Kids Indoor Party Games

Here is a list of funtastic D.I.Y kids indoor party games to play on the big day. Having your child’s next birthday party inside doesn’t have to limit your fun. For even more ideas check out my full page of birthday party games for kids. There you’ll find more traditional fun birthday party games, and creative party theme ideas for games, and more.

kids indoor party games
marshmallow skyscrapers

This game is simple yet is always a fun hit at the party. Provide the kids toothpicks and a couple bags of mini -marshmallows. Allow 15 minutes to see who can construct the tallest marshmallow tower.


For this party game you’ll need to prepare a bunch of mystery bags before the party. Brown paper lunch bags work great. Place a different object into each one. The more creative the better, some fun ideas might include:

  • half an apple
  • peeled grapes
  • spoon
  • Q tips and cotton balls
  • tube of toothpaste
  • socks folded into a ball
  • remote control
  • corn on the cob

Let each child stick their hand in each bag and try and guess what it is without looking. The person that guesses the most correct wins! Make the objects more difficult for older groups of children.

Match hunt

This is a non competitive game that is perfect for children 8 and under. You can either purchase a memory game from the store (you can usually find them for under $5) or print and cut out matching pictures from the internet. Hide one half of the cards around your playing area and give divide the other half (the matches to the hidden cards) among the players.

The object of the game is for the child to find all the matches to their cards. When all their matches have been found they can be rewarded with a small prize or treat. Play until everyone has found all their matches.

balloon burst

In this game the kids will bop a balloon in the air while dancing to music. When the music stops whoever was the last person to touch the balloon must pop it and complete the challenge inside. The challenges should be fun and silly. Check out my list of kid dares for a list of ideas.

After the child completes their challenge throw another balloon into the group and start the music for a new round. Keep playing until you run out of balloons. You should prepare the balloons ahead of time by writing the challenges on slips of paper and slipping one into each balloon before inflating it.

Blind obstacle course

Set up a small obstacle course using cushions, sheets, tables, chairs, or other household objects. One child is blindfolded and must try to make it through the obstacle course guided only by the voices of the other children. They may have to crawl under a sheet, avoid cushions, or crawl over chair. When they make it to the end they are awarded a small prize and the next child gets a turn.

ping pong toss

Group together 25 plastic cups in rows of five on the floor. Write a number 1-5 on the inside of each cup. Let each child have a chance to toss five ping pong balls and land them into the cups.

Kids have a blast bouncing ping pong balls into cups and scoring points. Add up the points after each turn, have different prizes to choose from depending on the number of points scored; under 5 points, 6- 12 points, over 15 points!

skittle pitch

This is the party game where the winner takes the spoils! Lay a large clean towel out in front of an open wall. Each guest takes a turn bouncing a skittle off the wall and landing it on the towel. After everyone has had their turn the player whose skittle is the closest to the wall wins all the skittles on the towel. Give everyone another skittle and play again. The rounds go by pretty fast so there are plenty of chances for multiple winners, just make sure you have plenty of skittles to play with.

puzzle hunt

This is a great indoor cooperative party game. You’ll need a floor puzzle; these are children puzzles with oversized pieces meant to be built on the floor. Hide all the pieces around the party area. Have the children work together to find them all and put the puzzle together as fast as they can to win the grand prize. This can be anything from a small treat or prize to it being “cake time”.

If you want to make this a competitive game you can always purchase two or three puzzles and divide the guests into teams to see which one can find and put together their puzzle first. If you choose this version, make sure you mark the back of all the puzzle pieces before you hide them so that each team knows which puzzle piece belongs to who. You can also choose not to hide them and just have the teams race to put together the puzzles.

freeze dance

Turn up the music and have the kids show off their moves, but when the music stops everyone must FREEZE! Anyone who gets caught moving when the music is off must sit out until the next game. Turn the music back on and keep playing. Winner is the last one standing!

cottonball race

Children must scoop as many cotton balls as they can from one bowl (filled with cotton balls) to another bowl ( about two feet away) in 45 seconds. They catch is they must be blindfolded and use a mixing spoon to scoop the cotton balls with. No touching the cotton balls. After each child’s turn count the cotton balls and write down their total. Continue until all players have had a turn. The one with the most cotton balls wins.

four corners

  • Submitted by Hannah (Malibu, CA)

This is a perfect indoor party game. However, it requires a large room and up to 20-30 players. It is for ages 6-9 and the objective of the game is silence.

To play,number the corners of the playing room 1-4 and explain where each corner is. Then,one kid is chosen to be IT. She stands in the center of the room and is blindfolded. Then,the other players have 20 seconds to go quietly to a corner. After 20 seconds, everyone should be in a corner. Next, IT calls out a corner number.

Anyone who was in this corner is out. Then,everyone switches corners and the game continues. When there's about 8 people left,say that there can only be two in each corner,and when 4 students are left,only one in each corner. If IT calls a corner where no one is standing,everyone changes corners again,and It calls another number.

The last child left wins and gets to be IT in the next game. The game can go on as long as you want so stop when your ready to do something different.

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