Are you leading a youth retreat over spring break this year? There are lots of things to remember while planning such an occasion. But, you don’t have to let planning the entertainment for the week be something that stresses you out. Here are five great ways to entertain kids on a youth retreat!
Whether your group has known each other their whole lives, or if they’re just meeting, icebreakers are a great way to kick off the retreat and set the tone for the rest of the trip. But, don’t choose the same icebreakers that everyone has played a hundred times! Switch it up with games like Shoe Talk or Remember Me?. The kids will love playing something they’ve never tried before!
Minute to Win It games have become increasingly popular in the past few years. They’re simple, fast-paced, and great team building activities. Kids’ favorites include Junk in the Trunk and Cookie Face. It’s a fun and exciting way to get the kids laughing and cheering for their peers!
You could even up the stakes with prizes for the winning team—such as candy or dollar store toys.
Help burn off some of their energy by playing a few active games. Lively games are a great way to entertain the kids for hours at a time. Make sure you choose options that everyone will feel comfortable playing, and find a game that gets everyone equally involved.
Games such as Capture the Flag and Bible Smugglers can be played both indoors or outdoors depending on the temperature and venue. If you want to try something different, there are tons of active games that your whole group will love playing. You’ll love them too when the kids sleep like rocks!
Playing board games is another one of the great ways to entertain kids on a youth retreat. Not only do they bring all the kids together, there are also a lot of health benefits to spending time with friends over a game.
You can even use this time as an opportunity to teach the kids about the Bible! The Road to Heaven board game is a fun way to challenge the kids’ Bible knowledge and help them learn more about the Word. Whether you play as individuals or in teams, everyone will learn something new with this game.
As a youth leader, you have a unique opportunity to lead kids in creating lasting, godly memories and relationships. End each night by gathering your group and reading a Bible story, then lead an open discussion for the kids to engage with one another in the word. It’s a terrific way to conclude each fun-filled day.
This year, make your youth retreat one that the kids will cherish for years to come. With these five ways to entertain the kids, there won’t be any time for boredom—only lasting memories!
The Road to Heaven board game was created as a ministry to bring families and church groups together and to give people an opportunity to play an educational, wholesome game while learning scripture. To find out more about the game, visit our website or give us a call. You can also find Road to Heaven on Facebook.