Never Ending List of Fun Birthday Party Games for Kids

Super Fun Birthday Party Games

Times are changing and attention spans for kids are getting shorter. If you’re planning a birthday party for a boy or girl who is turning 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, or 12, you’ll want to make sure that you plan plenty of games and activities that will keep the party-goers focused and most importantly, having fun. Check out our never ending list of fun, new, and traditional party games and activities for kids!

Kids Birthday Party Games

Fun Party Games and Activities for Children

Who knows the birthday boy or girl best

This is a simple but fun guessing game for both kids and adults. Simply create a party-themed questionnaire that asks questions about the birthday boy or girl, and provides blank lines for the party-goers to fill in. The questions of course should be age appropriate.

For kids parties, you’ll want to ask questions like:

  • What is her/his middle name
  • What is her/his favorite color?
  • Who is her/his celebrity crush
  • Where did he/she go on their last vacation?

Ask as many questions as you have room for on the document. Make sure everyone is given the questionnaire and give everyone the same amount of time to complete it. The person who answers the most questions correctly is the winner. In case of a tie, you can ask bonus questions.

Minute to win it challenge

Most everyone is familiar with the minute to win it challenge game, inspired by the television show. In this super fun party activity, each participating birthday party attendee is given 60-seconds to complete a task or challenge, and the person who does the best job completing the assigned task in the time allotted is declared the winner.

The challenges of course need to be age appropriate. If you are throwing a party for younger kids, you’ll want to have some pretty simple challenges. For older kids, the more challenging or outrageous you make each task the more likely they are to have fun. You can create as many challenges as you wish and award points to each winner which can be tallied up at the end. Or if you have a wide-range of ages participating, you can do it by age-group.

Pin the tail on anything

Yes, you can literally create a “pin the tail on the donkey” inspired game based on just about any theme you want. For kids parties, this can be pin the tail on the mermaid, pin the sword on the pirate, pin the tail on the shark, pin the tail on the dinosaur, pin the tail on the llama, pin the horn on a unicorn, etc. You get the idea.

Just draw out your key figure on a large sheet of paper and tape it to a wall so it’s within reach of the kids. Next, cut out some separate tails (or whatever it is the birthday party attendees will be pinning). When it’s time to play the game, you simply blindfold the kids (one at a time), hand them the tail with a piece of tape attached to it, spin them around several times, and then have them try and attach the tail where it’s supposed to go. The kid who gets closest is declared the winner. For younger kids, you can choose to point them in the right direction.

Last one standing

Last one standing is another fun birthday party activity challenge game that anyone can play. The game is more about endurance than anything else. In this birthday party game, simply come up with several challenges that the kids will have to perform in unison. For example, with younger kids, you may have a challenge to see who can hold their left hand in the air the longest, or who can stand on 1 leg the longest. For older kids, you can make the challenges a bit more challenging, such as holding yoga poses. If you have enough kids, you can create teams. The winner(s) of each challenge get a prize.

What’s on your phone? (ages 7 -12)

The kids will absolutely love this party game. All you need to do is create (or purchase a digital file) a document that has 3 or 4 different categories of items which are likely to be found on or in a phone. Items in category 1 would be the most common, such as a selfie photo, Instagram app, TikTok app, etc. Each item would be worth 1 point. Items in category 2 would be a little less common, such as a Facebook app, battery level below 40, a photo with 4 or more friends, etc. Category 3 would be even more rare, such as a cracked phone screen, a picture of an animal that’s not a dog or a cat, a photo with the birthday boy or girl, etc.

When it’s time to play the game, give everyone 5 minutes to find as many items from the list as they can on their phones. Total the points up and declare the winner. Of course, you may need to verify the winner’s claims. For kids that don’t have a mobile phone, award them a separate prize so they don’t feel left out, or team them up with someone who does have a phone.

Ever or Never?

This popular birthday party game goes by many different names, however the concept is the same. All you need to do is create a party-themed questionnaire that lists out a series of questions about the birthday boy or girl. Each question is followed by the words “ever” and “never”. Each birthday party attendee is handed a questionnaire and is given a certain amount of time to complete (5 or 10 minutes) it by circling “ever” or “never” depending on whether or not they think the birthday boy or girl has ever done what the question says.

