Party Games for Children & Adults

When you are at a party with multiple generations of guests, playing games is a way to connect individuals and create memories. There is something unforgettable about playing silly party games with your children and friends. These indoor or outdoor party games will give you the opportunity to laugh out loud, burn off some extra energy and make your next party your best ever.

Three young women blowing up balloons before a party. (Image: John Howard/DigitalVision/Getty Images)

Balloon Bounce

When purchasing supplies for your next party, buy a pack of balloons, a box of toothpicks, a sleeve of bathroom cups and both an adult- and child-sized coat. All ages can learn to play balloon bounce. The first player puts on the appropriately-sized coat and lays 20 toothpicks and a bathroom cup full of water at his feet. Ask the player to bounce the balloon on his fist while removing the coat, picking up the toothpicks and, finally, taking a drink of water. If he loses control of the balloon, he is out.

Doggy, Doggy, Where's Your Bone?

Test your guests' abilities to scope out the perpetrator of a crime by playing Doggy, Doggy, Where's Your Bone? Have one person sit facing away from the group with an object representing a dog's bone under her chair. Use a whistle, a pine cone or even a cell phone for the "bone." Have the player close her eyes while another player grabs the bone. The player with the bone hides it on her person. When everyone is seated, they chant, "Doggy, doggy, where's your bone?" The player in the chair turns around and tries to guess who has the object without asking any questions. The player looks for nonverbal cues, such as a person giggling. If the original player guesses who has the bone within three guesses, she gets to sit in the chair again. If not, the player hiding the bone gets a turn in the chair.

Telephone Charades

This twist on charades is fun to play with mixed ages. Prepare cards to act out, such as diving into a pool, walking like an elephant or eating a snowcone. Draw pictures under the words. If you have a large number of players, divide the group into two. The group not participating may find it funny to watch the other players attempt to act out the card. If playing in groups, have the first half line up with everyone facing the same direction. Show the card to the last person in line and the group watching. The person who saw the card taps the shoulder of the person in front of her and she turns around. The first player acts out the card and then the next person acts out what she thinks the first person was trying to convey. Continue down the line until the last person to see the charade tries to guess what the original card said. If playing with groups, the group that correctly interprets and guesses the most cards wins.

Limbo Rock

Test your group's flexibility and endurance by playing limbo rock. Use a pool noodle or thin wooden stick as the limbo pole. Ask two adults or tall children to be the limbo poles. Tell all of the other participants to line up behind the pole. One at a time, the players will walk under the pole. After all of the players have walked under the pole, the pole holders lower the pole incrementally. If a player touches the pole while going under, he is out. Continue playing, with the pole lowering with each pass, until one person is left.

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