Everyone likes balloons at a party they can serve a variety of different purposes but most people don't realize that you can take a helium party balloon and use it for more than just show. In fact there are a variety of different party games that you can use them for.
One game that you can do by using a helium party balloon as the center of the game is the game Twister. If you have one of these games you can get rid of the spinner and use helium balloons instead of the spinner. Take paper and write left foot, left hand, right foot and right hand and put these inside of a yellow, red, blue and green helium party balloon. This will take place of the spinner. Fill them with helium and add ribbon to each balloon. If playing the game outside put weights on the ribbon. The person who is the spinner is now the balloon popper. So when they pop the red balloon for example and it says right hand, then they would say right hand red.
Another way to use a helium party balloon is by playing a game called Helium Reverse Volleyball. All you need for this game is a nice long piece of ribbon, rope or a net, a helium party balloon that is filled with helium and two teams of players.
Take the ribbon, rope or net and tie it between tow objects that are stationary making sure that it is about waist high to the players. Next you will divide the teams up evenly and have each team stand on each side of the ribbon, rope or net. Instead of batting the helium party balloon over the makeshift net they have to bat it under the net instead. A point is scored when the balloon hits the ceiling on the side of the opposing team. It's probably a good idea to have a piece of ribbon attached to the balloon in order to retrieve it after a point has been scored.
A fun game for kids that can utilize a helium party balloon is called Ready, Aim, Fire. This is for an outdoor party. Make a horizontal line on the ground. Next take a 3 foot ribbon and tie it to a balloon filled with helium. Put the balloon around 2 feet in front of the line on the ground. Do the exact same thing with the other side of the line on the ground. Divide children up into two different teams and give them water guns. At your signal have all the children start firing at their balloon and the team who is first to put their balloon over the line on the ground are the winners. You can also use cans of silly string for the game if you don't want to use water guns.
Another game that can be fun for a kids party is Sink the Balloon. You will need as many helium filled balloons as there are kids to play the game. Fill the balloons with helium and attach weights and ribbons to the balloons so they won't float off. Next give each child who is playing a can of silly string.
The object of this game is to cover the balloon until it finally sinks down to the ground from the weight of the silly string. The winner is the first child who gets their balloon to sink to the ground.
A good indoor game using a helium balloon is Backwards Basketball. You will need two hoops at opposite ends of a room you want to play the game in. One team gets the helium balloon first and have to try and dribble the balloon on the ground, if they don't dribble well and the balloon floats to the ceiling the other team gets the balloon. The object of the game is to try and dribble to the hoop and try to push or shoot the balloon under the hoop so it will float through the bottom of the hoop. Make sure there is a ribbon tied to the balloon so you can get it when it does float to the ceiling.
Hot Potato is another good game you can use a helium party balloon for. Have kids sit in a circle and then give one of them a helium filled balloon with a ribbon tied on it. Play music and tell them to pass the balloon to the person on their right and keep doing this until the music stops. Whoever is stuck holding the balloon when the music is stopped is out of the game. The main rule is that they can't use the ribbon to pass the balloon to the next person, this way the game will be a little more challenging.