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The Best Tween Party Games To Take Their Birthday To The Next Level

Today, I’m dishing out some serious fun with the best Tween party games to make your tween party an absolute blast! Tweens are at that perfect age where they’re too cool for kiddie games but not quite ready for full-on teenage antics, so we’ve got to find that sweet spot to keep them entertained, am I right?

We have put together our favourite tween party games and activities that are tried and tested and sure to take your tween birthday celebration to the next level.

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Best Tween Party Games

  1. Minute to Win It Challenges: Get those competitive juices flowing with some Minute to Win It challenges! From stacking cups to cookie face challenges, there’s something for everyone. And hey, it’s not just the kids who’ll be cheering each other on – you might just find yourself getting in on the action too!
  2. Escape Room Adventure: Transform a room into an escape room filled with puzzles, clues, and mystery. Split the tweens into teams and watch them work together to crack codes and solve riddles. It’s a surefire way to keep them engaged and entertained for hours!
  3. Crafty Creations: Tap into their creative side with some crafty activities! Set up a DIY jewelry-making station or a tie-dye extravaganza where they can customize their own shirts. Not only will they have a blast getting crafty, but they’ll also have some awesome handmade goodies to take home.
  4. Karaoke Party: Crank up the tunes and let those tween superstars shine with a karaoke party! From current hits to classic favorites, there’s no shortage of songs for them to belt out. Bonus points for setting up a makeshift stage complete with a glittery curtain – because every tween deserves their moment in the spotlight!
  5. Glow-in-the-Dark Dance Contest: Turn down the lights and turn up the fun with a glow-in-the-dark dance party! Hand out glow sticks, turn on some funky beats, and watch as the tweens dance the night away in their neon glory. It’s a party they’ll be talking about for weeks to come!
  6. Scavenger Hunt: Send those tweens on a thrilling scavenger hunt adventure! Create a list of items or clues hidden around the party space and watch as they dash around in search of treasure. Whether it’s finding hidden gems or solving riddles, the excitement is guaranteed to be off the charts!
  7. Water Balloon Dodgeball: If you’re throwing a party outdoors, water balloon dodgeball is an absolute must! Split the tweens into teams, arm them with water balloons, and let the epic battle begin. Just be prepared for lots of laughter and maybe a few soggy surprises!
  8. Mystery Dinner Theater: Combine dinner and entertainment with a mystery dinner theater experience! Assign each tween a character and provide them with a script to follow. As they enjoy their meal, they’ll unravel clues and work together to solve the mystery – it’s dinner and a show rolled into one!
  9. Cupcake Decorating Contest: Let those creative juices flow with a cupcake decorating contest! Provide each tween with a plain cupcake and an assortment of frosting and toppings. Then, set them loose to design the most elaborate and delicious cupcakes imaginable. Bonus points for presentation and creativity!
  10. DIY Tie-Dye T-Shirts: Turn plain white t-shirts into works of art with a DIY tie-dye station! Provide the tweens with different colored dyes and let them unleash their creativity as they design their own custom shirts. It’s a fun and colorful activity that doubles as a party favor they can wear with pride!
  11. Balloon Pop Relay: Get those tweens moving with a balloon pop relay race! Divide them into teams and set up a course with balloons scattered throughout. The goal? Pop all the balloons in the fastest time possible! It’s a high-energy game that’s guaranteed to get everyone pumped up and laughing.
  12. DIY Lip Sync Battle: Channel their inner pop stars with a DIY lip sync battle! Let the tweens choose their favorite songs, put together some epic dance moves, and battle it out on stage. Encourage creativity and showmanship – bonus points for over-the-top costumes and props!
  13. Emoji Charades: Put a modern twist on the classic game of charades with Emoji Charades! Write down a bunch of popular emojis on slips of paper and have the tweens take turns acting them out while the others guess. It’s a hilarious game that’ll have everyone giggling and guessing.
  14. DIY Slime Station: Embrace the slime craze with a DIY slime station! Provide different colors of slime and a variety of mix-ins like glitter, beads, and sequins. The tweens can mix and match to create their own custom slime creations to take home as a party favor.
  15. DIY Bracelet Making: Let their creativity shine with a DIY bracelet-making station! Provide an assortment of beads, charms, and strings, and watch as they design their own unique bracelets. It’s a fun and relaxing activity that doubles as a stylish accessory they can wear long after the party is over.
  16. Fashion Show: Turn the party into a runway extravaganza with a fashion show! Provide a selection of dress-up clothes, accessories, and props, and let the tweens strut their stuff down the makeshift catwalk. Encourage them to get creative with their outfits and poses – the more outrageous, the better!