For example, some questions might include:

  • Been in the newspaper
  • Broken a bone
  • Had braces
  • Been to Disneyland
  • Cried watching a movie
  • Snuck out of the house
  • Etc

Whoever gets the most answers correct is declared the winner!

Would you rather?

Another fun and popular birthday party game for all ages is the “would (the birthday boy or girl) rather” or “this or that”. The game is easy to put together. Just create a questionnaire which lists a series of either/or 2 choice options. The party attendees just need to circle the answer they think fits the birthday boy or girl best based on their preference.

For example:

  • Dog or Cat
  • Baseball or Football
  • Netflix or Hulu
  • Instagram or TikTok
  • Be a famous actor or Be a famous pop star
  • Etc.

The birthday party guest who answers the most either/or question correctly is declared the winner!

Themed selfie scavenger hunt (ages 7 – 12)

For a modern twist on a classic party game, play the selfie scavenger hunt game. The game works just like a regular scavenger hunt, but instead of collecting items to bring back, the kids divide into teams and take selfie photos posing next to the items they find on the list.

Just create a list of things for the kids to find, divide into teams, and send the kids on their way. You can theme the hunt with items that are associated with the theme of your party. The team that finds the most items is declared the winner!

Themed video scavenger hunt (ages 7 – 12)

Similar to the selfie scavenger hunt listed above, except in this birthday party challenge, the kids have to take a video of each item on the list, such as a bird in flight, or a bug crawling across the sidewalk.

Finish that tune challenge

Finish that tune is a popular birthday party game for all ages that has been entertaining participants for several years now. The concept is simple. Party guests take turns and try to complete a line in a famous song (appropriate for age group). You can use YouTube, Spotify, etc. to find a library of songs to use. Simply start the song and then stop the song in the middle of a line, and have the participant complete the words. Keep this going until only one person is left standing and declared the winner!

Fashion runway – Fashion show

A fun idea for birthday parties or sleepovers is to create a fashion model runway and have the kids wear different clothes which they can model down the catwalk. You can have them do it just for fun, or you can make it a competition by having the kids put together unique clothing ensembles which are rated by the judges. You can award prizes for best model walk, most original outfit, best presentation, etc.

Party-themed treasure hunt

Treasure hunts are always a big hit at birthday parties. For this fun activity, you’ll want to create a list of items that the kids have to find, using clues so the kids have an idea where to start searching. If your party has a theme, you can tie the clues in with that theme. For example, if you have a unicorn themed party, one of your clues can be “unicorns never stay in one place, get your next clue where you wash your face”, or for a pirate themed party, “pirates bury their treasure at sea, under the couch is where your next clue will be”.

Have fun creating the clues. The more creative your clues are, the more fun the kids will have. You can have all the clues lead to a single treasure, or have each clue lead to an individual treasure. This activity is most fun when you divide the kids into teams.

Party-themed word scramble

Challenge your party-goers with a party-themed word scramble. There are many templates available that you can purchase for only a few dollars. With a word scramble, the kids have to unscramble letters to find the word. For example, if you are having an under the sea themed party, one of your words can be P N D L O I H, which would unscramble to become DOLPHIN. Award prizes to whoever completes the task the fastest. If some kids are younger, you can give them more time, or give them easier words. Award prizes to the winners!

Party-themed word search

Themed word searches make a great activity for young party-goers. As with the themed word scramble above, there are many templates available that you can purchase for only a few dollars. If you plan to create your own word search, just use words that tie in with your theme. For example, if you are having a princess themed party, you’ll want to include words like princess, prince, kingdom, palace, moat, etc. Award prizes to whoever completes the task the fastest.

Connect the actor with the movie or tv show

For this fun birthday party game, simply create a document that lists a bunch of actors on 1 side and lists movies or television shows which they have appeared in on the other side. List only 1 movie or tv show per actor. Be sure to mix up the actors and the movies so that they aren’t lined up directly across from each other. Make some of the matches easy and others more challenging. The kids should be somewhat familiar with the actors you select to put on the list. Award prizes to the kids who get the most correct answers.

