Do your kids want to host a sleepover party and now you’re stressed about how to entertain the kids? Don’t worry there are tons of fun things to do at a sleepover to ensure everyone has a good time.
With just a little planning you can easily host slumber parties your kids will love. I’ll show you fun sleepover games, theme ideas, activities, and the all-important slumber party food. It’s a great way to celebrate birthday parties or just a Saturday night with a best friend.
Have the kids pack their sleeping bags and get ready for an awesome slumber party.
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Fun Things To Do At A Sleepover
Look through this list of slumber party games, themes, ideas, and food to help you get your sleepover party-ready.
Then share a few of the ideas with your kids and see how they want to spend the evening with their friends. They’ll appreciate being part of the planning and giving their input to the slumber party.
Planning a Birthday Party? Visit our Birthday Party Ideas page to get more ideas.
Sleepover Party Ideas
I find it’s easier to plan a sleepover party when I have some direction which is why I love coming up with a theme for the night.
These slumber party ideas will help you set the tone for the whole night and really make it unique. Look through the list and find a few things to do at a sleepover your kids will enjoy.
Send the kids out on a local Neighborhood Scavenger Hunt in teams. They’ll have so much fun trying to find all the items as a team. Make it a contest to see which team can find all the items first.
If the kids are younger send them with an adult. For older kids just give them the time they need to return and the boundaries within which they can search.
If you have Teens or Tweens send them on a Selfie Scavenger Hunt. It’s similar to the neighborhood hunt but they need to return with selfies of each item they find. This age group really loves this part of the game.
Then continue the fun with an indoor scavenger hunt finding simple items like – a black chair, a white shelf, red vase. You’ll base this list on items you have in your house.
Plan an easy Spa Night at home letting the kids paint each other’s nails, and make face masks.
Set up stations with different nail polish bottles and another to make the face masks. You’ll find tons of homemade face masks on Pinterest.
Lastly, play soft relaxing music to set the tone for your at-home spa.
Pop some popcorn and plan a movie marathon for the kids. Pick a theme like 80’s movies, princesses, Star Wars, sports-themed, or animated.
Really any movie the group of kids who are coming would enjoy. Some kids may even enjoy a scary movie or two but I’d check on this first before showing it.
You’ll find tons of cheap craft kits at dollar tree such as their wooden models to paint. It’s a great place to pick up supplies to create your crafts and save money.
Escape Room Games
Plan a cool escape room slumber party with printable escape room games. Kids will love the fun challenge of working in small groups to figure out the puzzles and being the first team to escape the room.
This is super easy as you just print out the escape games and you’re ready to play with minimal prep time.
Find out how to throw an Escape Room Birthday Party the easy way.
If your kids really enjoy solving clues and puzzles try these fun Detective Games too.
Let the kids look up the words to the song on a phone, iPad, or cast it to your TV. Get a few boas and funny hats for the kids to wear while they sing.
Plan an Epic Treasure Hunt through your house or backyard for the sleepover. You can create customizable treasure hunts in minutes with Riddle Me that the kids will love.
It’s so easy! Just enter the type of event, location of indoors or outdoors, age group, hiding spots in your house you want to use, and the number of riddles. The system will quickly generate all the fun riddles you need for the treasure hunt.
Next, print out the clues and hide them around your house. At the end of the treasure hunt leave a small prize for each kid. The prize could be candy to eat while they watch a movie later.
If you want the game to go longer you can add on an activity for the kids to do after they find each riddle. This would help fill up a big chunk of the night.
Use this cool Riddle Me program for their sleepover with friends and then the rest of the year as a fun activity for your kids. There are thousands of Riddle options.
Riddle Me works as a great last-minute game you can print out before the slumber party too!
Make Your Own Jewelry
Let the kids create their own beaded jewelry to wear. Find tons of beads and string at Dollar Tree or a craft store for the kids to make their own unique bracelets or necklaces.
The kids can even make friendship bracelets to give to one another.
Decorate a Pillow Case
Buy a bunch of white pillowcases and let the kids decorate them with paint. First, have them draw out their design on paper then paint the pillowcases.
You can also try using sharpie pens & water to decorate the pillowcases as Homemade Ginger created.
Let the pillowcases dry overnight if you paint them and the kids can take them home in the morning.
Video Game Night
Let the kids do a fun video game night. Pick out video games that several kids can play at a time. Like Super Mario Kart, Fortnite, or sports games. Another idea is to have a video game tournament with the winner playing the next kid in line and seeing who can beat the most kids.
Let the kids pretend to be camping indoors by letting them build a huge blanket fort in the living room or bedroom to sleep in.
Then make hot dogs and smores for dinner. If you have a fireplace or fire pit help the kids cook their smores & hot dogs over the fire.
Classic Game Night
Plan a good old fashion sleepover with a classic sleepover game like truth or dare, telling scary stories, playing card games, and classic board games. They can even have a pillow fight or watch horror movies.
Get more game ideas in our Favorite Family Game Night Ideas
If your kids are big Nerf fans turn your backyard or basement into a Nerf arena with DIY Nerf games and targets. They’re easy to make and the kids will love playing with them.
Try having a contest to see who can hit the most targets. Or play a fun game of capture the flag.
Get more ideas in our Awesome Nerf Wars Birthday Party Ideas.
Tweens & Teens love TikTok so why not let them make a few new videos. They can plan out their outfits, dance moves, or cool tricks to show off in a new TikTok video.
Tip: Make sure the parents are okay with it before they film the video.
Let’s strike a pose. Have the kids come up with fun costumes and cool music they like. Then create a fun runway fashion show in your house.
