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Take any color poster board and attach pins cutout from white construction paper in a 10-pin set-up. The children get a black paper bowling ball with their name on it and a piece of tape on the back. You then blindfold them, and give each a turn to attach their ball to the poster board. The child closest to the front pin wins.
Bingo bowling is one of those kid birthday party games that’s a team effort. Before the party print out this bingo bowling template. It’s a card you give to each team with bowling scores written on (strike, spare, head pin only, gutter, 15, 10, 13, 12, 11, 10, 8, 7, 5, 3, 2, etc). Each contestant bowls their frame like normal but instead of trying to get the highest score, everyone tries getting things that are on your card and that your team hasn’t marked off on their bingo card. The team that wins is the first to cross off all their bingo squares on the card. Since teams are competing against other teams, speed becomes an issue and so the game often gets silly and wild.
Coconut Bowling Party Game
Set up a bowling alley in your home using small water bottles as pins, and a coconut as the ball. The coconut doesn’t always go straight, so it’s a crazy fun game for the kids, even the ones who don’t throw straight. The kids even had fun being the one who set the pins up.
A fun thing to do for kid birthday party games is have the kids bowl in all kinds of goofy ways, i.e. between their legs, between the birthday kid’s legs, backwards, twirl around three times and bowl, bowl in slow motion, do a silly walk before throwing the bowling ball, etc. After this, the kids may became very creative and start inventing their own wacky bowling techniques.
Spare, Spare, Strike
This is a variant of one of the classic kid birthday party games – duck, duck, goose… The best part of this game is that you don’t need any props or prizes; you just need kids with high spirits.
Team Theme Bowling
Team theme bowling can be lots of fun. Let’s take the Harry Potter theme for instance. Prepare a sorting hat – you can make one yourself from construction paper or felt. Inside place notes with the different houses of Hogwarts (Slytherin, Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, and Ravenclaw). When the kids arrive to the party, have them draw out of the sorting hat a note and that will be their team. Prepare a lane for each house. Each kid bowls their own game but the combined score of the team members determines the winning house. Of course you can do the same with any other theme you choose.
Another idea is to take the bowling theme into the privacy of your own yard. All you have to do is save 2-liter bottles. In them you can put water or even candy. With chalk, mark on the sidewalk where the pins need to be placed and an adult can reset the “pins” every time they fall. The kids can use any ball – best with a ball the size of a real bowling ball (a basketball, volleyball, soccer ball, etc.).
Play the Arcades
At most bowling alleys there is an arcade of which the kids LOVE playing in. Give each kid a few quarters to play with.
This bowling game is one of those kid birthday party games that combine between two themes – Bowling theme and Wet-n-Wild water theme. You will need squirt guns for each kid and several lightweight plastic bottles as “bowling pins.” Set up 10 bottles along a table (just like bowling pins at the bowling alley). You might want to give a specific amount of the time each kid has for knocking down their pins or you may want to time each kid and see how long it takes them to knock them all down. To make it harder or easier let them shoot their squirt guns from a farther or closer distance. You might also want to play this game just like you would play a bowling game. The difference would be that you would be giving only a few seconds for each kid to try and knock as many as possible (the amount they knock down is the number write down). Have many rounds and see who has the most points at the end (can also be played in teams).