party games for all ages

Get the party going with these ideas for great games for kids parties.

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GENERAL TIPS

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Keep It Fun

Because the point of a party is for everyone to have fun, avoid games with obvious winners and losers. Easy ways to adapt most competitive games include: working toward a common goal (like having the whole group solve treasure hunt clues), trying to beat the clock instead of each other, trying to beat a grownup (who keeps the game exciting--then loses gracefully), making the point to be silly rather than best (like trying to pin the tail someplace funny instead of on the donkey's bottom), or playing for a surprise (such as having kids follow their own criss-crossed strings to discover which prize they get). And instead of having kids eliminated from games, have them do something silly, then join back in.
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Get Creative

Many games can be adapted to fit any theme--like Duck, Duck Goose can become "Princess, Princess, Queen" or "Parrot, Parrot, Pirate" and Simon Says can be "T-Rex Says" or "Fairy Says."
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Have a Plan B

Plan more activities than you need in case some are duds or simply go too quickly.

If something is working well, feel free to keep playing it and drop a different planned activity.
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