Need Ideas for Picnic Activities & Games for Kids

Updated on June 19, 2009
D.O. asks from Lake Villa, IL
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We're planning a group picnic later this summer and I need some ideas to keep the kids occupied. There will be dozens of kids ranging in age from newborn to 10 years old. Looking for ideas other than the usual bubbles, wading pools & jumpy houses. I don't necessarily want things that need to be organized or chaperoned. Want to have some things around so the kids can just entertain themselves. (Hope that makes sense!) Any ideas?

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D.N.

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I would have a bat and ball-softball or such, a couple of balls to play with about the size of a volley ball, if you don't have a net you can put up string on some trees if available. Maybe some badmitton or such games as well. Walmart has a bunch of this type of stuff for a couple of bucks. You will be surprised how well the kids will group together and play. The older ones will probably get a game of tag or something.

J.S.

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frisbees
soccer balls
whiffle balls & bats
water balloons
super soakers
chalk
jump ropes
bug catchers & jars
bean bag toss
hula hoops

B.Z.

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Can you get your hands on a parachute? Those are good for a number of activities and for all ages.

You can have the older kids get the group started with hot potato and simon says.

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T.D.

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We had an outdoor bday party a couple years ago and we had all of the kids to fingerpainting. Yes, it was messy...but it was outside and the kids and the driveway were easily hosed off. Parents were informed that there would be finger painting and they were asked to bring an old t-shirt for a smock. The kids went nuts...they loved it. Plus they all got a nice piece of "artwork" to take home.

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N.M.

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If you're looking for the kids to entertain themselves try jump ropes, balls of different kinds, something similar to horseshoe games. Kids will find their own fun and it takes little to nothing to grab their attention.

Good luck!
N.

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S.E.

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How about bean bag toss.
You can also get those soft balls that you soak in water and have them toss it back and forth.
A Pinata is always fun for school age children.
If you are going to a party that is wide open, try kite flying. Of course it has to be breezy out.
Potato sack races are fun for school age kids.
You can always just have fun things sitting around for them to play with, jump ropes, hula hoops, big rubber balls.
Simon Says is fun.
Good Luck,
S.

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