Keep the kids entertained at your next birthday party with these cheap and easy party games!
While it’s sometimes true that kids don’t need much in the way of entertainment (maybe a ball, a wide open space, a pool or a small playground), you can be sure that the time you count on not needing much, will be the time they scream the loudest, “I’m sooo boooorrredd.”
Here’s some help to make your next kids’ party a hit!
1. Professional Entertainers
The easiest but likely most expensive option, would be to hire a professional entertainer. In this article, we’ve rounded up some of the most popular magicians, dancers and bouncy castle providers in Singapore.
2. Keep Them on the Hunt
For little ones: Get some small candies or goodies (try Daiso and/or Spotlight) and hide them around your party venue. Give each kiddo a bag and send them on a hunt for treats.
For bigger kids: This will take a bit more planning but create a scavenger hunt with one prize at the end. Divide kids into a couple of teams. Start each team off with a clue about where to find the next clue, that clue should lead them to the next and next until they find find the grand prize!
3. Play Stations
Depending on the size of your space and the number of kids attending, set up small tables with various age appropriate activities.
For little kids: Tattoos, stickers, pens, pencils, and paper work great.
For bigger kids: Beads and jewelry making supplies, buckets of Legos or recycled materials (with tape, glue and/or paint) work great.
4. The Tried and True
For little ones: Games like Musical Chairs, Freeze Dance and Pass the Parcel always entertain.
For bigger kids: Charades, Truth or Dare, Who Am I (where you write the name of a famous person on a sticky note taped to everyone’s forehead, visible to everyone but you and have to figure out who you are), are generally games they’re not yet too cool for.
5. If You’ve Got Somewhere to Hang Things
For little ones: Piñata!
For bigger kids: Tie doughnuts to strings and hang so that it is about level with their mouths. Each party-goer must try to eat the doughnut with their hands tied behind their back.
By Kathleen Siddell, February 2016