Suggestions for indoor birthday party games?

Dawn - posted on 05/08/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )

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Hi all. We are having a birthday party tomorrow for my newly 6 year old son. The plans were to have it in our backyard, which is pretty much a kid paradise. The weather is NOT cooperating (too hot/humid and thunderstorms forecast) and it looks like we are going to need to have it inside. I have absolutely no idea what to do for the party now. Ideas?

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Audrey - posted on 05/08/2009

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I went to a P.A.T. play date and got some great ideas for an indoor party for my 6yo son whose bday is in Dec. so indoors is our only option. We are bored with the regular kid party places and thought going with a themed thing would be perfect this year. Exspecially being that this is the first year inviting school friends too.
So I realize you said you already had a plan so a lot of this may be to much to to for short notice but I will share any way.
It was based on Pirate Play. So there was a balance beam for walking the plank (must have been a 4x4). There was a cheap baby pool full of rice that had buried treasure in it that you could dig for (Marti Gras beaded necklaces and costume jewelry). You could really fill it with any smaller dollar store toys though. They had styro-foam swords to play with (or keep up until leaving and use as goody bag item to go home with) At Walmart they have in the craft section Pirate hats and eye patches with foam stickers for decorating the hats. Another kiddie pool that had paper fish that were laminated and stuck with safety pins and paper clips that you fished with huge wooden spoons with a small magnet tied to the string. I have made the fish for my 3 year old with the same foam sheets by the crafts and I know that it was super easy and fun for them then. I'm sure you could buy little treasure boxes at a party supply store and fill with pirate tattoos and small candy for the kiddos to take home with their swords.
I thought it all was inexpensive and was a great time. It sounds like a lot of work but it all can be found at Walmart for the most part. My kids talked about it for days and there were about 20 kids and parents at the event and they all had something to do without a lot of crowding at the same activity.
I hope you read this in time and that it was useful to you. If you end up doing this party please email me and let me know how it turned out! stillaswan@gmail.com I want to hear about which parts went great and what not to do. Even if you came up with other ideas that went with the theme - that'd be great too.

Dawn - posted on 05/08/2009

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Thanks all....some great ideas. I think my mind was so stuck on having it outside that I just couldn't get ANYTHING to come to mind for inside! Looks like I'm going to be going to the store tomorrow morning :). Love the Pirate idea Audrey--maybe next year :). This year it's batman...

Katrina - posted on 05/08/2009

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We had this problem, so I ran to the dollar store and got a bunch of items for prizes. We had a dance contest, musical chairs, an Old Maid card game tournament. Candy Bar Bingo is a hit too. Just run to any store and get a Bingo game. Then get a couple of bags of mini candy bars (recees peanut butter cups, nestle crunches, tootsie rolls, etc.) divide them up into bags for prizes. Then get a bag of m &m's and a bag of skittles. These work as the markers to cover your card. Any time you have a bingo winner you give them a bag of candy bars.

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I have a son who's Birthday is smack bang in the middle of summer, I put up a kids pool in the back yard and they have a ball playing with the water, buy the end of it all the adults are that hot too, we all end up having water fights, its great fun!!!!!

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Bingo, have them all draw a picture for the birthday boy, decorate sugar cookies, a digital camera photo shoot-little boys love to make goofy faces! Good Luck!

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Let them blow bubbles, hide and seek, pin the tail on the donkey, shadow puppets, have a craft based on your theme

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If you have the time in the morning & the space in your house, a pinata will work. But just a warning, they're usually made pretty strong, so you might want to stab it a bit with a knife before putting in candy & prizes, lol. Musical chairs, pin the tail on the anything (in our community they did pin the tail on the easter bunny). You could also do a treasure hunt, that could keep them busy for awhile........some sort of craft time maybe for Mother's Day, I'm not sure if boys are into crafts (mine's only 2 so). I hope this has been helpful..... Good Luck!

Sammy-joe - posted on 05/08/2009

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pass the parsal. pick a room that doesnt have brakables in it get some of those chocolate coins and hide them for a tresur hunt.

Rachel - posted on 05/08/2009

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hot potato, relay races (if you have the space), musical chairs, dance off ( play music let them dance and when you turn it off they have to freeze), the limbo....I'm out of ideas. Hope I've helped spark some ideas.

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