Coolest Kid Birthday Parties

Cannonballs Away Pirate Game

by Dorothy R.
(Greeley, CO)

Make two large pirate ships out of two refrigerator or sofa boxes (you can go to your nearest furniture store to find some). Divide the kids into two groups and put each team in their box. Give the first team two dozen ping-pong balls (you can paint them black as if they were cannon balls) and see how many "cannon balls" they can toss into the other teams "ship" to try and sink it. Team two can catch the "bombs" and toss back into the first team's ship, but they cannot pick "bombs" up off of the floor. After team one has used their two dozen balls, give team two a try, then count the bombs to see which team's ship was sunken.

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Musical Islands

by Maria
(Birmingham, UK)

It is just like musical chairs but instead make island shapes out of paper or card and tape them to the floor and then when the music stops they have to get on to one of the islands, take one away each time. If you have youngsters then you can allow lots on each island so as you take islands away there gets more and more on each one - there are no winners or losers!

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Pirate Bean Bag Toss

by Beth
(California)

Take a piece of plywood about 2'x3' and sketch a very large skull and crossbones. (Don't worry if your artwork's not that great - kids won't care.)

Cut out the eye, nose and mouth holes. Make sure the eyes and mouth are large enough to toss a beanbag through - enlarge them if not. Then paint the skull white and the background black.

Make or buy small beanbags - I bought some skull and crossbones fabric before Halloween that was perfect. Prop up the game board with another board or just lean it against a wall. You could probably also use a big piece of cardboard if you couldn't get plywood.

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Peg Leg Race Pirate Party Game

by Alicia A.
(Woodridge, IL)

Three legged race - Two kids have one of their legs tied to the other - first pair to the finish or with the best time wins!

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Pirates Treasure Hunt

by Chris K.
(League City, TX)

Make a treasure map suitable for the age of the children. For my grandson's (4th) birthday party I made a treasure map for 3 teams. An adult leads the way for each of the teams. They started at the front door but all three teams had different instructions so not to have all teams at each location at once.
Some went left, some went right and some went straight ahead for their next location clues.

I got play sand (Toys R Us) and poured some in a mound in the grass on the side of the yard. I bought little boats (Dollar Store bath toys) and had them upside down and turned sideways like shipwrecked boats and made a flag from poster board that said "Shipwrecked Island." Attached to the flag was the next clue.

The next clue read, "proceed to yer left on the next twenty rocks, careful not to slip as ye may find a croc" (I actually had 20 stepping stones on the side of my yard so this is where we pretended that crocs were in the water and they couldn't step off each stone).

The next location was Croc Rock. I got an inflatable crocodile and some small alligator toys (Dollar Store) and placed them on a landscape stone. Under the croc was the next clue. Again, I made a poster board flag that said, "CROC ROCK." Each of the other teams had similar clues, just for the location opposite of the other teams, so they all got the same clues that would lead them to the "BOOTY".

Make sure you make 3 clues for each location or for however many teams you have hunting.

The last clue read, "If you be a pirate walk if you dare, but if ye a chicken, ye best beware". Also, it said to take 20 steps to their left (I have a big yard) which led them to a kiddie pool filled with pirate rubber duckies. It had a poster board flag that read, WALK THE PLANK. Each child had to walk across a plywood plank propped up on each side on cinder blocks (an adult would hold the hands to guarantee a DRY arrival). Once they walked the plank, each child got to pull one duck out of the pool. They had numbers on them from 1-3. There were 3 TREASURE gifts they could get. 1's got a pirate telescope, 2's got a pirate chest with candy in it (cardboard treasure chests from any party store) and 3's got a pirate pen and pad set.

You can choose anything you want to fit your budget. It doesn't have to be big, kids like anything new to them. For 3-5 year olds, this was exciting to them, the older the child, the bigger your imagination will have to become.

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Pin the Eyepatch on the Pirate

This game is played just like pin the tail on the donkey, except with an eyepatch. Have fun!

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Pirate Eye Spy

by Annette
(Brisbane)

An awesome and fun pirate game for young kids to play. All you need is toy telescopes which you can get from Crazy Clarks or Big W. Have the kids all hide except for 1 kid who is counting to 20. Once the child has arrived to 20 he/she shouts "Ready or Not Here I Come" and looks for the kids only using the telescope. When he/she finds someone they call out "1 2 3 on..." and says the kids name. After all the kids are found the last kid to be found gets a prize.

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Ships Ahoy Pirate Game

by Catherine
(New Zealand)

One person is the Captain who calls instructions and the children have to follow. Start with a few instructions and add more on as the children get to know the rules.

Set up a good sized area and label port, starboard, stern, bow. When the sides of the ship is called the children run to that side.

Other calls include:

Captain aboard - stand to attention
Scrub the deck - squat and scrub deck
Hoist the sail - pull from above head to feet
Climb the ladder - pretend to climb ladder
Pull the anchor - pull side to side
Dig for treasure - action of digging
Sharks - have to run to any side of boat.
Man the row boats - get in line of 2-4 and row
Land Ahoy - look for land
Seagulls - run and flap wings

For fun and plenty of laughs, change the speed to which you give the calls.

If you want, you can send children into exile if they don't follow the instructions.

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Bucko or Foe

by First Mate Connie
(Australia)

This game is more suited for older children, mainly teenagers. I made it up for my partners 21st, yet to see how it goes.

Basically I'm giving all guests a loot bag with five gold coins (amongst other stuff) and a letter that will be in the bag; it will explain the game:

"Ye have been given five gold doubloons for survival on tis journey.
Do not consider thyself lucky, for all av' been given equal.
Captain Hook be sure thar be foes onboard and he be determined t' discover them. Ye be required t' find who be bucko or foe.
Those not talkin' like a true pirate shall be foe. If ye find a foe take a doubloon from their pocket!
If by t' end o' t' journey ye be t' richest bucko, then ye be rewarded handsomely."

So basically, by the end of the party, whomever has the most golden coins wins.

also written in the letter:

"Also Captain hook has lost 'is precious silver doubloons aboard t' buffalo. It be o' great importance that they be found. If ye find all five and return them, ye be spared scrutiny. Captain Hook remembers having them last on t' deck."

For this part, perhaps u could hide the silver coins around the house or garden, or make a pretend ship deck.

We're having his party on a real, old boat, so it is all piratey-like already, lucky us lol :D

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Swab the Poop Deck Pirate Party Game

by Jana
(Seattle, WA)

This is a relay game where you divide the kids into two teams. With a broom or mop in hand, each kid will have to swab an inflated balloon through a simple obstacle course and back to the starting line. There, they will tag the next pirate in line, until each kid on the team has done their duty.

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