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You’ll be wanting to include great kids party games when planning your party!

On the following pages you’ll find a full selection of free kids games to play at parties – more than you’ll ever need for your kids birthday party!

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Kids Party Games

Giant List of Kids Games

Catching Games

All of these games involve throwing or catching something - better keep these outdoors! Classic childrens birthday party games include:

  • Annie Annie Over
  • Balloon Catch Game
  • Crazy Catch
  • Go to Catching Games Page

    Circle Games

    As the name implies, all of these games are played with the players gathering in a circle. These games can be played inside or outside! (I love those!) Easy party games include:

  • Duck Duck Goose
  • Button Button Who's Got the Button?
  • Bean Bag Pass
  • Cat and Mouse
  • Chair Slide
  • Circle Tag
  • Fruit Salad
  • Human Knots
  • Jack Sprat
  • Parachute Games
  • Ring Around the Rosie
  • Spiderweb
  • Go to Circle Games Page

    Kids Circle Party Games


    It's all about the thrill of the hunt!

  • Treasure hunts
  • Scavenger hunts
  • String mazes
  • Road Trip Games
  • Go to Page about Hunts

    Leader & Playground Games

    All the great, classic leader and playground games are here! How many of these do you remember? Games to play a party include:

  • Arm Lock Wrestle
  • Birthday Lineup
  • Charades
  • Follow the Leader
  • Hand Push
  • I Spy
  • Red Light Green Light
  • Red Rover
  • Simon Says
  • Tug of War
  • Go to Leader & Playground Games 

    Music Games

    The fun party games on this list involve music. Pick music that relates to your theme to really make it fun! These games can be played outside and possible inside. Kids games include:

  • Hot Potato
  • Freeze Dance
  • Limbo
  • Musical Dress-up
  • Musical Chairs
  • Musical Spots
  • Pass the Parcel
  • Statues
  • Go to Musical Kids Party Games

    Pool Party Games

    If your party involves a swimming pool, you'll want to check out our list of pool kids party games! Pool games include:

  • Beach Ball Relay
  • Marco Polo
  • Sharks and Minnows
  • Watermelon Relay Race
  • Coin hunts
  • Many more!
  • Go to Fun Pool Party Games

    Printable Birthday Games

    Games you can print and play from

    Another source for printable games is creating a DIY Escape Room with these printable games and ideas from LockPaperScissors.

    Relays & Races

    Divide your guests into teams and away you go! Races and relay games are lots of fun because they are kids party games that involve everyone. These party games for kids include:

  • Egg and Spoon Race
  • Balloon Races
  • Frisbee Toss Relay
  • Hopping Relays
  • Hula Hoop Races
  • Jump Rope Relay
  • Obstacle Courses
  • Pass the Orange
  • Sack Race
  • Pantyhose Relays
  • Scooter Races
  • Stick Horse Races
  • Three Legged Races
  • Up and Down Race
  • Water Relay Games
  • Broom Sweeping Races
  • Go to page giving full info about races & relays

    Relay Race Hurdles

    Tag Games

    Tag, you're it! The kids party games on this list all involve someone being "It". Tag games are best played outside, unless you have a large indoor party space. Games include:

  • Capture the Flag
  • Flashlight Firefly
  • Freeze Tag
  • Hide and Seek
  • Lion's Tail
  • Monster Monster Are You Hungry?
  • Sticker Tag
  • Wacky Tag
  • What Time is it Mr. Wolf?
  • Visit the Tag Games Page

    Kids Tag Games

    Target Games

    All those great target type games for your party are listed here. Fun kids party games include:

  • Bean Bag Toss
  • Clothespin Drop
  • Feathers
  • Hula Hoop Target
  • Paper Throw
  • Pin the "whatever" on the "whatever"
  • Pinatas
  • Go to the Target Games Page

    Water Games 

    Keep cool with our water games list! With or without a pool, you'll never look at a hot day the same way again! Group games include:

  • Water Relay Races
  • Water Balloon Games
  • Water Gun Games
  • Many more on the Water Games Page

    Games for Very Young Children

    This list of kids party games is tailored specifically for any party for a very young child, usually three years of age or younger (although they can be played with older kids as well!). These preschool kids party games include:

  • Farmer in the Dell
  • Ring Around the Rosie
  • London Bridge
  • B-I-N-G-O
  • If you're Happy and You Know It
  • Hokey Pokey
  • Complete details about Games for Young Children

    Games on other sites

    Ice Cream Games - For party games devoted to the love of ice cream, visit our friends at Ice Cream! In addition to fun and games, you'll also find ice cream recipes, crafts and trivia!

    Free Toddler Games
    Free Toddler Games has a huge list of activities that are lots fun and can make some of the most memorable moments for everyone! And you don't need to go out and spend lot of money on expensive stuff, you can use things you probably have on hand.

    Kids Party Games Organized by Party Theme

    We've also organized some easy party games by theme, just to make it a little easier for your planning...

    Airplane Party Games
    Around the World Party Games
    Art Party Games
    Astronaut Party Games
    Backwards Party Games
    Barbie Party Games
    Bowling Party Games
    Butterfly Party Games
    Campout Slumber Party Games
    Car Party Games
    Cat Party Games
    Castle Party Games
    Circus Party Games
    Construction Party Games
    Cooking Party Games
    Cowboy Party Games (or Cowgirl Party Games!)
    Detective Party Games
    Dinosaur Party Games
    Dog Party Games
    Elmo Party Games
    Egyptian Party Games
    Fairy Party Games
    Fashion Doll Party Games
    First Birthday Party Games
    Garden Party Games
    Golden Birthday Party Games
    Kids Halloween Party Games
    Hawaiian Luau Party Games
    Holiday Party Games
    Horse Party Games
    Indiana Jones Party Games
    Jungle Safari Party Games
    Knight Party Games
    Kung Fu Panda Party Games
    Ladybug Party Games
    Littlest Pet Shop Party Games
    Madeline Party Games
    Magic Party Games
    Mermaid Party Games
    Olympics Party Games
    Peter Pan Party Games
    Pirate Party Games
    Pool Party Games
    Pretend Sleepover or Half Slumber Party Games
    Princess Party Games
    Purple Party Games
    Rock Star Party Games
    Scavenger Hunt Party Games
    Science Party Games
    Slumber Party Games
    Soccer Party Games
    Spa Party Games
    Star Wars Party Games
    Superhero Party Games
    Survivor Party Games
    Tea Party Games
    Teddy Bear Party Games
    Teen Party Games
    Train Party Games
    Tween Party Ideas
    Webkinz Party Games
    Wedding Party Games
    Wizard of Oz Party Games

    Party Game Tips

  • Our party games for kids are organized as to the type of game and include instructions along with a list of what items you’ll need.
  • These games were selected because they are always fun and crowd pleasers. Most can be played with a small group or large group of players.
  • Try selecting one kids party game from each category. That way you’ll have one catching game, one music game, etc.
  • Plan what order you’ll use for playing your birthday party games. You may not want to play a quiet sitting game right after you’ve been running all around! I usually start with the tamest and move to the craziest games last.
  • Once you’ve chosen your games, try to find a way to use your theme or party colors to make the game special for your party.
  • Our Balloon Game, which is on the Catching Games Page, is one of our favorite birthday party game ideas for the end of the party when you are waiting on the guests to be picked up.
  • A pinata is always a fun choice for a birthday party! How to Make a Pinata
  • Make sure you visit our pages devoted to Kid party themes and planning tips for inspiration.
  • Remember to Play Safe! Have fun!

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