Choosing picnic games might seem like a daunting task, but it is actually a much simpler process than you might think.
Picnic games are a way of keeping people entertained before, during and after the main event, the food. If you have a large number of people, a well organized game schedule will control the flow of people through the buffet.
Answer these quick questions to help you select the perfect picnic games and entertainment ideas for your company picnic. If you still need help, please ask our catering coordinators for help and suggestions on the best place to rent picnic games and activities.
- What type of event are you hosting? Corporate, social, fundraiser, etc.
- What is the intended atmosphere? Casual, families welcome, business-oriented, etc.
- What is the guest list’s age range? If it’s adults-only, that makes a difference!
- When will the event be held? (An evening event in the middle of the week will have different needs than a weekend event held all day long.)
Once you have answered these questions, you will have laid the groundwork toward building exactly what type of entertainment would be the most appropriate—and the most memorable—at your picnic event. Picnic game ideas can be broken down into two groups—picnic games that are kid-friendly, and those made just for the kids in attendance. Select your picnic event games based on your guest list. Oh, and don’t forget—some of the adults might want to participate in the picnic games for kids, so make sure you encourage each of them to let out their “inner child.”
Picnic Games for Adults
Football, softball and volleyball are usually crowd favorites.
A relay, potato sack race, water balloon toss and other partner or team-based games help build employee morale while providing tons of memorable fun.
Trivia, bingo, karaoke and any other game that can be completed in the shade (and possibly with a beverage in hand) provide an escape from the sun.
Magicians, tarot readers, palmists and even henna artists can be a fun escape from corporate life for adults.
Who else loves the idea of soaking their boss or department head?
Picnic Games for Kids
Any kind of inflatable bouncy house, race course or other bouncy fun rental will be beyond exciting for the kids on the guest list.
Magicians, face painting, balloon artists and other wandering acts will keep kids fascinated for hours.
Scavenger hunts, track and field-style races, capture the flag and other large-scale, prize-based games will keep kids hungry for more.
Warn the adults in advance (because many will want to bring extra dry clothing), but water balloon fights, squirt gun battles, a Slip ‘n’ Slide and other summer water games are popular with picnic goers.
Balloon darts, ring toss, basketball toss…all of these favorites and more will keep kids occupied and having a blast.