E.L. asks from San Francisco, CA on March 17, 2010
Party with over 20 Kids- Any Entertainment Ideas to Prevent Home Destruction?
Hello mamapedia network-
My daughter is turning one and we invited pretty much everyone... it turns out there will be over 20 kids at the party of varying ages from infant to 7 years old. So, now I have a sub-mission, somehow keep the house from being destroyed.
The party will be in my parent's house with a backyard so there is space to do something but I didn't know what to do to keep the various ages of kids entertained... I've already thought of the standard stuff... like magician and face painting, and those are fine but really not that interesting.
So here's my question: With all of your experiences out there, I was wondering if you had any interesting and unique ideas that might be of help.
C.B. answers from San Francisco on March 19, 2010
People tend to forget in this age of technology, that kids still like the simple things. A good game of red light/green light, mother may I?, musical chairs is a real hit, pin the tail on the donkey, three legged races - the list goes on and on from the beginning of time. None of these things cost anything and you'll be amazed and how much fun the kids will have with these simple, no-cost games!
B.R. answers from Sacramento on March 18, 2010
Since you have a backyard to use, try setting up games at various spots and enlist other adults to help you supervise. Put one or two adults at each game station, and simply let the kids go from one to the other. Have little prizes that the child can get for finishing each game rather than the traditional "goodie bag". You might even want to make up a game card that they can get checked off as they complete each game and tell them they cannot play any game a second time until they have played each game once. Keep the games simple and fun.. not competitive. Don't make the prizes dependent on any sort of 'winning' the game, but just participation prizes. This will give you enough organization to keep things from getting out of hand, but still give the children enough freedom to have a lot of fun.
L.O. answers from Sacramento on March 18, 2010
you could get a bounce house... those things keep kids busy for HOURS!!! If you have the room, you could get two (one for children 2-4yrs old and the other for children 5 and older). If you can't afford, or don't have room for two... just limit the time (big kids for 20 minutes, little ones for 20 minutes and so on). Good Luck.
M.C. answers from Washington DC on March 17, 2010
if there is only one infant, bring a playpen down to the party area. that will keep him/her safe from the older kids and let them have moving space.
For the younger kids, print off a bunch of free coloring pages. Get a few boxes of crayons.
Other group games
- skittles race
-red light/green light
- three legged race
- easter egg hunt
R.D. answers from Wichita on March 17, 2010
Well I don't really have any games or anything but a good idea may be to have stations set up....divide the kiddos up and they can move from station to station. We do this in the classroom all the time and it is a lifesaver! Hope that helps!
S.T. answers from Kansas City on March 17, 2010
look into renting a bounce house for the weekend.
M.D. answers from San Francisco on March 17, 2010
Bounce house is good for a variety of ages.
Pinatas are fun - my nephew's birthday had one (littlest kids go first and don't have to be blindfolded necessarily).
Another balloon idea is to have prizes in each of the balloons for the kids so when they pop, they get the prize.
Musical chairs or even just dancing would burn some energy. :-)
That's all I can think of right now. Good luck!
B.H. answers from San Francisco on March 19, 2010
A BOUNCER!!! i swear they are the greatest things on earth. The kids can take turns (if you have babies and older ones) it wears them out, gives them lots of exercise... and quite honestly, they love it so much, they dont want to be inside. I also just had a pretty big party with about 15 kids and i made one room into a play room. put coloring tables, books, my daughter's kitchenette, etc and they had a blast in there too! Hope this helps.
J.P. answers from Oklahoma City on March 17, 2010
I was going to also suggest the bounce house idea. They are fun for all age ranges.