List of the Best Games to Play at A Kids Party

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Birthday parties should be always be fun, and there is no better way to ensure that the kids at the party are having a great time than playing games. With so many kids wrapped up in their video games, it can be hard to know which games will suit them best. Luckily, there is a wide selection of classic party games that have been created just for children, with plenty of exciting options available. We’ve compiled a list of engaging kids birthday party games that both you and your child’s friends will love.


Piñatas are a popular game to play at kid’s birthday parties. Piñatas are usually decorated to look like an animal or character and can be filled with candy and small toys. The object of the game is to hit the piñata with a stick until it breaks open and the goodies fall out. Everyone gets a turn to swing at the piñata, and everyone wins when the piñata is finally broken open. Piñatas are a fun way to add excitement to a birthday party and make sure that everyone goes home with a prize.

Pin the tail on the donkey

Pin the Tail on the Donkey is a great game to engage all ages of kids at the party. The object of the game is to pin the tail as close to the donkey’s behind as possible. The player who pins the tail closest to the correct spot wins the game. Pin the Tail on the Donkey is a great way to get all of the kids at the party engaged and having fun.

Hide and seek

Hide and seek an all-time favorite at birthday parties. It helps to promote cooperation and communication among the kids, while also providing a good workout. The object of the game is for one team to find all the members of the other team, who are hiding. Once all the hidden members have been found, the teams switch roles. Hide and seek is a great way to get the kids moving and having fun.

Duck, Duck Goose

Duck Duck Goose is a classic children’s game. The object of the game is to circle the room, tapping each child on the head until you choose one who will then become the “goose.” The goose then chases you around the room until he or she catches you. Duck Duck Goose is a simple game that can be enjoyed by children of all ages.

Laser Tag

Laser tag is a game that can be enjoyed by both kids and adults alike. It is a great way to get some exercise while also having a lot of fun. Laser tag is a team sport, so it is also a great way to bond with friends and family. And, because it is a relatively simple game to understand, it is also great for new players. So, whether you are young or old, laser tag is a great game for anyone to enjoy. If you are wanting to really up the fun and excitement, contact us to rent an inflatable laser tag area.

Whiffle Ball

Whiffle ball, a summer time classic is a great game for kids and adults of all ages. Its simple rules and easy game play make it perfect for birthday parties, barbecues, and other gatherings. The game is played with a plastic bat and a ball with holes in it. The object of the game is to score runs by hitting the ball and then running around the bases. Whiffle ball is a great way to get everyone involved in the fun. And, best of all, it’s a great way to burn off some energy.

Ring toss/bozo buckets

The object of the game is to throw rings onto a series of posts or buckets, and the person with the most points at the end of the game wins. Ring toss can be played by people of all ages and abilities, making it a great choice for your next party. Bozo buckets is a variation of this game that uses buckets instead of posts and is ideal for younger children.

Scavenger Hunt

Scavenger hunts are always a popular activity at birthday parties. They are a great way to keep everyone busy and on the go. Make sure to include gifts so that every child is a winner. Scavenger hunts can be customized to any birthday party theme. For example, if the party is pirate themed, the scavenger hunt could be for buried treasure. If the party is superhero themed, the scavenger hunt could be for a lost superpower. Scavenger hunts are a great way to get everyone involved in the party and to make it more fun and interactive.

Egg and spoon race

Egg and spoon races are a hit during outdoor birthday celebrations. They are inexpensive and easy to organize, making them a great option for budget-conscious party planners. Egg and spoon races can be customized to suit any age group, and they provide plenty of opportunities for laughter and inter-team competition. To set up an egg and spoon race, simply divide your guests into teams of two or three and give each team one spoon and one egg. The object of the game is to complete the course without dropping the egg. Egg and spoon races are a great way to add some extra fun to any outdoor birthday party.

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Freeze dance

Freeze Dance is a fun game that gets all the post cake jitters out. to play, simply put on your favorite dance music and hit pause and play. Freeze Dance is a great way to get everyone out of their seats and moving. It’s also a great way to get everyone in the party mood.

