Easy and Fun Birthday Party GAMES and ACTIVITIES

Every good DIY birthday party needs simple and unique games and activities to keep the keep the guests entertained. I love themed ideas, but generic options are fun too. Today, I am sharing some of my favourite ideas for DIY party games and activities that won't break the bank and are sure to delight guests of all ages.


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NERF party games and activities - A NERF party theme is perfect for active kids. Some of my favourite NERF party games and activities are: NERF gun battle, guess the number of candies in the jar, target practice (with DIY targets), and NERF gun prize punch. You can get more details on all these games and activities here.

LEGO party games and activities - There are sooooo many simple and fun ideas for LEGO games and activities. Some of my favourites are: decorate your own minifigure, decorate LEGO cookies, guess the number of LEGO pieces in the jar, LEGO bean bag toss, build with LEGO, pin the head on the LEGO man, build with life-size LEGO blocks, LEGO pinata, and LEGO balloon tennis. You can read all about my fun LEGO party games and activities (and download a FREE "pin the head on the LEGO figure" game) here.



Circus/ Carnival games and activities - There are countless examples of games and activities that are simple and easy to organize. Some of my favourite carnival games and activities are: guessing booth, carnival punch, tattoo station, face painting station, straw draw, knock down game, bean bag toss, ball toss, and ring toss. You can read about all my ideas for DIY carnival games and activities here.



Super hero party games and activities - There are no shortage of fun ideas for entertaining guests at a super hero party. Some of my favourite ideas for super hero party games and activities are: making super hero puppets, decorating no-sew super hero capes, and playing on a super hero obstacle course. You can read about all my ideas for party games and activities here.



Race car party games and activities - Little kids love cars, so this is a perfect party theme for young party guests. Some of my favourite race car party games and activities are: playing with cars, decorating cars made from boxes, a tattoo station, a bean bag toss, and decorating car-shaped cookies. You can read about all my favourite race car party games and activities here.


Star Wars party games and activities - Star Wars is the perfect party theme for young Jedis, and getting the kids involved in Jedi training and destroying a death star pinata are perfect ways to keep kids entertained. You can read all about my favourite Star Wars party games and activities here.



Harry Potter party games and activities - A Harry Potter theme is perfect for young wizards, Some of my favourite Harry Potter games and activities are: playing with spells from a DIY spell book, hitting a homemade Harry Potter pinata, playing "pin the scar" on Harry Potter, and a Harry Potter ball toss. You can read all about my favourite Harry Potter games and activities here.



Music party games and activities - Music parties are great for kids of all ages. Who doesn't love a party focused on singing and dancing? Some of my favourite music party games and activities are: karoke, dancing, decorating guitar shaped cookies, and making musical instruments. You can read all about my favourite music party games and activities here.


Spy party games and activities - Sending party guests on a "secret mission" is the perfect way to keep them entertained at a spy themed party. Some of my favourite "secret mission" games and activities are: learning to handle dynamite (hot potato), target practice, mind training, speed training, and sensory training. You can read all about my best spy games and activity ideas here.



Pirate party games and activities - Pirate adventures are perfect for parties. Some of my favourite pirate party games and activities are: a hook toss, a pirate bean bag toss, walking the plank, pirate tattoos, pirate treasure crafting, and going on a treasure hunt. You can read all about my best pirate games and activity ideas here.



Hockey party games and activities - As a proud hockey mom, I have thrown my fair share of hockey parties. Some of my favourite hockey party games and activities are: pin the puck on the hockey rink, hockey card prize punch, and floor / ice hockey. You can read more about my hockey party game and activity ideas here.



Pool party games and activities - A pool party centres around swimming, but you can really "up the fun factor" by adding some additional things to entertain party guests. Some of my favourite pool party games and activities are: swimming, a photo booth, chocolate bar bingo, guess the number of candies in the jar, and a pool party prize punch. You can read all about my best pool party game and activity ideas here.



Bowling party games and activities - Heading to a bowling alley is way to celebrate a birthday party, but it's fun to add more games like "guess the candies in the jar" and a "bowling party prize punch". You can read about all my favourite bowling party games and activities here.



Camping party games and activities - These camping party games are easy, inexpensive, and fun for ALL ages.



GENERIC party games and activities - All of the games and activities above are great, but there are more generic party games and activities that are fantastic too. Some of my favourites are: 


All of these birthday party games and activities are perfect when you are throwing a party on a budget, and they are all excellent ways to keep kids entertained. I have tried all of these ideas with my boys, and they are guaranteed to keep pint sized party guests happy.


Gina Bell
(Mom and Amateur Party Planner)



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