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#1 Monket

Posted 16 February 2013 - 08:23 AM

My DS is having a party tomorrow and all of our game ideas were based around being outside.......water balloons, silly string wars, water slide, pool, etc.  It is raining, a lot.  I need some quick ideas for things to do inside to keep 25 kids amused for 2 hours.  I don't think silly string and water balloons are ideal for the lounge room!

#2 Country (deci)Mel

Posted 16 February 2013 - 08:28 AM

Is it too late to ring the parents and suggest the party guests bring a change of clothes and their gumboots?

I think a 'playing outside in the rain' party would be epic!

Cripes - why did you invite 25 children?  That really does make inside games difficult doesn't it...

#3 Monket

Posted 16 February 2013 - 09:11 AM

See, that sounds great to me!!  Do other parents feel the same?  Our backyard has about 4 inches of water sitting on it, perfect for jumping in puddles.

I invited his class, expecting about 50% to come....well we have nearly a full turn out plus a couple of siblings.  I was stupidly thinking it would be fine as they could just slide and swim and be easily entertained.  I hate parties!

#4 SpaghettiMonster

Posted 16 February 2013 - 09:18 AM

Could you maybe do pass the parcel and pin the tail first ( spaced apart) then a treasure hunt, maybe a cheap piñata and finally the outdoor splashing for the last half hour?
Good luck!

#5 Lyra

Posted 16 February 2013 - 09:22 AM

Is it warm? Because I don't see a lot of difference to splashing around in bathers on a water slide to splashing around in mud in bathers. But then, I am weird like that LOL

You could maybe let them splash around in the mud, wash them off  on the water slide and then get them dressed and send them home

edited to add that I also really like this idea:
QUOTE
Could you maybe do pass the parcel and pin the tail first ( spaced apart) then a treasure hunt, maybe a cheap piñata and finally the outdoor splashing for the last half hour?
Good luck!

Edited by Lyra, 16 February 2013 - 09:23 AM.


#6 Phoenix Blue

Posted 16 February 2013 - 09:34 AM

What age group?

Other easy games that will fill in lots of time, and can be played multiple times include:

musical chairs (or mats - cut up some old sheets or towels into squares to use as the mats - easy to put out in a circle and pack up)

Musical statues

Dice game. Put 6 stations around the room numbered 1 to 6. Kids dance around and when music stops, they choose a number to stand at. Roll the dice, which ever number it lands on, those kids standing at that number are out.

Simon Says

Duck duck goose

Balloon games are great. Balloon relays where kids have to hold balloon between knees and waddle to other end of the room. there are lots more. Google some.

Make sure you have lots of bags of mini chocolate as prizes!

HTH

Good luck! Sounds like my idea of hell... wink.gif

#7 BadCat

Posted 16 February 2013 - 09:45 AM

The best party my DS ever had was in the rain.  We had already decided it would be a messy party with slime and water balloons and egg throwing and such.  The rain, when it wasn't torrential, just added to the fun.  They had a blast.  Kids still talk about it 5 years later.

#8 Monket

Posted 16 February 2013 - 09:46 AM

Thanks for the suggestions!  They are 6 year olds, so full of energy and silliness!  It is only raining lightly now, maybe it will clear??

#9 Leha

Posted 16 February 2013 - 10:09 AM

Do you know anyone that can do face painting. I had  25 kids at dd last birthday and this was the most popular thing. They also gathered around while others were getting their faces done. That should kill about an hour.

Edited by Leha, 16 February 2013 - 10:10 AM.


#10 Monket

Posted 16 February 2013 - 10:31 AM

Oooh, emergency face painter, I'll hit google!

#11 Country (deci)Mel

Posted 16 February 2013 - 10:41 AM

QUOTE (Monket @ 16/02/2013, 11:31 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Oooh, emergency face painter, I'll hit google!


Ring the local art supplies shop.

I have noticed that most places who sell face paints usually have a list of face painters on hand too!

#12 baddmammajamma

Posted 16 February 2013 - 10:55 AM

QUOTE (O TheHugeManatee @ 16/02/2013, 10:45 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
The best party my DS ever had was in the rain.  We had already decided it would be a messy party with slime and water balloons and egg throwing and such.  The rain, when it wasn't torrential, just added to the fun.  They had a blast.  Kids still talk about it 5 years later.


Yes, yes, YES!!!!

Call it a "Rainy Day Messy Dress" Party, and ask parents to dress their kids in old play clothes.


QUOTE (Leha @ 16/02/2013, 11:09 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Do you know anyone that can do face painting. I had  25 kids at dd last birthday and this was the most popular thing. They also gathered around while others were getting their faces done. That should kill about an hour.


If you can't find anyone to do "professional" face painting, here's what I would suggest:

Go to a $2 dollar store & stock up on those cheapy face painting kits. Buy a bunch of Q-tip swaps and make up remover wipes.

Allow the kids to (a) decorate their own faces or (b) decorate the face of a friend. An even bigger hit? I allowed the kids to decorate ME! Face, neck, arms & legs were all fair game.

They are still talking about that one, too! wink.gif

Edited by baddmammajamma, 16 February 2013 - 11:33 AM.


#13 Monket

Posted 16 February 2013 - 11:27 AM

I love that idea.....off to the $2 shop I go!  Thanks so much ladies, I have lots of ideas.

Interestingly, I messaged a face painter who wasn't available but she put a call out on the QLD face painters forum for assistance.  Who knew they have their own forum!

Thanks again folks.  I think we just might be ok now!

#14 #LG

Posted 16 February 2013 - 11:38 AM

Sounds like it will be an awesome party OP!

#15 whatnamenow

Posted 16 February 2013 - 11:55 AM

As well as the facepaints our craft shop has glitter pens that are designed to draw on skin.  They've been a big hit before.  Depends how you feel about toy guns but dividing into 2 teams and having a nerf gun war can be a hit.

#16 PurpleNess

Posted 16 February 2013 - 12:29 PM

Have a Disco! Wear them out - or musical chairs :-0

i LIKE THE PUDDLE PARTY IDEA LOL

#17 Monket

Posted 17 February 2013 - 08:42 PM

Thanks so much.  The party was a hit.  It was a Pokemon themed party so I put some little Pokemon toys on the face painting table so they could turn each other into Pokemon.  We did a Pokemon evolution game where they divided into teams and cocooned one of their team members in toilet paper.  They all won a can of silly string and as the rain had let up at this point they all ran outside for a silly string war in the mud!  That was the end of the indoor activities as they all started using the waterslide at that point and changed into their togs to swim and slide.  Thankfully the sun made a brief appearance and stayed out until the party ended.

The house was trashed and the yard is still trashed as it won't stop raining long enough for me to clean it up.  

Thanks for helping to make Griffin's party a hit!

#18 Feralishous

Posted 17 February 2013 - 10:25 PM

that sounds lovely!

#19 baddmammajamma

Posted 17 February 2013 - 10:29 PM

Sounds like the perfect party! Well done! Glad Griffin had a blast.

Happy cleaning up!  wink.gif




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