Prep: Have the following one per guest: Solid black t-shirts, fake mustaches, cheap
black sunglasses, optional black fedora hat (Party City or party stores have a plastic
version), black balloons, (optional Name tags—if spy badge option not selected)
As each guest arrives have a “disguise” for him or her. Give each guest a black t-shirt
(can be purchased at Hobby Lobby or Michael’s or cheaper option is to have guest
come to the party dressed in black). For a picture, I had black (cheap) sunglasses
(party store), fake mustaches, fedora hat, and a trench coat for them to put on for
a picture. This can be used for ID badge (if you have digital camera and printer)
and for thank you notes. Have kids select Code Names while others are getting their
pictures taken. Black balloons can be placed in one room for bombs…this is fun just
free time activity while you are waiting for others to finish as well.
Prep:Play game Quick Answer. See Questions below or make your own.
(While guests play game, you can be downloading pictures and names to Agent ID badges
and printing them out, if you choose to do that option!)
Quick Answer Game:
Guests should sit in a circle with one person in the middle. The middle person will
ask the group questions, but the group has to answer the questions incorrectly. Everyone
should respond to the question quickly (within 1-2 seconds). The questions are easy
so it might be hard not to answer them the correctly! To stay in the game, guests
must not take too long to answer, should not hesitate or stumble and cannot give
the correct answer and quickly change it. The group or adult can act as a judge for
whom can stay in the game. Remember it is all in fun and those that get out can still
act as judge. This is a spy skill, thinking on your feet and not giving away things
that you do not want the others to learn from you!
For this portion of the party, there are multiple activities to prep for. They will
be listed with each activity.
Prep: This can be done inside or outside depending on your situation and weather.
For these activities, you will need to decide what will work best for your individual
situation and plan for those with the correct materials.
Obstacle Course: Find a spot in the yard, garage, street, basement…that will allow
for some kind of obstacle course…you can add in obstacles to run around, climb over
or through, crawl under… (chairs or under tables, work well if inside or bushes or
trees if out!) You can add a jump rope to part of the course. Be creative.
Bomb Course: Black balloons needed.
Use a smaller room and place a few black balloons in for bombs—increase number of
balloons with each try. Guests must move through/across the room without touching
a black balloon. (Can have them run, jump, crawl, hop)
Prep: Will need to have several cipher/decoderavailable. Can have messages pre-made
or have each Agent make their own secret message for others to cipher.
**Good time for break for dinner prep or dessert prep
If you want to have a dinner as portion of the evening festivities, I would recommend
choosing a time while the kids are engaged in a game that can be done by themselves
for your final dinner preparations.
Plan as much grunt-work of dinner to be done before guests arrive, allowing you time
to enjoy the party.
Secret SPY Mission:
Prep: For this activity, you may make up secret missions for each guest or use already
made secret mission. Need envelopes and missions should be printed and cut apart
(or hand-written) and put in small white envelopes ahead of time. Be sure to make
one secret mission for each guest.
Point out that this is their own personal secret mission and no one should figure
out what it is…until the end. This is the true test of their spy skills!
Prep: You will need string or red crate paper. Using a small room or confined space
string “lasers” in a random pattern around the room. You want to use chairs, tables,
doorknobs or whatever you can find to hold the string for the web of lasers. Decide
what will work best for your individual situation.
For the Stealth Testing, explain what stealth means (The act of moving, proceeding,
or acting in a covert way.) Guests must make it through to the other side of the
web of lasers without touching the string or crate paper (whichever you chose). Use
other guests to help detect if the web was touched! Let each guest try and then they
can move to the end of the line to try again. See if their skills improve with each
try!! You can decide base on interest level of the kids, how long to continue with
Prep: Have at least one full disguise assembled for each team (at least two). More
variety is good but if you do not want that much hassle…one complete outfit for each
box or brief case is good. Need two boxes (or two briefcase or suitcase for variation
Divide guests into at least two teams and form a line per team. Each team will send
one person to the box at a time. The first dresses in the outfit and comes back and
undresses to pass the disguise onto another. The second person then runs back to
the box and undresses. Then runs back to the line and the third person runs to get
into disguise and runs back to the line and undresses and passes off the disguise
and the clothes keep passing until each has had a turn. Be sure to have the camera
Variation: Put one complete spy outfit in a suitcase or briefcase (one case for each
team). One person per team opens their case, dresses, runs to the next set point
(set a starting line and a turning around set point before starting the game) undresses
and puts everything back if and returns to pass case onto next person in line. (Could
get creative with older kids and add a mini obstacle course before undressing.)