Mind match

Mind match is a fun and simple birthday party game activity that can be easily incorporated into any birthday party theme. The idea of the game is to have the kids partner up to try and match each other’s word combinations.

Simply create a document that lists a series of party-themed words. Follow up each word with a blank line for the kids to write a second word that goes with the first. For example, with the word “softball”, a second word could be “player”. The teams try and match what each other will write in the blank spaces. The team with the most matches is declared the winner!

TV show or movie trivia challenge

You can’t have a birthday party without a round of trivia. Kids love movies and television shows, so why not base your trivia challenge on some popular shows? Just come up with a series of 20 questions related to popular shows and movies the kids are really familiar with like “The Incredibles”, “Sponge Bob Square Pants”, “Cars”, etc.  For example, a question might be…”What is the name of the town where the movie ‘Cars’ takes place?” Answer: Radiator Springs.

Just read the questions aloud to the party-goers and see who answers first. The kid with the most correct answers is declared the winner!

Party-themed bingo

Party-themed bingo can be a ton of fun for all age groups. It works just like regular bingo, but instead of matching numbers and letters, the kids are matching images or objects related to your party theme. For example, if you’re having a beach party theme, your squares can include images or clip art of items like flip flops, a beach ball, a beach umbrella, a bottle of sunscreen, a surf board, etc.

Give each kid a custom card or flyer with different images (their bingo card). Put a full set of cut out images into a bowl or jar, and randomly select them while calling out what the image is. The first kid to match the images across a straight line vertically or horizontally is the winner. Or you can base the game on who can fill their bingo card up first.

Candy dice

Candy dice is a fun party game for kids where everyone wins. You simply have the kids take turns rolling the die (dice) and whatever number it lands on is what you follow on the Candy Dice sheet. For example, it the participant rolls a 1, they take one piece of candy. If they roll a 2, they take 2 pieces of candy. If they roll a 3, they have to give someone else a piece of candy. If they roll a 4, they must skip a turn, etc. You make up the rules. All you need to do is create a colorful game sheet for the kids that instructs them on what to do with each roll.

Party themed truth or dare – Ages 8+

Every birthday party-going kid knows how to play truth or dare.  Simply come up with a list of fun truth and dare questions that are appropriate for the age group of the party-goers. Cut the questions into separate pieces and fold so that players can’t see what is written on the paper. Place in two containers – one for truths and the other for dares. 

Label the containers so that players will know which container they are selecting from. Each child takes a turn by choosing to draw either a truth or a dare question. They must read the question out loud. If they choose ‘truth’, and refuse to answer the question, they have to choose a ‘dare’ and must perform the dare. After they have completed the truth or the dare they get to pick the next player. Great fun for sleepovers and campouts as well!

Blind taste test

The blind taste test is a super fun birthday party game that kids of all ages will absolutely love playing. The objective of the game is to blindfold the kids and have them try and guess what they are tasting. You’ll want to have a big assortment of different things for them to taste. It’s much more fun if you have some food or drink items that kids will think are gross. Just make sure that nobody is allergic to any foods. The child who guesses the most items correctly is declared the winner!

Picture puzzle challenge

This party game is really simple to put together. Simply find some different colorful party-themed photos online and print them out onto 11” x 17” sheets of paper (10 images if you are planning on 20 kids). If your printer doesn’t print to that size, you can have them printed out at your local FedEx shop or somewhere similar. Once you have the copies, cut each one out into 24 pieces (or whatever amount you want). Be sure not to mix up the different images. Put all the pieces from each image into separate bags. Divide the party-goers into teams of 2 and have them try and piece the picture back together within a certain amount of time. The team that finishes first is declared the winner!

Tongue twisters challenge

All you need to play this fun birthday party game for kids is to find or come up with a list of tongue-twisters that you can type out onto a sheet of paper. There are plenty of online resources available where you can get tongue twister ideas like the one below.

    Luke Luck likes lakes.

    Luke’s duck likes lakes.

    Luke Luck licks lakes.

    Luke’s duck licks lakes.

    Duck takes licks in lakes Luke Luck likes.

