Shiver me timbers! Keeping everyone entertained at a birthday party is not easy.
So today we’re giving you a helping hand with a bunch of great pirate party games. They’re sure to keep all your guests entertained – and more importantly, out of mischief!
So read on, take inspiration, and get planning the best pirate party across the whole seven seas!
DIY pirate hook toss game
We’ll start with our favourite pirate party game, which we found inspiration for over on Pinterest.
It’s a super easy one to make at home with an old cardboard box – just make sure you make it a couple of days before your party to give it time to dry.
What you need:
- Old cardboard box
- Red and white paint
- Super glue
- Black and/or red paper plates (larger or smaller depending on how hard you want to make it)
- 5 or 6 pirate hooks
What to do:
- Straighten out your cardboard box, cut it into a rectangle and paint on red and white stripes.
- Let the paint dry and then stick your hooks on with super glue (an adult should do this step).
- Cut the middle out of your paper plates.
- Get tossing! Award a different number of points for each hook and the person with the most points at the end of the game wins!
DIY pirate tin can bowling
This DIY tin can bowling game is SO easy and cheap to make. In the weeks running up to the party, save up some empty tin cans and decorate them with our free printables (make sure each tin is clean and dry before you do this). Then stack them up and start bowling!
Pirate treasure hunt
(Take a look at our guide to using the secret pirate code in this blog post).
Pirate photo booth
How about playing pirates in your very own DIY pirate photo booth? It’s super easy to make out of an old cardboard box and your kids will have tonnes of fun pretending to sail the seven seas (and it’s a great opportunities to take loads of fun photos of the party!)
Make your own costume
Fancy getting crafty? Why not have a go at making your own pirate costume? This can be a fun party activity or you could do it before the party so that you can wear your DIY costume during the celebrations!
Pin the patch on the pirate
This game puts a new spin on an old classic – pin the patch on the pirate!
It comes with everything you need to play, including a poster, a blindfold and 16 self-adhesive patches, and whoever’s closest to the pirate’s eye wins!
Pirate treasure hunt
What would a pirate party be without a treasure hunt?
It’s really easy to set your own up but we can save you all the hard work of coming up with your own clues with this handy treasure hunt kit. It’s got everything you need, plus a treasure map and signs to set your kids off on a real pirate adventure.
Pirate stepping stone game
Finally, the last of our pirate party games is this fun stepping stone game that’s actually three activities in one! Our favourite idea is using the cardboard stepping stones as a twist on musical chairs. Take one stepping stone away after each round and if you’re not standing on one when the music stops, you’re out!