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Active Party Games for Kids

Plan party games that get kids moving.


Updated May 27, 2014

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If you're planning a kids' party, you know you need plenty of activities to keep your young guests busy. Make sure some of your games are active ones, so kids can burn off energy and excitement (not to mention calories).

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 version of tag or a relay race 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.

Cooperative Birthday Party Games: Not every party game has to have a winner and a loser. These encourage kids to work together, and to be active at the same time.

Bug-Themed Party Games: Is your party busy with a bumblebee, ladybug, or other crawly critter theme, or even a springtime or nature twist? These clever games are just what you need. About's Guide to Kids' Parties and Celebrations also has awesome, active ideas for other popular themes:

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

Holiday Party Games: These 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?

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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