Outdoor Birthday Party Ideas

Having a party outdoors will be loved by all children in attendance. If you are planning to host your child’s birthday party outdoors, there is a number of exciting birthday party game ideas to make the party enjoyable for kids. Encourage the children to get creative outdoors. Here we will explore outdoor birthday party ideas including games and how to make it fun, safe and successful.

Try these super fun outdoor games for your child’s next birthday party:

  • Cup and Water Race – a great game for coordination and balance
  • Bottle Bowling
  • Limbo
  • Sack Races
  • Obstacle Course
  • Water Balloon Pinata
  • Balloon Relay
  • Treasure Hunt
  • Tug O War
  • Balloon Burst, Toss or Stomp
  • Nature Scavenger Hunt
  • Frisbee Tic Tac Toe
  • Outdoor Twister


If you like to theme parties, then try these ideas:

  • Olympics – play games were the children can compete against one another for prizes (or medals)
  • Zoo / Jungle – have animal races, go on a nature scavenger hunt, make binoculars
  • Fairy Garden – try ribbon twirling, making fairy garden terrariums, reading enchanted stories on the grass, butterfly catch and release
  • Army – camouflage paint face painting, commando style endurance games, tug o war, target practice, using balloons as ‘bomb’ detonation are all great ideas
  • Alice in Wonderland / Mad Hatters Tea Party – quirky games and lots of food is the key to success, as well as a game of croquet
  • Beach – with beach balls, sand castle competitions and a game of volleyball you’ll be all set to hose your next beach party
  • Teddy Bears Picnic – invite your small guests to bring their favorite furry friend for a picnic
  • Bubbles – what could be more fun than blowing, chasing, and popping bubbles for hours on end?
  • Garden – plants seeds, catch and release bug and make mud pies
  • Archaeology – bury “artifacts” for them to search out and uncover.
  • Nerf – set up an amazing obstacle course that the kids work their way through while also shooting at targets
  • Water Fun – set up sprinklers, a Slip ‘n Slide, water balloons, and water guns and let the kids go wild


When catering for a children’s birthday party it is important to make sure all guests stay safe, to make sure this happens, consider the following:

  • Ensure there is adequate supervision, at least 1 adult to every 3-5 children (more adults if there will be a pool party)
  • Protective gear (helmets) may be required for certain rough and tumble backyard games
  • Sun protection – hats and sunscreen are always essential for outdoor play
  • Bug spray might be needed if you party area is prone to mosquitos or sandflies or if the party will be scheduled at dusk or evening
  • Lighting will be necessary if the party will be scheduled in the evening