    Luke Luck takes licks in lakes duck likes.

For the challenge, just have the kids go in order to try and say each tongue-twister as fast as they can. The kids who perform the best are selected to move to round 2 using a different and more difficult tongue twister. You keep on going until you have declared an overall winner.

Nose run game

Unlike the name, the nose run game isn’t about runny noses. It’s about seeing who can run the farthest with an object balanced on their nose. You can choose any object you want, including a peanut, a small candy bar, or anything else that the kids would be able to balance on their noses. Just give the kids their object, line them up, have them balance the object on their nose, and start the race.

Play Actor’s Theatre

For this birthday party activity, the kids get to dress up in costume clothing and perform skits that they create based on their characters. Divide the kids up into teams of 3 or 4. Give them each costumes or props which they have to incorporate into their skits. Give them each a different topic, such as a murder being committed at the school playground, a knight in shining armor saving the princess, etc. You can theme the skits to the theme of the party. Each person on the team plays a different character, such as the detective, the murderer, etc.

This activity can be tons of fun for the kids as they get to use their own imaginations. Award prizes for best actor, best adaptation to the subject matter, best all-around group, etc.

Sidewalk chalk murder mystery

One person is chosen to be the detective and has to go to a separate area (in the house) while the team outside chooses one person to be the murder victim. They then draw a chalk outline around the body of the victim and invite the detective back to investigate the crime scene. The detective has 3 attempts to guess who was murdered. The detective may be allowed to ask 3 questions to try an narrow down the list of suspects.

Three-legged race

The three-legged race is always a big hit at parties and events. The challenge works best if you have a big back yard or are hosting the party at a park. All you need for this game event is some burlap sacks big enough to reach hip-level of your party-goers. Divide everyone into 2 teams. Each participant puts one leg into the sack so that the legs of both partners are in the same sack. Each play must hold up on end of the sack as they run. Line everyone up at the starting line and let them go. The team that finishes first is declared the winner. Players are allowed to get back up and resume the race if they fall. If you can’t find burlap sacks, use extra large pillow cases or something similar.

Water Balloon Toss

The water balloon toss is sure to be a big hit if you are hosting an outdoor summertime birthday party. All you need is a bunch of small balloons (usually sold as water balloons), and a way to fill them up with water. Have the kids partner up and stand a few feet away from each other. They then must toss the balloon over to their partner, who must catch the balloon without it breaking. The team who can make the most tosses without breaking their balloon is declared the winner!

Bubble wrap races

This fun party game is a blast for any age group. All you need to do is purchase a large roll of bubble wrap from Home Depot, Lowes, Staples, etc. Just look in the packing section. The object of the game is to have the kids walk across the bubble wrap (no shoes) without popping any of the bubbles. The game works best if you have at least 5 feet of wrap for the kids to cross over.

You can also lay out the wrap side by side and have teams compete against each other. The person or team with the fewest pop bubbles is declared the winner.

Musical statues

For this fun party event that appeals to younger kids, all you need to do is play some upbeat music and have the kids start doing their crazy kid dances. Once the music pauses, everyone has to freeze like a statue. Anyone who moves from their statue position has to drop out of the game. You’ll need to choose someone to be in charge of playing and pausing the music. Award prizes to the winners.

Mummy wrap

If you’re having a birthday party in the September – October time frame, you can have the party-goers compete in a mummy wrap contest. Make whatever rules you want. All you need are some rolls of toilet paper. Put together teams of 2 or more kids (preferably 3). Have the teams choose who will be the mummy. Give each team 4 rolls of toilet paper, and have them proceed to wrap up their teammate in the toilet paper so that they look like a mummy. The kids can choose to wrap however they see fit. Judge the winners based on quality or speed (or both). Award prizes to the winners. Great for Halloween!

TikTok dance off

Chances are, every kid at your party over the age of 7 will have a TikTok account. In this super fun challenge, you have the kids compete to see who can do the best interpretation of a popular dance that has gone viral on TikTok. You don’t actually post the dances on TikTok, just have the kids perform the dances. Everyone gets scored 1-10 on their performance. Add up the scores to declare the winner. You can give them an award certificate for “going viral” at the party.

