Looking for some inspiration for your next shindig? Forget the old pinata and musical statues and play these party games instead!
Birthday parties are a ton of fun, but the cleaning up after is the worst. That’s why we’re so glad that there are fantastic birthday party venues that not only keep the kids entertained during the party, but also provide delish food to boot, too. Sometimes, though, we’d much rather love to have a birthday party right at home or in a function room by the pool. You could have your own bouncy castle, whatever birthday cake you fancy, a few party games, birthday potluck and bam – a cost-efficient and fun party. But let’s face it, the little ones are tired of the same-old retro party games and would much prefer something else to keep them entertained. Well, we’ve got you covered. Check out our top 10 unique party games that’ll leave you howling with laughter and keep the kids entertained!
Unique party games for all ages
#1: What’s in the box
You might’ve seen celebrities stick their hands into a box to feel all sorts of inanimate objects (and some times, animals, too!). Well, recreate it at your next party! You could put literally anything and everything you can fit into a cardboard box. All you need to do is blindfold the player (if your box doesn’t have a lid) and then guide their small hands to feel the object. Options include spaghetti, cottage cheese, jello, rambutans and lychees – they’re sure to make the kiddos squeal.
#2: Pass the style
Have a pile of clothes set aside for donating? Perfect! You can use them for this game, which is similar to the traditional pass the parcel… except with clothes! All you need to do is gather your clothes – and maybe include several pieces from the wardrobe you might like to keep – and get the kids to sit in a circle. Put the bag in the middle of the circle, start the music and get the kids to pass around a pair of sunglasses or blindfold. When the music stops, the kid with the sunglasses or blindfold has to reach into the bag (no peeking!) and put on the item. The party game ends when all the clothes are gone and the kiddo with the least amount of clothes on wins! Easy peasy, and hilarious. Plus, it makes a great photo-op after!
#3: Ice cube
Got some spare ice cubes in your freezer? Take them out and play this chilly party game. The rules are simple: players have to do whatever it takes to melt an ice cube… except they can’t put the ice cube in their mouth, use any equipment or stomp on it. The person who melts the ice cube the quickest, wins! Bonus points for using an ingenious method to melt the cube.
Up the ante and play this variation of the beloved hide-and-seek game. The party game starts off similar to hide-and-seek, but here’s the difference: when the first person is found, the person who found them will join them in hiding. This continues on and on until one kid’s left. Best played when you have a large area to search and hide!
#5: Telephone Pictionary
Test everyone’s drawing skills by playing a game of Telephone Pictionary! Curate a list of words (or if you can’t think of any, reach into your box of Taboo for some ideas) and get out some paper and a pencil. You’ll want to sit the kids down in a line, then whisper the first word to the first kiddo in line. They’ll have to draw the word, then fold the paper in half before passing it on. The following kid will then have to guess what it is (without saying it out loud), and draw what they think the word is. Rinse and repeat till the last kid, who has to guess the word. It’s a hilarious game when you get to the end and the scraggly drawings are nothing like what it started out with!
#6: Blind face painting
Head to Daiso for some cheap as chips face paints, and then pair up party-goers into teams of two. Player one gets to be blindfolded and player two gets to have their face painted: by player one! Let the hilarity commence, and then reverse the roles.
#7: Sticker Stalker
This party game is a great one to play throughout your party. The aim of the game is to avoid getting a flurry of stickers on yourself while sticking your designated set of stickers on people without them noticing. The first person who finishes all their stickers without getting caught wins. Good luck trying not to get caught once everyone’s in on the game!
#8: Balloon Stomp
Not sure what to do with all your balloons after the party? Play Balloon Stomper! All you need to do is to tie an inflated balloon with a piece of string around each player’s ankle and then prepare for mayhem. The aim of the game is simple: players will need to pop each other’s balloons by stomping on them (make sure the kids are all wearing shoes, or it might end in tears…). The last kid standing with an unpopped balloon is the winner!
Psst, make the game extra fun by placing cut-out shapes in the balloons before inflating. Each time the balloon is popped, the popper claims the shape. The kid with the most shapes at the end gets a prize!
#9: Ostrich Dance
This one’s easy to play: tape a card or piece of paper with a word written on it. All you have to do is read the other person’s word – the first one who does, wins! This might result in kids running around in circles and trying to wrestle the piece of paper off each other… It’s sure to be a chuckle!
Planning a teen birthday party? You might want to check out Beanboozled! Head to a Candylicious store and pick up the game. Then, sit back and watch the hilarity as older kids and teens (plus adults too) chow down on jelly beans ranging in flavours from vomit to popcorn, or baby wipes to apple! The idea is to spin a wheel and scoff the jelly bean colour as dictated by your spin. The catch? Each colour could be one of two flavours… one delish and one, well, revolting. Folks will love and hate this game in equal measures!
Let the party begin!