10 Best Games for Outdoor Birthday Parties

If you are planning a birthday party for your child, everything’s got to be perfect. The food, the decorations, and most importantly, the activities they participate in during the party. After all, this will be the true measure of how much fun they will have.

If you are a parent who is struggling to come up with fun things guests can do at your child’s birthday party, never fear. Here is a list of games and activities they are sure to love.

  • I have hosted these activities at my child’s birthday party. 
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Table of Contents

  • Big Foot Races
  • Human Ring Toss
  • Donut String Eating
  • Human Pinata
  • Keep the Balloon Up
  • Duck Memory Game
  • Giant Connect Four
  • Giant Inflatable Bowling
  • Giant Checkers and Tic Tac Toe
  • Three-Legged Race

Big Foot Races

For this activity, you will need a few inexpensive pairs of flip flops, some pieces of cardboard and some type of colorful plastic balls or decorations. Use superglue to paste the cardboard to the bottoms of the flip flops. Then put the balls on the tips of the cardboard. 

Children will step into these bigfoot shoes and race each other to the finish line.

Human Ring Toss

We’ve all heard of ring toss games, but a human ring toss will take it to the next level. 

The game is played when one player tosses an inflatable pool tube to get it over another player’s head. Of course, the player whose neck the pool tube will end up (hopefully) going around should stand as still as possible. You might even want them to stand with their feet inside another pool tube to ensure they stay in place.  

Donut String Eating

Mmmmm! Who can resist a yummy donut? Donut eating can be even more fun when you make it part of a game. 

To play, all you will need to do is thread a bunch of donuts on to a string. The string should be held out on each side so that it is close to the children’s mouths. It is up to the players to try and eat the donuts without using their hands—the first one to finish their donut wins.

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Human Pinata

A pinata is fun to play with at any party, but a human pinata will take the excitement up to 11.

Start by taking some old shirts and using a glue gun to affix small pieces of candy to them. The players wearing the candy shirts run through the crowd of kids as the kids try to take the candy off their shirt. The candy is its own reward.

Keep the Balloon Up

If you have balloons at your party, it’s likely your guests will start playing this game even if you don’t suggest it. The object is simply to toss the balloon around and try to keep it in the air for as long as possible. You can make it into even more of a game by seeing how long players are able to keep it afloat or by seeing how many hits it takes to keep it in the air. 

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Duck Memory Game

For this game, all you will need is a bunch of rubber duckies and a swimming pool. Each duck should have something written on the bottom of it whether it’s a number, letter or a picture. The children will pick up a duck and attempt to find its match. This is a great way to improve memory skills while keeping your guests entertained. 

Giant Connect Four

Many children are already familiar with the Connect Four game. Each player is given their own set of checker-like discs. Each player’s discs are a different color. 

The players insert their discs into the slots of a vertical game board in an attempt to get four of their discs in a row. The first player to successfully do so wins. 

Now, there is a giant Connect Four that can be purchased, and it is great for parties. It is waterproof, durable and made for outdoor use. 

Even though Connect Four is typically played with two players at a time, it’s a great spectator sport and other guests can be called in to play the winner.

Giant Inflatable Bowling

You can always create your own bowling games using weighted down bottles and a heavy ball, but there are inflatable bowling sets you can buy for your lawn, and they are great at parties. You play the game as you would any other bowling game, and you can even keep score to make it more interesting. 

Giant Checkers and Tic Tac Toe

Checkers and tic tac toe are other games that are available in a giant size, and they are perfect for outdoor party play. 

The games are played on a giant blanket that is reversible with one side designed for checkers and the other side designed for tic tac toe. There are also giant discs for players to play with.

Note: Because the board is a blanket, it’s very lightweight and portable and can be used at just about any outdoor event.

Three-Legged Race

Relay races are popular at parties, and the three-legged race is one that is sure to keep your guests entertained.

For this type of race, your guests will divide into teams of two. The teammates stand side by side, and their inner legs are tied together. The teams must then try to make it to the finish line in their ‘tied together’ state. The first team to cross the finish line wins.


If you are throwing a party for your child, coming up with fun activities for your guests to engage in can be challenging. Hopefully, this article has given you plenty of ideas that will help you make your party exciting. Which do you think will be best for keeping your guests entertained? 

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