Ping pong ball bucket toss

The classic bucket toss birthday party game is fun for all ages. All you need to play this game is a bucket, some ping pong balls, and some prizes. Set the bucket about 10 feet away from where the kids will be throwing from. Be sure to mark the ball launching point with a piece of tape (or similar), so that nobody cheats. Line the kids up behind the 10 foot line and give everyone 3 chances to successfully bounce the ping pong ball into the bucket.

Once everyone has had their turn, every kid who made a ball into the bucket goes again for another round. This time you only give them 2 ping pong balls. The game continues on until you only have 1 winner!

Fear factor inspired challenge

For this fun party game, you get to put together a series of stunts and tasks that the party-going kids have to attempt. These tasks can be anything, just like in the popular television show. You’ll of course want to make sure that nothing is too difficult. Some tasks or challenges you may want to consider include things like holding an earthworm, see who can hold an ice cube in their hand the longest, see can eat half a lemon, etc. Just make sure all of the activities are age appropriate and that all parents of children attending the party are okay with their child participating in these activities.

To make it even more fun, divide the kids into teams of 2 and have them switch doing tasks. The person or team that completes the most tasks is declared the winner!

Hunger Games inspired challenge (ages 7+)

Everyone at your birthday party should be familiar with the Hunger Games books and movies. For this really fun event, you’ll need to divide the party-goers into districts, just like in the books (as many as you have enough kids for) and have the kids compete to see who survives the Hunger Games. Divide the participants into groups of two’s (preferably one boy and one girl on each team).

You can create any type of challenges you want, but they should have some similarity to the movie, like a bow & arrow (plastic) shooting contest, food foraging (you can make the kids eat gross food), walking on a beam, climbing walls, dodge ball, etc. You can award points for each challenge completed within a certain allotted amount of time or for each challenge won. For example, give the teams two minutes to shoot a plastic arrow through a ring from a certain distance. The team who gets the most arrows through wins the challenge and gets 5 points. Others who complete the challenge successfully but get fewer arrows through get 3 points. Those who don’t get any arrows through the ring in the allotted amount of time don’t get any points. When the contest is complete, there should be one district that comes out on top. 

Blindfold ping pong challenge

The blindfold ping pong challenge party game is super easy to set up and tons of fun for the kids to play. All you need to get started is a ping pong paddle, ping pong ball, and a blindfold. The object of the game is to see how many times in a row a player can hit the ping pong ball up and down using the paddle while blindfolded. Sounds easy, but it’s not. The party-goer who gets the most hits in a row is declared the winner!

Who am I?

For this fun birthday party game, you simply write out the names of famous people, animals, etc. on to sheets of paper. Make one for each child. To begin the game, tape the sheets of paper with the names to the back of each child (make sure they don’t know what it says). Once everyone is ready, each child must then go around the room asking the other children “yes” or “no” questions in order to try and figure out who they are.

This party game is great for any age group. You can also make the game fit with the theme of your party by using “who am I” characters associated with that theme.

Balloon bulls eye

Another really simple birthday party game is the balloon bulls eye challenge. Put a target somewhere on the floor of the room and give everyone a balloon to blow up. Every child should have a different color of balloon, or a balloon marked with their initials. Once the kids have blown up their balloons, have them hold or squeeze the neck of the balloon shut tight so no air leaks out. Once everyone is ready, have them all release their balloons on the count of 3. The balloon that lands closest to the target is the winner. You can play this game several times so that you have multiple winners.

Chopstick challenge

The chopstick challenge is a contest to see who can transfer the most items from one cup or bowl into another cup or bowl within a certain amount of time using only chopsticks. M&M’s work great. You can create teams, or have the kids participate individually. This challenge works best with the kids sitting around a table. The child who transfers over the most items is declared the winner.

Blindfold tag

Blindfold tag is a simple party game that all kids love to play. For this game, all you do is put a blindfold on child, spin them around a few times and then have them go tag someone. You’ll want to have the room clear of furniture. Set a boundary area that all the kids have to stay within. Once a person is tagged, they become the next party-goer to be blindfolded.