Paper airplane races

Paper airplanes are a classic activity for kids of all ages. Not only are they fun to make, but they can also be used to teach basic principles of aerodynamics. Paper airplane races are a great way to add excitement to any birthday party. To get started, simply construct paper airplanes, and allow the kids to decorate them before takeoff. The race can be run in heats, with the winner of each heat advancing to the next round. The final round can be a free-for-all, with all the remaining planes competing at once. Paper airplane races are sure to be a hit with kids of all ages.

Obstacle course

An obstacle course is a great way to add excitement to any birthday party. Whether you set it up inside or outside, kids will love the challenge of navigating their way through the different obstacles. To keep things interesting, be sure to incorporate a few whacky turns and surprises throughout the course. This will keep the kids entertained from start to finish. And don’t forget to take plenty of pictures

Hula hoop contest

Hula Hoop contests are a fun way to liven up any birthday party. They are easy to set up and can be played by people of all ages. All you need is a Hula Hoop and some willing participants. To start the contest, have all the participants stand in a circle. Then, start the music and let each person take turns Hula Hooping in the middle of the circle. The goal is to see who can keep the Hula Hoop going for the longest time. Hula Hoop contests are great for parties because they are active, fun, and interactive.

Water balloon toss

Water balloon toss is a commonly played party game that is often seen at birthday parties for kids. The objective of the game is to throw and catch a water balloon without breaking it. To play, each player must have a filled water balloon. The players then line up opposite each other and take turns throwing the balloon to their partner. If the balloon is caught successfully, the team gets a point. The game continues until all balloons are broken or one team has accumulated the most points. Water balloon toss is a fun way to cool off on a hot summer day and can be enjoyed by people of all ages.

Nerf gun wars

Nerf gun wars, are a fun and exciting activity to play during birthday parties. The objective of the game is to eliminate all of the other players by hitting them with Nerf darts. Nerf guns come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and players can choose their weapon based on their individual style. Nerf gun wars can be played indoors or outdoors, making them a versatile party activity.

Tug Of War

Playing tug of war at a kid’s party requires teamwork, strategy, and lots of energy. The rules are simple: divide the kids into two teams, each holding onto one end of a rope, and then pull as hard as they can to try and make the other team cross a designated line. It’s always a hit with both boys and girls and is a great way to get everyone up and moving. With so many games to choose from for your kid’s party, tug of war is sure to be one that will be remembered for years to come!


Playing limbo at a kid’s party brings a wave of laughter and joy to the gathering. As the music starts, kids line up, ready to showcase their flexibility and agility. With a long stick held at each end by partygoers, the anticipation builds. One by one, the children take turns gracefully bending their bodies to pass under the limbo stick, while everyone cheers them on. The challenge becomes increasingly thrilling as the stick is lowered, testing their limberness and balance. Giggles and cheers fill the air with each successful pass. Playing limbo adds an element of friendly competition and encourages the kids to push their limits, creating an atmosphere of fun and camaraderie that makes it a cherished game at any kid’s party.

Hot Potato

Playing hot potato at a kid’s party is an uproarious and fast-paced game that never fails to elicit bursts of laughter and excitement. The children gather in a circle, passing a small object, like a soft ball or a toy, as lively music plays in the background. With a sense of urgency, they quickly toss the “hot potato” from one person to another, trying to avoid being caught holding it when the music suddenly stops. The anticipation builds with each toss, and the kids eagerly try to pass the potato before time runs out. Giggles fill the air as the tension rises, and the fun increases when someone is caught with the hot potato, resulting in playful shrieks and cheers. Playing hot potato not only entertains the children but also tests their reflexes and ability to think quickly, creating a memorable and joyous experience at any kid’s party.

Bean Bag Toss

One of the best kid party games out there is bean bag toss. This simple yet entertaining game never fails to put a smile on children’s faces. It’s easy to set up, too – all you need is a board with holes and some bean bags. The game can be played by two or more players, making it great for group play. Kids can improve their hand-eye coordination and develop their throwing skills while having fun. What’s better than seeing giggling kids enjoying themselves while playing a game? Bean bag toss is a surefire party hit that will keep kids entertained for hours.

