Astronaut Party Games

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 Five, four, three, two, one—blast off! The countdown to fun has begun with these awesome ideas for astronaut party games and activities.

  • 01 of 09

    Lost in Space

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    To play this game, you will need to have access to a ball pit. Toss a couple of items into the ball pit that you want your party guests to find. For instance, you can hide small astronaut action figures, toy spaceships or even small, wrapped pieces of candy (call them asteroids) among the balls in the pit. Set a timer and send the kids on a mission to find the items that are “lost in space.”

  • 02 of 09

    Solar System Scavenger Race

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    To set up for this game, hang two poster boards side-by-side on a wall. Draw the sun in the center. Make two sets of the solar system’s planets by cutting the shapes out of cardstock. Label the planets and hide them around the party space.

    Divide your guests into two teams. The teams must race to find a complete set of the planets. Once they have collected all of their planets, they have to hang them in the correct position on the poster board. The first team to complete their solar system poster wins. 

  • 03 of 09

    Rocket Ship Rings

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    The object of this game is for kids to fly their rockets through a series of space rings. Hang hula hoops, so they suspend at varying levels from above the ground. To downsize the scope of this game, you can cut the centers out of paper plates and use them as your rings. Have kids use small toy spaceships, or let them make their own by molding sheets of aluminum foil into the shapes of rocket ships.

    Players should take turns tossing their rocket ships through the series of rings. Score one point for every ring a ship sails through without hitting the sides. The player who scores the most points wins, or you can award different trinket prizes based on point totals. 

  • 04 of 09

    Asteroid Collecting

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    Have the kids hunt outside for “asteroids” (rocks). Once they have gathered a bunch of them, let them sit at a craft table and paint them with neon-colored paints. When the paint is dry, divide the players into two teams. Have one team hide all of the asteroids and challenge the other team to find them. Once all of the asteroids have been found, switch sides, so everyone gets a turn at both hiding the asteroids and finding them. 

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  • 05 of 09

    Saturn Ring Toss

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    Place a beach ball on the ground. This ball is the planet Saturn. Have players line up a few feet away from the ball. Give them hula hoops and challenge them to “ring” Saturn (like in the game of ring toss) with the rings. 

  • 06 of 09

    Musical Planets

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    For an outer space version of the traditional party game, musical chairs, replace the chairs with “planets.” Use colored playground balls, basketballs or volleyballs that are sturdy enough for kids to sit on. Line up the balls and have kids circle these “planets” while the music plays. When the music stops, they must sit on a ball. The player left standing is out of the game. Any player who loses balance and falls off of a planet is also out of the game. Keep playing until only one player is left. 

  • 07 of 09

    Meteor Shower

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    Make or decorate a round piñata to look like a meteor. Fill it with candy. When your party guests break it open, the candy that falls is your “meteor shower.”

  • 08 of 09

    Moon Walk Simulator

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    If there was ever a party theme that called for a bounce house, the space theme is it. Hang a sign on the front of your bounce house that reads “moonwalk simulator” and let your astronauts bounce around, practicing for future spacewalks. You may also want to incorporate some of these bounce house party games to keep them entertained. 

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  • 09 of 09

    Rocket Ship Craft

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    Set up a rocket ship craft station with basics like paper towel tubes, cardstock paper, scissors, tape, colored markers, aluminum foil, and metallic stickers. Have kids use these items to build and decorate their own rocket ship models. They can even use these for the rocket ship rings game and then take them home as astronaut party favors.