Scavenger Hunt Ideas for a Girl's Birthday Party


Organize a scavenger hunt for your daughter’s birthday party to keep the children entertained and help the girls who don’t know each other feel included in the group. Choose a scavenger hunt idea that suits the theme of the party and present prizes such as store gift cards, t-shirts or fashion accessories to the winning team.


  • Design a scavenger hunt game for older girls who carry assorted items in their purses, backpacks or tote bags. Divide the guests into teams and give each team a list of objects that at least one member must find in her purse and place in a basket. Consider items that relate to the birthday girl such as a lip gloss in her favorite color, the same cell phone that she has, a ponytail elastic, a coin from her birth year or a key chain featuring her favorite cartoon character. After 20 minutes, award prizes to the team that found the most items.


  • See which team deserves the title "mall experts" by organizing a scavenger hunt around a shopping center to find items that the birthday girl loves. Provide a list of items that the girls must find, along with a clipboard, pen and paper where they can record the name of the store and the exact location of the item. Ask the teams to find such objects as a green scarf, popcorn, a silver wallet or a sweatshirt with a sports team logo. Remind the girls to be courteous to shoppers and store employees throughout the mall hunt. If the girls aren't old enough to explore the mall on their own, send an adult to chaperone each team.


  • Let younger girls explore your home, garage and yard to find all of the objects on their list. Give each team a clipboard and pencil to note the location of items that the guest of honor might use throughout the day. Consider objects such items as a blue washcloth, a box of oatmeal, a red pencil for homework, a watering can to water flowers or the television remote to watch a favorite show. Keep the kids safe by having an adult watch each group to ensure the kids don’t leave the yard in search of the scavenger hunt items.


  • Allow teen girls to turn the birthday girl’s neighborhood into a photo shoot location during a picture scavenger hunt. Divide the guests into two to four groups and lend each group a digital camera. Provide a list of photos that the kids must take in the house, yard or neighborhood such as making a human pyramid on the lawn or shaking hands with a neighbor. Ask the teams to find such objects as a red mailbox, a house number like “3421” with digits that add up to 10 or a blue car in a driveway. Check the images on each team’s camera to determine the winner.

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