Kids Game
For Fun Birthday Parties

Include a kids game or 2 at your next birthday party and watch the kids faces light up!

There are lots of fun games kids can play at your child's birthday party. You can work the party games around your birthday party theme.

Remember, you don't need too many. You will need to choose a kids game that caters for the number of party guests that you have.

Some of the games that I have on my site, are for small party groups and others are for when there are lots of kids. The team party game activities are usually best if there are large numbers.

1 kids game could last the whole party. You may want to include 2-3 games that only take 20 minutes to play. The choice is yours.

Birthdays are fun, but party games make them even better!

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Port Starboard

A good outdoor game but can be done inside if you have a large enough room.

You will need: No props

Object of the game: To follow the Captains instructions and be the last child remaining at the end of the game.


  • Ideally start with you being the Captain, although once they get the hang of it, the children may want to take it in turns to be the Captain. Explain to the children the list of commands that the Captain will shout.
  • Demonstrate the commands.
  • Make it clear which end of the room is Port (Left) and which is Starboard (Right).
  • The children must follow the commands by doing the actions associated with the command.
  • The last child to do the action is out.
  • The last remaining child is the winner.


  • Port - Run to the Port side of the room.
  • Starboard - Run to the Starboard side of the room.
  • Captains Coming - Stand to attention and salute.
  • Man Over Board - Grab a partner.
  • Hoist the Main Sail - Jog on the spot and move the arms up and down as if they are climbing a ladder.
  • Clean the Decks - Get down on all fours and pretend to scrub the decks.
  • Sinking Ship - Climb onto a chair, table bucket whatever to get off the ground.
  • Up Periscope - Stand straight and hold hands to eyes as if your looking through a telescope.
  • Pirates are coming -Stand on one leg.


    This classic kids game Twister is great for all ages. Up to 4 players at a time, so great for smaller parties of up to 12 kids. There is a spinner, which tells you which colored circle to place your hands and feet. Eventually everyone is tied up in knots and everyone has stitches for laughing so much. Someone will eventually topple over! Last kid standing wins.

    Here are some more good games for children ages 9-12 years which will keep the party energy high.

    French Cricket Fun team games kids enjoy, that can be played outdoors in the garden, if it's big enough, the beach or the local park. I have fond memories playing this game with my sisters and street kids on summer days in England.

    Obstacle Course Another great action outdoor party game for children. This can be done as a team event by creating 2 identical obstacle courses. If you don't have enough people or obstacles, try timing each team or individual as they take it in turns.

    Treasure Hunt Good games for children, especially when you have large numbers of guests. Outdoor and indoor possibilities.

    Volley Ball Great party games for children for when you want to go to the beach and you have enough people. 10-12 players.

    For fun Indoor games kids can play at a birthday party check out the games suggested below:

    Cake Decorating

    OK this is probably more suited for the girls parties. The boys may prefer the alternative Pizza making.

    UNO Card Game

    This is America's number one Original UNO Card Gamewhich now has three new fun ways to play. The object of the game is to be the first to reach a score of 500. To win points you must get rid of all the cards in your hand before your opponents do. You also earn points for cards left in your opponents' hands.

    The instructions are included and a very easy to follow. There are detailed descriptions of the game's variations and strategies so you can choose the game that best suits your guests. It travels well and is great for birthday parties for up to 10 players. Being a card game it is also ideal for slumber parties.

    Activity Codes

    This a good indoor game to get the children thinking and provide some low level action. You can make the code harder depending on the age and ability of the children. Start with this easy one. This can be a team event, the first team to break all the codes win.

    Story Circle

    This is a good slumber party game. Great before bed as it's a quiet and creative game that can provide lots of laughter.

    Chase the Ace

    This is a card game that's great for indoor parties, especially when there is a large group from 4 up to 30 children.

    Body Parts

    Party games kids play, don't need a lot of props if you choose the right one!

    Murder in the Dark

    Any number of players can play this game. It is best done at night so that it's dark when the lights are turned off, so it makes it a perfect sleep over party game.

    Often the kids game will cross the age barrier, so check out some of the games listed for the other ages, such as 6-8 year olds, or if the kids are around 12 years old, some of the games for teenagers.

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    For more resources check out the - links to Birthday directory resources and information websites.

    Final Word.

  • Remember KISS- Keep It Simple Stupid. Don't try to do too much.
  • 4 party games maximum and have a plan.
  • Don't try and do it all yourself, ask friends, family and parents to help.
  • Keep within 2 hours, 3 at the most.
  • Remember to smile and look like you're having fun, because the children will pick up on your attitude.
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  • Give it a go...Play at least 1 kids game at your birthdays party. They are easy when you know how - Let me know how you go and most of all - Have Fun!!

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    "Thank you Katherine, love your site. I used your suggestions for my 4 year olds birthday party last week. 15 Kindergarden kids! My sister does face painting so we did that. I had a pass the parcel using nursery rhyme music I had a candy between each wrapping of paper which worked well. Finally I did some balloon games. They loved it. I especially liked your idea of having a story time at the end of the party, it worked well, my sister read the stories and I organized the parents as they arrived to pick up their kids. My little girl loved her special day and I think it was the games that made it work so well. Planning my sons 7th Birthday for next month now"

    Sandra, Atlanta, USA

    Just a quick note to let you know that I followed your instructions for running party games at my sons birthday party and it went really well. I did 3 games and the most popular was the obstacle course. I had 10 boys ages 6-10 and once they had played with the course I had set out they then started to create their own ideas for obstacles and rearranged the course making it harder and harder. This 1 game kept them entertained for over an hour.

    Jess, From New Jersey.

    Thank you for the Easter games ideas, they went down a treat. We did the Easter egg hunt and I had pin the bunny ears. Really good.I like your web site its well written and got great ideas.

    Maggie B, Hamilton, Canada

    Thank you for your baby shower games ideas, I'd never done one before so had no idea where to start. They worked well and my friends loved it.

    Kim, Sydney.

    I had a housewarming last week and we played your game know your suburb. it was very entertaining and we learnt so much just in preparing for the game, great idea thanks.

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