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We offer 4 different packages - something for everyone!

Step right up and join the fun!  These packages have everything you need to create a thrilling carnival atmosphere to your next party or event. Our packages all come with amazing ensemble of games and fun for the whole family, and whether children are big or small they will appreciate this awesome display of fun. 

Great for large groups of 25 or more 
2 hours

Our largest package is great for family reunions, large birthday parties, day care or schools, church groups or company picnics.


Or choose from over 80 characters
Available all day - Upgrade to 3 in one with slide available
Available all day - Choose from many carnival games.
1 HOUR (You may add additional time) We can give about 20 - 25 rides each hour. Additional pony or horse available.
1 HOUR - (You may add additional time) Includes food for the animals
We can accommodate about 15 - 20 children each hour.
And carnival music for a fun party atmosphere.
We can accommodate about 15-20 faces each hour.
Available all day - Your choice of 2 machines with food supplies for up to 140 servings.

You have use of the games, moonwalk and machines all day.

PRICE :   $1,075

Optional add on: 

  • Additional hour with pony and petting zoo: $150
  • Dunk Tank $100
  • Clown or your choice of over 80 characters $200
  • Trackless Train (Thomas the Train)  $190
  • Attendant $25 an hour 
  • Generator if needed $75
  • Additional pony or horse for back rides / $50 each hour pr pony or horse.

$350 deposit required for this package. Please contact us for additional hour pricing.Prices may be subject to a slight trip fee.This package is not available in all locations.  Please call for areas covered.  

Great for large groups of 25 or more 
2 hours

 Chamberlin Carnival Fun Package is a great option for your next celebration.  We can create the most unforgettable day by bringing in not only the carnival games and tent but also all of our fun clown or ringmaster, balloon twisting, prizes, music, face painting, clown pony or horse, petting zoo animals,  and so much more……..the Sky’s only the limit!


Fun carnival theme animals - with food to feed.

Assorted games with trinket prizes for up to 30 kids.
Trinket prizes included for up to 30 kids
About 8-10 fun carnival games
We can accommodate about 15-20 children each hour.
Can give about 20 - 23 rides each hour.
Clown or ringleader will interact with children, playing organized games, sack races, tug of war etc...
And carnival music for a fun atmosphere
Accommodate about 15-20 children each hour.
Popcorn, cotton candy or snow cone
You may add a pony cart to the package for $100

Optional add on:

  • Popcorn bags(1 oz bags)
  • Cotton candy (1 oz bags)
  • Snow Cones: (5 oz cup)
  • Additional trinket prizes $1.00 each child 
  • Add an additional pony or horse for $100

PRICE :   $850 (2 hours)

  • Additional 1/2 hour $150 if needed

Prices may be subject to a slight trip fee. Package not available in all locations.  Please call for areas covered.

Great for up to 20 children
                                                    1 hour

Chamberlin Complete Carnival Package is a great option for your next celebration.  We can create the most unforgettable day by bringing in not only the carnival games and tent but also all of our fun clown or ringmaster, balloon twisting, prizes, music, face painting, clown pony or horse, petting zoo animals,  and so much more……..the Sky’s only the limit!

We can give about 20 - 23 rides in an hour.
We can give up to 15- 20 face paints and balloons in an hour
Professional quality bubble machine and carnival music for a fin atmosphere
Add pony cart rides or substitute for pony back rides
With food for the animals
About 5 carnival games
Fun sack race - Clown or ringleader will play games with the children
Assisting children with fun carnival games

PRICE FOR 1 HOUR:   $500

  • $150 for additional 1/2 hour (if needed)

Optional add on:
Additional trinket prizes $1.00 each child 
Add horse or pony for back rides $50 each hour pr pony or horse

Prices may be subject to a slight trip fee.This package is not available in all locations.  Please call for areas covered.        

                MINI CARNIVAL PACKAGE             Affordable fun!

Playing organized games with the children
Sack race or tug of war
We can accommodate about 15-20 faces in an hour
We can accommodate about 15 -20 children in an hour
5 assorted carnival games
About 6-8 ducks, chickens and bunnies
And carnival music for a fun atmosphere
10 x 10 TENT
10 x 10 TENT
And a table for carnival games

PRICE FOR 1 HOUR:   $300

  • $100 for additional 1/2 hour (if needed)

$50 deposit required - Prices may be subject to a slight trip fee.This package is not available in all locations.  Please call for areas covered


Witches Brew Game

Game Supplies:
·         6 Medium Sized Witches Cauldrons (see items below )
·         6 Frogs for tossing (you may wish to have some extras as prizes)
·         Plastic Cones or chalk to mark "stand behind lines"
·         Orange, Purple or Green material (optional)
·         Carnival Prizes - 4 - 6 different prizes of graduated value -- Halloween themed prizes or fall prizes are great fun!
How to Play the Halloween Witches Brew Game:
Before your event, place the witch cauldrons in a line about 6 inches apart.
Also, set up your stand behind line about a foot away from your first cauldron

Spiders Web 

Halloween Game Supplies –
·         Large Spiders Web made of black rope
·         Clothes Pins for hanging web
·         A place to hang the net – underneath or between two trees, a low ceiling etc.
·         Toy Bugs for tossing or Flashing Spiders - fun for evening or night time carnivals (see below)
·         Containers or baskets to place on one side of the Spiders Web to catch tossed bugs or tossed spiders   Three different prizes, consolation, medium and top prizes
How to Play:
Before the carnival, be sure to set the net up so that it is suspended in the air and has several feet behind it to allow room for containers for bugs to land in.  Children stand behind a line about 4-6 feet from the net. (Younger children may be 3-4 feet away) Players are given three stuffed bugs to try to toss from one side of the Spiders Web into the containers on the other side of the Spiders Web.  
The object of this carnival game is to get the insects into the buckets or baskets on the other side of the web!
If no bugs make it into the containers on the other side, the player receives a consolation prize. If one or two bugs make it into the containers on the other side – the player receives the middle prize. If all three bugs make it into the containers on the other side -- the player receives the top prize.
Note: Placing at least one of your containers behind the net near the center is the most challenging for kids. Like all of our games, we recommend that you try it out after you set up this game to get the best placement of the web, containers and where the kids stand so this carnival game is not too hard or too easy! 

Hocus Pocus

Supplies needed: 
  •  6 Witches Hats (and stuffing to keep the top point)
  • 6 Mini Colorful Cones (to keep the hats in place)
  • Stand behind line(s) (We used a pennant decoration supported by buckets with weights)
  • 12 or More Rings to Toss
  • Consolation Prizes and Top Prizes for the winners

How to Play This Halloween Game
Players are given 3 Rings with a chance to hoop the top of as many witches hats as possible!

Basically, you can set up the winning however you want, but you may wish to give higher points if a child hoops the witches hat
·         0 rings on hats = a consolation prize
·         1 - 2 rings on hats = a medium prize
·         3 rings on hats = a top prize

Note: The Loop Rings are a real challenge as they fly like Frisbees and are difficult to get loop a  witches hats! If this game is for younger children (preschool - under 8 years old) you may wish to use larger rings)
 Older children and teens really enjoy carnival games that require skill to win - so this is a great Halloween game for teens too!