3-Legged Race

This game has been a party favorite for generations and is sure to keep everyone entertained. The rules are simple: pair up kids and tie one of their legs together. The pairs then must race to the finish line while hopping on one leg. It may sound easy, but it’s a lot harder than it looks! Kids will love the challenge and the silly sight of their friends hopping along trying to stay balanced. With a little bit of planning and preparation, a 3-legged race is the perfect addition to any kid’s party.

Simon Says

This timeless game is easy to learn, engaging, and keeps everyone entertained. It’s also a great way to help children develop their listening and coordination skills. To start the game, gather all the kids in one area and select a leader to be Simon. Simon will then give commands like “Simon says touch your toes” or “Simon says hop three times.” The catch is that if Simon doesn’t say “Simon says” before the command, and a child still does it, they are out. The last player standing becomes the new Simon. Adults can join in the fun as well, making it a great activity for the whole family to enjoy together. With its simple rules and endless fun, Simon Says is sure to be a favorite at any kid party.

Musical Chairs

At children’s parties, there is always an abundance of laughter and joy. One game that always gets kids excited is musical chairs. The game is set up with chairs arranged in a circle, one less than the number of players. The music starts, and the players walk or dance around the chairs until the music stops. Once the music stops, everyone rushes to sit in an empty seat. The player who cannot find a seat is out of the game. The rounds continue until there is only one person left, and they are the winner! Musical chairs is the perfect game to keep kids active and engaged. It is easy to incorporate into your theme and sure to be a hit at any young party.

Watermelon Eating Contest

Having a watermelon eating contest is one of the most fun and exciting kid party games! Not only is it a great way to cool down on a hot summer day, but it’s also a delicious treat for everyone involved. The objective of the game is simple: teams must race to eat their slice of watermelon the fastest without using their hands. It’s a hilarious sight to see kids diving into their slices face-first, with juice dripping down their chins. This game is perfect for a backyard party in the warm summer months and is sure to be a hit with kids of all ages. Just be sure to have plenty of napkins on hand!

Pass the Parcel

Although similar to Hot Potato, this game ends with a prize reveal! It’s a great way to keep the little ones entertained and engaged while providing a little bit of friendly competition. If you’re not familiar with the game, the concept is simple: players form a circle and pass around a wrapped parcel. Each time the music stops, the person holding the parcel must unwrap a layer. The game continues until the last layer is unwrapped, at which point the prize inside is revealed. It’s a fun game that is perfect for kids of all ages, and it’s sure to be a hit at your next party. Gather the party guests, crank up the music, and get ready for fun and laughter!


This classic party game gets kids on their feet moving around while providing lots of laughter. Kids form teams and prepare to act out words or phrases without using any words or sounds. With animated expressions and exaggerated gestures, the young actors attempt to convey their assigned clue while their teammates eagerly guess the answer. Hilarity ensues as the kids contort their bodies, mimicking animals, famous characters, or everyday activities to communicate non-verbally. The atmosphere will be full of cheers and giggles as successful guesses are celebrated, and even the more challenging clues lead to fits of laughter. Playing charades encourages imagination, teamwork, and observational skills, creating a lively and engaging atmosphere that ensures a memorable and enjoyable experience for everyone at the kid’s party.

Now that you have a good idea of the types of games and activities to have at your next birthday party, consider getting the big day catered. Catering can be a great way to make the day extra special and fun. Not only does catering provide delicious food the kids to enjoy, but it’s also one less thing you will have to worry about especially after all the fun games you will be coordinating. For an unforgettable event, contact us today and have us take care of all your birthday catering needs.

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Dan Veles is the heart and soul behind Lee n' Eddies, steering the beloved catering company for over four decades. As the owner and operator, Dan has dedicated himself to serving the Chicago area and its surroundings, consistently delivering great food and service at unbeatable prices. Under his leadership, Lee n' Eddies has become synonymous with quality catering, offering a wide range of delicious options that cater to every taste and occasion.

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