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15 Nerf Gun Party Ideas: Games, Rules, Food & Free Printables

Are you planning a Nerf gun themed party for your tween or teen?

Having the right games for children’s parties can be challenging, but with a few ideas, you can create a party your teen will remember.

A nerf party will keep the kids engaged and entertained out on the battlefield.

Below you will find Nerf gun birthday party games that you can implement at your child’s next party.

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Nerf Gun Birthday Party Games

Let’s explore some of the best Nerf gun birthday party games for teens that are sure to keep the partygoers engaged and having a blast. 

Choose two or three of the following nerf party games to play. 

1. King Of The Nerf Hill

This game involves setting up two teams to play against each other.

Start with one player from each team on the playing field.

If a player gets hit, they get replaced by the next team member.

In the end, the team with the most players still in the game wins.

2. Capture The Nerf Flag

In this traditional outdoor game, teams have a colored flag, and the objective is to capture the other team’s flag.

Start by splitting them into two teams, find two flags of different colors, and give each group a colored flag.

Each team then hides its flag somewhere on the playing field and needs to protect it from the opposing team.

Each team needs to find the opposing team’s flag and bring it back to their base.

If you get hit, then you have to run back to your base and start again.

The team that finds the other team’s flag and brings it back to their base wins the game.

3. Nerf Elimination

The elimination game starts with two teams on the field.

If members of the other team hit you, you are off the range.

The team with the most members remaining wins the game.

4. Nerf Sniper Shootout

If the party doesn’t have enough kids to split into teams, a sniper shootout is an ideal game to engage them.

Set a target and give each child six shots at the target.

The one with the most hits wins the game.

5. Nerf Freeze Tag

Go all out with Nerf guns and have kids going wild with this game.

The game requires a minimum of four players, all equipped with Nerf guns.

If someone is shot, they have to freeze and not move.

If you are playing in teams, you will need a team member to shoot you with a dart gun and unfreeze you.

6. Nerf Gun Obstacle Course

Use your backyard and build an obstacle course using cardboard, tables, or chairs.

The kids can use their Nerf guns to shoot at anyone while maneuvering the obstacles.

The player that hasn’t been shot at the end of the game or with the most shots wins the game.

7. Run The Nerf Gauntlet

Give the birthday girl or boy a little more attention with this game.

The birthday boy or girl has to run the gauntlet while everyone else stands at a distance shooting at them as they run to the other end.

Be sure to space them out a bit, wear safety goggles, and remember the rules to avoid anyone getting hurt.

8. Nerf Gun Target Shooting

Set some targets at a reasonable distance.

These could be bottles placed on a table or cardboard cut-out targets.

The kids can then use their Nerf guns to shoot the target. The one that hits the most targets wins the game.

9. Nerf Gun Tin Can Challenge

Arrange empty cans or bottles on a table and set a reasonable distance between the shooters and the targets.

Play the game in rounds, getting a winner for each round, then have all the winners go against each other for the ultimate winner of the game.

10. Nerf Water Balloon Challenge

Fill balloons with water and hang them on a line in the garden.

Give each child a turn to shoot at the balloons.

You can have a few teams and use different colored balloons to monitor which team hits and pops the most balloons.

11. Nerf Gladiator

This is a two-person game whereby one is the gladiator or the shooter while the other is the competitor.

The gladiator should have several weapons and be on higher ground.

The competitor should not have any Nerf guns and has to navigate the course avoiding the darts.

12. Height, Distance & Accuracy Nerf Challenges

Set targets at different heights and distances that the shooters can compete in hitting.

You could also mark targets where the most accurate shooters go against each other in the final round to find a winner.

13. Free Play Nerf War

Leave the shooters to do their thing with the free-play Nerf War.

They can set their own rules or go wild and play with no limitations.

The fun is in running around and shooting at their friends.

14. Hide and Seek Nerf Challenge

Add a little twist to hide and seek and bring the Nerf guns to work.

Each player will have a nerf gun.

Players hide from the seeker and get two bullets each to try and shoot the seeker before they shoot them.

You can set a timer for everyone to hide.

Watch this video to see how to play this fun Nerf Gun party game:

15. Protect The ‘Baby’

A player or two must protect the baby, ensuring the baby (doll) is not shot by the assailants while passing it from one point to the other.

The defenders have to keep the assailants away from the baby, and if the baby gets hit, they are out.

Nerf Gun Party Invitation Ideas

Create a compelling and eye-catching Nerf gun party invitation for your next party. Be sure to incorporate your color scheme while laying out the party’s location, time, and other details.

Nerf Wars Invitation
Nerf War Invitation

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Simple Nerf Wars Invitation
Nerf War Invitation

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Dart Gun Party Invitations
POP parties Dart Gun Party Invitations - 12 Invitations + 12 Envelopes - Dart War Party Invitations - Dart War Party Decorations

Nerf Gun Party Decoration Ideas

Staying on theme is one of the most important parts when it comes to decorations for a successful Nerf Gun party. 

To decorate your awesome party area you can hang up squares of tissue paper that match your child’s favorite color, or get creative and make spinning targets out of cardboard boxes. You can also purchase decorations like a Nerf party balloon arch online.

