A Memorial Day celebration isn’t complete without a few games. Providing versatile family-friendly games ensures your outdoor celebration is fun for the entire family, all ages included. The following Memorial Day party game ideas are suitable for kids and parents alike, getting everyone involved in the party festivities.
A good scavenger hunt keeps the participants busy for hours, searching for all of the items on the list. A patriotic themed scavenger hunt is a natural choice for Memorial Day party, although you shouldn’t feel limited to this option. Red, white, and blue themed scavenger hunt items may include fireworks, a USA flag, and red and blue food items. Create a checklist or have participants document their finds by taking photos on their phones. Award a prize to the participant who completes the list first.
Giant yard games
Giant yard games are all the rage right now and just perfect for a lengthy outdoor Memorial Day celebration. Giant Jenga is the most popular outdoor game, with numerous free tutorials available online. The only supplies you need are lumber, a table saw, a mouse sander, work gloves, eye protection, a pen or pencil, and a measuring tape. Consider painting or staining your boards to create a more colorful Jenga. There are also tutorials available for giant versions of Connect Four, Scrabble, Yahtzee, and Dominos.
Twister on the lawn
Washable spray paint allows you to create a temporary Twister game on your grass or driveway without having paint lingering for months later. A painted twister game is a simple, fun variation on the regular game and eliminates the hassle of having the game mat get twisted as well when the participants get a little crazy.
Bean bag ladder toss
If you’ve grown weary of the traditional bean bag toss game or you want to offer another game to play with bean bags during the party, set up a ladder toss. Assign different numerical values to different rungs of the ladder, just as different holes have different numerical values in Ski-ball. Participants have to toss the bean bags through the varying rungs to earn points.
Picnic basket relay
For a picnic basket relay, participants divide up into teams and compete to set up a picnic first. Setting up a picnic consists of laying down a blanket, setting out plates and silverware, and completing any other tasks you may want to include. Since it’s a relay, each player must set up the picnic, put the items back in the basket, and then pass off the basket to the next player.
Fishing for marbles
Fill a plastic kids’ pool with icy water and glass marbles. Participants must pick up as many marbles as they can, using only their feet. You can also pit participants against one another either in the kiddie pool or with each participant picking up marbles from a smaller bucket. Set a time limit for picking up marbles, and then have participants count up their marbles to determine a winner.
If you’re not sure which games will be the best fit for your kids or the other kids at your memorial day party, solicit suggestions from them directly. Leave the kids to choose which games they play and when they play them during the party, only offering guidance on what to play next if they ask for help, to keep the party relaxed and enjoyable for everyone.