Glowing Ghost 

Supplies Needed for Halloween Game - Glowing Ghost
·         4 Rinsed and Clean Milk Cartons with labels removed
·         Black Permanent Marker
·         Bright Glowing Mini Battery Operated Lights (see below)
·         Clear Packing Tape
·         Small Hula Hoops
·         Stand Behind Lines (we used cones but you can use sidewalk chalk or if indoors masking tape)
·         Black Decoration for under ghosts (optional)
·         Consolation Prizes and Top Prizes for the winners

Before the carnival, wash out your milk jugs, remove the labels and and give each "ghost" a different personality. (For younger players -- keep the faces fun and friendly as shown above!)
Next, choosing just the white lights, secure one light behind each jug (attaching to the bottom of the handle and facing the light to the inside of the milk jug) using the packing tape.
Now you have glowing ghosts!!
In setting up your game, make sure the ghosts are far enough apart so that the hula hoops can go around each one - so leave about 1 1/2 feet in between each ghost!
Players are given 4 small hula hoops with a chance to hoop each ghost in order -- starting with the closest ghost!
If they miss the first ghost, they need to "catch" the first ghost first before trying for the others!
If players "catch" all for ghosts in order, they receive a top prize.
If they "catch" 2 or 3 ghosts they recieve a middle prize.
For one or less ghosts, they receive a consolation prize.
This game looks fabulous at dusk or darker as the mini lights are bright and make the ghost’s appear white and glowing! Be sure to have other lights around if your Halloween party is at night, so the children do not trip.

Note: Use lights that are a true "white" or the ghosts will look yellow.
Pumpkin Pop Ring Toss

Supplies Needed for Hallowen Game -
·         18 - 24 Single Serving Orange Colored Soda Bottles
·         A Thick, Black Permanent Marker
·         24 Bright Mini Lights or Flashlights (see below)
·         Clear Packing Tape to hold lights in place
·         15 or more Glow in the Dark Bracelets to use as tossing rings for this game
·         Medium sized table on level ground
·         Stand Behind Lines (tape, cones or chalk on the sidewalk)
·         Consolation Prizes and Top Prizes for the winners
How to Set up and Play Pumpkin Pop Ring Toss Game: 
Before your Halloween party or carnival, give each soda bottle a pumpkin face, using the black permanent marker.
A few hours before your guests will play the game, set up as above with the soda bottles in a triangle formation allowing a small amount of room for the tiny flashlights behind each bottle while keeping the bottles close together.
Tape a light to the back of each soda bottle or to most soda bottles. You can also tape the flashlights to the table if that is simpler.
Note: Do no turn on the lights until the guests are ready to start playing this game
Players are given 5 Glow in the Dark Bracelets to see if they can ring a Pumpkin Soda Bottle to win a top prize.
We have found that about 1 in about a dozen players should be able to win your top prize.

Ping Pong Pumpkin

Supplies for Game:
·         12- 24 Orange Jack-o-Lantern Stemed Plastic Cups
·         20+ White Ghost Cups (and extra cups for holding the Ping Pong Balls)
·         12 BATTERY OPERATED Tea Lights (Safety Note: Do NOT use ordinary candles!)
·         12+ Table Tennis Balls (Ping Pong Balls)
·         Tablecloth or other table decorations
·         Tablecloth Clips -- if used outdoors
·         Packing tape to tape cups in place
·         Stand behind lines or colorful cones
·         Game Prizes - consulation and top prizes
How to Play:
Before the party, set up your table with the Halloween themed decorations and cups.
Note: The pumpkin/ghost cups should be about 3 inches apart on the table to keep this fall game challenging!
Next, using packing tape be sure to secure each cup on the bottom to the table -- you don't want your cups tipping over during the game. Finally, turn on the Battery Operated Tea Lights and add into only about half of the pumpkin cups.
Children are given 3 Table Tennis Balls (Ping Pong Balls) -- to make it easy you can place the balls into a ghost cup to hand each carnival player!
The object of the game is to toss a ball into a LIGHTED PUMPKIN CUP. If the game players don't make one of their three balls into a lighted pumpkin, they receive a consolation prize. But, If one of their Ping Pong Balls lands into a Ghost Cup, they lose their turn (no more throws even if they have not tossed all their ping pong balls) but still get a consolation prize!
This is a fun Halloween game to have in a slightly darkened room or outdoors at dusk so the pumpkin cups that are lighted show up! If this game is outdoors, be sure to have some additional lights.
Note: this entire game can be a DIY homemade game!! Simply purchase orange and white cups and use a permanent marker to make the pumpkin and ghost faces on the cups. Don't forget your battery operated tea lights and table tennis balls too.

Chamberlin to Offer Exotic Petting Zoos Beginning Spring 2015

Chamberlin Pony Rides & Mobile Petting Zoo is excited to announce that they will be introducing several new exotic animals to their petting zoo services for the 2015 Spring season.

Included in the new selection will be:

Boa Constrictor
Giant Rabbit
Baby Python
White Doves
Bearded dragon
Hermit Crab
You may choose to have the "Creepy Crawly Exotic Critter Zoo" a one hour experience.  Or, for great birthday party fun, you may add pony rides, llama rides, horse back rides, face painting and balloon twisting, bubble machine and music for the perfect party.  This package is available for 1 or 2 hours.

Winter outdoor game ideas

During the winter months Chamberlin Pony Rides is prepared to come to your location and host your child's pony party.  We will even bring HEATED TENTS and set them up for your comfort.  Along with the pony rides and petting zoo, many parents look for games to keep the children occupied.  We hope these ideas help you with your party planning!

Play tag as you normally would...but stepping only in others' footprints.

  • Set up a baseball diamond with a mound of snow representing home plate and first, second and third bases.
  • Place an empty water bottle on the top of each mound.
  • The pitche stands in the middle of the diamond and hurls snowballs first at home plate, then around the bases.
  • Whoever knocks down the bottles with the fewest pitches wins.

Take some time to smooth out a fairway and a green. Take an open can and plant it in the snow--this is the hole.
For golf balls, use hockey pucks. For clubs, use hockey sticks or real golf clubs.
POWDER-PUFF FOOTBALL (Play out in the snow!)
  • All you need are two teams of three or more people to play, along with a spray bottle filled with a mix of water and food coloring to mark the playing field (a large rectangle with a centerline should suffice).
  • The teams line up at opposite ends of the field (the North and South poles) for a kickoff.
  • Once someone on the receiving team catches the ball, he tries to move it back across the defense's goal line by running with it or passing it to a teammate.
  • Play stops if the person with the ball is tagged by an opponent or slides out of bounds.
  • The teams then face off again on the spot. After four tries, or a touchdown, the ball goes to the other team.
  • The game ends when either team gets cold.

Tie a white cloth to the end of a short stick. Give each child a chance to hide it by staking it anywhere within an area with boundaries. Note how long it takes for the rest of the group to find it. Whoever hid the flag with the group that took the longest time to find it wins the game!