Here are some nerf party ideas for decoration you could use.

Nerf Gun Party Balloon Arch Decorations
nerf party balloons

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Nerf Gun Party Balloon Garland Kit
Dart War Party Balloon Garland Kit, 113Pack Blue Orange Black Balloons, Target Sign for Kids Baby Shower Birthday Party Decorations
Nerf Gun Display
nerf gun display

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Stay On Theme With Color Snacks
Nerf Gun party food

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Nerf Gun Party Ideas Cake

The birthday cake is the center of the party, so be sure it matches your nerf party theme.

If cake decorating is your thing, and you want something more than a simple cake, then here are some eye-catching cake designs you can seek inspiration from.

Nerf-branded cake

nerf branded cake

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Gun-shaped cake

gun shaped cake

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Two-tier Nerf birthday cake

two tiered cake

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Nerf Target Cake

Nerf target cake

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Nerf Gun Party Ideas Food

Tie in the decor and cake with Nerf gun-themed foods and snacks.

Here are some ideas:

Nerf Theme Color Donuts

Nerf theme color donuts

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Nerf Theme Color Snacks

nerf theme colored snacks

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Nerf Bullet Cookies in Nerf-Colored Icing

nerf bullet cookies

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Nerf Gun Party Targets

Nerf gun targets are a great addition to any Nerf birthday party. Setting up various targets around the party space can provide endless opportunities for fun and friendly competition.

Let’s look at some ideas for creating different types of targets, such as hanging targets, digital targets, and even human targets (using foam darts of course).

These targets will not only enhance the overall party experience but also provide an opportunity to improve shooting skills, making the games more challenging and exciting for teenagers.

Nerf gun games cannot be complete without targets. Here are some fun ideas you can get to complete your mega Nerf gun party.

1. Mesh Target

This portable mesh target doubles up as a collection bag for your darts as you shoot.

It is a great idea to practice your shooting skills, and the fact that it is portable makes it convenient to use anywhere.

Nerf Elite Portable Practice Target
Nerf Elite Portable Practice Target

2. DIY Hanging Nerf Target

DIY hanging target

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This no-sew hanging nerf target is easy and fun to make using inexpensive materials.

You can cut parts of the hanging material and use stickers to mark the targets.

3. DIY Cereal Box Targets

DIY cereal box nerf gun target

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Glue targets on cardboard or old cereal boxes and arrange them so that the highest number is furthest away and hardest to shoot. You can download some free target prints here.

4. DIY Can Targets

You can use party cups and arrange them to create various heights for the targets.

Alternatively, you can set cans on a ladder or shelf at different heights.

Nerf Gun Party Battlefield Ideas

Make use of the space you have to turn it into a battlefield. You can source supplies or use what you have at home.

Here are some Nerf war battlefield ideas:

Outdoor tires and pallets battlefield

Outdoor tyre and pallet

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Inexpensive cardboard battlefield idea

4 Inflatables for Nerf Gun Party
Skywin Obstacles for Nerf - 4 Pieces Easy Set Up Inflatables for Nerf Gun Party and Laser Tag Game - Nerf Battle Obstacles Great for Shelter (Green)

Nerf Gun Party Tips

Here are some useful tips for planning a fun Nerf gun party:

  • Get enough Nerf guns and darts. Order enough for the number of invites you have.
  • Choose Nerf games beforehand and prepare all the supplies you need for the games.
  • Consider the location to ensure adequate space for Nerf gun games.
  • Stay on theme by matching the cake, decorations, food, and party favors.
  • Create an order of events for a seamless flow of the party.

Best Age

Nerf gun parties are ideal for children between 6 and 13.

You might like to read Fun Birthday Party Ideas For 11 & 12 Year Olds if you’re looking for more tween party ideas. 

How Many Players

Nerf gun games can have two to any number of players.

The best thing is that you can play some games in teams while others are free-play.

As long there are enough guns and darts, there is no limit to the number of players.

Where To Have A Nerf Gun Party

The venue of your Nerf war party will depend on the number of guests you plan to invite.

The idea is to ensure you have enough space to set the battlefield, the snack bar, and the space for all guests.

You could play in a park, in the forest, but the best Nerf gun parties are often in your own backyard.

Nerf Gun Party Rules

nerf gun party rules

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  • No physical contact
  • No intentional face shots
  • Eye protection is mandatory
  • Play within the boundaries of the battlefield
  • Share guns and darts
  • Play fair

Nerf Gun Party Supplies

For a successful Nerf gun party, you will need guns, bullets, safety goggles, and some targets.

