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20 Crazy Fun Indoor Teen Games

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These fun indoor teen games will get the kids up and moving, and they’ll have a great time in the process.

Five teenagers are seated together, smiling and looking at a laptop.

It can be hard to entertain a large group of teens inside if you don’t want to rely on planting them in front of electronics. That’s why knowing lots of different indoor games and ideas is super helpful.

When my son was in high school he wanted to throw an end-of-season party for his wrestling team. I was all for it but was a little nervous about how I was going to keep over a dozen high school boys occupied so they wouldn’t get bored and turn my house into a giant wrestling mat.

Since the weather at the end of February is typically pretty miserable here, I wanted to come up with several games for teens that would give them a chance to be active even though we’d be inside, since outdoor games for teens were out of the question.

Indoor Action Games

If you have a large, open space in your home you can help the teens expend some energy with these totally indoor-safe games. Even better, all of these games are played with items you already have on hand.

Sock Wrestling

Clear a large space in the center of a carpeted room. Two players face off wearing socks but no shoes. The first person to remove both of his opponent’s socks wins.

Three teens wearing different colorful socks stand in a circle on a wooden floor.

Since we had a bunch of wrestlers, we used wrestling rules to determine legal moves. For the most part, you’ll want to establish rules that prevent serious injury or property damage.

Blindfold Obstacle Course

Have everyone pair off. Each team has one person wear a blindfold while the other person navigates him or her across a room filled with obstacles (a coffee table, chairs, a vacuum cleaner).

Three kids laugh and watch as a blindfolded boy walks forward with hands outstretched.

The team that accomplishes the task the fastest, wins. When played indoors, you want to have one team go at a time and use a timer to track how long it takes each team.

Paper Bag Relocation

Get 5 paper grocery bags (paper lunch bags or gift bags will work too) and cut each one to a different height. Line up the bags on one end of a room or hallway.

Each player must move all 5 bags from one end of the room or hallway to the opposite end. The trick is they can only use their mouths to pick up the bags and their hands cannot touch the ground to help them maintain balance when they bend over to retrieve the bags.

The player that accomplishes the task the fastest, wins.

Candy Games

The best thing about candy games is that the supplies you purchase for the games double as snack food when the games are over.

Taste the Rainbow

Players race to pick up as many Skittles as they can using only a straw and moving them from the cup they’re in to an empty cup. If you prefer, you can use M&M’s instead of Skittles.

A partially open bag of Skittles has spilled its colorful candy pieces for indoor teen games.

Set a timer for 30 seconds and the player that moved the most candy wins.

Gummy Bear Contest

Fill a plate with whipped cream and hide a bunch of gummy bears in it. Players have to hold their hands behind their back and retrieve all of the gummy bears by using just their mouths.

A tipped-over glass cup spills an assortment of colorful gummy bears.

You can also play a different version of the game where you fill a pie plate with whipped cream, top it with chocolate syrup and sprinkles and hide just one gummy bear in the whipped cream. The teen that finds their gummy bear first, wins.

Balloon Games

Balloons are great for indoor games because unlike balls, they don’t fly through the air at high rates of speed with a ton of force behind them. Their unpredictable movement makes balloon games especially fun to watch.

Balloon Juggling

Blow up 3 balloons. Each person takes turns trying to keep the 3 balloons in the air as long as possible.

Three colorful balloons (purple, orange, green) rest on a wooden surface, perfect for indoor teen games.

The juggler cannot hold any of the balloons for more than a split second but can use any body part to tap the balloons to keep them off the ground.

The player that keeps the 3 balloons in the air the longest, is the winner.

Balloon Blow

Have players pair off. Each pair gets one balloon and must keep it in the air by only blowing on it.

Players are not allowed to make physical content with the balloons at all. The team that keeps their balloon in the air the longest, wins.

Plastic Cup Games

I always have a supply of plastic cups on hand for impromptu parties so these are some of our favorite go-to games. The only thing you need other than the cups is a table to play them on (e.g. the kitchen table).

Stacks of red plastic cups on a light wooden surface inspire indoor teen games.

Pyramid Stack Race

Each player gets 36 cups. When time starts (declare “go” or blow a whistle) each player must construct a pyramid with the cups with a base of 8 cups, each row containing one less cup until the top row completes the pyramid with a single cup.

The first player to complete his or her pyramid wins. If you don’t have enough table space or cups, have just 2-4 people compete at a time in heats and then have winners of each heat compete against one another.

Knockdown

Line up 20 cups along the edge of a table. Each player must knock down all of the cups using only their breath (variation: give the players an uninflated balloon and have them blow up the balloon and use the air as it releases from the balloon to knock down the cups).

The player that accomplishes the task the fastest wins.

Speed Stacker

Give each player a stack of 25 cups. The cup on the bottom of the stack should either be a different color than the other cups in the stack or should be marked so that it is visibly different than the other cups.

Players must remove the top cup from the stack and place it on the bottom and continue doing so until the unique cup is once again on the bottom of the stack. For added difficulty, require that the players alternate which hand they use to grab each cup as they move the cups from the top of the stack to the bottom.

The player that does this task the fastest wins.

Prizes for Indoor Teen Games

If you have a super competitive group of kids, winning the games will be its own prize. However, my son insisted that we reward each winner with something so I opted for candy.

I bought an assortment of the movie-theater style boxes at Walmart (M&Ms, Skittles, Junior Mints, Swedish Fish, etc.) and let the winners choose their prize.