Lightly pack a lot of basketball-size snowballs and then use them to build a course of hurdles to jump over in a round of  'Follow the Leader'.
ROPE SNOW TUG.... Have you ever tried TUG OF WAR in the snow?! Fun!!!
  • Team up for a slip-sliding variation of tug-of-war.
  • Tamp down a wide, shallow trench in the snow to serve as the mid line. Then, take up positions at the ends of a long, thick rope and let the tugging and towing begin.
  • Whichever team pulls the entire opposing group over to its side of the trench wins.
    WE have a winter Olympics and this is one of the things we do! Frodo/Colorado
As Frodo mentions above...Have an Olympics day  with many of the activities on KidActivities. Snow hurdles, Tug of War, Relay races, etc.
Have you ever tried using 'Hula Hoops' all bundled up in winter clothing? Have a contest to see who can last the longest!
What fun in the winter-time!
Play this just as yu would indoors and any other time of the year. The person who is 'It' tags somene; that person stays frozen until another player tags him/her again to 'unfreeze' them.

In the winter-- kids (and adults) like to throw snowballs. PLACE A SNOWBALL TARGET in a conspicuous place where it's fine to throw snowballs. Make sure rules are established so no one gets hurt. It's a great source of exercise for all kids, even those that are not athletically inclined. (This is also a good way to get the snowballs directed a 'safe' spots and not at other kids!) 
No snow? Roll up those 'saved" pieces of white paper and pretend they're snowballs!
Similar to the above...HIT THE TARGET
Make a target by creating a bright circle in the snow with colored water in a squirt bottle.

See ya soon!    Chamberlin Pony Rides & Mobile Petting Zoo
Reservations:  734-368-6582

CHARACTER PARTY - Excellent choice for winter months!

We introduced character parties in 2014, and they have become a HUGE hit with our customers.  This winter we are focusing on a new "Frozen Princess Pony Party"  for our little Frozen Elsa and Anna fans.

Our character parties begin  with your choice of a wide variety of costume characters, with over 80 to choose from!  

Watch your child's eyes light up when his or her favorite character comes in playing the characters theme music, and will dance with the children doing the Hokey Pokey, Chicken Dance and Limbo.    Most of this party may be held inside your home with the character and the face painting and balloons.  However, we bring the pony for back rides on the sidewalk or lawn, along with a nice warm heated tent on the lawn for the animals.


This package includes:
  • Your child's favorite costume character 
  • Face painting (cheek art)
  • Balloon twisting 
  • Pony or horse back rides
  • Mini baby petting zoo 
  • Music and Bubble machine (free)
  • Canopy Party Tent (Heated free)
  • A special prize for the birthday child. (free)
  • Lawn games if requested (free)

Call our reservations department today for more information and to check your dates.


See ya soon :)


Parents: Should They Stay or Should They Go?

When you're having a birthday for a child , other parents are always going to be an issue. Depending on you and your party, you may want the parents to either attend with their children or to just drop them off. The question is how do you pass on that information politely and what limits should you expect to set on those parents. Although you can suggest on your invitation for parents to attend, including wording such as “This is a drop off party” or “Please pick your child up at (time)” can come across as rude to some parents. Plus, parents should feel comfortable to stay if they choose. Remember, they don’t know you. However, it’s fine to include wording that encourages parents to stay, such as “Parents welcome to attend,” “Separate Refreshments Available for Parents,” or something along those lines.

Siblings: Are They Automatically Invited?
As parents, we hate to see any of our children feeling left out of something fun, such as a birthday party. However, we have to realize that birthday invitations are meant for the invitee only (unless otherwise specified on the invitation) and possibly a parent. Imagine what would happen if every invited person to a party showed up with all of their siblings – the poor party host would run out of refreshments and sanity pretty fast! With that said, many parents will bring younger siblings to parties if they are planning to stay at the party, too. This is why I strongly suggest sending out the invitations early enough so you can request an RSVP, preferably by email or phone so you can contact the person directly to make sure you know how many people will be attending. It’s a little more work for you now, but you won't have any surprises on the day of the party. 

While there’s no polite way to exclude siblings on the invitation, if you're throwing a party and have to pay a per guest fee then you could specify “We are only allowed 15 guests so please let us know as soon as possible if (Name) will be able to attend.” In this way, you are letting the parents know that there is a limit on the number of guests you can have without specifically saying leave your other kids at home.

Farm Theme Party

This is a perfect party theme to invite Chamberlin Pony Rides to bring a petting zoo and possibly pony rides for the children to your backyard.  Small children will love to pet the animals, enjoy a hay ride, and run around together. 


Make Cute Invitations Invite friends and family to your party with this easy-to-make invitation.  

How to Make It

  1. Start with rectangles of red card stock. Use a straightedge and crafts knife to cut rectangles of brown crafts paper about 1/4 inch smaller all around than the red card stock rectangles.
  2. Glue a die-cut cow and the letters F A R M -- all purchased at a scrapbooking store -- to each brown paper rectangle.
  3. Hand-print the party information on the brown paper rectangles, and attach them to the red card stock with a glue stick.
  4. Use thematic language: “Y’all come round to the back gate. Fun to be had, animals to feed, human chow too. For your RSVP, Neighs Only! Don’t forget to wear your farmer duds, as there may be some mud! 
  5. Put a few straws of hay inside the invitations.”  


Animal Cracker Boxes- On large labels print out party information.  Then stick them on the animal cracker boxes. 

Barn Cards - Note cards or invitations with a barn picture - embellish by gluing small bits of raffia (hay) on the front.  

Bandana Style
- Send invitations wrapped up in blue or red bandanas and ask guests to wear them to the party. 


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We recommend Shindigz for  great farm theme party prices and ideas.

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  • When it comes to the color scheme, think outdoors, such as green for grass, yellow for hay and sunshine, and red and brown for barns and fences. 

  • White vases or milk bottles filled with large yellow sunflowers - tie a red or blue bandana around the vase for a bow.

One of our favorite Shindigz items is the Farm Photo Prop for just $6.99 

  • A fun idea for white balloons is to draw cow shaped black spots onto white balloons. 

  • Use red and blue bandanas for placemats.

Shindigz also stocks Farm animal masks for just $4.99 for 12

  • Set out a little red wagon (or several if you can borrow some from friends) and fill it with straw. Ask a parent or two to pull children around on "hay rides."

  • Make pretend fences using cardboard "planks," scissors, a marker (to draw on knots and nails), and packing tape. 

  • Red table cloths with bunches of yellow and white helium balloons.

Another cute Shindigz item is the Personalized Farm Yard sign for just $9.99

  • Ask Chamberlin Pony Rides to bring bales of straw.  We'll even bring a steer head and ropes and teach them to rope a steer (free)

  • Stuff an old pair of overalls or jeans and a flannel shirt with newspaper. Tie off the ends of the legs and shirt sleeves with twine or rope. Set a hat down over the collar to make a scarecrow. You can stand him in the front yard by placing a shovel firmly in the ground and running the handle through the back of the pants and shirt.

  • Ask your guests to dress in jeans or overalls, plaid shirts, and other farm gear. Tie red bandanas around their necks as they arrive.