Let’s have a look at some top picks below:

Nerf Guns

NERF MicroShots 6-Blaster Bundle
NERF MicroShots 6-Blaster Bundle - 6 Mini Dart-Firing Elite Blasters and 6 Official Elite Darts - for Kids, Teens, Adults (Amazon Exclusive)


Nerf Gun Party Tactical Vest

Tactical Vest Kit 2 Pack for Nerf Guns
Tactical Vest Kit 2 Pack for Nerf Guns N-Strike Elite Series for Boys


Nerf Bullets

Compatible Darts 1000 PCS
Coodoo Compatible Darts 1000 PCS Refill Pack Bullets for Nerf N-Strike Elite Series Blasters Toy Gun - Blue with Storage Bag


Nerf Gun Party Safety Glasses

Kids Safety Glasses For Eye Protection
amoolo Kids Safety Glasses For Eye Protection, Nerf Goggles for Science/Nurf Party/School, Anti Scratch and Impact, 12 Pack


Nerf Gun Party Targets

Nerf gun targets are a great addition to any Nerf birthday party. Setting up various targets around the party space can provide endless opportunities for fun and friendly competition.

Let’s look at some ideas for creating different types of targets, such as hanging targets, digital targets, and even human targets (using foam darts of course).

These targets will not only enhance the overall party experience but also provide an opportunity to improve shooting skills, making the games more challenging and exciting for teenagers.

NERF Elite Hovering Target
NERF Elite Hovering Target


NERF Elite Digital Target
NERF Elite Digital Target

Nerf Gun Party Favors

Give each guest a goodie bag filled with Nerf gun related items like extra ammo, target darts, and safety glasses. You could even include a new Nerf gun for the winner of the game!

Accessories for Nerf Party Favors
Wishery Accessories for Nerf Party Supplies & Boys Birthday Favors - 12 Kids. Compatible with Nerf Guns & Blasters N - Strike Elite. Pack of Foam Darts, Safety Glasses, Masks, Wrist Bullet HolderE

Free Nerf Gun Party Printables

TargetsFree nerf gun target printables

Download all four free target prints here.

Place the highest number furthest away to make it harder to score.

Food Names For Your Nerf Gun Themed Party (Free Printable)

Food NamesDownload these fun food names and use them to decorate your snack table.

  • Cheese Pellets – cheese puffs
  • Battle Chips – Spicy Doritos
  • Berry Bombs – Strawberries or blueberries
  • Carrot Cartridges – Baby carrots
  • Refuel Fluid – Energy drinks
  • Water Rations- Bottled water

Watch this video for some advanced Nerf Gun Game Ideas:

Can You Play With Nerf Guns In The Park?

Each city will have its own requirements. In some parks you can arrive – first come first served, while in others you might need a permit, especially if it’s an organized party.

If you do play in a park then be polite and mindful of other people enjoying the park.

Stay away from footpaths and don’t build any structures that need to be stacked into the ground.

Always pick up all your mess and bullets when you’re done.

How Many Bullets Do You Need For a Nerf Gun Party?

You should aim to have about 50 darts per child.  It will depend on how long you want each game to continue, and what kind of guns they’re using as well.

You can place buckets of nerf bullets strategically around the playing field so that kids can reload.

This Nerf Elit Dart Rover will come in pretty handy to quickly pick up bullets on the field.

NERF Elite Dart Rover
NERF Elite Dart Rover - Picks up 100 Darts!

What Is The Best Nerf Gun For Nerf Wars?

The Nerf Ultra One Motorised Blaster is the best gun for Nerf Wars. The dart drum holds 25 darts allowing you to fire and reload fast.

Nerf Ultra One Motorised Blaster
Nerf Ultra One Motorised Blaster, 25 Nerf Ultra Darts, Furthest Flying Nerf Darts Ever, Compatible Only with Nerf Ultra One Darts

What Is The Fastest Firing Nerf Gun?

Nerf N-Strike Elite HyperFire blasters are the fastest-firing Nerf dart guns. The fully motorized blaster fires a deluge of darts at targets at a rate of up to 5 per second. Let the rapid-fire action begin by pressing the acceleration button and pulling the trigger!

NERF N-Strike Hyper Fire Toy
NERF N-Strike Hyper Fire Toy (Amazon Exclusive)

What Is The Newest Nerf Gun 2022?

The Nerf Hyper is a new blaster that shoots harder (up to 110 feet per second) and has the fastest reload.

The blaster uses smaller foam projectiles that take up less space and you can fit 40 projectiles inside a pistol-sized blaster.

NERF Hyper Rush-40 Pump-Action Blaster
NERF Hyper Rush-40 Pump-Action Blaster, 30 Hyper Rounds, Eyewear, Up to 110 FPS Velocity, Easy Reload, Holds Up to 40 Rounds

What Is The Best Nerf Sniper?

The Nerf Ultra Pharaoh is a bolt-action, magazine-fed, single-shot sniper blaster.

With a robust bolt-action priming mechanism (up, back, forward, and down), the bolt-action rifle feels like a sniper rifle.

NERF Ultra Pharaoh Blaster
NERF Ultra Pharaoh Blaster with Premium Gold Accents, 10-Dart Clip, 10 Ultra Darts, Bolt Action, Compatible Only Ultra Darts


What Is The Biggest Nerf Gun?

Although the NERF Overwatch Soldier: 76 Rival Blaster is also huge, the Nerf Mega Mastodon, with its 24-dart rotating drum and motorized mega blasting, is the biggest nerf gun blaster.

Nerf Mega Mastodon

Nerf Mega Mastodon Toy


I hope that you’ve found everything you need to plan the best Nerf Gun Party with all these ideas that I’ve shared with you here.