40 Birthday Party Game Ideas

Looking to throw the best party ever for your child? Look no further. We’ve got you covered! Plan a party filled with games that your children will love. Before creating your birthday party itinerary, take into consideration the age ranges and maturity levels of your guests. The more diverse your group, the more variety of games and activities you should plan, in order to accommodate different abilities and attention spans.

Classic Games

Classic birthday party games include outdoor games such as hide-and-seek, Mother may I, red rover and red light green light and indoor games such as hot potato, Simon says and duck duck goose. Add a new twist to a classic, such as musical chairs, by having people circulate around the chairs backward or by using cushions instead of chairs.

Running Games

Keeping party guests active will help burn their energy. Some running games, such as soccer, capture the flag and relay races, have teams and are competitive. Others, such as freeze tag, dodge ball and obstacle courses, focus less on winning and more on participation, a key element when entertaining children of widely ranging abilities. Other running games include predator and prey, in which a blindfolded leader chases after other players, who must make noises as they run, and spud, a favorite playground ballgame. No matter what you go with, the children will get some exercise in!

Indoor Active Games

When hosting a backyard or indoor party, you will want some active games that do not break the furniture. Among the possibilities are charades, hot lava, hand-clapping games, London bridges, statues, killer, the hokey pokey and freeze dance.

Quiet Games

Wind a group down with some quiet party games. Board games such as Sorry, Clue, Monopoly, Risk, and Chutes and Ladders entertain small groups. Other possibilities include Operator and card games such as Go Fish and Crazy Eights.

Dramatic Games

Drama, dance, music and singing games bring out the creative side in party guests. Try improvisational theater activities, such as having children act out riding a roller coaster, having others yell "freeze," and stepping in to take their positions and resume with a new activity. Fun song and dance games include the Farmer in the Dell, An Austrian Went Yodeling, In and Out the Window, Who Stole the Cookies from the Cookie Jar, and Head Shoulders Knees and Toes. Stage a dance contest or a karaoke sing-off for older children.

There’s a little something for everyone in this list!

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