Carnival Party! Host a Backyard Carnival Bash

Step right up to the greatest birthday bash of the summer, with sweet treats and prizes for everyone.

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Carnival Games

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Carnival Games

Kissing Booth
Fill a large jar with Hershey Kisses and put a stack of paper and pencils to the side. Have the kids guess how many Kisses are in the jar—whoever comes closest to guessing the number of Kisses in the jar wins the chocolate jackpot.



Squirt Gallery
Cover 3 foam bricks with contact paper and tape together in a pyramid shape. Press golf tees into blocks, set ping pong balls on top, and have the kids fire away with water guns.

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Admit One

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Admit One

Get your guests in the mood with a prize-ticket invitation.

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You're Here

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You're Here

Make a sign so your guests will know they've come to the right place.

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Wheely Delicious

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Wheely Delicious

We promise: This candy-covered Ferris-wheel cake is easy to make.

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Pin Drop

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Pin Drop

Write point values on circular pieces of paper and place them under various sized jars on the lawn. Lay a hula hoop around the grouping of jars and have the kids drop clothespins into the jars to win points and tickets.

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Ready, Aim, Pie!

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Ready, Aim, Pie!

Fill disposable pie tins with whipped cream and top with a cherry. A brave volunteer takes it in the face with whipped cream and cherries. (We recommend the volunteer sport some heavy-duty rain gear.)

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Time to Eat

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Time to Eat

Hot dogs, cotton candy, and popcorn—the perfect carnival food.

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Fortune Teller

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Fortune Teller

Make a "crystal ball" by resting a fishbowl in a dog's aluminum water dish. Add a decorative fringe to the dish and fill the bowl with fortune cookies. Reach into the "crystal" fishbowl to get a fortune (cookie).

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Cute Loot

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Cute Loot

After the fun and games, the kids cash in their tickets for trinkets.