There are few things more memorable than summer days spent at the carnival. Part of what makes the carnival such a fun time (besides the food) are the many games that you can play to win prizes. Carnival party games bring these fun and memorable times to your own parties. In particular, carnival games for kids allow the children in your life to enjoy the very best the carnival has to offer, except they get to enjoy the fun more than once a year. The best carnival party games replicate the experience of traditional carnival games. The result should be games that are fun, family-friendly, and ideal for producing the kind of carefree fun for which carnivals are known.
Top 10 Carnival Party Games
|Party Game||Number of Players||Rating|
|Bean Bag Toss Game||2 to 8||4.0 Stars|
|Carnival Can Toss Bean Bag Game||1+||4.3 Stars|
|Carnival Ducks Matching Game||1+||4.2 Stars|
|Ring Toss Game||1+||3.8 Stars|
|Wooden Disk Drop Game||1 to 6||3.6 Stars|
|Under the Big Top Photo Banner||2||4.2 Stars|
|Pin The Nose On The Clown||2 to 16||4.4 Stars|
|Prize Wheel||1+||4.6 Stars|
|Milk Bottle Toss Carnival Game||1+||4.2 Stars|
|Duck Fishing with Inflatable Pool||1+||3.5 Stars|
1. Bean Bag Toss Game
The Bean Bag Toss Game is a classic party game. It usually consists of a stand on which the board is placed with holes into which the bean bags are tossed. This carnival-themed bean bag toss board comes with a realistic carnival decoration, with each hole assigned a different number of points. Bright colors decorate the board as well. The holes are netted to catch the bean bags. The only additional item you need in order to begin using this game are strings or tent pegs with which to attach the board for game play. Children take turns throwing the bean bags into the holes, and the person with the most points wins. The game is suitable for children older than three and is fun for adults as well.
This carnival version of the Bean Bag Toss Game makes a great carnival party game because of its realistic carnival look. In addition, details such as the bright colors and netted holes make it a quality game that is sure to please at any carnival-themed party you host.
Reviewers praise the game for a number of reasons. First, they find that the game is generally very well constructed. The netting and the material of the board are extremely well-made so the game can withstand even the enthusiasm of small children. In addition, reviewers praise the game for its realistic carnival theme and for its ability to please young and old alike. The result is a game that is sure to please all of your guests.
2. Carnival Can Toss Bean Bag Game
The Carnival Can Toss Bean Bag Game is one of the best carnival birthday party games, because it is a version of a classic carnival game and because it is easy for children as young as three to play. The game consists of six lightweight plastic cans and three bean bags. You simply stack the cans and allow the children to throw the bean bags in an effort to knock down the cans.
This game is a smart choice from among carnival party games because it is so easy for young children to play. The simple premise of the game, combined with the light weight of the cans makes it easy for even preschoolers to understand and play. Plus, the opportunity to throw bean bags around adds to the appeal for the younger (and more energetic) crowd. The result is a game that satisfies kids’ need to expend energy and adults’ need to control the chaos while allowing the kids to have fun.
Some reviewers find the game to be less than durable, thanks to the lightweight construction. Others, however, appreciate the game’s light weight because the weight makes it easier for children to play the game. Reviewers also note that the game stands up well for hours of game play. In general, they give the game high praise for its ability to entertain kids and report that it is a worthy investment for carnival-themed parties.
3. Carnival Ducks Matching Game
These floating yellow ducks provide one half of a fun carnival-like matching game. All you have to do is add the pool (or large container) with water. The set comes with 20 ducks. Ten ducks come with just one of the numbers between 1 and 10 written on the bottom. The other ten have one of the numbers from 1 to 10 written on the bottom along with a large star. The game is played by trying to match the plain numbered ducks with the star numbered ducks.
This game is an exceptional game to play with children aged 3 and up. The floating yellow ducks make for a fun visual, while the matching game provides an experience similar to that which you would have at a carnival. The ducks are weighted so they do not tip over, and are made of hard plastic. They are small enough to fit in the palm of the hand. They provide hours of matching fun for children at any fundraiser or carnival-themed party.
Reviewers note that these ducks provide a reliably good time at a reasonable price. They also find, in general, that the ducks last as long as they need to during events and offer an enjoyable experience for the children. The result is a great basic carnival party game.
4. Ring Toss Game
Most people are familiar with the ring toss game at carnivals. With this ring toss game, you can enjoy the same kind of fun at your barbecue or carnival-themed party. The game comes with five wooden pegs that fit into a wooden base, and four 5.25 in. plastic rings. Each peg has a different point value attached to it (5, 10, 15, and 20 points). Each player tosses the rings onto the pegs, and whoever has the most points wins.
Part of the appeal of this game is the fact that it can be played and enjoyed by people of many different ages. Small children as young as three, and adults of all ages as well, can play and have fun with this game. In addition, the red tops of the pegs make the set easier to see, while the high quality construction means that it will last for party after party. Because the game can be played inside and outside, it is ideal for any type of party (or weather).
This game gets particularly high praise for its quality build. Reviewers note that the wood is strong and durable, and that the plastic rings also hold up well. Reviewers also note that the game is enjoyable for many different age groups. Some reviewers have also found that the game has educational value for children (teaching them to add). The result is a carnival party game that can span the generations and easily become a family tradition.
5. Wooden Disk Drop Game
The Wooden Disk Drop Game is a fun carnival game of luck for parties or other events. The game comes with a 16 in. x 20 in. game board that is brightly colored with red, white, and blue. It also comes with six 1.5 in. disks. The game is played by dropping the disks through the top of the board. The numbers at the bottom can be points or prizes, depending on how you play. The game is suitable for people of all ages, thanks to the ease of use and the fact that is requires luck more than strategy to do well.
