Party Games For Teenagers

Hilarious games, active games, simple games, printable games. Games for teenagers.

These games are great for teen parties or game nights. Some of them will require speedy reflexes, some attention to detail and others will have you rolling on the floor laughing.

You’ll find here games for outdoors and indoors so you’ll be ready for fun no matter what the weather is like.

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1. Head Shoulders Knees CUP

My teenage girls love this game. It’s fast-paced game for teenagers that is really fun with a large group.

Items Needed

  • plastic cups

How to Play

The object of the game is to grab the cup when told to do so.

  • Choose a “caller”.
  • Ask the players to pair up and face each other.
  • Each pair gets a cup that is placed between them.
  • The “caller” shouts commands like head, shoulders, knees, toes, waist, back, and neck. At the end of the command list, the “caller” throws the word “cup.”
  • The players try to grab the cup.
  • Whoever gets the cup is the winner of that round. He goes and finds a new partner to play with. The others are out and sit down.
  • The game goes on until you have only one player left.

2. Laundry Day

Not sure how many teens have hanged up laundry but in this game they’ll get to practice that skill. No dryers allowed.

Items Needed

  • clothespins
  • rope for clothesline
  • clothes or towels
  • laundry basket (optional)

How To Play

The object of the game is to hang up all your laundry before the other team.

  • You could play this as a minute-to-win it game or teams racing against each other.
  • Give each team clothespins and a laundry basket full of clothes and towels.
  • The team that hangs up all their items first, wins.

3. Medusa

A simple yet entertaining game for teenagers. This game works best if you have at least 10 players.

How To Play

  • The players stand in a circle with their arms around their neighbors’ shoulders.
  • At first, everyone puts their heads down.
  • On the count of three, the players look up at another player.
  • If two people look at each other, they scream and fall down.
  • The game continues until there are only two people left.

4. Categories – Scattergories

Scattergories also knows as categories provides easy entertainment for teens and tweens.

Scattergories for Teen Girls in person or virtual game. 6 rounds. Round 1 for example: a school subject, a type of bread. (cutiepartyetsy)
Scattergories For Teens from Cutie Party, Etsy

Girl Talk version of this game brings on some interesting conversations. It has 100 questions to tackle in six rounds. Play in-person or virtually.

5. Movie Emoji Game

Teens are masters at using emojis. In this game they can put those skills in good use.

Movie Emoji Game for Teenagers (thelondonboys)
Movie Emoji Game from The London Boys, Etsy

You could also play the Movie Emoji Pictionary as a minute-to-win-it game.

Another way to use emojis is to give the players a list of movies or songs. And ask them to come up with emojis for each thing on the list.

6. What’s On Your Phone

If you have attended baby or bridal showers you have probably played this game.

The teenagers too will have fun with this game. They will collect points for the things they have on their phones.

Get a fun What’s On Your Phone printable from love to partay.

7. The Snap

You’ve got 5 seconds…

Virtual party game for teens: the snap. See a photo, answer a question. Powerpoint game. (pamspartyprintables)
The Snap Game from Pam’s Party Printables, Etsy

If you are one of those people who can soak in the details in your surroundings then you have chances to win this game! That would so not be me.

Play the Snap PowerPoint Game in-person at a teenage birthday party or virtual game night. Either way, it will be awesome!

8. Slapjack

A classic card game that the teens will have fun playing together.

Items Needed

  • a deck of cards

How To Play

The goal of the game is to win all the cards. You win them by being the first to slap each jack as it is played.

  • Deal all the cards face down to the players. Some players might end up with more cards than others.
  • Take turns playing one card at a time. Place the card face up on the center of the table.
  • Once a jack is played slap your hand on it.
  • The one who slaps it first wins it and all the cards under it. He then shuffles the cards with his previous cards and forms his new pile.
  • If more than one player slaps the jack. The one whose hand is directly on top of it, wins.
  • If a player slaps a card that is not a jack. He must give one of his cards, face down, to the player who played the card.
  • When a player has no more cards, they remain in the game until next jack is played. If they lose that round they are out.
  • Continue playing until one player has all the cards.

