Nerf Gun Party Games Ideas
Having a Nerf War party is the dream of many kids growing up. A day full of chasing each other around with Nerf guns and firing foam darts each other all day is the prefect way to create lasting memories and friendships. If you want to set up a Nerf party for your kid, it’s probably a lot easier and cheaper than you might be thinking! We’ll walk you through everything you need to consider for throwing a great Nerf gun party.
Nerf Guns for a Party
The first thing you’ll need in order to throw a Nerf party is of course, some Nerf guns! It may be tempting to tell all the kids to “bring your own Nerf gun” to the party and leave it at that, but that doesn’t make for a great party for a few reasons.
- Not everyone has a Nerf gun. Just because your kid might have Nerf guns, doesn’t mean everyone does. Some kids might be reluctant to share their Nerf guns if they have extra, and then you would have to deal with the drama of someone breaking a toy that doesn’t belong to them and it could derail the party quickly.
- Not every Nerf gun is made equal. Even if everyone does show up to the party with their own Nerf toys, it’s not going to be very fun for everyone if one kid has a Rhino Blaster and everyone else has small pistols like a Strongarm Blaster. This is another way to derail the party in a big argument.
So here’s the solution – provide the Nerf Blasters as party favors. Depending on your budget and how many kids you’ll have coming to the party, we recommend going with one of the two following Nerf guns without batteries – the Strongarm Blaster or the Jolt Blaster.
One more important thing to consider before you pull the trigger on your Nerf gun party favors – buy all the same color when in doubt. While it might seem cool to you to buy an event number of Green and Red Blasters for team-based Nerf games, Green might be a much cooler color to the kids which will lead to fighting over who gets which color. Again, more drama we don’t need!
Nerf Darts for Your Party
A must-have for your Nerf party, even if kids are bringing their own Nerf guns, is an ample supply of Nerf darts. You can buy 200 spare Nerf darts for under $10, so for that price you might as well pick up two. Foam darts can tear or get damaged pretty easily, so you’ll want to make sure you don’t run out in the middle of the party.
Kids can take some home with them as party of their party favor package so you’re not stuck with 400 extra Nerf darts!
Nerf Party Game Ideas
So once you get your Nerf Blasters squared away, it’s time to play! The kids at your party might be happy enough to run around and shooting each other at random which is perfectly fun! If you’re looking for some more organized games, here’s a few Nerf party ideas.
- Sharpshooter contest. Set up some targets (flipped plastic cups work fine) at some distance, and have each kid take a turn each with an equal number of shots and targets. Whoever hits the most targets wins a prize! If there’s a tie, the winners can advance to the next round and move them another 5 feet back from the targets.
- Capture the flag. Set up two bases with two flags. Each team has to try to grab the other team’s flag and return it to their own base to score a point. If you’re hit with a dart, you must return to your base and take a 10 second time-out before you can resume play. No firing darts while you run a flag, and you have to drop the flag when you get hit at which point the other team can return it to their own base.
- Jailbreak. Split into two teams – hiders and seekers. The hiding team gets 1 minute to go hide, then the seeking team must find them and tag them either with their hand or with a dart. Once tagged, the “prisoner” now must go to a designated “jail” (it could be a picnic table, bench, etc.). If one of the active hiders can touch the jail and yell “Jailbreak!”, all the prisoners are now free. The game ends when all the hiders have been captured, then switch sides and play again.
Most of all, just try to facilitate fair and fun play so everyone has a good time at the party!
Nerf Party Venue Ideas
The ideal location may be someone’s backyard if you have a house that’s big enough. Nerf wars inside often lead to injuries and damages to your home from too many kids running around in a small area.
If you don’t have a large backyard, you can check out your nearest National, State, or local public park which usually has pavilions available to rent for a party with plenty of open fields and space for kids to run around and scream.
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