  • Set up a pretend milking station using a saw horse, a rubber surgeon's glove, string, a low stool, water, and a bucket. Fill the glove with water and tie off the top. Hang it underneath the saw horse using the string. Place the bucket beneath the saw horse and the stool alongside it. Use a pin to prick the tip of each "udder" and let the children practice squirting water into the bucket while sitting on the stool.

Cardboard Barn Decoration
Make a barn out of a large cardboard box that you can ask for at a local appliance store. Paint the box with red paint .

The barn needs 3 refrigerator boxes and is pretty simple to make.  

Cut 2 boxes (the lines don't  shave to be perfect). Then made corner brackets (from a smaller box) and put the boxes together with the box rivets. 

Paint the barn with house paint. You may use paint pads.

 Then cut out the door and windows.  Use white duck tape to add the trim around the door and windows.  

Lay out the 3rd box across the top as the roof.  


  • Look for an independent appliance store for the boxes.  If they do their own deliveries, they will probably have several boxes every night. 
  • Get 3 boxes that are all the same size
  • Duck tape is wonderful for adding straight line details.  
  • Make large farm animals out of poster board and attach to wooden sticks to place in your yard or set up against your fence.
  • Create a chicken coop by cutting three sides out of a medium box and painting it brown. Staple chicken wire to the inside of the box and place a layer of hay on the inside of the box. 

If you don't have time or patience to make your own barn.  You may go online to Shindigz and order one already made.


Let kids make their own party favors with this easy craft. 

How to Make It:

  1. Unroll a standard cone-shape party hat
  2. Cut a piece of crafts foam to fit the hat shape.
  3. Use a glue stick to adhere the foam and reassemble the hat. 
  4. Cut shapes from the crafts foam to make the hats resemble farm animals.
  5.  Attach the shapes using a glue gun.
  6. Embellish with small pom-poms, cotton balls, and tissue paper.


Pony Rides and / or Petting Zoo  - Call Chamberlin  Pony Rides & Mobile Petting Zoo 745-468-6582.  We will make your farm theme party "come alive" 

Farm Hayride - Use a wagon that is pulled by your lawn tractor or make a smaller version with a wheelbarrow or wagon. Fill with fresh hay kids can have rides two or three at a time. Use a wagon that is pulled by tractor or horse or make your own hayride from a large wagon or wheelbarrow filled with hay and give the guests rides one or two at a time. 

Ring Toss 

Create a unique ring toss by setting bottles of colorful soda on an overturned galvanized bucket. No need for prizes -- kids get to keep and drink what their ring lands on. 

Farmer Dress Up 

This is a fun relay race. Children race against another team to see who can dress like a farmer first. 

Before the party gather these items - two of each: 
2 large size overalls
2 work or cowboy boots
2 cowboy hat
2 sunglasses
2 bandana
2 work gloves.  

At the Party:
1     Divide the children into two teams
3     Give the first player on each team a spoon and a raw egg. 
5     At the start of the game, the two children at the front of each line walk or run to the goal line, turn around, and walk or run back to their teams—all while carrying the egg on their spoon. They then hand their eggs off to the next two players in line. 5 6     If a child drops an egg, he or she must stop and pick it up. If the egg breaks when it falls, the child must wait to be handed a new egg. 7     The first team to successfully complete the relay is the winner.

Egg Toss Game 

Note: Older children may enjoy a good, old-fashioned egg toss, but this game is not as suitable for younger children.    

What You'll Need:  - An Egg for Every Pair of Children Playing At the Party:
  1. Divide the children into teams of two. Have the teammates stand across from each other, forming two lines with a space of two or three feet in between. Hand an egg to all of the players along one of the lines.   
  2. At the start of the game, the players holding the eggs toss them gently to their teammates. The teammates on the receiving side must catch the eggs, take one step backwards, then toss the eggs back to their teammates. 
  3. Play continues with the teammates stepping further and further away from each other with every toss. As this space widens, some of the teams will drop their eggs; if their eggs break, they are immediately out of the competition.

Animal Tag 

 As in classic tag, everyone runs around avoiding "It." When a player is tagged, "It" assigns them an animal. For example, "You’re a monkey," or a camel or an elephant or a parrot. The tagged person must stand where he is and act like that animal until another player tags (frees) him or the game ends. The game is over when everyone has been tagged.

Rope a Steer

Chamberlin will bring a straw bale, plastic steer head and ropes and teach your little buckaroos to "rope a steer". FREE

Pinata in the shape of a farm animal

You will need:

  1. Rope
  2. place from where to hang the pinata (such as a tree branch, a basketball hoop, two adults holding ends of a rope with a pinata hanging in middle, etc
  3. Pinata candy and or toy stuffers (can include large confetti)
  4. Pinata buster stick
  5. blindfolds

Prepare your pinata
  1. Fill the pinata with the goodies before guests arrive at the party, so that they won't know what surprises are inside. This gives the kids an element of surprise for the game ahead. 
  2. Before the party game begins, you may use the pinata as a festive centerpiece. When you’re ready to begin playing, take the pinata and hang it from the designated place in the party game area. 
  3. Organize the kids in a line, starting with the smallest one all the way to the tallest one. If the boy or girl is very young, they won't require a blindfold. Traditionally, children over 3 years old are blindfolded, then spun around a few times, provided with the pinata buster stick and let loose to play the party game by hitting the pinata. 
  4. For safety's sake, while a child is hitting the pinata during the game, all other children must be kept away (a minimum 15' radius is recommended) from the hitter. Furthermore, the child should have completely ceased to hit the pinata before you allow the other children to go grab the goodies spilled on floor. This safety instruction is of utmost importance and cannot be emphasized enough. 
  5. Allow each child to hit the pinata at least a couple of times before you move on to the next child. 
  6. To make the pinata party game even more fun, the pinata must be swung up and down, and guests must be encouraged to misdirect the pinata hitter (if the pinata is down, tell the hitter the pinata is up, etc). 
  7. You may also want to throw candy with your hands while the pinata is being hit. To make sure that all kids have fun, make sure that all children have gotten some candy at the end of the game. 

Animal Sounds  

Have each party guest take a turn being a particular animal. Other kids must guess the sound as soon as they hear and know it. Give everyone multiple chances to make the sounds. 
Duck Feeding

Fill a small plastic pool with water and small rubber duckies. Write numbers on the bottoms of the ducks and when the kids pick out their ducks, provide a prize that corresponds to the number.   


Make Mop Ponies 
Fun craft for children that they can take home as a party favor.  You will need new string mops from the dollar store, a package of men's tube socks, yarn in black, brown and tan, felt and buttons, rope or twine.  

Instructions: You can make fabric strip bridles and large wiggly eyes, but you can get creative and customize your mop pony in countless ways. 
  • Mop  -  Look for the green handled mops at local dollar stores. They are inexpensive and make the best ponies.
  • 4 strong rubber bands 
  • Twine
  •  fabric strips, or yarn for bridle and reins
  • Wiggle eyes
  • Hot glue gun


  1. Gather up mop strings in your hand. 
  2. The first 1/3 of the mop head will be folded under and rubber banded close to the stick (throat area of the of the horse) to make the length of the head.
  3. A second rubber band will be wrapped around the nose.To make ears, pull up three mop strings for each ear, braid or twist, fold over, and rubber band close to the head.Use yarn, twine, or fabric strips to create a bridle. 
  4. An adult can hot glue this in place. 
  5. Hot glue wiggle eyes into place.

