Active Party Games for Kids

Plan party games that get kids moving.

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If you're planning a kids' party, you know you need plenty of active party games to keep your young guests busy. Make sure at least some of your games incorporate physical activity, allowing kids to burn off energy and excitement (not to mention calories). Most games are better with groups, so parties are the perfect opportunity for kids to laugh, run, and be silly with their pals.

Active Outdoor Birthday Party Games: These fun, fast-paced games are easily adaptable for kids of different ages and skill levels.

Or challenge yourself to invent a brand-new game that matches your party's theme.

Active Indoor Birthday Party Games: Depending on how many guests you have (and how many breakables), you can play these games indoors, and still help party guests get lots of exercise.

Relay Races: With just a little advance prep, you can entertain the troops with these relay races suitable for kids and adults. Some can be done indoors and some require no props, and almost all can be adapted to fit the theme of your party or gathering.

Tag Games: Like relay races, many tag games can support your party's theme, either as-is or with some creative rethinking. Here are 10 ways to play tag to get you started!

Backyard and Playground Games: These classics (and newcomers!) are extra fun when you have a big group of party guests to join in.

Beach Ball and Balloon Games: Have a beachy theme ... or need some extra activities, fast?

These games are lighter than air, but still get kids moving, bopping, balancing, and more.

Plastic Cup Party Games: Got disposable cups for your guests? Then get them stacking and more with these surprisingly active games.

Kickball Games and Variations: Get a tournament going or just kick the ball around for fun, either with classic kickball or one of those less-familiar variations.

Noncompetitive Games: If games with winners and losers are causing hurt feelings at your party, toss in one or two of these noncompetitive activities to reset the mood.

Olympic Games: Whether it's an Olympic year or not, you can get kids feeling sporty with these athletically inspired events.

Mini Games: Your kids may know some of these "brain break" style games from school. Use them to fill in down time at your party or to transition from one activity or space to another.

Halloween Party Games: These not-too-scary games feature tricks, treats, and lots of fun physical play for your Halloween-themed party.

Holiday Party Games: These active party games and activities can be adapted easily to work with your style, your space, your holiday party's theme (Christmas, Hanukkah, New Year's, and more), and the number and ages of guests and players.

Valentine's Day Games and Activities: What's not to love about games that get your honey's heart pumping? Use these party games for a class party or at home.

Easter Party Games and Activities: Hunt eggs, roll them, steal them, toss them ... these games will liven up your Easter brunch and keep kids hopping.

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