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Outdoor Birthday Games and Field Day Kids' Birthday Party

Plan some fun outdoor games for an obstacle-course kids' birthday party

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Three girls (10-12) balancing on beam, outdoors
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Setting up some outdoor birthday games at a field day kids' birthday party is easy for parents and fun for kids. Planning a kids' party with outdoor birthday games is budget-friendly and easy to put together.

Kids love competing and playing -- combine the two with an obstacle-course kids' birthday party. First, find some outdoor space -- an area that's big enough to set up some relay races. If you don't have a large enough back yard for this kind of kids' birthday party, contact your local park and get a permit to host your kids' birthday party there.

Next, you'll want to design some obstacle courses and have kids race each other in teams. You and your grade-schooler can do the planning together. Get a pencil and paper and come up with some sketches of "events." Better yet, go outside and set up mock courses to do some trial runs.

Obstacle-Course Outdoor Birthday Games: Needed Equipment

  • Hula hoops
  • Batons
  • Sacks or pillowcases (or bandanas or scarves to tie legs together for three-legged races)
  • Spoons and boiled eggs (at least one for each "team" of kids)
  • Swim noodles
  • Jump ropes
  • Medals and prizes

How to Set Up Obstacle Course Outdoor Birthday Games

The relay races can be made in any combination you wish, using any of the above materials (or any you come up with yourself). Some examples of races:
  • Balancing a boiled egg on a spoon.
  • A three-legged race or a sack race
  • Jumping rope, say ten times
  • Running through hoops laid on the ground
  • Racing to grab a swim noodle, hoop or baton and then racing back

Some General Tips

  • Emphasize having fun and mix up the teams so that the most athletic kids aren't bunched together.
  • Don't make the races so hard that they're frustrating. Remember, the goal is for everyone to have fun.
  • Be sure to have some prizes for everyone at the end so everyone gets something even if their team doesn’t win.

The best part: The kids will be outside, enjoying fresh air, having fun and getting exercise.

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