Name your pony
Now that you have your mop pony, what will you name it?A good name for a good horse is very important. You want to make sure it’s something the other mop ponies in the corral won’t make fun of and a name that you’ll be excited to hear announced after you win your first mock race.


Pigs in a Blanket - Take hot dogs to the farm by turning them into Pigs in a Blanket. Simply bake hotdogs in crescent roll dough (found in tubes in the refrigerator section of your local grocery store).

Straw- Serve piles of thinly-cut French fries, and call them "Straw." 

Brown Cows - Serve chocolate milk, and call them "Brown Cows." You can give your cows "spots" by throwing a few mini-marshmallows into each glass.

Mud Puddles - Brownies cut into circles and topped with hot fudge "mud." If you want to go all out, add a marzipan cow or pig (found at specialty and gourmet stores) to each. 

"Pig-Out Contest."  - Children must hold their hands behind their backs and eat cubes of Jell-O piggy-style from "troughs" (i.e. small bowls). This activity might require putting on paper napkin bibs! 

Sandwiches  Make them shaped as animals (you can be creative with what you put in the sandwiches; try ham and Swiss cheese with a bit of mustard, peanut butter and banana slices; wrap and refrigerate the sandwiches - before you serve, remove from the fridge, trim off the crusts and cut out shapes with cookie cutters).

"Moo Drinks"

Makes: 14 servings ·         Serving size: 4 ounce ·         Prep 10 mins
  • 1/2  gallon vanilla ice cream 
  • 2   cups strawberry-flavored, vanilla-flavored, or chocolate-flavored milk 
  1. Place the ice cream and milk, half at a time, in a blender
  2. Cover and blend on high speed until smooth, stopping to stir down several times with a rubber spatula, if necessary.
  3. Repeat with remaining ice cream and milk. Makes 14 (4-ounce) servings.
Chicken Feed

Serving size: 5 cups · *     Prep 12 mins · *    Bake 325°F  20 mins to 25 mins ·  


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. 
  2. Place jelly, sugar, butter or margarine, and cinnamon in a medium saucepan. Cook and stir over low heat until butter is melted and sugar dissolved. 
  3. Stir in the oats, peanuts or almonds, sunflower seeds, and coconut until combined. 
  4. Pour the mixture into an ungreased baking pan.
  5. Spread the mixture in an even layer.
  6.  Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until lightly browned, stirring once or twice.
  7. Transfer mixture to a large piece of foil to cool.
  8. Store in a covered container in a cool, dry place up to 2 weeks. 
  9. Just before serving, stir in candy-coated peanuts. Makes 5 cups. 


  • Gummy worms
  • Animal crackers
  • Animal fruit snacks
  • Any kind of animal-shaped foods
  • Chick feed - Chex-Mex and Candy corn. Put in low places for the youngin's to reach (put signs on them saying "chicken feed").
  • Pig muck - (chocolate pudding)
  • Bugs - (chocolate-covered raisins)
  • Candy Apples
  • Moo Cream (Ice Cream)
  • Smores (marshmallows, chocolate and graham crackers)
  • Cow Tails (beef-jerky sticks)
  • Jell-O Jigglers (cut with animal-shaped cookie cutters)
  • Apples with worms - A fun idea is to take gummy worms, cut each in half, then put a toothpick into each half and the other side of the toothpick stick into an apple... it gives the illusion of a worm coming out of the apple! (just remember to tell everyone to take out the toothpick before eating the apple and gummy worm)


ANIMAL COOKIES  Let the kids decorate animal cookies. Set out cookies (that are already cut in animal shapes - cow, duck, pig, chicken, etc.), bowls of icing, sprinkles, and other creative toppings on the table and let the kids loose to decorate their very own animal cookies. 

Other Farm party favor ideas

Shindigz has some great farm theme party favor packets already prepared. 
$3.99 pack

Everyone will get an "Animal Balloon" from Chamberlin Pony Rides


It's a good idea to plan on about 3 hours for your party if the children are 5 or over.  Any more and they will begin to lose interest in your party, no matter how much fun you have planned.

If your party lasts from 1:00 - 4:00 this would be a sample timing:

1:00 - 1:30   As guests arrive have them select there "Farm Garb".  It's a good idea to order bandannas and animal hats (or make them).  

1:30 - 2:30 CHAMBERLIN PONY RIDES AND PETTING ZOO  Were all set up and ready to entertain the children.  Let the party begin!

2:30 - 3:00  You can pull the children away with a few of the game ideas above

3:00-3:30    Cake, ice cream, and cowboy food time.  

3:30- 4:00   Open presents and distribute party favors

Special Animal Gift Ideas

In Lieu of Presents – Have just too many presents each year? How about asking your guests to forego another toy purchase – You may ask your guests to donate to a "horsey" charity.

  • Chamberlin Pony Rides supports Voice For Horses Rescue Network - A non profit horse rescue organization - 501 (C) (3). 10% of your deposit is donated in your name to this organization. 

To learn more about how you may help them, please visit:   www.voiceforhorses.org 

We look forward to making your Farm Theme party a HUGE success!

Call today for reservations:  734-368-6582

Western Cowboy or Cowgirl Theme Party

Chamberlin Pony Rides has many different "theme" parties.  One of our very favorite is a "cowboy or girl" party!
 "Cowboy or Cowgirl "

It all begins with the perfect entertainment.  And what's a cowboy party without a pony!

With our special low prices, you won't have to rely on the "Daddle" for pony rides.  Call us today and we'll help you make your day one to remember.

We have packages for any size party.  From 1-50 children.  Call today and we will help you plan the perfect event.  And save dads back!

Cowboy Invitations

  1. Write "wanted" in large, block letters across the top of plain white paper or decorative paper that looks aged.  
  2. Draw (or attach) the sheriff's badge to the poster.  
  3. Mail the invitations in large envelopes or roll them up an wrap twine around them and mail in a tube.   
  4. The wording of your cowboy party invitations can be

"Howdy Partners!
We'll be needing your towns people buckaroos to help celebrate Outlaw (your child's name) __th Birthday!
Y'all get ready for the hoedown at the (your last name) Ranch on
(date) at (time)."
"So jump on your horse and mosey on over for some tasty grub and boot stompin' fun!
Give us a Yee Haw at (phone number)!"

Dude 'em up

As guests arrive, present each one with a kids cowboy hat, a bandanna

A grocery-bag vestis always a hit!  . To make one, cut up the center front of the bag, then round out the neck hole and cut circles for armholes. Kids can tear a fringe along the bottom, glue on a foil sheriff's badge or add other decorations.

