No birthday party is complete without a few party games, and today’s sites are just what busy parents need to make party planning easier.
Teens may say they just want to "hang out" with their friends, but having a few games up your sleeve will surely come in handy for those moments when the conversation slows. These games, from About.com Parenting Teens guide Denise Witmer, are specifically for teens, and include many clever ideas such as a Duct Tape and Newspaper Fashion Show ("each team creates fashions"), Fill my Bowl Relay Race (how many M&Ms can you carry in a straw?) and Pass the Peanut (with a spoon in your mouth!).
Birthday Party Ideas: Games5 stars
"So, you've come up with a great theme and now you've got to figure out how to keep all those little party goers busy -- birthday party games of course!" From the classics (such Pin the Tail on the Donkey and Musical Chairs) to the unique (a Bucket of Pennies Contest or a Chinese Auction), Birthday Party Ideas has a very large collection of games, mostly submitted by readers like you. To add your birthday party idea (or game), click on the Submit Idea button in the top menu.
Family Fun: All Party Games5 stars
Disney's Family Fun site has thirteen pages of party games organized by title or user rating. To view the highest rated games, click on Sort by Rating. These games are both well-liked by parents, and also a bit different from the usual same old, same old. They include games such as The Clairvoyant Crayon ("young magicians wow their audience"), Sardines ("a version of hide and seek") and Polka-Dot Pinch ("players will see spots before their eyes").
Party Game Central is my pick of the day because of the size of its database and terrific search function. To find games perfect for your audience, start at Build Your Custom Game List, where you can query by age, group size, venue (indoors or outdoors) and activity level (passive or active.) And Party Game Central doesn't stop with kids games. You'll also find hundreds of games for teens, pool parties, bridal showers, baby showers, couples parties, and holidays.
"A guide to drug-free parties for 5th to 8th graders." Focusing on a slightly older audience, this site from Urban Programs Resource Network covers both party hosting and party attendance. It includes a section of Party Games, but also has advice on party foods and party rules. For example, when hosting a middle-school party, "If anyone leaves the party they should not be allowed to return. This will discourage people from leaving your property with the intent to drink or use drugs and return to the party."
Feldman, Barbara. "Birthday Party Games." Surfnetkids. Feldman Publishing. 14 Jun. 2011. Web. 30 Jul. 2014. <http://www.surfnetkids.com/resources/birthday-party-games/ >.
By Barbara J. Feldman. Originally published June 14, 2011. Last modified March 9, 2014.
The following links are either new discoveries or sites that didn't make it into my newspaper column because of space constraints. Enjoy!