Having access to a great outdoor space for a birthday party can be a great way to entertain your guests because of all the fun outdoor party games that you can play. Get everyone up and moving to have some fun. Have prizes to award to the winners.
1)Three Legged Race. For this game everyone will need to choose a partner. You can either let your party guests pick their own or choose randomly. Some random ways to choose partners include drawing a card from a deck and trying to find a match of numbers or face cards (you will need to make sure there is a two of each type of card ahead of time). You could also place pairs of memory card or stones painted the same color in a bag and letting the kids draw one out. Have the race course marked out ahead of time with cones or flags. Have the partners stand side by side and tie two of their legs together. You could use a bandanna for this. With a ready, set, go the racers are off. The first team to complete the race is the winner.
2)Hula Hoop Contest. The Hula Hoop has never gone out of style. It is a classic toy that kids of all ages love to use. For this game you will need a hula hoop for each party guest. Whoever can keep the hula hoop up the longest is the winner. You could send the hula hoops home with each guest as a party favor.
3)Water Balloon Toss. This is the perfect game for a hot day when no one will mind getting wet to cool off. Fill up balloons with water (look for balloons specifically marked as water balloons) before the party begins and keep them in a cool place. Everyone will need a partner for this game as well. Have the teams stand facing each other relatively close. They will begin to toss the balloon back and forth to each other. After each volley, have the teams take one step backward. As they move farther and farther apart it will become more difficult to catch the balloons. The last team with an intact balloon is the winner. Most likely your party guests will want to play this game more than once, so have plenty of balloons!
4)Egg Race. For this race you will need one egg and one spoon for each child. They will place the egg on the spoon. Have a race course marked out. They will need to race the course while keeping their egg on the spoon. The first person to cross the finish line with an intact egg wins.
5)Scavenger Hunt. This hunt can be for things commonly found outdoors such as a leaf, acorn, pinecone, rock, etc. Have a list of items needed plus a basket, bag or bucket for each child to collect their items in. The first child to find everything on their list is the winner.
If you are hosting an outdoor party you can use just a few of these ideas or all of them. Always make plans to play one more game than you think you will need in case you have extra time. It is better to be over prepared than not having enough to do. You can also do many of these games a second time as well, if needed. Have a great outdoor party!