Cowboy Party Food Ideas

When it comes to food, party goers are usually perfectly content to eat pizza or hotdogs, which is certainly much easier on the hosts! However, if you have the time and would like to serve up some cowboy treats, consider these ideas:

  • A cowboy hat lined with a bandana can be filled with candy or cookies.
  • Fill empty glass jars with candy such as root beer barrels, candy necklaces, pixie sticks, and old fashioned taffy.
  • Make S'mores, or supervise your guests as they make their own over a fire or grill. First, toast the marshmallows until golden. Then, place the marshmallow and a bar of chocolate between two graham crackers, and press the graham crackers together.

Cowboy Fun & Games

Fun and Games: Here are lots of ideas for a boot-'stompin' good time!  

Pinata in the shape of a horse

Play pin the tail on the horse

Horseshoe Toss or Ring Toss.

Rattlesnake Ruckus (Play like Hot Potato Game):
Use a plastic snake, or make a rattlesnake by filling a tube sock with newspapers. Add a rattler to the end of the sock made from a small plastic container (such as a film canister) and dried beans.

Rope a Steer

Chamberlin will bring a straw bale, plastic steer head and ropes and teach your little buckaroos to "rope a steer".

Digging for gold game
Get two bins filled with sand and hide gold coin chocolates inside. The kids will love digging for gold, especially the older ones!

Snake in my boots

Get the children to stand in a straight line and place a cowboy boot a few feet away from the child at the front of the line (vary the distance for difficulty). Give each child a cheap plastic snake and they can take turns to try and throw it into the boot. You could also use a cowboy hat to make the target easier.

Wild West “wanted poster” for cute party photos
You can print out  “wanted” poster for photos of the guests.  Just take their picture as they arrive and paste them in the poster.

Just click on the wanted poster to the left and print out the word "wanted poster" document.

Cowboy Horse Party Favors

  1. Purchase FDA approved clear bags and filled them with Teddy Graham cookies.
  2. Put a chocolate Horse lollipop in the bag and tied it with red, white and blue curling ribbon.
  3. Put the lollipop with cookies in a . I attached a personalized Horse favor tag as well as a small horseshoe charm.


It's a good idea to plan on about 3 hours for your party if the children are 5 or over.  Any more and they will begin to loose interest in your party, no matter how much fun you have planned.

If your party lasts from 1:00 - 4:00 this would be a sample timing:

1:00 - 1:30As guests arrive have them select there "Western Garb".  It's a good idea to order western cowboy hats and bandannas.  Also, if you would like to use the shopping bag cowboy vests.   You can also take their picture for the "Wanted Reward" poster they may take home with them.

1:30 - 2:30 CHAMBERLIN PONY RIDES AND PETTING ZOO  Were all set up and ready to entertain the children.  Let the party begin!

2:30 - 3:00  You can pull the children away with a few of the game ideas above.

3:00-3:30    Cake, ice cream, and cowboy food time.
3:30- 4:00   Open presents and distribute party favors

We look forward to making your Western Theme party a
huge success!

Reservations: 734-368-6582

Great Prices on Theme Party Supplies

We found some GREAT prices on carnival theme party items!

How to throw the best CARNIVAL PARTY

One of the most popular pony party themes is a Carnival party. Chamberlin will bring the "Carnival Animals" as well as the face painter, bubble machine pumping hundreds of fun bubbles in the air, balloons for a fun carnival atmosphere!   We will even decorate our ponies and horses with lots of brightly colored ribbons.  

The hit of your Carnival party will be the ponies dressed in colorful ribbons.  And the wonderful petting zoo animals.  To top it all off we will even bring you cheek art and twisty balloons. 

All included in our Complete Party Package!


Ponies, Face Paint, Animals, Balloons, and games
are on the list for fun
hurry on over
'cause the CARNIVAL has begun!
join us to celebrate
Saturday, July 20th
2:00 p.m.
(Your Address)

Or, you might like this one...

Step right up and join the fun...
This carnival party will be the best one!
Ponies, animals, games, prizes, face painting and more,
Snow cones, popcorn, treats galore!
join us to celebrate
Saturday, July 20th
2:00 p.m.
(Your Address)


Make a sign so people know they have come to the right home.

Get 'yer tickets here! No backyard carnival would be complete without a ticket booth for all the attractions. Who knew that all it takes to spruce up a backyard carnival is a little creativity and a cardboard refrigerator box.

What you'll need

  • Cardboard Refrigerator Box (found at local appliance stores)
  • Wooden Dowel
  • Scissors or Knife (strong enough to cut through cardboard)
  • Paints
  • Rolls of Tickets (found at local party stores)

Helpful Tip:
After the booth is built, guests can help man the booth.
How to make it

  1. Cut a door in the box's back and a ticket seller's window in the front, providing a dowel (set into holes in the box's sides) to hold the rolls of tickets.
  2. After priming and painting the booth, place the booth so that as guests arrive, a host could greet visitors from within, give them their tickets, and receive any birthday gifts.

Below are some games that you can set up for the children to play during the party.

You'll need adult or teenage helpers to run each game booth, and the booths themselves can be created by using tables or cardboard stands.

For each, you'll want some inexpensive prizes such as stickers or candy, as well as a few larger items.

Do you have the courage to place your hands in the Mystery Box and identify what lies within?  
What you'll need

  • Large Cardboard Carton
  • Scissors or Knife (strong enough to cut through cardboard)
  • Duct Tape
  • Old Sweatshirt
  • Mystery Objects (comb, kitchen whisk, cereal, etc.)

How to make it

  1. Cut two armholes in the large cardboard carton.
  2. To prevent any peeking, duct-tape sleeves from an old sweatshirt to the holes' inside edges.
  3. After collecting the tickets, the booth operator puts the Mystery Objects (comb, kitchen whisk, breakfast cereal, bar of soap, and so on) one by one in the player's hands. Identify all the items, and the guest wins a prize.

Here's an activity only for kids brave enough to face a hungry lion -- and be photographed in a tuxedo! With an instant or digital camera, the resulting shots make for a great party favor.
What you'll need

  • 4- by 6-foot Sheet of Foam Core (available at larger office or art supply stores)
  • Pencil
  • Knife (Long enough to cut through foam core)
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Duct Tape
  • 2 Garden Stakes
  • Footstool (for short children)
  • Camera

Helpful Tip:
Dress up your photo board lion with pipe cleaner whiskers and give your tamer a balloon tether to hold.
How to make it

  1. To make a lion and lion tamer photo board, first sketch it out on the foam core in pencil.
  2. Cut the mouth hole out of the foam core with your knife.
  3. Pain the scene with acrylic paints.
  4. Once dry, duct-tape the photo board to the 2 garden stakes set in the ground.

Write point values on circular pieces of paper and place them under various sized jars on the lawn.  
Lay a hula hoop around the grouping of jars and have the kids drop clothespins into the jars to win points and tickets.

What You'll Need:

  • 12 bottles (glass or plastic - fill them with water or sand so they don't tip over).
  • 3 rings a little bigger than the neck of the bottles (these can be made out of cardboard, wooden craft rings, needlepoint rings, rings cut from coffee can lids or you can buy them at your local toy store).
  • A jump rope or piece of string.
  • A table.

