(SPOT.ph) Before photo booths, Marvel hero mascots, and bubble shows became trendy, kids kept themselves entertained at birthday parties with good old parlor games. While you probably don't have fond memories of the Pennywise the Clown lookalike at your sixth birthday party, you're sure to have had at least one happy thought about that shiny toy you snatched from the
Take a walk down memory lane to remember how competitive you probably were as a kid, or to simply recall the good times. Check out this list of fun Filipino party games.
Also read: 10 Seriously Fun Party Games for Adults
Which of your classic children's party games made it to this list?
Trip to Jerusalem (a.k.a. Musical Chairs)
We never did find out why this game is called Trip to Jerusalem (they say the name originated from Germany), but it's a certified staple at every kiddie party. Children go round and round a bunch of chairs while music plays in the background. When the music stops, each kid must sit on a chair. There is always one less chair than the number of children, so whoever doesn't have a seat is sadly eliminated.
The rule is simple: Bring whatever the host asks for the fastest and you win a prize. This game is as much a trial for the adults as it is for the kids. Who can forget fighting over who gets to pluck
You find out who the future strategists are with this fun group game that uses a lot of creativity. Kids and parents are formed into groups and tasked to make the longest line possible using everything at their disposal. This includes themselves, clothes, accessories, and more. Some popular items: dad's
The Boat is Sinking
The point of this game is to be a part of the last group standing. "The boat is sinking. Group yourselves into [insert number here]," the host calls out. The kids hurry to form groups with the right number. Anyone left without a group is eliminated. It's good practice for building alliances (except it's all in good fun and there's no actual politics involved).
This game involves a wooden lattice tied with various goodie bags suspended in midair and lowered up and down to a waiting crowd. The kids jump as high as they can to grab the goodies. No other game earns more frustration than the
Also known as Stop Dance, this game involves pairs dancing on a piece of newspaper, folding the paper in half in each round until it becomes smaller and smaller. When the music stops, both members of the pair must successfully stay on the newspaper without any of their body parts touching the ground. Key points to winning the game: twisting, lifting, and lying ("My foot is small and delicate enough to fit this tiny paper square!").
Limbo Rock is the ultimate test of flexibility. Kids must pass under the limbo stick without touching it or touching the ground. It's an easy feat in the first round, but casualties usually pile up with each round as the
Longest "Happy Birthday"
This game is an exercise in vocal calisthenics (a.k.a. the perfect excuse for kids with excess energy to put their lung power to good use). Kids are tasked to say "Happy Birthday" and draw out the last syllable until they run out of breath. Whoever holds out the longest and manages not to keel over wins.
If there ever was a game about patience, it's the