Even if you’re lucky enough to host your mermaid birthday party in the summer, it’s still a good idea to have a couple water-free mermaid games & activities for your land-loving guests, or those just seeking a break from pool time. Most of these ideas are also great if you’re having an indoor mermaid party, or even a mermaid play date!
Active Mermaid Games
While it worked for her Pirate Party, I think this Treasure Dig from Be Fickle could easily be a Mermaid Treasure Dig – or you could do this foam version I shared on the Letters of Literacy blog.
For an easy DIY Mermaid Game, check out this seaweed limbo game from 365 Days of Crafts, or that cute seaweed relay game (which I can’t find a source for).
All of the work is done for you with this Pin the Tail on the Mermaid Printable from Etsy.
Same goes for this Seashell Bean Bag Toss also found on Etsy.
A Mom’s Year had some amazing ideas for her mermaid party, but this Mermaid Race totally takes the cake!
A quick and easy DIY Fishing Game is a great indoor or outdoor game, and if you don’t have time to make one check out this Laundry Hamper Fishing Game from Munchkins and Moms that would take less than 5 minutes to set up. (You can also buy a pre-made one if you’re on the ball – I like this felt version from Etsy.)
Oh, and I almost forgot: Pass the Mermaid from Bachmanville is such a great activity for younger or mixed age groups.
Mermaid Crafts & Activities
I’ll put together another collection of our favorite mermaid crafts because not all can be made and completed in the time allowed at a birthday party, like our mermaid tiara craft. In the meantime I have this fun collection of 60+ Finding Dory Crafts, Activities & Foods – many of which would fit a mermaid theme.
Light-up Mason Jar Aquarium Craft from Tip Toe Fairy is a cute and quick craft that can be made at a mermaid birthday party.
I LOVE this Mermaid Lagoon from Small Potatoes – it would be such a great calming activity for kids who need a break from other activities.
This Mermaid Play Dough Invitation was such a hit at our mermaid party and on a rainy day in our daycare. (I doubled the batch for the party so we could package up some of the play dough and materials for mini Mermaid Play Dough kids for party favours.)
This Sparkly Mermaid Slime is easy to make and clean up with a bit of vinegar.
These Mermaid Necklaces from Mama, Papa, Bubba would be quick and easy for a mermaid birthday party.
Mermaid Peg Doll Craft from Oriental Trading (love when you can just buy everything you need for a craft in one click)
I’ve never been successful making this Sand Foam from Paging Fun Moms, but I think it would be a ton of fun.
While we made our Mermaid Wands in advance of the party, it would be cute to stick out the dowels, starfish, and some gems and ribbon for kids to personalize their own as a DIY party favor.
Do you know of any other awesome Mermaid Games & Activities that we should add to this list?