Party Games for a 12-Year-Old's Hawaiian Theme Party

by Krystal Miller, Demand Media

    Grab some leis, grass skirts and coconuts for some tropical excitement at your child's next party. When planning a Hawaiian-themed party for your 12-year-old, include a variety of games to keep guests involved in the party. Games will introduce the party guests to one another and give everyone a chance to make new friends. Encourage the children to play along by awarding Hawaiian-themed stickers and prizes to winners.

    Indoor Games

    Create an indoor recreational hoop contest for the party guests. Give each guest a toy hoop and see who can keep it going around his waist the longest amount of time. If you do not have enough hoops for each player, time each person. The player with the longest time wins the game. For added fun, have the players wear grass skirts while hooping. For another indoor idea, have the children sit in a circle and give one player a lei. Play music and tell the children to pass the lei around the circle. They must put the lei on before passing it to the next player. When the music stops, the player with the lei is out of the game. Keep playing and eliminate one player each round. The last player left in the game wins the lei to take home.

    Outdoor Games

    Erect a volleyball net or hang a rope between two trees as a makeshift net. Divide players into two teams and have them play a game of volleyball using a beach ball. Instead of teams earning points, they earn letters to the word "Aloha." The first team to spell the word "Aloha" wins the game. After this game, give each child a beach ball and have her hit it into the air. The player who hits the beach ball in the air for the longest amount of time without it touching the ground wins a prize.

    Relay Races

    Divide the players into two teams and give each team a coconut. Have each team stand in a single file line. When you say "Go," the first player in line must place the coconut under his neck and chin to pass it to the next player in line. Each player must pass the coconut using only her neck and chin. The first team to pass the coconut all the way up and down the line wins the game. Make another relay race using two tropical outfits consisting of a coconut bra, sunglasses, grass skirt, large tropical-themed shirt and oversized flip-flops. Mark a starting line and run-to line. The first player in each team line must put on the tropical outfit, run to the run-to line and run back to hand the outfit off to the next player in line. Each player must do the same thing. The first team to finish wins the game.

    Water Games

    Fill several brown balloons ("coconuts") with water. Have each player select a partner and give each pair a "coconut." Players must stand five feet from one another. When you say "Toss," the players must toss the "coconut" to their partners. If the partner catches it, that pair stays in the game and each must take one giant step backwards. If the partner misses it or the balloon pops, that pair is out of the game. The team who can toss the "coconut" from the farthest distance wins the game. Make the game more difficult by using beach balls filled halfway with water instead of water balloons.

    About the Author

    Krystal Miller began her writing career in 2004. She has created websites and written content for numerous online publications, specializing in topics related to gardening, fitness and health.

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