Fun birthday party games for 13-year-olds

Updated April 17, 2017

A variety of games can be offered at a 13-year-old's birthday party--including indoor and outdoor games. Some of the games give the teenagers a chance to win prizes based on luck. Other games involve physical skills. Playing games that require the guests to interact and make new friends at the party can help them develop their social skills as they enter high school.

Cards for gifts

The cards for gifts game involves purchasing two decks of playing cards and several inexpensive gifts for the party. You don't need enough gifts for each child to receive one, and there is no rule against one child receiving multiple gifts.

Start the game by dealing cards to each child from the first deck. Make sure each child has the same number of cards and discard any leftovers.

Shuffle the second deck and then start calling out cards from the top of the deck. If a player has a matching card from the first deck, he can claim one of the gifts that you have wrapped. The gifts should not be opened yet.

After each gift has been claimed. continue calling cards from the second deck. When a player has a matching card, she can claim a still-wrapped gift from another player. Continue until the all of the cards in the second deck have been revealed. Then, players with gifts can open them.

Scavenger hunts

Organise a scavenger hunt for the 13-year-olds at your party. The scavenger hunt could be for specific items or for answers to questions.

Items must be found at the party location. Assign each one a point value, with the ones that are more difficult to find having the highest values.

Or you could create a list of questions about guests such as their birthdays, addresses, siblings, etc. This version of a scavenger hunt will help your party guests get to know each other.

The games can be played individually or in teams.

Outdoor games

Create a list of outdoor games for the 13-year-olds. These games could include three-legged and sack races. They could be games in which players team up for fun tasks such as throwing a water balloon to each other without popping it or carrying an orange between their bodies without using their hands to a finish line. Other outdoor games could require physical ability--such as limbo or tossing a ball at a target.

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Alan Kirk has been writing for online publications since 2006. He has more than 15 years' experience in catering, management and government relations. Kirk has a bachelor's degree in business management from the University of Maryland.