Hosting a child’s birthday party doesn’t have to be stressful or expensive, especially if you can keep the little guests occupied with some free kids party games. A treasure hunt is always a fun game for kids to play. It’s exciting to find the clues and work together to find the treasure. We’ve put together some great versions of free treasure hunts along with some other suggestions. Perfect for your backyard birthday party or a celebration in the park., these free kids party games will keep your little troopers occupied and having fun.
Kids Birthday Invitations
PurpleTrail has a large variety of kids’ party invitations to send to your petite party guests. Make sure to include on the invitations that the party will include a treasure hunt and other games. This will allow parents to dress their kids appropriately for the occasion.
Free Kids Party Games – Treasure Hunts
All you need to do for these treasure hunts is print out the clues. Hide all except the first one in the appropriate places. The answer keys are included. Don’t forget to put the treasure at the very last site of the treasure hunt! These two games are good for preschool and early elementary age children. Have fun on your treasure hunt!
Backyard Treasure Hunt
No need to travel far to give your kids a fabulous outdoor adventure – just use your backyard! Print out these scavenger hunt pdfs for your next kids birthday party and give your little ones a chance to feel like real treasure hunters!
Clue Sheets and Answer Key
Picnic Park Treasure Hunt
Expeditions in the park are equally exciting! Gather your kids and all of their friends for a picnic in the park and a thrilling treasure hunt. You could even make lunch or dessert the prize for finishing the adventure!
2 Clue Sheets and Answer Key
Simply cut out the clues and hide them in the appropriate places!
Free Kids Party Games – Scavenger Hunts
Much like treasure hunts, scavenger hunts are a fun way to pass the time at a child’s birthday party. Here are a few ideas for scavenger hunts:
Rainbow Scavenger Hunt
A rainbow scavenger hunt is a fun, free kids’ party game. Cut construction paper in the colors of the rainbow into strips, and give each child a strip in every color of the rainbow. Take them on a walk around the neighborhood or to the park, and have them match their colors to items found in nature. The first person to match all seven colors wins!
Alphabet Scavenger Hunt
Similar to a rainbow scavenger hunt, this game involves the little party guests hunting for items that start with every letter of the alphabet. Give each child a notebook with the letters A through Z written down. Then turn them loose around the house and in the backyard. As they spot the items, they can write them down in a notebook. It will look something like this:
The first person to find something that begins with every letter wins.
Indoor Scavenger Hunt
Perfect for a birthday party that falls on a rainy day, an indoor scavenger hunt is a great way to entertain little party guests. Simply make a list of common household items (a vase, a pair of socks, a spoon, a lamp) and give each child a list. The first guest who successfully completes the list and shows you where he or he found the items wins the prize.
Party Game Prizes
Once your little troopers have completed their free kids party games, it’s time to dole out prizes. For a treasure hunt, typically whoever finds the treasure finds enough for everyone to share. Scavenger hunts, however, usually warrant a single prize. Here are some ideas for party game prizes:
Treasure Hunt Prizes
- Fill a treasure chest with cheap jewelry like golden plastic beaded necklaces and rings. Add in some temporary tattoos to create a chest of pirate’s booty.
- Candy, like chocolate golden coins and mini candy bars
- Small toys like bubbles and jump ropes
- Comic books and kids’ magazines
- Fake gems
- Coloring books and crayons
- Jump rope
- Sidewalk chalk
- A trophy
- Colored pencils and stencils
- Playing cards (Old Maid or Go Fish)
- Stickers and sticker books