Often when people start planning a birthday party for their tween, they get caught up on the idea of the party's theme. Should it be a Frozen party? Or a Ninja party? But really- that's more about what the invites and paper goods look like than it is about what the kids are actually going to do. And if you plan on hosting ten 4th graders at your home on a Saturday afternoon- you need a game plan on how you are going to entertain your party guests! So here are a few ideas for Birthday Party Games for Tweens!
Donut on String ( or Gummy Worms!)
We've played this game dozens of times when the kids were younger, but they still love it as tweens! Whether you play it the traditional way and hang a donut from a string, or try with other items like gummy worms- this is always a party hit. No hands allowed!
Minute To Win It Games
I am sure the game show organizers had no idea when they created this TV show- how much kids would want to replicate the games at home! Minute to Win It games are perfect for birthday parties- just be sure that everyone gets the chance to try every game!
Glow in the Dark Party Games (courtesy of the Crafting Chicks)
We love setting up our tent in the backyard and letting the kids have their friends sleep over. But it's a long night if you don't have specific games planned to keep the kids happy! These glow in the dark party games are perfect for an outdoor sleepover!
Truth or Dare Ideas for Tweens
Kids love playing truth or dare- but left to their own devices the truth questions and the dare challenges can sometimes get out of hand. This post gives you 50 truth questions and 50 dare ideas that are perfect for tweens!
Amazing Race Games
My kids desperately want to to appear on the Amazing Race show- but until they start taking tween-contestants, playing some Amazing Race games at their birthday party is the next best thing!
Water Balloon Games (courtesy of Time 2 Save)
Water balloons are a time-honored summer tradition! I love how this post gives you lots of ideas for games you can play using water balloons (rather than just tossing them at one another!).
Would You Rather?
“Would you rather have the ability to fly or be able to know what people around you are thinking? ” Kids LOVE Would You Rather questions like these- and they are perfect for playing in the evening at a sleepover party!
Harry Potter Games (courtesy of Jonesing 2 Create)
This party is packed full of fantastic ideas for a DIY Harry Potter party. I especially love the instructions for making a dementor pinata!
Fear Factor Games (courtesy of Queen of Theme Party Games)
I know this show hasn't been on in awhile- but trust me- your kids have probably seen some of it on YouTube! The TV show always had a gross-out food competition where the contestants had to eat something nasty (like stinkbugs!). The ideas in the post give you the same idea- but much more tween-friendly…. like eating baby food!
Survivor Birthday Party Games (courtesy of Birthday Party Ideas 4 Kids)
This post includes some great ideas for tweens and teens competing as teams- like “Island Flip” using a shower curtain, and relay races such as the Hula Circle Relay. You can also find some inspiration for creating tribal banners for your teams.
Do you think your tween will love these birthday party games?