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15+ Awesome Birthday Party Games and Activities


Here at PlaceFull we love nothing more than an awesome birthday party. Friends, balloons, cake, and, of course, the party games! Take a look at some of our favorites for kids of all ages!

Party Games for All Ages


Cake Eating Contest

Cake Eating Contest

Arrange guests in a circle with a piece of cake in front of them on the floor. Have everyone clasp their hands behind their backs and on your start, they have to eat their piece of cake as quickly as possible! Have lots of paper towels and cameras at the ready. Make a healthy variation by using watermelon instead.

Balloon Pop

Slide pieces of paper with prizes written on them into deflated balloons. Blow them up, hang them around the room. Just before guests go home they get a pick a balloon, pop it, and then take home the prize written down inside.

Bunnies to You

Bunnies to You

Bunnies to You

Amp up the “cute factor” during your kid’s next birthday with a truckload of sweet, fluffy bunnies. The pros at Bunnies to You will bring 15-20 bunnies, a fenced enclosure, bunny treats, and a hand washing station.

Party Games for Preschoolers


Arrange all the kids in a circle. Either the parent or the starting kid whispers a message into the ear of the child sitting next to them. That kid then repeats the message to the child next to him/her and it goes all the way around the circle. The last child to receive the message says it out loud to the group. Compare it with the original message and have a big ol’ laugh!


Fishing for Favors

Fishing for Favors

Before Party Prep:

Cut out basic fish shapes from heavy construction paper and attach a paper clip to each fish.

Write a number on each fish, one for each of the party guests ( a few extra never hurt!)

Write a corresponding number on a prize for each of the fishes

Make “fishing poles” out of sticks with string tied to the end.

Attach a magnet to the end of the string.

During the party:

Arrange the fish on the floor or in a tub and have each child take turns “fishing” until each one catches their own fish. The number on the fish they catch corresponds to the prize they will receive. Make sure your prizes are gender neutral if you’re having both boys and girls at your party!

Bouncing Ball

Take a queen or king-sized flat sheet out to the yard and have the kids stand along the edges and hold it taut, like a trampoline. Toss a light-weight ball into the middle of the sheet and then time how long the kids can keep the ball bouncing on the sheet and just listen to those giggles!


Pottery Painting

Pottery Painting

Studio2You brings a variety of craft and painting project to your house. Your party guests can paint their own vases, create handprint plates, and more. Studio2You takes care of all the supplies, mess, glazing, firing, and final delivery of the finished pieces. All your guests have to do is have fun!

Mirror, Mirror

Mimicing games, like Mirror Mirror, are great for helping kids fine-tune their non-verbal communication skills. Besides, it’s just super fun! Select a leader of the group. Anything the leader does must be duplicated by everyone else in the group. At some point during the game, using a silent signal, the leader transfers power to someone else. The goal is to see how many of the kids notice the change in leadership and how quickly everyone adjusts to follow the new leader.

Party Games for Older Kids and Teenagers


Spin the Nail Polish Bottle

Nail Polish Spin the Bottle

This is the fun, non-kissing take on the classic spin the bottle game! Buy a different bottle of nail polish for each of the party guests. Have everyone sit in a circle and put the first bottle of polish in the middle and give it a spin. Who ever it lands on takes the bottle, leaves the circle, and has to paint their fingernails that color.  Continue until everyone has a bottle!


This is a laugh-a-minute for kids and teens who know their way around nouns, verbs, and adjectives. Pick up a few Madlibs at your local bookstore or create your own with a favorite story or short article. Watch out though, some older kids and teens might take this into the land of the naughty so either cover your ears or prepare to police the potty talk.

Buy some Madlibs from the Madlibs Website.

Laser Tag

You don’t need to throw the whole party in the minivan and head to a Laser Tag facility for this activity – let the lasers come to you! Adrenaline Sports will bring all the gear and even inflatable bunkers to set up in your backyard, to turn it into a battlefield. Let the pros run the games and the party guests will have the time of their lives’ pew-pewing their friends again and again.


Cartoon Couples

Cartoon Couple Ice Breaker

This is a great ice breaker game and a fun way to pick partners for later games. Print out separate pictures of cartoon couples like Sponge Bob and Patrick, Mario and Luigi, Scooby Doo and Shaggy, Mickey and Minnie. Put all the pictures in a bowl or basket and have each guest randomly chooses a picture and then they have to match up with their cartoon partners. The cartoon couples are then matched up for the next game of Eat the Donut….

Donut on a String

This game will, very likely, result in physical contact of guests faces so make sure that’s something everyone’s comfortable with. Thread donuts, one for every two guests) on a thick piece of string and either hang it from the ceiling, between two trees, or suspended from a stick held by the party host. With hands clasped behind their backs, each pair tries to eat their donut faster than everyone else. The first pair to finish wins!

Mobile Entertainment Center

Sure, you could break out the XBox 360 but, chances are good, you only have one of them. Bring on the big guns with over 300 inches of flat screen, multiple XBoxes, PlayStations, and more with the Mobile Entertainment Center from Games 2 U. They’ll get everything set up, entertain the party for 2 hours, and then drive take their screens and gadgets away with them.

Toilet Paper Mummy

Toilet Paper Mummy

Toilet Paper Mummy

Give each pair (or group of 3) a roll of toilet paper. On “Go”, each team has to designate a “mummy” and then wrap up that person as quickly as possible, using the whole roll of toilet paper. The fastest team to use their entire roll of paper wins with an option for a second winner in the “most creative” category.

Water Balloon Pass

Line guests up in groups of 3 or 4 with a pile of water balloons at one end and an empty bucket at the other end. Have the first person tuck a water balloon under their chin and then they have to pass the balloon all the way to the end of the line and deposited into the empty bucket. The team with the most intact balloons in the bucket wins. Have towels handy, this game gets wet!

Where did we get all of these great ideas? From our friends at PositiveParentingConnection, She Knows, Teen Advice from, Frugal Mom, Pop Sugar, and BirthdayPartyIdeas4Kids.

Autumn Sakai is PlaceFull’s Mistress of the Blog. She’s a true Seattle native who runs in the rain, takes her kid to to the zoo in the rain, and waits for the bus in the rain. When it’s sunny she slathers on sunscreen and waits for the rain to come back. She loves a good wedding, bakes wicked awesome cookies, and secretly knows all the lyrics to ‘Yentl’. What? Don’t judge.

2 thoughts on “15+ Awesome Birthday Party Games and Activities

  1. These are all great games ideas for kids of all ages! As a teacher, It is sometimes very difficult to think of fun games the kids can play and enjoy as well because the kid’s get bored playing the same games all the time. I hope my kid’s would love playing these games.

  2. Interesting list of games for a birthday party! You have given me infinite ideas to celebrate my sons birthday next week. I am sure the kids are surely going to have a ball of a time. Thank you so much for the wonderful game ideas.

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