4 Fun Activities You Can Use for a Summer Carnival

Summer carnivals are fun, versatile events for kids and families. Whether it’s for a birthday party, fundraiser or community event, here are four activities you can use at your summer carnival.

DIY Carnival-Style Games

What’s a carnival without games? You can create homemade versions of iconic carnival games for your guests. Build your own versions of duck fishing, balloon pop, ping pong toss and more. Create booths for each game and have volunteers run the stations. Consider having prizes available for kids to win. And of course, no carnival is complete without concessions!  If you need to recoup costs for your event, or if the carnival is a fundraiser, consider selling tickets that people can redeem for a chance at playing the games.

Inflatable Slide

Inflatable slides are perfect for building excitement about your carnival. They’re fun, and they are a huge attraction. Not only will kids hear about the slide at your event and want to be there, but they can also see it from afar off. It is sure to keep them entertained throughout the event.

These slides can be rented from party rental companies. Depending on the nature of the event, you can get either a wet or dry slide. Before promising your carnival will have a slide, make sure to call the company and reserve it as far in advance as possible. Double check that it can be set up at the location you’re holding your carnival.

Face Painting

Face painting is a must for events that involve children. Kids love it, and parents love to take pictures of their children’s freshly painted faces. For that reason, this activity has the potential to create memories of your event. When you create memories, people will be excited to come back again.

This doesn’t have to be expensive either. If you don’t have the budget for a professional, chances are someone you know or have connections to has artistic talent who could DIY a face painting booth. Consider asking them to do the face painting at the carnival.

Giant Board Games

Giant versions of popular games will bring family and friends together for some good old fashioned fun. These are different from the carnival games in that groups of people can serve themselves. You don’t need anyone running them.

Your guests will have a blast playing a version of Jenga taller than themselves or getting tangled up in an oversized version of Twister. These games can either be rented from party rental companies or purchased. Alternatively, you could save money and make them yourself. If you really want to go all-out, you could set up a race track with racer pedal karts!

Games, slides and face painting are a few activities that can make your carnival an enjoyable time for kids and families. A great carnival will ensure that people will have fun and make lasting memories.