While some teen parties involve cliques that prevent kids from mingling, others involve drinking and unsavory activities. Getting everyone involved in a few games helps kids socialize with everyone and it's a good way to show them they can have wholesome fun.
Whether you're hosting a birthday party, Halloween party, or slumber party, help your teen think about how to keep everyone entertained.
While you don't want to take over your teen's party, it is important for you to be organized. A little pre-planning along with your teen can ensure kids will be entertained throughout the party.
Here are three tips for organizing your teen’s party games:
- Allow your teen to have the final say in what party games they want to have available. While you can offer game ideas, don't insist your teen play games she doesn't want to play. Ask for her input about what she thinks her friends will want to do.
- Have equipment for the party games ready to go. Whether you're playing a game that involves balloons, or you need paper and pencils, have the items ready to go before the party starts.
- Stay on the sidelines. Don't dictate when your teen plays games or how long the games are played. Instead, stay back and let your teen be in charge. If your teen is a bit shy, she may want your help getting everyone's attention or getting things started. Talk about this beforehand.
Balloons are inexpensive, and there are many ways to make them fun. If it's a hot day, you may want to consider water balloon games. But, if you're inside or you don't want to get wet, these balloon games can keep everyone entertained.
- Balloon stomp: Tie balloons around everyone's ankles with a piece of string. Then, everyone tries to pop other people's balloons. When an individual's balloon is popped, he has to sit out. Whoever has the last balloon will win.
- Balloon toss to the finish: Everyone has a balloon. The balloons cannot be carried but can only be hit into the air. Players must keep hitting their balloons as they walk or run toward the finish line. If a balloon hits the ground, the player must return to the start. The first person to cross the finish line with her balloon wins.
- Human hippos: Blow up small balloons and put them in the center of the room. Divide players into teams of two. One team member lays face down on a dolly and uses a laundry basket to gather balloons. The other player grabs the person's feet and pushes the person into the center to get balloons. The balloons are brought back to the home base. It's a life-size version of the board game Hungry Hungry Hippos.
Teen parties can be a bit awkward no matter how well you have it planned. A few icebreakers can help them start talking, laughing, and mingling. Here are a few fun icebreakers that will get the party started:
- Barnyard antics: Create slips of paper that contain the name of farm animals, such as horses, sheep, cows, and pigs. Include each animal twice. Then, each teen picks a slip of paper out of a basket. When time begins, everyone makes the noise of their animal. Then, they must find the other person who has the same animal.
- Truth, truth, and lie: Each teen takes a turn making three statements about themselves. Two statements should be true, and one should be a lie. The other members have to guess which statement is the lie.
- Would you rather?: Have teens write down funny questions such as, "Would you rather ride in an elevator with a skunk or a porcupine?" Place all the questions in a basket. Then, one at a time a teen draws a question and answers it.
Other Fun Games
If you have a group of teens who are willing to be silly, these games can be a good time. Even if they're a little shy at first, these games can help teens open up:
- What's that face?: Have all the teens brainstorm a list of circumstances that would evoke strong emotions. Examples might include finding a worm in your sandwich or getting suspended from school for no real reason. Write down the list of ideas and leave that list visible. Then, a teen chooses to react as if one of those things were happening and the other teens have to guess what scene he's pretending to encounter based on his reaction.
- Charades with a twist: Have teens play charades by acting out real-life scenarios, like a hilarious incident in the cafeteria or an unforgettable moment in math class.
- Dance, dance, freeze: Play some dance music and have someone stop the music every 30 seconds or so. Then, when the music stops, everyone freezes in whatever position they're in. It's a good way to get teens laughing and having fun.