Every teen I know (both boys and girls) always have some sort of lip balm and a pack of gum on them (apparently they’re ready to kiss at a moment’s notice) so these would be good prizes as well.

For girls, little bottles of nail polish or travel size bottles of lotion or hand sanitizer are a good choice.

If you’re willing to spend a little more on prizes, you can offer gift cards to places teens like to hang out or shop. These can vary from $5 to $50 depending on your budget (e.g. movies vs bowling alley, Chick-fil-A vs Outback Steakhouse, Walmart vs Buckle).

For boys, gift cards for iTunes or online video games would be great prizes too.

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More Indoor Games for Teens

Haven’t found the right activity yet? Don’t worry! We’re just getting started. Here’s 10 more ideas:

Printable Teen Party Games

Make Your Own Forehead Game – This is a great icebreaker.

What’s In Your Phone Game – This printable What’s In Your Phone Game is perfect for your daughter’s teen sleepovers & slumber parties.

Would You Rather Questions for Teens – An exciting game that is sure to break the ice and get teens talking.

Never Have I Ever Teenage Questions –  A fun and wholesome icebreaker to get your teenagers talking.

Printable Kit – I recreated some of our favorite games in a printable kit. The kit includes instructions and cards for over 50 different games.

Minute to Win It Games

The video below includes 16 great Minute to Win It Games that are perfect for teen parties!

Even More Games

20 Fun Games for Family Game Night – Make family game night extra fun with these clever family games.

New Year’s Eve Party Ideas for Teens – Developed with the help of teens, including food, entertainment, decorations.

Check out my post Fun Games for Teenagers for board games and smartphone games that are perfect for teens.

Click here to view even more indoor teen party games.

34 thoughts on “20 Crazy Fun Indoor Teen Games”

  1. I think you’re ideas are brilliant, but I’m still looking for ideas for my birthday. If I can’t find enough, I’m definitely using yours! Thank you so much!! ✌🏻️

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    • I’m glad my ideas are helpful. I hope you had a wonderful birthday!

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  2. That’s a great list of teen party games which you have shared in the blog. I was already looking for some fun party ideas to enjoy at one of my friends birthday. Your list has solved all our problems by sharing such an awesome list. Lots of new & interesting party games were known which will definitely make our event a lot more enjoyable than before. Thanks!

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  3. Is there a place to download the video that was playing on the tv?

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    • I don’t think so. If you click through to YouTube on the video in the post, it will take you to the original video on YouTube where the creator lists several great additional resources and details (though not a link to download the game names video shown on the TV in the background). Try asking in the comments there and the video creator might be willing to add a link to share that video.

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  4. Can i use this party games list for my daughter nest birthday party? Advance Thanks

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  5. These all sound so fun! My boys will have a lot of fun with this list. Pinned.

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  6. These are such great ideas for games for teens! The Paper Bag Relocation sounds so fun — I might play that game with some other adults 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

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  7. With teens of my own, I’m always looking for fun games for teens. I want the kids to hangout at our house (so I can supervise) and I want them to want to hang out here. These games for teens ideas are the perfect way to make that happen.

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  8. Sorry, I’m a 15 year old girl that doesn’t do drugs/alcohol, or had sex, and has good grades (I’m not a delinquent, or just an rebellious child) and I’m not trying to be rude, but I don’t see anyone freshman or higher really enjoying these games at a party, without them making remarks behind people’s back about how lame these are, sorry but that’s just “teen’s” perspective.

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    • No need to apologize! I appreciate the honest feedback. My sample size was quite small since I only have my own family and their friends to poll and test these ideas on. Clearly these won’t work for all teens and your comment is inspiration for me to get more creative. Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts.

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  13. Boys are definitely hard to occupy than girls, but these games really do the trick! Thank you for the amazing tips and amazing game ideas!

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  16. These sound great! Both my daughters have birthdays in the summer, so we could actually play some of these outside. Thanks for the ideas! I am visiting from Lambert’s Lately today.

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  17. Thank you for the great list! My oldest just turned 13, and with 5 younger sisters, we’ll be needing great entertaining games for many more years to come. Following you. 🙂

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    • I do hope your kids enjoy them as much as mine did! Wow! You have a house full. I’m sure there is a lot of built-in fun at your house with so many people to interact with. Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  18. This is a great list! Thanks for sharing with us on the Momma Told Me Link Party! Come back and share more soon!

    ~Jen

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  19. What clever ways to keep kids entertained inside! We could definitely use that during this eternal winter!

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  20. I’m going to have to pin this. I am volunteering to co ordinate some high school gatherings for our co op and I have an 8th grade cheerleader so these would make excellent beginning or ending of the season party games!

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    • Do come back and tell me if you use any, and if you do, if the kids enjoyed them as much as mine did.

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  21. Sounds like a fun party for adults, too, especially if you have lots of Skittles and gummy bears.

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  22. What a great list of teen games. I think many of them could be used for adults too! I love party games and love this list!

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    • It’s funny you say that. We had so much fun watching the boys play the games that we played them again later as a family. Spoiler alert: Age doesn’t help you in these games!

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  23. cute ideas! It looks like I’m going to be stuck inside with my teens for a few days because of upcoming snow and I’m totally trying some of these activities to ward off cabin fever!

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    • I know what you mean. It looks like we’re getting more snow here in a couple of days too. I hope you have fun with them!

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