OPTIONAL Shirt decorating
Prep: Black shirt per guest (100% cotton works best), fabric spray paint for dark
colors or bleaching paste, stencils, have old shirts for guests to wear and do in
a well ventilated area
Activity: For the boy party the guys just wore the black shirts but they could be
interested in decorating as well. For the girls party, I used the spray paint for
dark colors. The stencils did not work so well for this so the girls ended up doing
a drip splatter effect that really turned out cute.
Game choices: What is your Lie? or Lie Detector (can choose one or both)
What is your Lie?
Prep: Paper and pencil
Guests write three items about themselves--Two are to be true and one is a lie. Have
the guests write them down so they can read them, then have others guess which is
the “LIE”. The others may put up the number of fingers corresponding to which the
statements were read to show which was the LIE. (1 finger for the first statement,
two fingers for the second statement, three for the third statement.) Each may reveal
their truths and lies at the end of their turn. Give each guest an opportunity to
read his or her's and have others guess. Spy skill--detecting a lie!
I learned to ride my bike at age 8.
I have never been to the shore.
Everyone in my family has blue eyes.
(For those interested, number two is the lie)
Lie Detector Card Game:
Prep:Deck of cards, table or space to play, and directions from Family Fun for
Lie Detector card game (game similar to Bull $#!^ or I Doubt It)
Mission #2: (optional)
Prep: Black take-out boxes like Asian restaurants send home (Check party stores
or Michael’s or Hobby Lobby—sometimes found in the gift box/wrap area), individually
wrapped candy. Put candy in boxes. Hide boxes around a specific area. Use envelope
to hold Mission #2. Label envelope "Mission #2--Top Secret"
Modify and use Secret Mission #2 Black Take-out document or make up your own. Have
the guests each find one box and follow the directions on the Secret Mission document.
All the guests should find one and wait to open them all together. Talk up the importance
of following directions to make a good spy agent!
You can choose one or a combination of the games based on the age, time, and complexity
you would like to have for your party.
**Good break for dessert prep or dinner
Missing Item Scavenger Hunt:
Prep:Make clues for finding the treasure (see sample below). Will need envelopes,
computer and printer or can be hand written. The treasure could be finding the movie
or finding the cake (or something else related to the party). See Secret Mission
#3for ideas. Clues will need to be modified to fit your situation and age level.
For younger guest, picture clues can be used to identify where to look for the next
Prep and hide ahead: Make a master list and a list to be cut up. The master list
will help you see where to hide each clue and then cut up clues will be what you
hide. Do not forget that the preceding clue tells you where to hide the next clue.
When hiding the scavenger hunt clues keep the first one out to put in an envelope
to be used at the start of the game. Label envelope Mission #3. Hide in the rest
clues order (Don't forget to read first clue to see where to hide the second clue
and so on). You can also make notes to yourself ahead on the back of each clue where
to hide or just use the master list. Do not forget to put the "treasure" in its hiding
place as the last thing to find!
*NOTE: If some of you clues are to be hidden outside can put them in a plastic bag
to hide. Do not forget to keep an eye on the weather. Have a plan if it is supposed
If you can, try to have everyone wait until the whole message is read before the
group runs off to find the next clue. Some over eager beavers usually like to run
to the next before others have even heard the clue. Good option is to have everyone
take a turn reading the clues.
*Preview movie and check with other parents first to select the appropriateness for
all your guests and check out web sites like Rotten Tomatoes or others for movie
James Bond movies
Mission Impossible (any)
Austin Power Movies
Sleep over (optional):
Prep: Have kids set up sleeping area before watching movie. Kids can choose to watch
or nod off. Play any games in the morning that you did not get to or that were really
fun and they want to do them again.
**This party agenda can be used as a "guide." Activities may be omitted or rearranged.
Some activities might be more popular with the kids, so feel free to adjust based
on child interest level. Kids also like to add in games that they have learned or
know. This is totally okay to allow some kid-run activities at this age!
This party was planned for 12 year old boy sleep over. It would be appropriate for
7-14 year old--depending on your group and the selection of activities.
Note: A good party always has plenty to do to keep the guests engaged...so plan more
as a fail-safe...not enough to do can be SCARY! Also, if the guests are having fun
with one activity, no need to try to rush them through something just because you
have more planned. Use their interest level as your guide.