Tired of the old? Try these fun & new party games for kids; a combination of fresh and old school games made new again that will make any party rock.

I am absolutely obsessed with birthdays. I am not ashamed to admit that I go well over the acceptable limit for pizzaz when planning.

I’ve had years of practice at this, and over that time, I have definitely learned a thing or two. My biggest lesson was that a party is only as good as the games you play during it.

When it comes to hosting a memorable children’s party, nothing beats the thrill and excitement of engaging in party games. Trust me; I have had quite a few duds over the course of my party-throwing career.

I promise you that games and activities not only keep the little ones entertained but also promote social interaction, creativity, and teamwork.

kids running around and having fun at a party.

This was one of the biggest reasons that I became passionate about the best party games. They really get the kids out of their shells!

So whether you’re planning a birthday celebration or a gathering for any special occasion, I have a collection of delightful party games for kids that are sure to bring laughter and joy to everyone at the party (plus, who doesn’t love some extra parent points?)

New Ideas for Kiddo Party Games

As kids’ parties continue to evolve, it’s always exciting to introduce new games that capture their imagination and create unforgettable moments. If you’re looking to add a fresh and unique twist to your next children’s celebration, I have just the list of awesome new-age party games that are going to blow their little minds!

Below you will find both outdoor and indoor birthday party games.

1. Emoji Charades

I love emoji charades because it puts a modern spin on the classic game of charades by incorporating popular emojis. To do this, you will write down a variety of emojis on small pieces of paper and place them in a bowl.

Divide the kids into teams and take turns having one member from each team pick an emoji from the bowl and act it out without speaking. The team members must guess the emoji within a time limit. This game combines acting, problem-solving, and lots of laughter. I’ve tested it time and time again!

2. DIY Obstacle Course

Now this is one that I wish I had when I was a kid. You are going to create a dynamic and customizable obstacle course in your backyard or a larger indoor area.

I like to use hula hoops, cones, tunnels, ropes, and any other items I can find to set up the various challenges. Kids can crawl under tables, zigzag through cones, jump over hurdles, and navigate their way to the finish line!

Time each participant, and the one with the fastest completion time wins a prize. This is one that the parents might even want to participate in…it just looks so fun!

Crafty photo booth. Photo go photo booth sign.

3. Crafty Photo Booth

Everyone likes getting good instagram photos these days, even the smaller kids! So set up a crafty photo booth station where kids can create their own props and then strike fun poses for the camera.

I like to provide a variety of materials like colored paper, markers, glitter, and glue. Children can design and assemble hats, masks, mustaches, and other accessories to personalize their photo booth experience. Encourage them to take turns being the photographer and capturing hilarious moments. I have to say that this one is fun for the parents to watch! 

4. Scavenger Hunt with QR Codes

Yep…technology is everywhere. Even games! Introduce technology into the classic scavenger hunt by incorporating QR codes. Create a series of clues leading to different locations in your party venue.

Attach QR codes to each clue, which the kids can scan with a smartphone or tablet to reveal the next hint. The final clue should lead them to a hidden treasure or surprise. This one takes a bit more planning, but the kids feel so cool using their phones to get hints! Plus, it helps me feel less old. 

5. Freeze Dance Battle

I like to help the kids start moving and grooving with a Freeze Dance Battle. Play upbeat music and encourage the children to dance. Randomly pause the music, and when it stops, they must freeze in whatever pose they’re in. Anyone caught moving after the music stops out. Increase the difficulty by assigning themes or dance styles for each round. The last dancer standing becomes the Freeze Dance Champion.

6. Balloon Tower Destruction

I love this game because I am literally giving kids the green light to destroy stuff, which fills their little hearts with joy. But don’t worry…it’s just balloons! You are going to challenge the kids’ engineering skills with a balloon tower destruction game!

Provide each child with a stack of balloons and a roll of tape. In a set time frame, they must build the tallest tower using only balloons and tape. Once the time is up, test the stability of each tower by removing one balloon at a time until they collapse. The child with the most structurally sound and tallest tower wins. Simple as that! Doesn’t that sound like a blast?

Balloon-popping pun totally intended.

Classic Party Games for Kids Made New

You can never go wrong with the classics. I just had to include these because I refuse to let them just disappear. These games will be played for centuries!

7. Treasure Hunt

I am still such a sucker for planning a good treasure hunt. I am sorry but they never disappoint! Create clues or riddles leading to hidden treasures, such as small toys or treats.

Divide the kids into teams and provide each team with the first clue. As they solve each clue, it leads them to the next until they discover the treasure. They are going to go nuts for this, I promise.

8. Balloon pop relay. Photo of balloon being popped.

8. Balloon Pop Relay

I’m not going to lie to you…this is a loud one. But it’s also a super fun one!

Inject some high-energy fun with the Balloon Pop Relay. Divide the kids into teams and provide each team with a balloon for every participant. Mark a start and finish line.

On your signal, the first player from each team must run with their balloon between their knees and pop it by sitting on it before returning to tag the next teammate. The team that completes the relay first wins. It’s simple and super effective for creating fast fun! I actually played this during my last girls night…and I am an adult. 

9. Pin the Tail on the Donkey

I don’t think this one even needs a description. 

party games for kids

There are so many other amazing party games for kids that are just waiting to fill your home with laughter(and some competitive attitudes); these are just the tip of the ice burg. 

Ugh, I am literally so excited to plan my next party. I am going to pick at least 3 or 4 of these games to include, and you should too. There is nothing worse than not having enough games at a party!

If you are interested in finding more game ideas, then you have to check out these amazing minute to win it balloon party games!