Give kids a heads up to bring a few fun pieces like hats, scarves, or dresses. This could take them hours to create and a blast to watch!
Plan a sweet tea party with small cakes and sandwiches set out on pretty platters.
Get some fun hats or scarves for the kids to wear as dress-up to the party. Younger kids might enjoy bringing their favorite stuffed animals to join in on the party too.
Fun Sleepover Games
The best part of a slumber party is playing a fun sleepover game. The good news is there are tons of great ideas to entertain your kids all night long.
Here are a bunch of games and fun activities to try at your next slumber party.
Tip: Make sure to set the ground rules for the game before you start so there is no arguing.
Minute to Win It Games
Minute to Win It Games are hugely popular right now and a blast to play. They are quick challenges kids try and complete in under 1 minute. You can let the kids compete against each other or against the clock.
Break the kids up into teams to make it a contest. The challenge is trying to guess the word their teammate is acting out before the timer goes off.
Learn more on how to play Charades at Parties.
Would You Rather Game
Have the kids all laughing and talking with a fun list of Would You Rather Questions for kids. Just read them off and hear their hilarious answers.
If you have older kids try the Would You Rather Questions for Teens & Tweens. The kids can even make up a few Would You Rather Questions themselves after learning how the game works.
Have the kids try to get through a DIY Hallway Laser Maze. They are easy to set up with streamers and painters tape in a hallway or between furniture.
If the kids want more of a challenge set a timer and see who can complete the laser maze the fastest without touching the lasers.
Paper Plane Challenge
Hold a paper airplane challenge indoors or in the backyard. Kids can first be creative coloring their airplane then folding the paper into an airplane.
When the planes are made see who can get their plane to go the furthest or make it in between streamers you’ve hung in a hallway.
Learn how to make an obstacle for the airplanes in our indoor games.
Create a bunch of cheap & fun balloon games for kids. You can do simple games like who can keep the balloon up the longest, balance it on your foot, volleyball, or a balloon relay race.
Freeze Dance is another oldy but goody. Just turn on some music and see who can freeze when the music stops. If you don’t freeze you’re out.
When you’re done turn the music up and have a dance party.
Hide & Seek
Don’t discount a simple game of hide and seek. You’ll be surprised how much fun all ages even those pick teens will have playing this fun game in the house or backyard.
Play a fun game of mini-golf in your house with simple cardboard box miniature golf holes. You can set up a course for the kids to hit and see how many of them can get a hole in one.
Teens & Tweens will enjoy this free game app on their phones. One child holds the phone up to their forehead while it displays a word. The other kids give hints to help the one with the phone guess the word. If you get it right you flip the phone to get more words and see how many you can guess correct in one minute.
Let the kids throw some pillows or blankets on the floor and use them to jump on and avoid the hot lava (floor).
Create a path and see if the kids can get to the other side without touching the floor. Then let them keep making new paths and challenging themselves. This could keep them busy all night!
DIY Photo Booth
Kids love to take selfies and share them on social media when they’re older. Create an easy DIY photo booth with a background of streamers hanging down (taped to the wall) and a happy birthday sign.
Then give the kids cool photo booth props to make the pictures more fun.
Let the kids play tag outside when it gets dark using flashlights or glow sticks. This seems so simple but they’ll have a blast getting to play in the dark.
I found the easiest glow sticks are the ones kids can wear as necklaces or bracelets while they run around.
This is another classic game but kids love it. Set up chairs for all the kids minus one. Then turn on the music and when it stops the kids need to find a seat.
The child who doesn’t find a seat is out. Then remove more chairs and start the music again. Keep going until there is only one kid sitting in a chair.
Slumber Party Food
The best thing about sleepover parties is the food and having a fun time with friends. Here are some yummy food ideas they’ll love.
Tip: Make sure to ask ahead of time if any of the kids have food allergies.
A fun way to feed the kids is a Create your Own Pizza station. Kids can make their own pizza for you to bake. Get premade dough & place it on a cookie sheet for the crust. Then set up a toppings bar with cheese, pizza sauce, veggies, sausage, pepperoni, and any other toppings your kids like.
Let the kids add the topping they want and bake it. Dinner is done and they’ll love that they got to make it exactly how they like.
Make bowls of popcorn and set up a topping station with M&Ms, marshmallows, peanuts, gummy bears, pretzels, crushed Oreos, Mike & Ikes.
Ice Cream Bar
A favorite dessert of all kids is ice cream. Set up a topping station with chocolate chips, M&Ms, peanuts, crushed candy bars or candy canes, cherries, whip cream, chocolate sauce, caramel sauce, and hot fudge.
You can make smores over a fire pit, fireplace, or in your oven. All you need is Graham Crackers, Marshmallows, and Hershey’s Chocolate Bars.
Puppy Chow Mix
Always a popular snack while watching a movie or while playing fun games. It’s just Check Mix, chocolate, peanut butter, and powdered sugar. You’ll find tons of recipes on Pinterest.
Make or buy some sugar cookies and let the kids decorate them with frosting and sprinkles.
Pancake Breakfast Bar
A great idea for breakfast is a fun Pancake bar. Make fresh pancakes and then make a topping station, chocolate chips, strawberries, blueberries, sliced bananas, peanut butter, whip cream, or walnuts.
Birthday Party Checklist
If you plan to make your sleepover a birthday party use our free printable birthday party checklist. Everything you need to remember to do before the party in one easy printable checklist.
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Are you ready now to plan an epic sleepover? I hope you have found enough things to do at a sleepover to keep your party guest busy all night long.
Sleepovers are a rite of passage kids will come to cherish. I hope this list of slumber party games will help keep the stress out of hosting a slumber party and just make it a fun night for all.
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