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A dinosaur theme party is one of the most popular birthday party ideas for kids.
Here is a list of some great easy party ideas and games to help get you started on your hunt for a great dinosaur birthday party!
They are collected from many parties I have attended, along with favorite, time-tested ideas that have been adapated for a dinosaur theme.
Dinosaur Party Invitations
Send an invitation as a memo - with the objective being "an official dinosaur expedition".
Make kid party invitations by covering a card with dinosaur tracks (use stamps and let the birthday boy/girl help make them!).
Since this is such a popular theme, you can find cute invitations at a party supply store.
Dinosaur Party Invitations
Think jungle - overgrown, greens, browns and the like. For kid party decorations, the more over the top, the better!
Make some dinosaur tracks with sidewalk chalk or out of cardboard (for an indoor party.)
Dinosaur Party Games
Here are some fun kid party games, adapted for a dinosaur theme:
Dinosaur Egg Crazy Catch – You’ll need a ball for every two kids and a bunch of crazy stuff! Pretend the balls are dinosaur eggs and have the kids divide into pairs (these will be your teams. Have the teams play catch with the ball, but they can’t catch with their hands. Have them use nets, hats, etc.
Parachute – If you have a parachute make use of it . (If you don’t have one, you can always use a bed sheet.) For a dinosaur party, let the kids bounce inflatable balls (dinosaur eggs) or dinosaur stuffed animals on top of parachutes and to make it go up and down.
Dinosaur Dig – If you have a sand box available, hide “dinosaur bones” related objects in the sand and let the kids hunt for them. For example, at a Princess party, you could hide plastic jewels. Don’t have a sand box? Fill a tub with sand or rice. You might want to limit the number of items each child can find (such as three). If you have a large number of children let them take turns, just a few at a time, or set up this game as a “station” to be done when other “stations” are being played, such as some Target Games.
Dinosaur Hunt - Hide toy dinosaurs around the yard and go on a dinosaur hunt!
Dinosaur Egg Hunt - Get those Easter eggs out of the closet and put them to use! Go on an egg hunt. You can fill the egg with dinosaur stickers/tattoos for a fun touch.
Dinosaur Safari - Go on a “hunt” for dinosaurs. You might make a dinosaur piñata the prize for the lucky hunters. Before the party make dinosaur footprints and other clues, and lead your explorers on a hunt. Make part of it an obstacle course – with it being more challenging as age appropriate!
Hot Potato – You’ll need something dinosaur related to pass around the circle. While the music is playing, pass the item around. Whoever is caught with the item when the music stops is either “out", or if you want to keep everyone in the game (that is what we like to do!) instead of being “out”, have the person who is holding the item do a silly stunt, make a silly face, etc.
Dinosaur Egg (Balloon) Pop Relays and Races – For a relay you’ll need a balloon for each player and two chairs. Call the balloons your dinosaur eggs. Divide the kids into lines of two teams and give each kid a balloon. Have a few extra balloons on hand in case any pop before the game begins. On “Go”, one member of each team will race to the chair, try to pop their balloon by sitting on it, and when successful run back to the team. This is a relay and so the next person on the team would then be able to go. Variation: You can make this game into a race by giving each kid one or more balloon to try to pop, with everyone starting at the same time. First one to pop all their balloons wins!
Dinosaur Egg (Balloon) Races – You’ll need one blown up balloon for every two players (blow up a few extra in case any pop before the game starts). Have the teams race from one point to another, while carrying a balloon between them. The catch? They can’t use their hands to carry the balloon!
Dinosaur Egg and Spoon Relays and Races – For a relay you’ll need a hard-boiled egg and a spoon for each team. Divide the kids into two teams and have each team form a line. Have a member of each team race to a certain point, holding the egg in the spoon, and then return so that the next team member has a turn. Variation: Give each child a spoon and egg and have a race. If you don't want to use an egg, use ping pong balls, golf balls, etc.
Hopping Relays andRaces – You’ll need a blown up balloon or ball for each kid. Have kids race from point to point while hopping with a ball or balloon between their legs.
Dinosaur Dinosaur Game - Also known as the “Monster Monster” game - this one is always a favorite kid party game!
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