Teen Group Date & Party Ideas

free games photo: Yahtzee Party YahtzeeParty.pngThis is a FUN post for me today! With 5 kids and also being involved with many youth groups, Stan and I have had plenty of prac­tice in this area.

It’s time for ideas for activ­i­ties and games for group dates!  



A few items of business:

  • Let the dates know what, or at least a gen­eral idea of what the activ­ity is so they will know how to dress – warm for sleigh rid­ing or so the gals know to leave the heels home if a hike is involved.

An itin­er­ary is a parent(s) and the date’s best friend. What is an itinerary?

  • It will list a basic idea of what the planned activ­ity is
  • What time the date will be picked up and brought home (approx.)
  • Cell num­ber of date, par­ents whose home is the loca­tion for the activity
  • Will a meal be included? The worst was when my teen didn’t know if they should eat before the date, or if a meal was included

  For a meal to be served as part of the activ­ity or date, it is so polite to ask the mem­bers of the group com­ing if they have any aller­gies. We had pizza for the meal, think­ing it was safe, and it turned out one of the guys in the group was aller­gic to cheese! I ran home and made him a sand­wich.  I felt badly because the young man felt very awk­ward and embar­rassed about the sit­u­a­tion.  

Ok, now on with the GAMES!!!  


Lawn Twister –

  • On a large area of grass (get per­mis­sion ahead of time), mark out lines in a grid pattern.
  • Take a large box(es) and cut a hole in it that is about 12” in diameter.
  • With spray paint, mark a row in blue paint, mov­ing the box to marked area.
  • Repeat with red paint and so on with the other col­ors to make a twister board as large as you need.


Hike & Picnic –

  • Check out local trails to match the abil­ity of the peo­ple in your group.  (My youngest daugh­ter had knee surgery and this would have nor­mally been a ter­rific activ­ity, but for her, it was a nightmare.)


Water Bal­loon Bat­tle Ship -

  • On a large lawn area, string a rope, divid­ing the area in half, with the rope about 9–10 feet high to block vis­i­bil­ity for all teens.
  •  Drape or attach a tarp, sheet or any fab­ric to make a cur­tain between the teams.
  •  Cir­cles are des­ig­nated, by paint (see Twister) or with tape of where par­tic­i­pants are assigned to stand.
  •  Half of the teens are on one side, half on the other, all assigned a spot — marked in appro­pri­ate fash­ion for the area.
  •  Each side is given ONE bath towel and a cooler of water balloons.
  •  At the sig­nal the team who gets to begin chooses four team mem­bers to hold the towel firmly by the corners.
  •  Another team mem­ber gets a bal­loon and places it in the towel.
  •  The four hold­ing the towel, tosses the bal­loon to the other side hop­ing to hit a mem­ber of the oppo­site team.
  •  If they did hit some­one, that team has to yell, ‘You sunk a bat­tle­ship’ and that per­son goes off the side­lines to cheer on their team.
  •  This goes until they do not hit any­one, then the other team has their turn.

 Great fun for a hot sum­mer day.


Ser­vice Project –

  • Is there a per­son or fam­ily who could use some help? Pos­si­bly with yard work, paint­ing, etc. This will be one of the most fun activ­i­ties and with the best memories.


Sounds or Movie Scav­enger Hunt: Use phones or video cameras –

  • As par­ents (so it was fun for our teen par­tic­i­pat­ing too not to know ahead of time) we would make up a list of sounds to be ‘gath­ered’, along with RULES

The RULES included: No speed­ing and wear seat belts, along with a set time to be back

  • Divide each group into a man­age­able amount of peo­ple, usu­ally the num­ber who could go together in a vehicle.
  • Each group would ‘gather’ the sounds or video listed on the paper (that had the rules in large, bold letters).
  • When the groups are back at the assigned time, while eat­ing a meal or dessert, watch or lis­ten to each groups record­ings and mark­ing them off to see who the win­ner is.
  • Small prizes of candy bars or the like are awarded to the winners.

         Sam­ple of a few ideas for the list:

  • A grand­fa­ther clock chime
  • Grass Grow­ing (that was always a hoot to see what clever thing the kids would come up with – of course given a point for creativeness)
  • Drive through a fast food ask­ing for some­thing that is not on the menu –for exam­ple: Go to Wendy’s and ask for a straw­berry frosty and get the response
  • An accor­dion being played (this would be hilar­i­ous if they had to find some­one and actu­ally record them on video)

You get the idea, just have fun with it    


Din­ner on a Dime –

  • Each group is given a set amount of money, such as $5-$10 and an assigned part of a meal, such asAppe­tizer, main dish, dessert, etc.
  • Each group goes to the gro­cery store and brings back their items, and receipt to make sure every­one is stay­ing in their budget.
  • Then the meal is under way with all the groups cook­ing and prepar­ing at the same time – Fun Chaos!
  • They eat one thing at a time to allow each group to show off their shop­ping and culi­nary skills.


Scav­enger Hunt – Make a list (keep­ing it secret from your teen so they can have fun too) of things to bring back such as:

  • potato bug (rolly-polly to some) and no harm must come to the insect
  •  an empty chili can
  • a sta­pler
  • one glove
  • a burned out light bulb


Game Time – Have sev­eral games set out, such as:

  • Bingo
  • Candy Land
  • Chutes and Ladders
  • Yahtzee
  • Uno
  • Phase 10
  1. Divide the group up and assign tables for each to start
  2. Set the timer for about 7–8 min­utes and say ‘Go’.
  3. The group plays until the timer rings, then has to rotate to another table
  4. Every time the buzzer rings they must change games and pick up where the other peo­ple leave off.

This activ­ity makes for fun and con­ver­sa­tion as they plop into a chair and real­ize they picked up the loser’s hand!


Ben­e­fits of Group Dates & Activities:

  • There is safety in num­bers if your son or daugh­ter has not been out with this per­son before/much.
  • Instead of just watch­ing a movie or play­ing video games, they are in a com­fort­able set­ting to inter­act, con­verse, have fun and meet new friends
  • It gives the teen the oppor­tu­nity to see them­selves as an individual
  • He, or she, can watch and inter­act with oth­ers in a nat­ural set­ting; allow­ing con­ver­sa­tions and expe­ri­ences which will help see traits in a future spouse they will want to look for.
  • Helps teen inter­act in an appro­pri­ate man­ner — peer pres­sure goes a long way if bad behav­ior comes out
  • If a group of teens that are not on a date, just a fun activ­ity, it allows the oppor­tu­nity to get to know oth­ers that they may not nor­mally asso­ciate with, and new friend­ships are formed


Click Here for eti­quette & ideas of how to ask and answer for dances/dates

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Rec­og­nize a bless­ing and be a bless­ing today.

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