9. Escape Room In A Box

Imagine being stuck at the dentist office… sounds pretty creepy. In this thrilling escape room game – The Dentist the teens get to use their creativity and attention to detail to solve the riddles and puzzles.

The game is for 3-5 players, ages 16 and up.

There are numerous escape room games available. You’ll surely find something that your teenager likes.

10. Llamas Unleashed

Llamas are in! And they are unleashed and crazy!

A hilarious board game for a teen party. Collect llamas, rams, and goats while attempting to destroy the other players’ farms.

You can have up to 8 players in this one, and it is for ages 14 and up.

Check it out!

11. Moose Master

A hysterically funny card game for teens. Set it up in seconds and start playing.

Be prepared for some loud laughter.

Best for 4-10 players.

Grab the awesome icebreaker game: Moose Master.

12. Text Message

You probably have played a game called telephone. This one is like that but with texting.

Items Needed

  • cellphone for each player
  • timer

How To Play

  • Sit in a circle or in a line.
  • The first person writes a two or three sentence text message.
  • He shows it to the person next to him who has fifteen seconds to memorize it.
  • Then she writes the text message on her phone and shows it to the next player who has fifteen seconds to memorize it.
  • The last person reads the text message out loud.

Make the game more difficult by shortening the time for reading the message.

You can play the game without phones too by writing the message on a piece of paper.

13. Build A Tower

You’ll need some room for this game since these towers will come tumbling down… loudly.

Items Needed

  • assortment of rectangle or square items like cardboard boxes, shoe boxes, books, pantry items
  • dice (one for each team)
  • rules

As a game prep, come up with the rules.

For example if the team rolls number

  • 1 – any item any direction
  • 2 – any item vertically
  • 3 – any item horizontally
  • 4 – remove one item
  • 5 – remove two items
  • 6 – any two items any direction

How To Play

The object of the game is to build the tallest tower.

  • Place all the items in the middle of the game area.
  • The teams roll the dice and do what the rules say.

You could have them go as fast as they can or take turns rolling the die.

14. Lap Game

This is a fun game for a large group.

Items Needed

  • chairs for everyone
  • list of statements

How To Play

The object of the game is to get back to your own chair.

  • Choose a person to be the “caller”.
  • Form a circle of chairs facing inwards.
  • The players sit in the chairs.
  • The “caller” reads the statements and the players move accordingly. For example, “if your birthday is in September move 2 spaces (to your left)”.
  • Those players whose birthday is in September get up and move, sitting on the chair or the lap of the person already there.
  • You could also include statements that make the players to move back a step or two.
  • The player who circles back to their own seat first, wins.

15. Clothespin Snatch

A great outdoor game that can also be played inside in a large party area. You’ll need space to run around.

Items Needed

  • clothespins (2-5 for each player)
  • timer

How to Play

The object of the game is to have the most clothespins.

  • Set a timer for how long you want the game to last.
  • Each player attaches the clothespins on their clothes.
  • The players try to snatch pins from others. If all theirs are gone, they are out of the game.
  • The winner is the one who has the most clothespins in the end.

16. Balloon In The Air

Some call this “baby in the air” but that just sounds too cruel to me. So, I’ll just call it “balloon in the air”.

Items Needed

  • water balloons

How To Play

  • Assign each player a number. (The highest number is the amount of people you have playing.)
  • The players form a circle.
  • One person goes in the middle. He throws the water balloon straight up and calls a number.
  • The one whose number is called runs to the middle to catch the ball. If he catches it, he gets to throw it and call a number. If he drops it or the balloon breaks, he is out.

17. Capture the Flag

Capture the Flag is a classic game enjoyed by teens and tweens. It’s a fun, active game for a large group.

