If you’re a party host, you should try to find a variety of games that you guests will find both fun and entertaining. Of course, if you are working on a budget, you need to make sure the supplies you need for your game do not cost too much. Luckily, there are plenty of fun balloon popping games that both children and adults will love and the cost for supplies is cheap!
Balloon darts is a fun game for both adults and children. You will need a package of balloons, a package of darts, thumbtacks, and a large, thick poster board. Blow the balloons up, tie them and secure them by their “tails” to the poster board using thumbtacks. Make sure you space the balloons out a bit so they are not pushed up against one another.
Stand the poster board up by leaning it against a tree or placing it on a chair. Mark a spot on the ground so everyone knows how far back they need to stand when throwing their darts. Ask your guests to line up and give each person three chances to throw a dart. You can opt to give children more chances if you wish.
Make sure you keep score whenever someone pops a balloon. Tally up the scores when the last balloon pops. The person who popped the most balloons wins the game. If you really want to make things fun, award the winner with some sort of prize. For kids, you may want to have some sort of grab bag full of cheap prizes they can pick from.
For an extra fun and messy activity, consider finding a covered or outdoor spot and fill the balloons with paint!
2. Stomp the Balloon
Stomp the Balloon is yet another hilariously entertaining balloon pop game for both children and adults. For this game, you will need balloons, string, and sidewalk chalk. If you choose to play this game indoors, you will not need the ground chalk. For outdoor play, draw a large circle on the ground to designate as the play arena.
Give each person the same colored balloon. For instance, if you have four children, you can give one child all red balloons, the other all blue, and so on. If you have a large group of children, or adults, you can assign teams. Each team member gets the same color. Once you assign colors to each person or team, blow them up so they are nice and large and tie the balloons around each person’s ankles.
You should have three balloons on one ankle and three balloons on the other for a total of six balloons. Have everyone enter the “battle arena” and instruct them to stomp as many of their opponent’s balloons as possible while protecting their own at the same time. The person or team with the least popped balloons at the end is the winner.
3. Water Balloon Toss
Water balloon toss is a fun outdoor game to play no matter how old you are. It is also a great way to cool down on a hot day. Make sure you let your guests know that you are hosting water games so they can prepare themselves and dress properly. To play this game, you will need water balloons. Split your guests into teams of two and fill enough water balloons so each team has one balloon.
Have team members line up so they are facing one another. Hand a filled water balloon to the players lined up on one side and instruct them to toss the balloon across the way to their team member. To begin with, team members should stand a little more than arm’s distance away from each other. The teams will continue to toss their balloon back and forth, taking a step back from one another between each toss.
As the distance between the teams begins to widen, it will become harder and harder to keep the balloon from breaking. If a team breaks their balloon, they are out of the game. The last team standing with an unbroken balloon is the winner. If guests seem like they are having fun, you can always play a few rounds as long as you have enough water balloons to go around!
Consider playing some party music in the background with a fast tempo they have to match!
4. Water Balloon Piñata
When it comes to water balloon piñata, there are no winners. Instead, everyone gets to have fun and enjoy the game. This game is best suited for children rather than adults. To play this game, you will need at least 12 feet of thick rope, water balloons, and a decent sized stick. Secure the rope between two trees if possible or string it up like a clothes line.
Fill the water balloons – but not too much – and secure them so they hang from the rope. Line children up, hand one the stick and have them take turns whacking a balloon. A good enough whack will pop the balloon and send water splashing down onto the laughing children below. If you have enough trees and string, you can hang several balloons up for even more water fun.
Kids love to hit stuff and get wet! This is sure to be a hit at any party.
5. Water Balloon Crush
Want to watch a bunch of kids stomp around, slip, and get wet? Water balloon crush is a fun party balloon pop game game for kids of all ages! You will need plenty of water balloons and a kiddie pool to play. Fill the water balloons full of water and place them in an empty kiddie pool. Instruct children to stomp on the balloons so they can pop as many as possible. If you choose to play it this way, there is no winner, which makes it a fun game for small children.
If, however, you are playing with older kids, you will need a package of water balloons for each child in attendance. Have children enter the kiddie pool one at a time. Give each child the chance to pop as many balloons as possible in a given amount of time. For instance, you can give each child one minute. Make sure you remove all broken balloons and refill the pool with a package of fresh balloons for each child.
