as a way to serve the food with less mess. Use disposable plates for easy clean-up and keep the foods simple enough that you don’t have to stress.
17. Movie Night
Whether you rent a movie projector and white screen for an outdoor movie experience or squeeze everyone into your family room around your TV, movie parties are super simple to organize and implement. Just supply pillows and blankets and popcorn! And you’re done!
18. Park and Playground
Do you have a play set with swings and a slide in your backyard? Or do you have a nearby park with a playground? Either way, you already have access to a main attraction to keep the kids happy for a couple of hours! Go easy on yourself and let the party roll! Just add cake and ice cream and the kids will be happy.
19. Pizza & Pool Party
Another easy party idea is to buy some pizza and meet at the local pool. You don’t need to decorate or organize games. What kid can resist pizza and swimming? And yes, that’s all it takes to make a memorable birthday party.
20. Zoo Trip
One of the easiest birthday “parties” I have ever organized is a trip to the zoo. This literally takes the work right out of it because the zoo is a big enough attraction that no one will care about decorations, games, or party food. You might want to bring a picnic along or end the outing with cake and candles, but overall, this outing will make your child’s day special while keeping it simple for you!
Children love their birthdays because it gives them a chance to feel extra special! We hope these kids birthday party ideas help you plan a fun and memorable day for your child!