10 Outdoor Birthday Party Games

If you are hosting a birthday party for your little one, doing it outdoors can be the way to go. It saves on clean up, and it is also usually a less expensive alternative to renting an indoor venue. 

However, when hosting an outdoor birthday party, you will need to come up with a variety of things to keep the children busy. This article will give you plenty of ideas for games you can play. 

  • I have hosted these activities at my children’s outdoor birthday parties. 
  • Children have a lot of fun when participating in these activities.
  • All of these activities are safe for children.

Table of Contents

  • Find the Gummy Bears
  • Musical Chairs
  • Scavenger Hunt
  • Donut Eating Game
  • Jumbo Ring Toss
  • Limbo
  • Arts n Crafts Table
  • Obstacle Course
  • Miniature Golf
  • Squirt Gun Painting

Find the Gummy Bears

Here’s a messy game that can be a lot of fun…and quite delicious.

Pile a plate with whipped cream and place three gummy bears in the whipped cream hidden from sight. Give each child a plate and have them find all three of the gummy bears, hands-free. The first child to find all their gummy bears wins. 

Musical Chairs

Musical chairs is a great party game, and it can be played outdoors or indoors. 

Just line up your chairs, making sure there is one chair less than the number of children playing. 

Play music and stop it abruptly. As soon as the music stops, it will be up to the children to jump into one of the chairs. The child that is unable to claim a chair is eliminated.

This continues until there is only one player left. That player wins the game. 

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A fun outdoor birthday party game is musical chairs

Scavenger Hunt

A scavenger hunt is an exciting way to challenge a child’s physical and mental capabilities. Simply list the items you want the children to find and have them go look for it. To make the game even more interesting, use clever hints to help the children figure out where the items are hidden.

Donut Eating Game

While you could just have a competition on who can eat a donut the fastest, this game takes an extra bit of skill.

Hang the donuts from a string affixed to a bar, tree or any sturdy vertical item. It is up to the children to try and eat their donut hands free. The one who is able to finish their donut first wins. 

Jumbo Ring Toss

For this game, you will need to hammer stakes in the ground. A wooden dowel from a craft store will work perfectly. 

Then give children hula hoops and see if they can toss theirs in such a way that they will capture the stake. This game can be played as an organized competition or children can do it at their leisure throughout the day. 


Limbo is always a fun game to play at parties. 

To play, you will need some sort of straight stick like a broomstick, or you can even use a pool noodle.

Children take turns shimmying under the bar as it gets lower and lower. Children who are successful in getting under the bar without touching it or falling advance to the next round while those who are not able to perform the feat are eliminated.

The last man standing wins. 

Arts and Crafts Table

Arts and crafts will be a fun activity for children when they want to take some time out from the more rigorous physical activities. 

Set out a table with paints, popsicle sticks, pipe cleaners and any other items you think children might have fun with. Let them make any creations they choose. 

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A fun outdoor birthday party game is doing art

Obstacle Course

An obstacle course takes regular racing to another level. 

When it comes to creating an obstacle course, the possibilities are endless, and the configuration will depend on the items you have handy. You can include tires, ropes for swinging, walls for climbing, orange cones and more.

The child that is able to complete the obstacle course in the least amount of time wins. 

Miniature Golf

If you have a miniature golf set, you can simply set it out to let children have some golfing fun.

If you do not own a miniature golf set, you can make one using red cups for the tees and pool noodles as the clubs. Set up ramps and other obstacles to give it a miniature golf feel. You can also keep score as you would in any other game of miniature golf.

Squirt Gun Painting

Squirt gun painting is a fun and creative activity that can easily be pulled off in any outdoor setting.

To play the game, set up some canvases and provide the children with water guns filled with paint. The children can squirt the paint from the guns to create designs they can take home and treasure for years to come.

Hosting a child’s party can be challenging but doing it in an outdoor setting makes for easy cleanup and minimized expenses. Hopefully, this article has helped to make your outdoor party experience even easier by providing you with great activities that will keep your guests occupied. Which of these will you be adding to your itinerary?  

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