This game is ideal for fundraisers and other parties where you are giving out prizes. The game can be tweaked to reflect the number or types of prizes that you are giving out at your particular party. In addition, the game is appealing because it is fun to use and because it provides the suspense of seeing where your disk lands. Because it is relatively small, portable, and affordable, it makes for a nice addition to your other carnival party games.
The Wooden Disk Drop Game earns praise from reviewers for its combination of functionality and price. While they find that the game is not extremely well constructed, they note that it is more than satisfactory for its price and for the uses to which it is put. Many reviewers have found that the game attracts a great deal of attention at parties and fundraisers, making it a smart choice for getting groups of people interested in what you are doing. The result is a game that offers a carnival feel for an affordable price.
6. Under the Big Top Photo Door Banner
The Under the Big Top photo door banner from Fun Express allows you to enjoy the fun of a carnival-like photo opportunity at a party. This banner mimics the fun photo banners you can find at almost every carnival. The poster is 3 ft. x 6 ft. and depicts a strong man and a trapeze artists so people can choose which one to look like for the photo. All you need to do is to secure the banner to a door or other supportive structure, and perhaps provide a ladder so people can reach the spots for their heads. People put their heads in the holes, and have a picture snapped of themselves. The result is a fun way to have photos taken at a carnival-themed party.
This banner is a great addition to any carnival-themed party, because it is fun to have your photo taken looking like a trapeze artist or a strong man. In addition, it provides a great way for your guests to remember a fun event. The banner can be used by children or adults, and by up to two people at once, so there is a level of versatility that adds to the banner’s value.
Reviewers find that this banner adds a popular photo op experience to their parties. They also note that the banner is durable, and often lasts for multiple parties. While some reviewers find that the poster is too tall to comfortably allow even some adults to have their picture taken without climbing a ladder, they also find that the problem is easily solved with a ladder and does not detract from the banner’s popularity at the party.
7. Pin The Nose On The Clown
This Pin the Nose on the Clown game is a version of Pin the Tail on the Donkey. However, it adds an element of fun thanks to fun clown images on the poster. The game comes with the poster (15.5 in. x 19.5 in.), 16 sticker noses, a blindfold, and instructions. Children simply put the blindfold on and try to place a sticker on the clown’s nose. Whoever gets closest to succeeding wins the game.
This is a great carnival birthday party game because it is combines the classic fun of Pin the Tail on the Donkey with the silly fun of a clown. The 16 stickers mean that you can reuse the game or play with lots of kids, while the inexpensive price means that you can buy it over and over and enjoy a great value every time.
Reviewers give this game solid praise as a basic kids carnival game. In particular, they find that although the blindfold is not very durable, the rest of the game provides the kind of experience that they are looking for from a carnival game. They love the price and report that the game added significant fun to their party. The result is a reliable way to increase the fun of any clown or carnival-themed kids’ party you throw.
8. Prize Wheel
For any event you have where you are giving out prizes, this prize wheel can attract attention and add to the fun of the prize distribution. It is an 18 in. wheel that comes with 14 different colors fit into a wooden base. The wheel also has clickers to separate the colors in order to control the speed (and to create a more pleasing sound as the wheel spins). Players simply spin the wheel and earn whatever price the arrow lands on. The game also comes with a water-based pen and an eraser.
Part of the appeal of this game is the fact that it is customizable. The included pen allows you to write whatever you want in the spaces. In addition, the writing can then be erased so you can use the wheel for multiple events. In addition to this versatility, the wheel’s bright colors and sturdy construction make it both eye-catching and durable enough to stand up to steady use. The result is a perfect addition to trade shows, carnival parties, and any other event where you want to attract attention, entertain guests, and give out prizes.
This prize wheel earns consistent praise from reviewers, who report that it is one of the best prize wheels out there. They credit the wheel with the success of their promotional events (and other events), and note that it provides a fun experience for participants. The result is a product that is worth the money in order to jazz up your next prize-giving event.
9. Milk Bottle Toss Carnival Game
This version of the classic Milk Bottle Toss at carnivals makes for a great carnival party game. It consists of three lightweight wooden milk bottles and three lightweight foam balls. Players try to knock down the milk bottles with the foam balls. Prizes, points, etc., can be awarded for knocking down the milk bottles, or for knocking down combinations of milk bottles. The game is ideal as a carnival birthday party game or other carnival-themed event.
This game is appealing because it allows you to enjoy the fun of the carnival’s milk bottle toss game at your own party. In addition, thanks to the lightweight nature of the game pieces, it is ideal for both outdoor and indoor play, or for any event where you do not want to risk damage from flying objects. In addition, this game’s versatility makes it very appealing. You can use it at any event where you want to attract attention or give out prizes, and you can adjust the rules to accommodate your particular situation.
Reviewers love this game because it is fun. They note that the lightweight feel of the game pieces makes it a game more suited for children than for adults. They find that children usually enjoy the opportunity to test their throwing skills. The result is a carnival party game that can keep guests interested throughout the event.
10. Duck Fishing Game with Inflatable Pool
This game’s title says it all. It is a version of the duck fishing game you can find at most carnivals. It comes with an inflatable pool, ducks, and fishing rod so children can try their luck fishing for the ducks. With this game, you can bring the fun of the carnival to your own backyard, and keep children entertained trying to catch the ducks.
This game provides a fun challenge for children. The fact that it contains all of the elements necessary for play (including the pool) makes it a convenient purchase, and a value for the price. While some reviewers find that it is not extremely durable, others find that it serves its purpose well: Providing a fun, carnival-themed game for their parties.