50 Fun Activities for a Boy’s Birthday Party (2022)

Planning your boy’s birthday party doesn’t have to be stressful.

By choosing simple, classic games and activities that resonate with you and your child, you can ensure a good time for everyone.

If you’re racking your brain trying to think of what boys love to do at birthday parties, you’re in the right place!

Here are 50 fun games and birthdays party themes for your next celebration.

See also:

“50 Fun Activities for Your 8 Year Old’s Birthday Party

50 Fun Activities for Your 11 Year Old’s Birthday Party


1. Nerf War

If you have a bunch of Nerf or water guns laying around, or you know that your child’s friends have their own to bring, organize a nerf war in the backyard. It’s a simple game and a sure hit!

If you’re up for it, research party packages at a local laser tag venue. Often you can rent a party room and make a whole day of it.

2. Movie Night

There’s nothing better than a classic movie night at your birthday party. This can be part of a sleepover or an “undernight” (when the party guests get picked up before bedtime).

Choose a movie your boys will love like “Star Wars” or “The Lego Movie”.

To make it memorable, have everyone lay out their sleeping bags or blankets, pop some popcorn (you can add candy like gummy bears to the popcorn to make it even more special), and turn out all the lights! This is an especially great option for a small group.

Movie night birthday party with tickets and popcorn.
A movie night with sleeping bags and popcorn is fun, especially for a small group.

Variation: Outdoor Movie Night! Snuggle up on an outdoor blanket and watch a movie outside.

As an alternative, call your local movie theater to see if they rent out theaters for birthday parties. Your guests will feel like real VIP’s!

3. Piñata

Busting open a piñata is always a fun idea for a birthday party. You can buy a piñata at any party store, or even Walmart. The guest of honor goes first, and all the kids will love trying to break it open so that all the candy will fall out!

Depending on the number of children on your guest list, you may want to get more than one piñata.

One fun twist is to fill the piñata with something other than candy, such as Pokemon Cards or small figurines.

Bonus? The candy they collect in bags are built-in party favors!

4. Treasure Hunt or Scavenger Hunt

If you’re feeling motivated, organize a simple treasure or scavenger hunt for your party goers. If you have a birthday party theme, it’s a good idea to have the scavenger hunt go along with it. For example, if it’s a Harry Potter party, it could be a Marauder’s Map theme.

5. Backyard Campout

Who says your child’s birthday party has to be complicated? Take it back to simpler times with a backyard campout. Have everyone bring their tent and sleeping bag and campout in the backyard. Bonus points for a campfire, flashlight tag, and s’mores.

Younger children who haven’t slept outside before may get spooked, so chat with parents beforehand.

6. Flag Football Game

Flag football is a really fun game for all ages, and it’s easy to organize.

Order some flags to go around each party guests’s waist and start up a game of flag football in the backyard. If your party falls during football season and your kids are fans, it might be fun to have a football watch party before or after your game with wings, chips and dip, and soda.

7. Tug of War

What little boy (or big boy) doesn’t love a good game of Tug of War? All you need is a large rope and a clear marker on the ground to mark the center. Then split the kids up into two teams and place them on either side of the rope. The goal is to pull the other team over the center line.

Variation: Sprinkler Tug Of War – Put one person on either side of the sprinkler, grab a rope, and tug!

Kids play tug of war at a birthday party.
Backyard games like Tug of War and Capture the Flag will keep everyone active and entertained.

8. Capture the Flag

Capture the flag is a classic backyard game that older children in this age group will love.

Split the kids into two teams and give them each a flag to protect. The flag can be a bandana, a ball, or any small object. The goal is to steal the other teams flag and bring it back to your side without getting tagged. This game is perfect for a big party with lots of kids.

9. Kickball Game

Set up four large objects for your bases, and have a pitcher roll the ball to the kicker. Just like baseball, try to get around the bases. It’s a playground favorite!

10. Dodgeball

Dodgeball is an easy game to set up because all you need are soft balls for the kids to throw and a center line separating the teams. This is a great activity for a large group.

11. Fortnite Fort Night

Like it or not, most boys love video games. Why not encourage it for a night? Create a fort using pillows, chairs, and blankets and let the children play the Fortnite video game to their heart’s delight. You could even get a Fortnite themed birthday cake.

12. Balloon Stomp

A Balloon Stomp is a high-energy game where everyone tries to pop balloons that have been tied around each person’s ankles. The last person standing wins!

13. Magic Show

For a magic themed party, bringing in a magician is a great idea. Be sure to read reviews from other parents to make sure they’re a good performer. A magic show is a sure hit at any child’s birthday party!

A magician waves his hand over his magic hat and wand.
A magic show might be the perfect choice for your 8 year old.

