Outdoor Party Games - Dress Up Relay Race

This wild and wacky dress up relay race is a super-fun outdoor party game

outdoor party games for kids - dress up relay race
Relay races are fun and exciting outdoor party games for kids. Doug Menuez/Getty Images

Here is a fun and super-duper easy outdoor party game kids will love: a dress-up relay race. Kids love getting competitive and relay races such as this one are a great way to get kids excited about teamwork and winning. This fun game can be easily tailored to a kids' party by having kids dress up in clothes and accessories that fit the theme, such as pirate, sports, or princess outfits.

What you’ll need:

  • A big jacket or sweater (one for each team)

  • Hats

  • Over-sized sunglasses

  • A pair of large shoes (one pair for each team)

  • Wigs

  • Robes

  • Layers of plastic kids' necklaces you can find in a typical dollar store or bunches of Hawaiian leis

  • A small stool or chair with a plastic toy recorder on it

  • Stopwatch or timer

  • Toy traffic cones, flags, other obstacle course markers

How to play:

Set up an item of clothing at each course marker. Divide kids into two teams and have each child run around and put on each item of clothing in one leg of the race. At the end of one leg of the race, have each team member sit on the stool and play five notes on the recorder. Then have the child run back and through the obstacle course and put one item back at each course marker (the order doesn't matter).

Variation: You can also get clothes that fit a theme such as a sports party (baseball hats or football helmets, baseball jerseys, knee pads, and so on), pirate party (pirate hats, vests, big boots, etc.) or princess party (tiaras, big hoop skirts, necklaces, and so on) or Hawaiian luau party (hula skirts, leis, flower headbands, and more).

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