Keeping kids entertained at a party can be a challenge at the best of times, and especially when catering to different age groups. Putting together the right party games and activities consequently becomes about being to have a set of options that can be easily adapted or dropped depending on how well a party is going. It’s also worth having party games and activities that will be lost cost enough to save on a party’s budget, while still being enjoyable for everyone. At the same time, however, older children’s parties can be made more memorable with a themed event or activity.
For very young children and toddlers, having a lot of different games is usually not the best idea, as they can lose interest and become tired very quickly. Instead, it’s worth having a set of different activities that can be used around a party, such as crafts tables, dressing up boxes, and musical instruments. Remember that games don’t have to be too complicated for very young children, and can be represented by Simon Says and musical chairs. Songs and playing with toys can be just as effective for toddlers during the course of a party.
For older children, you can build a party around a number of different traditional games, all of which are low cost. Scavenger hunts can be created around your home, and can be combined with obstacle courses for finding prizes. Games like What’s the Time, Mr. Wolf? and Pin the Tail on the Donkey are also easy enough to play on a small budget. Pass the Parcel can similarly be used as a way to share out presents amongst different children. Messier games involving balloon popping or soap bubbles and flour might also be used, albeit with the expectation that there’ll be a lot of mess at the end of them.
For outdoor parties, and kids parties that are focused on a lot of children, you can invest in activities like a petting zoo, or someone bringing along animals for safe play. A bouncy castle can also be installed, while magicians and clowns can be used for face painting and magic tricks. These kind of activities do require higher costs, and more space, but can benefit slightly older children, and when you have to cater to large groups.
Older children and younger teenagers can have parties that are organised around a specific theme or event, and that might involve a visit to the cinema, an ice rink, or adventure park. Specific theme parties can also be organised around discos, superhero and princess parties. Each of these parties can have their own themes and games, and can feature prizes and professional assistance on the day to help out with different activities.
It is important to remember, though, that any kids party games and activities need to be chosen with an eye to cost and safety. If hosting a party in your home, separate breakables, and expect to have at least some mess at the end of the day. Renting out local halls or restaurants can be a better option if you want to avoid this. Similarly, remember to avoid loading too many activities on very young children, and especially if they appear tired during the course of the day. Having supervision available from older children, family and friends, as well as professionals at themed events, will reduce these problems.