14. Soccer Shootout

Set up two goals and start up a soccer game. Or do a soccer shootout! To do a shootout, set up two cones for your goal, and mark a ten foot distance, or any distance you choose. Dribble the ball up, and shoot! See how many you can make in a set amount of time.

15. Mad Science Experiments

Do you have a child who would love a mad scientist party theme? Here’s a list of 75 super-simple, mind-blowing science experiments – all great ideas for your next party.

Kids do a mad science experiment at a birthday party.
A mad science themed birthday party is perfect for boys (and girls) of all ages.

16. Bouncy House

Bounce houses are always a great time. You can rent one to put in your backyard or a local park, add some delicious food items and fun music, and you’ve got a poppin’ party! The birthday boy or girl will love it.

17. Water Balloon Games

On a hot summer day, water balloon games are the perfect way to cool off. Here are 21 fun water balloon games you’ll all love. Afterwards, serve some ice cream!

Water balloons on a bench.
Water balloon games are a sure hit!

18. Ninja Bootcamp Obstacle Course

This age group loves a good challenge. Grab some cones, hula hoops, outdoor blankets, small stools, and any other equipment you could use for an outdoor obstacle course. Time each other running through. Who can do it fastest? This is a simple, fun way to get active.

19. Balloon Bulls Eye

One of the best party activities is balloon bulls eye. Affix several balloons to a vertical surface that you are okay with getting damaged. Provide darts to each child and see if they can pop the balloons.

20. Hide & Seek

This classic game is a sure-fire hit. One player covers their eyes and gives the other players 30 seconds to hide. After 30 seconds, they’re coming for you!

21. Keep It Up

Using balloons or a light bouncy ball, see how long you can keep it in the air without it touching the ground. Team members cannot touch it more than once in a row. The team gets a point for every touch. It’s a really fun activity that is easy for everyone to play.

22. Paper Airplane Cornhole

Each player creates the best paper airplane they can. Then take turns trying to land the airplane into a bucket or other target.

23. Relay Races

Penguin Race

For a fun relay race, set up two cones or markers on either side of the yard. Each racer has to place a ball (the “egg”) between their legs. See how many laps they can complete in one minute. If they drop the “egg” they have to do 5 jumping jacks!

Egg & Spoon Race

Place a small object like a marble or egg on a spoon, and set up two cones or markers on either end of the yard. The first person has to try to get from the start to the finish line with out dropping it, then come back and tag the next person in line. Use objects from around the house, or use the cute and colorful Hey! Play! Wooden Egg and Spoon Race Game from Overstock.com.

24. Sly Fox

One player is chosen to be the Fox, and faces away from the rest of the players. The other players sneak up gradually on the Fox and aim to touch their back before they turn around to catch them. Before the Fox can turn around, they must count to 10 under their breath or out loud as fast or slowly as they like. When the Fox turns around all the other players must ‘freeze’. If the Fox spots a player moving, or falling over, that player must return to the starting point again.

25. Slip n’ Slide n’ Grab

When you can’t have a pool party, a slip n’ slide is the best way to get wet and wild! Better yet, place random objects along the slip n slide. Try to grab them as you slide down! Any 8-year-old boy or girl would love to have a slip n’ slide birthday party.

Kids go down a slip n slide at a birthday party.
Any kid would love a slip n’ slide birthday party!

26. Frisbee Toss

Hone your frisbee throwing skills. Grab a bucket or laundry basket, and have each birthday guest try to toss the frisbee in from varying lengths across the yard.

27. Climb The Ladder

Go grab the ladder from the garage and place a bottle on the bottom rung. Fill a bucket or laundry basket up with sock balls and take turns trying to knock it down. When you knock it off one level, move it one rung higher. How many throws does it take you?

28. Cornhole

This classic game will be a fun activity for your next party. Split the kids up into teams of two and start a tournament!

29. Three legged Race

Tie the left leg of one person to the right leg of another person and see how fast you can get across the yard!

30. Bowl Buckets

Bring some bowls outside and put a piece of paper in each one indicating how many points they are worth. Mark where each player should throw from and see how many points you can get in a set amount of time.

31. Horseshoes

Horseshoes is a great game that all ages can play. Just toss the horseshoe to try to get a ringer around the stake! Get this safe-for-kids Hey! Play! Rubber Horseshoes Set from Overstock.com.

32. Potato Sack Races

Use sleeping bags or potato sacks to race across the yard in this field day favorite! You can get classic double burlap potato sacks on Overstock.com.

Kids to a potato sack race at a birthday party.
Potato sack races and other relays are great birthday party activities.

33. Flashlight Tag

At your next party, bring out your flashlights and play flashlight tag, shadow charades, catch the light, or flashlight limbo, or have a flashlight disco party!

34. Around The World

Bring out a laundry basket and set it against a wall outside. You can play H.O.R.S.E., Around The World, and Knockout – no hoop required!

