Keeping guests entertained is key at any kid’s party. Of course, there are the typical party games – but after a while, kids have played them one too many times. With a little planning ahead, you can created themed party activities that will take your kid’s party to a whole other level! For my son’s Spy Themed Birthday Party a few years ago, we came up with these 5 Fun and Entertaining Spy Party Activity Ideas. Read on to be inspired for your own spy party, and then be sure to check out the other posts at the end for even more Spy Birthday Party ideas!
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5 Fun and Entertaining Spy Party Activity Ideas for Kids
1. Mission Assignments
There are a lot of resources out there for creating fun mission assignments for spies. Mission Unboxable on Etsy has some great items. You can also get creative and come up with your own, and then print them on Top Secret Printable Mission Files. Bonus points for putting them in manila envelopes – they look more official that way!
2. Interrogation Training
This was one of the most fun activities for the kids. They could not get enough of these age-appropriate truth or dare questions, created by Kim from Small Moments.
3. Coded Messages
This is very much like a scavenger hunt, where the children are given a coded message (and key if applicable for that type of code) for them to solve. This directs them to another location, where they find another coded message. They keep finding and solving messages until they arrive at a point where you’ve hidden some sort of fun prize!
You can have the kids work solo, on teams, or all together like ours did. It certainly can take up plenty of time and energy!
To create the coded messages, there are many types of codes that you can use that are perfect for this age group to work out.
- Use the NATO Phonetic alphabet (Alpha, Bravo, Charlie…)
- Change each letter of the alphabet by 2
- Use symbols for letters
- Ask a series of questions where the first letter of the answer is used in the code
- Substitute numbers for letters
- Reverse the words
- Half reversed alphabet
- Read every second letter
- Pig pen
You can find more information on codes and how to use them here.
Alternatively, you can purchase a cipher key or decoder ring and have the kids use this to solve clues.
4. Book Safe Making
Spy kids love hiding places for their coded messages. A book safe is simple to make, but works best with the older kids as it involves cutting the center of the pages in the middle of the book out.
I went to a second hand bookstore and purchased books for under $1 each!
Alternatively, if the kids are younger, you can pre-make some of these and hide some of the coded messages or treats in the books for the kids to find. I created some candy sprinkle “poison” that the kids loved.
5. NERF Training
To create a spy firing range for the secret agents in training, pick a kid friendly/safe area indoors or outdoors where you can put up paper targets for the kids to fire NERF guns at. We set ours up in our backyard.
Put a selection of targets up to encourage firing at targets only, not each other!
To add authenticity to the firing range, we used signage to display rules and the name of our practice area. ”Hogan’s Alley” is the name of the testing range at the FBI Training academy at Quantico, so that’s what we went with for ours.
You can also make up tests and competitions between the kids. We created a DIY chalkboard-style leaderboard to keep track of points. Large pieces of cardboard or card stock paper can be used to get the same effect – just add columns for the number of tasks you want to test the junior spies on.
If you want more NERF fun, check out local companies – in addition to our practice firing range, we used a company called PlanetXone, who provided a fully inflatable NERF battle arena in a nearby park! The guys set it all up, ran capture the flag games, and did the take down as well.
TIP: Keep local regulations in mind if you decide to use a local park for NERF gun based activities. Check that local parks and regulations allow NERF.
Do you have other spy party activity ideas? I’d love to hear them in the comments below!
More Kid’s Spy Party Inspiration
Don’t forget to check out the posts on the Spy Party Set Up, Spy Party Dessert Table, DIY Spy Party Mission Kits, and DIY Spy Party Photo Booth, so you have everything you need to create your own amazing Spy Training Party!