Items Needed

  • flag for each team (a bandana or scarf)

How To Play

  • Divide the group into two to four teams.
  • Set up a territory for each team. Mark the areas with cones, tape or chalk, or use landmarks.
  • Each team places a flag in their territory. It can be partially hidden. Once a place is chosen the flag can’t be moved.
  • The teams can assign seekers and guards. They can switch jobs in the middle of the game as needed.
  • The seekers try to sneak into the enemy’s territory and capture their flag. They need to bring it to their own territory to win the game.
  • The guards try to defend the flag. They should not be allowed to hover over the flag but stay at least 10 feet away from it.
  • The guards capture the opposing players by tagging them when they enter the territory. If the guards tag the flag stealer they must return the flag to its original place immediately.
  • Jail: Captured players go to jail. To get out of jail, they must be tagged by a teammate.
  • Stuck: In stead of going to jail, the tagged player could be stuck in place to wait to be unstuck by a teammate.
  • Make it more fun by adding tasks to complete. The teams must complete certain tasks before they can try to steal the flag or to release others from the jail. The tasks could be anything from finding hidden objects and knocking down objects to tossing beanbags into a target.

18. Dragon Tail

This game for teens is best played outdoors or in a large party area. The dragons need space to run around.

Items Needed

  • bandanas for each team

How To Play

  • Each team should have at least 4 players.
  • The team members form a “dragon” by linking arms. The last player in the link places a bandana hanging in his back pocket. That’s the tail. The first player is the head.
  • The dragons chase each other. The heads try to capture the other dragon’s tail.
  • If the dragon becomes detached, the separated tail end can’t move. The head and those still attached to it must go back to the separated part and reconnect before continuing the chase.
  • The detached part can try to protect itself by curling up around the tail.
  • The dragon that loses it’s tail (bandana) is out.

19. Wizards and Werewolves

Perfect game for all the fantasy lovers. This glow in the dark game is a combination of hide and seek, tag and scavenger hunt.

The Wizards and Werewolves game has three levels and it will surely entertain those with lively imaginations.

20. Photo Scavenger Hunt

Many teens love to take pictures, so this game is right up their alley.

Give them a list of things to take photos of. Individually or as a group. You could also do this as a selfie scavenger hunt.

Neighborhood photo scavenger hunt game for teenagers (31flavorsofdesign). Games for teenagers. 5 points for get a stranger to sing happy birthday, take a group selfie with a fire hydrant. Also 10 and 15 point tasks.
Photo Scavenger Hunt form 31 Flavors of Design, Etsy

This photo scavenger hunt printable from 31 Flavors of Design takes the party outside looking for photo opportunities. Split into teams and see which team collects the most points.

21. Noodle Hockey

Choosing party games for teenagers can be challenging but many of them enjoy the fast-paced running-around type of games. Pool noodle hockey is one of those games.

This is a perfect game for teen summer parties like a luau. See all the fun ideas from games and decorations to delicious luau food. Summers are not the same without a luau party.

Items Needed

  • pool noodles
  • wiffle ball
  • 2 brooms
  • cones, poles or something to mark the goals

How To Play

Well, it’s like hockey but with pool noodles and a wiffle ball. The goalies use the brooms to block the ball.

22. Cups and Downs

Easy entertainment with cups! Cups and downs is an energetic game that can get little chaotic but it is a blast.

This of course can be played inside too if you have a smaller group. Outside on the grass, the downs can have an advantage since it is way easier to put the cups upside down on an unlevel ground.

Items Needed

  • plastic cups

How To Play

  • Place the cups in the play area, half of them upside down.
  • Divide the group in two teams the “ups” and the “downs”.
  • The “ups”-team tries to turn cups the right way up and the “downs” upside down. Give them a minute or two to do that.
  • Whichever team has the most cups their way, wins.

23. Nuke ‘Em

Blast fun music and have an amazing time with this outdoor party game.

Items Needed

  • volleyball
  • volleyball net or rope

How To Play

The goal of the game is to throw the ball over the net and hit the ground. Each hit is a point. Collect certain amount of points to win.

  • Form two teams
  • A team throws the ball over the net trying to hit the ground.
  • The other team catches the ball and throws it back.
  • (You can’t hold the ball for more than 3 seconds.)
  • You may pass it once to a teammate.
  • If a player fails to catch the ball, he is out.
  • If a player throws the ball out of bounds, he is out.
  • Also if he can’t throw it over the net, he is out.
  • A player can reenter the game if a teammate catches the ball with one hand or a teammate throws an ace (the ball hits the ground AND no one from the other team touched it.)

Have fun with teenage daughter or son.

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