Glow Stick Party Games

glow in the dark games illustration

Illustration: The Spruce / Colleen Tighe

What glows brighter than glow sticks? Only the smiles on the faces of kids as they play these glow-in-the-dark games. 

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    Glow in the Dark Ring Toss

    Ring toss
    Christine Gauvreau

    Light up the night with this fun game that uses glow bracelets as the tossing rings.

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    Glow Golf

    Create a mini golf course using glow sticks staked in the ground as “holes.” You can place them to form arches that kids have to get the ball through or make place them side-by-side with enough space for kids to putt the ball between. Use glow-in-the-dark golf balls by painting them with neon paint, wrap golf clubs with glow bracelets.

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    Glow Bowling

    Lawn bowling with empty plastic bottles as the pins had always been a fun party game. To play at night, insert a glow stick into each bottle before setting them up as pins. Then create a bowling lane out of glow sticks either staked in, or placed down flat on the ground to form the sides. Use a bright colored, large rubber ball as the bowling ball. If it is not brightly colored enough for the game, you can also paint it with glow paint prior to your party.

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    Glow Stick Scavenger Hunt

    Just before it gets dark, activate and hide several colors of glow sticks around the party space. Divide players into as many teams as you have colors, and assign a color to each team. Give each team member one of their colored glow bracelets to begin. When it gets dark, set a timer and send them off to gather as many of their color of glow sticks as they can find. When time is up, count how many glow sticks each team collected. The one with the most wins. 

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    Tic Tac Glow

    Arrange glow sticks flat on the ground to form a tic-tac-toe board. Shape additional glow sticks to form three X’s and three O’s. Kids take turns placing their X’s and ’s just like in the traditional game of tic-tac-toe. 

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    Neon Lawn Art

    The lawn is just a large, blank canvas waiting to be decorated with glow sticks. Think sidewalk chalk drawings, only instead of chalk, kids use glow sticks to create designs, patterns, messages and figures. They can write words or bend and arrange the sticks to make creatures, people or structures. Use glow sticks to form a frame around each child’s individual work space or let them all work together to create one, big work of art. 

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    Glowing Hopscotch

    Use plenty of glow sticks, arranged on the ground to form a hopscotch board. Instead of a rock or bean bag, kids can toss a glow bracelet and jump through the squares to retrieve it according to the rules of hopscotch. 

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    Free Throw Glow

    Link together enough glow sticks to form a circle the size of a basketball hoop. Place a glow stick inside of a balloon and inflate it. Hang the hoop at a reasonable height for kids to be able to get the balloon through and have them play a few rounds of free-throw hoops. 

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    Glow Hoop Volley

    Use glow sticks to form a ring the size of a hula hoop. Hang the hoop from a tree branch. Place a glow stick inside of a balloon and inflate it. Have one kid stand on either side of the hula hoop. They must keep volleying the balloon through the hoop. Once it falls, it is time for another two players to try.

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    Glow-in-the-Dark Bubbles

    Use brightly colored paint in this colored soap bubble recipe to make a glowing bubble soap mixture. Have kids form glow sticks into different shapes of bubble wands. Use them to simply blow glow in the dark bubbles, or to play some of these fun bubble party games

    There are many other themed, quiet and classic birthday games to keep the party going.