Keep score so you know how many balloons each child broke. The child who managed to break the most balloons in the allotted time is the winner. You may choose to celebrate the winner with a prize , crown, or trophy depending on your budget.
Back-to-back balloon pop is a fun game for younger children, although older children might find this game fun and competitive. All you need to play this game is a package of balloons. Have children split off into pairs of two and blow up enough balloons so that each pair has one balloon. Stand the children back to back and place a balloon between them.
Instruct children to squeeze against one another in an attempt to pop their balloon. The trick is that no child is allowed to use their hands. If the balloon falls, the pair will have to begin again. The first pair to break their balloon wins the round. You can continue playing, if you wish, until there only two teams remaining and have them square off together in a balloon pop.
7. Blow Up Balloon Race
The blow up balloon race game is yet another game that is best suited for children rather than adults. All you need to play this game is a package of balloons. Hand each child a deflated balloon and instruct them to blow up their balloon until it pops. The first person to pop their balloon wins the blow up balloon race.
If you have a large group of children, let them continuing blowing up their balloons until only two children remain. Let the last two children face off against one another to see who can inflate and pop their balloon the fastest. Keep in mind that children may become very winded so it is likely better to avoid this game if you have small children in attendance.
8. Balloon Pop Face-Off
Balloon pop face-off is a great game for younger and older children to play. It requires a large playing area so it is best played outdoors. Split children into two teams such as a red team and a blue team. Hand the red team an inflated red balloon and the blue team an inflated blue balloon. Similar to capture the flag, set a base for each team and have them secure their balloon to their base, such as tied around a tree.
The goal is for one team to try to get to the other team’s base to pop their balloon while protecting their own. This game is a great icebreaker since children must work together. Children can use stealth to sneak to the other team’s base in an attempt to pop their balloon. However, they must also designate at least one person to keep an eye on and protect the balloon that is on their base.
The first team to pop the opposing team’s balloon wins the game. If children appear to like the game, you could always opt for different rounds. For instance, children can play a best out of three or best out of five game. For additional fun, play the game at night with some white Christmas lights to provide minimal lighting so kids can sneak around to the other team’s base in the dark.
9. Hop and Pop
If you are looking for a fun balloon popping game for small children, hop and pop is what you need. You will need enough balloons and enough chairs for each child. Secure one balloon to each chair using string and tape if necessary. Instruct children to stand with their back to the chair as though they are about to sit down.
Tell children to sit on their chairs to try to pop their balloon without using their hands. Children may have to wiggle and squirm to get their balloon to pop so they can use their hands to steady themselves. However, children should not try to pop the balloon with their hands or pull themselves down onto the balloon. The first child to pop their balloon wins.
10. Treasure Hunt
Kids are sure to enjoy this balloon treasure hunt. For this game, you will need plenty of balloons and a few packages of candy or other small treats of your choosing that will fit inside of a balloon. Place a couple of treats inside of each balloon and blow them up. Make sure you do no blow them up too large since you will need to hide them.
Hide the balloons in various places inside and outside if the weather permits. Instruct children to find the hidden balloons and pop them so they can claim their treasure. Keep tally of what child finds and pops the most balloons if you wish to declare a winner. If you have smaller children playing, every child is a winner since each child will have the reward of receiving candy.
11. Pin the Diaper
Pin the diaper is a fun game to play for a baby shower for both men and women. Supplies you will need to play this game include enough balloons, cloth diapers, and blind folds so each person has one, and plenty of safety pins. Blow up the balloons and hand one to each guest in attendance. Give each guest a few safety pins and a cloth diaper, too.
Instruct guests to tie a blindfold around their eyes. Once their blindfolds are in place, ask them to pin the diaper on the “baby,” which is the balloon in this case. If a person pops their balloon, they are out of the game. The first person to secure the diaper to the balloon without popping it wins the game!
Each of the games mentioned above will keep your guests laughing and entertained. In return, you can give yourself a pat on the back for being a great party host without having to spend an arm and a leg. Of course, there are plenty of other fun balloon popping games you can play as long as you have the imagination to do so.