For our 50’s fun night, we advertised it as “Hot April Nights,” and any month could be inserted. We asked the youth to dress in 1950’s clothing and had fifties music blaring. We played the following games for our group of 100. The kids, 6th through 12th grade, loved it and are still talking about it a year later!
We had teams of equal size line up along one side of the room. The first person in line put their forehead on a bat (or dowel) and had to spin around it 10 times. have the person in line behind them count for them! Then they had to run to the other end of the room and get a hula hoop to go around themselves 5 times. It’s hilarious to see the crazy dizzy walking! First team to get all of their members to complete the task wins.
We had enough bubble gum for every youth. We lined teams up facing each other across the room. In relay fashion, they had to run across the room (so individuals were running towards each other) to a piece of paper taped on the wall. There they unwrapped a piece of bubble gum and started chewing it. They had to then blow a bubble and then stick the bubble to the paper on the wall. We gave prizes for most pieces of gum that stayed (more gum!) and for the biggest bubble. The kids loved this for the gross slobber factor. We used bazooka joe gum, but it is really hard and takes A LOT of chewing to get it to be blowable.
T.V. Dinner Roulette:
Like hot potato, but with T.V. dinners! We gave each youth a spoon and heated up 5 of the most disgusting T.V. dinners we could find. The youth stood in a circle facing in and we put all 5 dinners in the circle at some point and started the music. When the music stopped, whoever was holding the dinner was out and the person to their left had to take a bite of the dinner. We kept this going until we ran out of food and had only a few kids left. Either the kids flip for the dinners or think they will die from the food. It’s great!
All prizes given for games had 50’s leanings – Barbie, Mr. Potato Head, etc. We went on some 50’s retro websites and looked at what was invented in the 50’s and gave those things out for the winners.
To end the evening, we made a 30 foot bannana split (thanks to our parents it was already assembled and ready to go at the end of the games!). We made ours in 3 pieces of plastic rain gutter with connectors. When the evening was over, we took it outside and hosed it out. We did this right after the musical dinners game so that everyone already had their spoon and could just dig in.
Ask the kids to be on the lookout at school for any friends of theirs who may be going through a rough time. Ask kids to quietly compile a list of people who need encouragement and give it to you along with the student’s addresses. Then, after a youth group meeting, send the kids in groups on “pizza raids” to the homes of the various people kids selected. Have kids raid a house (make sure they’re home) by dropping a couple of slices of pizza at the door, ringing the doorbell and running away. Have all the groups leave a printed message that reads, “You are loved.” or something similar along with the group members’ names.
At your youth group’s New Year’s Eve Party, collect all of your pictures from the past year. Provide materials for making a scrapbook and/or a collage frame to hang in your meeting room and let the teens create the youth group scrapbook. Also, you can take a video camera and make a video collage with favorite youth group memories from the past year. Complete the evening by viewing the scrapbook and/or the video collage.
It is a new spin on 2 tried and true classics- Potlucks and Bowling.
Have everyone bring their favorite cereal to share. You provide the milk, juice, pop-tarts, etc… Then have a cereal pot-luck dinner and before going bowling for the evening. You can do it at the church or if the bowling alley has a meeting room.
This is an add-on to any event, but works great with a “Banana” Themed event, and works best in the summer months. What you need, is a whole ton of ice cream (depends on the size of your group), a ton of plastic spoons, bananas (pre sliced), all the toppings, and an eavestrough.
An eavestrough can be found in any large hardware store, and the size will depend on the size of your group.
Our group used a 10′ trough for 20 people, but I’ve also seen a 50′ length trough for close to 100 people (approx 6″ per person). The youth have a blast seeing that large a banana split, but also the fact that they’re eating out of a gutter.
*note* I suggest cleaning out the gutter prior to filling it with ice cream!
Have your youth group throw a special party for all your graduating seniors. Have kids each write encouraging notes on super-sized cards for each senior. As a part of your evening, take the seniors aside one at a time and videotape them offering words of encouragement to future youth group members. Keep these recordings on file and play them for new youth group members when they join. *** My twist: Go to their parents and ask for early school photos and video, etc and put them on display on bristol board or as a slide presentation. Good for a laugh!
1.) Molded ice-cream for season: especially Christmas, Valentine’s Day
2.) S’mores: sandwich of toasted marshmallow, and chocolate between two graham crackers
3.) Watermelon and cantaloupe a la mode
4.) Make your own: cupcakes, pizza, Mexican foods, cake.
5.) Make your own sundaes with all the fixings: ice-cream, syrups, nuts, sprinkles, M&M’s, hot pudding makes a cheap “hot fudge”, whipped cream, etc
How about a “Girls Night Out”? Have the young married women host a make-over/girl talk party to mentor the younger generation! Have different rooms set up for different activities…makeup, hair, nails, etc…be creative! At the end gather all the girls together and have the 20something girls give their testimonies. Have a time of worship and praise. This is a great way to encourage the older ladies to invest in the lives of the younger girls!!
At every group I have been a part of, I implement First Sunday Dinners. This is where I get a different family to host a dinner on the 1st Sunday of the month. This is a TOTAL fellowship night. We break bread together and hang out. The kids seem to love it, and it helps to bring parents into the mix and give them a feeling of being a part of the ministry! It works!!!
Have everyone sit in a circle and hand one person the end of a piece of string. Tell them to say something (nice) they appreciate about another member of the group and throw the other end of the string to someone else. Continue the process until you have a huge web representing unity in your group. Encourage the group members to say something specific.