Of course, it’s more fun with a real hoop. Check out this 43″ Indoor/Outdoor Height Adjustable Basketball Hoop on Overstock.com.

35. Lawn Bowling

Set up some bottles and use any ball for a DIY version of lawn bowling, or get an official set from Overstock.com that you can use for years to come.

36. Backyard Baseball

Place four large objects in the yard as the bases and play some ball!

37. DIY Twister

Right hand – Red! Left leg – Blue! Find out how you can create a giant outdoor Twister game on your lawn using paint. See it on sheknows.com.

38. Beach Ball Shot Put

Create a throwing line in the grass and throw the beach balls from there by “pushing” the ball in the form of a shot putter. Measure each throw with a tape measure and write the measurement. See who can throw the farthest!

39. Giant Jenga

Stack up the wooden blocks and remove the one by one. Don’t let the tower fall! We like this set from Hey! Play! on Overstock.com because the pieces are large, but they aren’t so giant that they would hurt someone when they all come crashing down.

Alternative: If you don’t have a giant Jenga game, or want a budget friendly game option, you can opt for a giant Memory Game. Use a Sharpie to write two of each letter or number on large pieces of cardboard. (Or, with a little imagination, you could make more creative memory cards.) Then lay all the cardboard facedown in your yard and play a giant game of Memory!

40. High Jump Competition

For a High Jump Competition, find a big tree or a clear section of wall space outside, and make sure the area is safe. Jump and reach as high as you can. Use a tape measure to record the heigh of each touch. Who can get the highest?

41. Long Jump Competition

For a Long Jump Competition, find a grassy area of your backyard that is safe to jump around. Market a take-off line, and have everyone jump from that spot. They should bend their knees, swing their arms, and jump for distance. Measure each jump with a tape-measurer and see who can jump the farthest!

42. Ring Toss

Toss each ring to get it around a peg, worth different amounts of point. This classic game will be fun all summer long! We like the Triumph Wooden Ring Toss Game from Blain’s Farm & Fleet because it’s super compact and disassembles easily.

43. Stuck in the Mud Tag

Players pick someone to be “it.” They get five seconds to run away from whoever is “it.” The “it” person must run and tag everyone to win the game. When the “it” person tags a player, the player gets stuck in the mud and can’t move. To save players who are stuck, other players can crawl through their legs to free them.

Kids playing tag at a birthday party.
There are so many fun variations of tag that kids love!

44. Freeze Tag

One player is It. When a player is tagged, they must remain frozen in place. They can be unfrozen if they’re tagged by a non-It player.

45. Tunnel Tag

One player is It. When a player is tagged, they must remain frozen in place, with their legs wide apart, creating a tunnel. They can be unfrozen if a non-It player crawls under the leg tunnel.

46. Bandaid Tag

One player is It. When a player is tagged they put a hand (as a “band-aid”) over the spot where It touched them. When they are tagged a second time, they places the other hand on the new spot. When they are tagged a third time, they becomes It.

47. Water Blob

Get a clear plastic tarp and fold it in half. Duct tape the three open sides so that they are completely shut. Leave a small opening to fill up the blob with water. Once it’s filled, close it up with duct tape. Everyone will love sliding, jumping, and laying on your new water blob.

48. Spud

You need five people to play this game, so the whole party can join in! Choose one player to be “it” and assign everyone numbers. Then have the person who is “it” stand in the middle of a circle, throw up a ball, and call out on of the number.

The person with that number has to catch the ball and yell “Spud!” Everyone has to freeze when they yell “Spud!” Then the person can take three big steps towards any player and try to hit them with the ball. If they miss, or the player catches the ball, the thrower gets an S. If they hit them, the person who got hit gets an “S” and they are now “it”.

If someone shouts a number that nobody has, know that this is called a “ghost number”.If a ghost number is called, everyone must rush up to the ball and touch it. The last player to do so gets a letter. For each letter a player gets, spell out S-P-U-D. If you spell out S-P-U-D you lose. The last player standing is the winner.

49. Ice Skating

In a cold weather climate, ice skating is the perfect birthday party activities for boys. You could even start up a hockey game!

50. Sledding

Another cold weather favorite is sledding. Head to a local park with a big hill and bring your favorite sleds. Grill out some hot dogs or bring hot cocoa to warm up afterwards.

51. Escape Room

A birthday party at an escape room is sure to be epic! They are given a time limit and have to work together to crack clues and escape whatever imaginary situation they’ve been put in.

52. Hula Hoop Fun

Use a hula hoop to play human ring toss, or just have some fun spinning the hula hoop around your waist!


Happy birthday to your favorite boy! We talked to parents, scoured the internet, and used our own experience to curate this epic list of the best party games.

We hope you loved these ideas and that your child’s party is a lot of fun. Here’s wishing them a very special day.

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