Outdoor Party Games

If you are lucky enough to have a good outdoor space for your party, we've got some game suggestions for you below! Of course many of them will work for summer camps, large family get-togethers or celebration picnics too...

Outdoor party games

Balloon Pop

Balloon Pop

Noisy, frantic, and lots of fun, this is such a simple game but one which most children enjoy and will play happily for as long as there are balloons remaining...

Age: 6+

Balloon Relay

Balloon Relay

Balloon games are always fun, and this one is a classic birthday party game. Be aware that some children are scared of popping balloons, so it is a good idea to have a quiet activity that they can “help” you with without feeling embarrassed in front of their friends.

Blind Man's Bluff

Blind Man's Bluff

This is a very old favourite, thought to date back to Tudor times at least! It was originally known as Blind Man's Buff. There is also a traditional Chinese version known as "Blind Man" or "Chicken".

Capture The Flag

Capture The Flag

Capture The Flag has always been a huge favourite with my kids, who learned it at a school summer camp and have played on every available occasion since. It is a great game for large, mixed age groups and long summer afternoons!

Keep Your Bottle

Keep Your Bottle

This game is particularly good at family parties or with mixed age groups, and is definitely a warm weather game!

Age: any

You will need:

Sausages

Sausages

Here is an unusual balloon game, which provides lots of noisy fun. Great for mixed age groups too.

Age: 6+

You will need:

A sausage-shaped balloon for each team

Simon Says

Simon Says

A traditional game enjoyed by younger children. You will need a quick thinking adult to play!

Age: 3+

How to play:

The Donut Game

The Donut Game

This is a messy way to serve the kids something to eat, but most children will enjoy it! This works quite well at a family gathering, as there will certainly be some adults who are willing to have a go!

The Flour Game

The Flour Game

A messy game, this appeals to children more than their parents! You are better off playing this outside if possible. It has a certain similarity to Jenga!

Age: 6+

You will need:

The Splash Game

The Splash Game

Not for the faint-hearted, this game is best played out of doors when clothes don't really matter! It works with mixed family age-groups if everyone who takes part is a good sport, and will cause much hilarity..

The Wool Game

The Wool Game

This game takes a bit of preparation, but is less rowdy than some other "hunting" games and is generally enjoyed - perhaps more so by girls than boys, who might find the tying together a little fiddly!

What's The Time Mr Wolf?

What's The Time Mr Wolf?

I've no idea why this game works, and I confess I never enjoyed it much as a child myself! But some children love it so I've included it here and you can make up your own minds! Play it indoors in a large space, or outside.

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