  17. Truth or Dare Jenga: Put a twist on the classic game of Jenga with Truth or Dare Jenga! Write truth questions and dares on the Jenga blocks, and as each player removes a block, they must answer the truth question or complete the dare. It’s a fun and interactive way to get everyone laughing and bonding.
  18. Giant Jenga: Speaking of Jenga, why not go big with Giant Jenga? Build a towering stack of oversized Jenga blocks and take turns carefully removing blocks without toppling the tower. It’s a suspenseful game that’ll have everyone on the edge of their seats (literally)!
  19. Indoor Scavenger Hunt: If the party is indoors, why not host an indoor scavenger hunt? Create a list of items for the tweens to find hidden throughout the house, and watch as they race against the clock to track down each item. It’s a great way to keep them active and engaged, rain or shine!
  20. DIY Bath Bomb Station: Turn bath time into a sensory experience with a DIY bath bomb station! Provide molds, ingredients, and essential oils, and let the tweens mix and mold their own bath bombs. Not only is it a fun activity, but they’ll also have a relaxing treat to enjoy later on.
  21. Talent Show: Let those tween talents shine with a talent show! Whether it’s singing, dancing, magic tricks, or comedy routines, encourage the tweens to showcase their skills on stage. It’s a fantastic way to celebrate their individuality and creativity in a supportive and fun environment.
  22. Balloon Pop Art: Turn balloon popping into a creative activity with Balloon Pop Art! Fill balloons with washable paint, hang large sheets of paper on a wall or easels, and let the tweens throw darts or use pins to pop the balloons. As the balloons burst, they’ll create colorful splatters and patterns on the paper, resulting in unique works of art!
  23. Outdoor Obstacle Course: If you have outdoor space available, set up an exciting obstacle course! Use cones, hula hoops, jump ropes, and other props to create a challenging course for the tweens to navigate. Time them as they race through the course, and see who can complete it in the fastest time!
  24. Movie Trivia Game: Test their movie knowledge with a fun movie trivia game! Create a list of trivia questions about popular movies (both old and new), and divide the tweens into teams. Let them compete to see who can answer the most questions correctly, with prizes for the winning team.
  25. DIY Personalized T-Shirt Station: Provide plain white T-shirts, fabric markers, and stencils, and let the tweens unleash their creativity by designing their own personalized T-shirts. They can write their names, draw fun designs, or create inside jokes – the possibilities are endless! Plus, they’ll have a one-of-a-kind souvenir to take home from the party.
  26. Hula Hoop Contest: Get those hips moving with a hula hoop contest! See who can keep their hula hoop spinning the longest without dropping it. For an extra challenge, have the tweens try to walk or dance while hula hooping. It’s a fun and active game that’ll have everyone laughing and cheering each other on.
  27. DIY Ice Cream Sundae Bar: Set up a DIY ice cream sundae bar with all the fixings – ice cream, toppings, syrups, whipped cream, and cherries. Let the tweens create their own delicious ice cream masterpieces, and enjoy the sweet treats together. It’s a yummy activity that’ll satisfy even the biggest sweet tooth!
  28. Musical Chairs Remix: Put a twist on the classic game of musical chairs with Musical Chairs Remix! Instead of removing chairs, remove other objects from the playing area, such as hats, scarves, or small toys. The last player standing each round wins a small prize, keeping the energy high and the competition fierce.
  29. DIY Vision Board Creation: Encourage the tweens to visualize their dreams and goals with a DIY vision board creation activity. Provide magazines, scissors, glue sticks, and poster boards, and let them cut out images and words that represent their aspirations. It’s a fun and empowering activity that’ll inspire them to dream big!
  30. DIY Comic Book Creation: Tap into their creativity with a DIY comic book creation station! Provide blank comic book templates or plain paper, along with markers, colored pencils, and crayons. Let the tweens create their own comic book stories and characters, and watch as their imaginations come to life on the page.
  31. Outdoor Water Balloon Piñata: Beat the heat with an outdoor water balloon piñata! Hang a large water balloon from a tree branch or clothesline, and let the tweens take turns trying to burst it open with a stick. As the balloon breaks, it’ll release a refreshing shower of water, providing relief from the summer heat.
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With these fun party games for tweens, your tween birthday party is sure to be an absolute hit! Whether you’re indoors or outdoors, there’s something here for every party theme and personality. So gather your supplies, round up the tweens, and get ready for a day of laughter, fun, and unforgettable memories. Let the tween games begin!

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Jane Sheriff is the founder, creative director, party planner and mom of three. She started Darling Celebrations back in 2012 to share easy and beautiful ideas for celebrating the special events in life.

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