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Games to Play at Charity Events

Close-up of kids in a three legged race.
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Charity events are a way for companies and organizations to raise money for a good cause. Hosting or attending a charity event that is held being outdoors might present the opportunity to play games. Participating in these outdoor games is a way for you to engage in exercise to promote a healthier lifestyle, to improve coordination skills and to meet new people. There are many different types of games available to play, but relay games seem to be the most competitive.

Potato Sack Race

The Potato Sack Race is a common game played at field events, family reunions and charity events. If you do not have potato sacks available, you can try using laundry bags as a substitute. The race is similar to a relay race, but instead of running, you are jumping through the obstacle course in a potato sack. The course is typically set up with a stake or marker placed at the end of field as a signal to turn around. Once the player rounds the marker, he continues back to the starting line. When he jumps across the starting line, the next player starts jumping through the course. The first team to have all the players cross the line is the winner.


Cornhole, or bean bag toss, is a popular game for children, adults and the elderly alike. A platform, 4 feet by 2 feet with a 7 inch hole cut in the upper middle area, is set up approximately 30 yards from the throwing line. Players are divided up into two teams prior to starting the game. The object of the game is to throw a 6 inch bag filled with corn, beans or sand into the hole of the platform. Each team will earn one point for hitting the platform and three points for tossing the bag into the hole. The first team to 21 points is the winner.

Three-Legged Race

The Three-Legged Race is a relay race similar to the Potato Sack Race, except the teams are made up of pairs of players. The two players are adjoined to one another with a scarf or rope that is used to tie their legs together while they are standing side by side. Tying the legs together creates a third leg, and the pair will then need to use teamwork skills to move through the course. The duo works together to start walking, jogging or running to the marker and turns around to cross the line, which signals for the next set of two to go. The winner of the game is the team whose players cross the line first.


Splash needs a minimum of four players, but a large group can play with two players on each team. Each team will need a water balloon that is tied off to prevent the water from leaking out. Teammates face each other and stand approximately 3 feet apart, with one team player holding the water balloon. When the referee says “go,” the player holding the balloon will toss it to her teammate. If she catches it, she will toss it back to complete a cycle. However, if she drops it or if the balloon breaks, her team is out for the rest of the game. After each cycle is complete, both players will take one step away from each other, which creates more distance. The cycles will continue and the winner is the team left standing with their water balloon.

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