How to play:

  1. Arrange the bottles side by side on a table (or on a flat piece of wood set on top of a couple of cement blocks covered with a colorful cloth or plastic tablecloth). All the bottles should be touching.
  2. Use string to mark a toe line (the place kids will stand to play the game).
  3. One at a time, have the kids take turns tossing the rings (three rings each) onto the bottlenecks.
  4. Any kid who gets a ring on a bottleneck wins.

It's simple to turn this carnival birthday party game into a non-competitive game that's perfect for your preschool guests.
What You'll Need:

  • 3 rings (these can be made out of cardboard, wooden craft rings, needlepoint rings, rings cut from coffee can lids or buy them at your local toy store).
  • An assortment of candy bars, small toys, and other trinkets.
  • A plastic/vinyl table cloth or a bed sheet.
  • A jump rope or piece of string.

How to play:

  1. Spread out the candy, toys, and trinkets on the tablecloth on the floor.
  2. Use string to mark a toe line (the place kids will stand to play the game).
  3. One at a time, have the kids stand at the toe line and take turns tossing the rings (give each kid three tries).
  4. You can make the game harder or easier by having the kids stand farther or closer to the game. Or by putting the items closer or farther apart.
  5. The game continues until each kid has had a turn.
  6. Any kid who tosses a ring over an item wins that item.


  • Non-competitive option - give a small individually wrapped candy to any kid that didn't win as a consolation prize just for playing the game.

Here's a carnival booth game that's perfect for preschoolers.

What You'll Need:

  • A cardboard box with a colorful lion's face on it. The lions mouth should be a large hole.
  • A jump rope or piece of string.
  • Soft foam balls (balls of newspaper or tissue paper will also work fine).
  • Stool or a low table (optional).

How to play:

  1. Depending on the size of the box you use, you may need to stand the box on a stool or a low table. Position the box so that the lion's open mouth faces out.
  2. Mark the play line with a piece of string a few feet from the lion.
  3. Ask each kid "Can you feed the lion?" Have the kids stand behind the play line and take turns throwing the balls into the lion's mouth.
  4. After a few minutes, stop and see how much "food" is inside the lion.
  5. When the lion is "full", stop the game.


  • You can also make a lion's face on a flat piece of cardboard and lean the lion on an angle against a wall or the back of a chair.
  • Use a large plastic container or basket and call the game Hoops or Basketball (this is easier for you since you don't have to prepare the lion.

Sort of like a tabletop version of miniature golf, this carnival game can be trickier than it looks.
What You'll Need:

  • A cardboard box.
  • 3 golf balls.
  • A jump rope or piece of string.

How to play:

  1. Cut three holes on one side of a cardboard box. Make each hole a different size for different skill levels (make sure that the smallest hole is big enough for a golf ball to pass through it). Label each hole with a value (the most difficult hole earns the most points). Unless you have a lot of golf balls on hand make sure to leave yourself an access hole in the side of the box so you can easily retrieve the balls from inside the box.
  2. Mark the starting line on the box.
  3. Have each kid roll the balls and try to get them into the holes.
  4. Continue the game until each kid has had a chance.
  5. The kid with the most points wins.

If you don't have the time or supplies to paint the polka dots on for carnival games for kids make sure you take a look at the variations (faster and probably cheaper to set up, but just as fun).

What You'll Need:

  • Large bed sheet.
  • Paint and a paint brush.
  • A jump rope or piece of string.

How to play:

  1. Take the bed sheet and paint polka dots on it. You can make them different sizes or colors and assign different point values for each. Or you can keep it really simple and just use one size and color.
  2. Cover a table with the sheet.
  3. Use string to mark a toe line (the place kids will stand to play the game).
  4. One at a time, let each kid throw three coins and try to have them land on a polka dot. They must get the coin completely inside the dot.
  5. Continue the game until each kid has had a chance to play.
  6. Any kid that gets a coin to land inside a dot wins.


  • Instead of painting on the polka dots, use an assortment of plates arranged on a table (leave about an inch between each plate)


Yes, this carnival game idea is a variation of one of the great classic birthday party games "Pin the tail on the Donkey."
What You'll Need:

  • Large picture of a clown (without a nose if possible)
  • Heavy red paper to make noses
  • Pen, pencil or marker to write each kid's name on each
  • Tape for each tail (double sided or tape loops - no pins needed!)
  • Blindfold (a scarf or bandana will do)

How to play:

  1. Hang the picture of the clown at an appropriate height.
  2. Blindfold the first kid.
  3. Slowly turn him around 1-3 times.
  4. Give him a nose with tape on the top end.
  5. Point him in the right direction.
  6. Then repeat with each kid.
  7. When all the kids have "pinned" their noses on the clown clap for all the funny places they landed.


  • Pin the Tail on the Tiger, or Pin the Trunk on the Elephant.

All kids love lollipops! And they'll love this simple yet intriguing carnival birthday party idea.
What You'll Need:

  • Small lollipops
  • A large piece of Styrofoam  
  • Three different color markers
  • Small prizes (three different types of small toys or trinkets)
  • 3 paper bags

How to play:

  1. Cut a piece off the bottom of a large Styrofoam ball so that it sits flat on a table.
  2. Place a dot on the end of each lollipop stick and push them into the Styrofoam ball. Put prizes into three paper bags and mark each bag with one of the three colors.
  3. One at a time, have each kid pick one lollipop and collect a prize from the corresponding prize bag (i.e.: a lollipop with a red dot picks from the red bag, and so on).
  4. Continue the game until each kid has picked a lollipop and a prize.


  • Mark the lollipop sticks with different colors that corresponding the colored prizes (i.e.: a lollipop with a red dot wins a toy, on so on.) This works great for a "Colors" theme party.

Kids love the anticipation of finding or "catching" things. That's why fishing type games work really well as carnival games for kids.

What You'll Need:

  • Small party favors or treats
  • Wrapping paper and ribbon
  • Stick, string and a paper clip to make a fake fishing pole
  • Plastic swimming pool (A large plastic basket or box will work, too.)

How to play:

  1. Wrap each treat and tie it with a ribbon with a bow. (Make sure the bows have big loops.)
  2. Make a fishing pole with the stick, string and the paper clip for a hook.
  3. Put the presents in the pool (no water!). Or to keep things really simple place the presents on the floor.
  4. Have each kid take a turn fishing for a present.
  5. Each kid gets to keep the present they catch.


  • For very young kids you can cut fish shapes out of colorful cardboard and attach paper clips to each fish. Use a magnet for the hook on the fishing pole instead of a paper clip.

What kid can resist a bright yellow "rubber duckie" That's why this carnival birthday party idea is a surefire hit, especially with young kids.

What You'll Need:

  • Small rubber duckies (one for each kid).
  • A permanent marker.
  • A kiddie pool or large tub of water.
  • A prize for each kid.

How to play:

  1. Using the permanent marker number each duck on the bottom (one for each kid). Prepare a small prize that and label it with a corresponding number.
  2. Float all the ducks in the kiddie pool.
  3. Have each kid pick a duck and they get the prize that corresponds with the number on the bottom of that duck.


  • Number each duck 1, 2, 3, etc. Have three corresponding tubs of toys for kids to choose from. The toys can be wrapped or unwrapped.

Here's a really fun carnival game idea that's best suited for older kids (under adult supervision of course!)

