10 Fun Games for Large Groups

It’s hard enough trying to find fun activities a couple of people can participate in. But when you are planning fun games for a large group of people, a whole new element is added. The activity will need to be one that anyone can take part in and focus on so it won’t take too much effort to keep people involved.

If you are planning an event with a large group, finding fun things for them to do may be challenging, but fortunately, there are a wide range of activities to choose from. Here are a few that will keep your crew entertained.

  • I have played these games with large groups.
  • Everyone who participated had fun. 
  • These games are safe for large groups. 

Table of Contents:

  • Frozen T-Shirt Contest
  • Blanket Race
  • Marshmallow Toss
  • Sharks and Minnows
  • Horseshoes
  • Flag Football
  • Crab Soccer
  • Red Rover
  • Tug of War
  • Three-Legged Races

Frozen T-Shirt Contest

For this first fun games for large groups, your group will have to divide up into teams of two. One member of each team will put on a t-shirt covered in ice. They will then have to transfer the t-shirt on to their team member while holding hands. The first team to successfully complete the transfer wins. 

This game may seem easy but its quite challenging… and uncomfortable! It should also only be done during the summer months. 

Blanket Race

Races are always fun for large groups.

The blanket race takes a mix of smaller and larger participants. The smaller participants sit on the blankets while the bigger racers pull the blankets. The first one to make it to the finish line wins. 

top games for large groups

Marshmallow Toss

For this fun and delicious game, your group will split into teams of two. One player will toss marshmallows to their teammate, and the teammate will try to catch the fluffy candy using only their mouth.

After a certain number of marshmallows are tossed, the players trade places.

The team that is able to catch the most marshmallows wins. 

Read this helpful post from HGTV for more about marshmallow toss if you just want to toss the marshmallows in a cup, not your mouth.

Sharks and Minnows

Sharks and minnows is a variation on the game of tag. It can be played in a pool or in another outdoor area. 

One player is the shark, and the rest are minnows. The shark stands in the center of the play area and says, “Fishy, fishy come out and play”. This prompts the minnows to walk towards the shark. 

They continue moving towards the shark until the shark yells, ‘Shark Attack’. At this point, the minnows must flee back into their corners without getting tagged. If they are tagged, they are out of the game. 

The last man standing wins. 


Horseshoes is a relaxing game that takes a bit of skill. 

Players can throw horseshoes to try and get them around stakes in the ground, or they can aim them at random objects. 

This game can be played in a competitive way among various players, or members of the group can throw them randomly to test their aim during the event. 

Anyone of most ages can play horseshoes. Read this post for more about this outdoor game’s rules.

Flag Football

Flag football is a safer alternative to regular football, making it an excellent sport for younger players. 

Flag football is played much like American football except no tackling is allowed. Rather the defensive team removes the other team’s flag to end a down. 

Beyond that, the game has several variations that can be adapted as needed.

Crab Soccer

This variation on the game of soccer involves players walking around in a crab-like position while trying to play the sport. They will be unable to use their hands.

The game usually results in lots of tumbles and tons of laughter. It promises a good time for all. 

Red Rover

Red Rover will require your group to break into two teams. Each team holds hands to form a chain. Then they call over a member of the other team to try and break the chain. 

If they are able to break the chain, they return to their team. If they are unable to break the chain, they become part of the other team and form a chain with them. 

This fun games for large groups continues until there is only one team member left on one of the teams. The team that manages to stay intact is the winner. 

Tug of War

Tug of war is a great game for large groups. Tug of War is especially good at corporate picnics or church gatherings.

To play, your group will need to divide into two teams. It is best if the teams divide in such a way that they are of equal weight and strength. 

Each team gets on either side of a rope and pulls. Eventually, one team will get tired and fall. The team that remains standing is the winner.

fun games for large groups

Three-Legged Races

Three-legged races are a great way to promote a sense of teamwork and camaraderie. 

To play our last fun games for large groups, your group will have to divide up into teams of two. The team members will stand side by side and tie their inner legs together. They will then try to reach the finish line in this uncomfortable state. 

The team that reaches its goal first wins.

These are all great examples of games you can play at your next large group event. Which do you think will work best in keeping your guests entertained? 

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