Saturday, April 21, 2012

Carnival party ideas

Okay I admit it, I am a sucker for throwing theme parties! A few years ago I threw a carnival themed birthday party for my daughter. It was so much fun, the kids loved it!

Today our church hosted a kids carnival and I was in charge of organizing all of the kids games. I wanted to share some of my ideas with you today! A carnival is fun for kids of a variety of ages and adults as well.

Here are some of my game and activity ideas...

A ticket booth at the entrance is a must. You can purchase a large roll of tickets online or in stores inexpensively. Give each child a certain amount of tickets to use for games.

Bean bag toss is one of my favorites. I used sheets of poster board to paint clown faces and made a hole where the mouth should go as a target. I then simply attached them to large cardboard boxes and cut a hole in the box as well.

Bulls eye- I attached a plastic cup to poster board and attempted to paint circles around it {painting a perfect circle isn't that easy}. You can have the kids try to toss ping pong balls into the cup.

A photo booth is also a lot of fun. We assigned one person to be our photographer for the day. I hung a large red tablecloth as a backdrop and then had a box of silly props the kids could use in their picture. The dollar store is great for this!

We also had a face painting booth! You just need a talented artist willing to do the painting!

Ring toss is another good game. I used plastic rings I ordered online and 2 liter pop bottles. The more 2 liter bottles you can get the better!

Lastly we had a kissing booth! I promise it isn't what it sounds like! I filled a jar with Hershey kisses and let each person write down there guess for how many were inside. Winner gets all the kisses!

Here are some photos I took of the games I made and a few from today's carnival! 

For the food you can serve hot dogs, bags of popcorn, and of course cotton candy!

Throwing a large scale party is definitely a lot of work, but if you start planning in advance it helps. I'm looking forward to my next party which is in just a couple of weeks. My daughter's ninth birthday is coming up and we have been planning it for a few months now. You will have to wait to see what theme we are doing though!

Hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend!



  1. Looks like a fun party. Fantastic ideas!


  2. Lots of great ideas! My kids always love the face painting, like many other kids.

  3. Thank you so much for sharing this at my linky party! (stringtown home)... These party ideas are AH-dorable! I love it!

    Thanks again!

  4. These look like fun party ideas! We loved having you link up to our "Strut Your Stuff Saturday." Hope you'll be back soon! -The Sisters

  5. So cute! What creative ways to come up with inexpensive party games. Thanks for linking up.