What You'll Need:

  • A smooth piece of wood or thick cardboard (don't want the balloon popping too soon!)
  • Balloons (inflated) - small balloons make it harder, large balloons make it easier.
  • Pushpins or thumbtacks.
  • A jump rope or a piece of string.

How to play:

  1. Hang the wood (dart board) at an appropriate height for your group. Attach the balloons to the board (pushpins work better than thumbtacks because they're easier to get hold of!). Make sure you have enough balloons ready to add as needed.
  2. Use string to mark a toe line (the place kids will stand to play the game).
  3. One at a time, give each kid three darts to throw at the balloons.
  4. Any kid that pops a balloon is a winner.


  • Put small pieces of paper inside each balloon that have a prizes written on. You can also write "points" on each slip of paper which the kids can collect and redeem for prizes later on.

Whether you choose Jell-o or whipped cream this carnival game idea makes some of the messiest "good clean fun." Have your cameras ready!

What You'll Need:

  • A bowl of Jell-O for each kid (it's good to have a couple extra on hand).
  • Plastic sheeting (optional for a fast and easy clean-up).
  • Pie tins (see variations below).
  • Whipped cream in a can (see variations below).

How to play:

  1. Prepare one bowl of Jell-O for each kid.
  2. Put down the plastic sheeting if you choose to use it.
  3. Place the bowls in a straight line on the floor (on the plastic).
  4. Have each child kneel down and place their hands on the floor beside their bowl.
  5. On the word "Go!," all the players begin eating their Jell-O hands-free. They are not allowed to use their hands at any time during the game.
  6. The first kid to lick his bowl clean is the winner.


  • Pie eating contest - played the same as above, with pie tins filled with whipped cream instead of Jell-O.

This classic pyramid knockdown carnival birthday party idea is definitely worth putting on the list. You just can't go wrong with a classic party game!

What You'll Need:

  • 15 Empty soda cans (or stackable plastic bottles).
  • 3 Bean bags (easily made from old socks - no holes please - and dry beans or rice. Fill each sock, tie off, sew or hot glue the end shut) or balls.
  • A bench (or a plank propped up on cement blocks works well).
  • A jump rope or piece of string.

How to play:

  1. Line up the cans (or plastic bottles) on a bench in the form of a pyramid.
  2. Use string to mark a toe line (the place kids will stand to play the game).
  3. One at a time, let each kid throw bean bags (or balls) at them to see how many they can knockdown. Continue the game until each kid has had a chance to play.
  4. The kid that knocks down the most cans wins. If there is a tie have a playoff round and increase the distance from the cans to the toe line.

Here's one carnival birthday party idea that's definitely harder than it looks. Ping Pong balls are made to bounce off of any hard surface. Just watch the surprise look on the kid's faces when the ball hits the rim and bounces right out of the jar!

What You'll Need:

  • At least 12 empty glass jars
  • 3 ping pong balls
  • A table
  • A jump rope or piece of string.

How to play:

  1. Arranged on the empty glass jars on a table (leave about an inch between each jar).
  2. Use string to mark a toe line (the place kids will stand to play the game).
  3. One at a time, give each kid three ping pong balls let her try to toss them into the jars.
  4. Continue the game until each kid has had a chance to play.
  5. The kid that gets the most balls in the jars wins. If there is a tie have a playoff round and increase the distance from the can to the toe line.


  • Give the kids pennies instead of ping pong balls

A simple wooden contraption, with even simpler rules of play, Star Seeker may be the most popular attraction at your carnival. And although it takes a little construction know-how to assemble one, it's a game the kids will want to play with long after the party is over and which you can trot out to any future events. Players place a golf ball on the rotating launch shelf, release the ball, then watch it bounce through the course of screws until it comes to rest in a slot with a star (a winner!) or without (try again?). Here's how we put ours together.  
What you'll need

  • 3/4-inch Plywood, 3- by 4-foot sheet
  • 3 8-foot lengths of 1- by 4-inch boards (cut into three 4-foot sections, two 3-foot sections, and eight 31/2-inch square blocks)
  • Latex Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • 120 3-inch Decking Screws Colored Paper or Stickers (for stars)
  • 1 hinge
  • Golf Balls

Helpful Tip:

  • Stagger the rows of screws for maximum ball bouncing.
  • Launch shelf rotates on one screw on each end.
  • Hinged support leg holds unit at an angle.
  • If your ball lands in a slot with a star, you win!

How to play
Start with a 3- by 4-foot sheet of I-inch plywood. Screw the 1- by 4-inch boards to the sides and bottom.

  1. On the top, create the launch shelf from another length of 1 by 4 cut to fit loosely within the two side walls. Set the board 1/2 inch or so off the plywood so it can easily rotate in place, and secure with 1 screw on each end.
  2. Paint the plywood (before putting in the screws!) with latex paint.
  3. When dry, set the screws in place by first drawing 10 parallel pencil lines across the plywood, 3 or so inches apart, then driving in the screws along the lines about 3 1/2 inches apart and 1/2 inch deep. Have each row be staggered so the screws from one row fall in between the screws above.
  4. Along the bottom, create 9 slots with the eight 1 by 4 squares, screwing them in from the bottom and back. Mark every other slot with a paper or sticker star.
  5. Hinge a 4-foot length of 1 by 4 to the top of the unit for a support leg.
  6. Lean the unit back on the leg, place a golf ball on the launching shelf, and shoot for the stars!

Hotdogs wrapped in foil, popcorn in red/white bags, small bags of cotton candy (or rent a cotton candy machine), snow cones or nachos.
Hot dogs here! Send a vendor out among the hungry masses with a tray fashioned from a decorated filling box.

What you'll need

  • Filling Box
  • Wrapping Paper
  • Markers or Paint
  • Wide Ribbon
  • Needle and Thread

How to make it

  1. Decorate a filling box by painting on it, using markers, or wrapping it with wrapping paper.
  2. Flip the lid upside down and place it in the box as a shelf.
  3. For a strap, thread wide ribbon through each handle and then sew together the edges.

Decorate a cake with simple stripes, or if you're feeling more intrepid, cupcakes can be frosted to look like clowns. Alternately, ice cream cones, candy apples or cotton candy would all make for interesting variations to the usual birthday cupcake.
Concession Stand : Make a poster for the food area that says "Concession Stand", and include pictures of the snacks you'll be serving. If desired, you can give the kids a few additional tickets that they can use to "buy" party food. For added fun, ask an older sibling or neighbor to dress as a clown and hand out the snacks.
Fun Drinks: Add a shaped silly straw to each guest's drink.
Fresh Popcorn: Consider renting a commercial popcorn machine to give your carnival an authentic feel. Everyone loves freshly-popped popcorn! For added fun, serve the popcorn in red- and white-striped popcorn bags.
Sweet Carnival Treats: Make sweet carnival treats for your guests using a borrowed, rented or purchased snow cone maker or cotton candy machine.

Call Chamberlin Pony Rides & Mobile Petting Zoo when your ready to reserve your great carnival day!

See you at the carnival!

Chamberlin Pony Rides & Mobile Petting Zoo