It’s party time! Is there any better sound than your children enjoying themselves? Definitely not. Yet, with all the detail that goes into setting up a venue, party favors and food, games often get pushed to the side. That’s why it’s so tempting to hire a party planner when you’re getting ready for your child’s party. Especially when that party is for a boy or girl who’s too old for ‘hide and seek’ or some of the simpler games.
But it doesn’t have to be that difficult. With these 5 party games for older children, you’ll be all set to host the party of a lifetime!
1. Treasure Hunt
This might sound like something for a younger audience, but it can be easily adapted for just about any age group – even adults.
Firstly, you’ll need to pick out one appropriate prize for the winning team. For a group of girls it might be party bags stuffed with make-up or other goodies for instance. Chocolates and sweets never go out of style either, but try to keep it interesting and age appropriate. Then you’ll need to select a hiding place and set out your clues.
Try clipping pictures from magazines and don’t be afraid to send those tweenies spelunking in the back yard. Make sure each clue leads to the next and stay true to the theme. For a fairy/princess themed party, you could use little figurines or toys holding the clues to the next location.
Once everything is set up, split the party-goers up into two teams and hand them their first clue.
Charades is a timeless classic for children of all ages. Spice up your charades by making it the them to the party. If the theme is Super Heroes, have each clue be about a certain super hero or super hero related fact. For instance, which villain wears make up and has green hair in Batman: the Joker.
It will be great fun for kids acting out clues which are a little more difficult than those for younger children.
3. Water Balloon Toss
This is definitely an outside game for kids who don’t mind getting messy. This might fit 10 year olds better than it does 13 year olds, but adding a prize at the end might sweeten the deal for the ‘cooler’ kids.
Have the party-goers split up into teams of two. Give one child a water balloon and have them toss it to their partner, and take a step back between each round. The pair who manages not to break their balloon, wins.
4. Fashion It Up
This is more appropriate for the little ladies. Though, it can be adapted for boys too (think robots or super heroes). Have the children separate into two teams, and select one from each team to be the model. Then hand the other kids a couple of rolls of tin foil and task them with creating fashionable clothes.
Enjoy a fashion show at the end, and select the most original creation as the winner.
5. Award Show
This is more of an indoor game, but will be great fun for 12-13 year olds. Create a poster board with a few categories:
- Best Dressed
- Most Likely To Succeed
- Funniest Animal Impression
Then let the children nominate and vote (anonymously) on the winner in each category. Each winner receives a small trophy or prize.
With these 5 games, your party will be the talk of the town (or the school) for some time to come. And if all else fails, stuff their faces with cake.
Have any brilliant party ideas for your tweenies? Do share them in the comment box below.
Caitlin loves throwing parties for her family, friends and their adorable kids. When she’s not setting it all up, she writes about it.