Streets and Alleys

Streets and Alleys is great as camping games for kids, playground games and child outdoor party ideas.

Before You Begin

15 or more players
Ages 7 and up


Three players will stand on the sidelines while the other players divide into 3 groups of the same number of kids (or very close to the same number).

Each team stands side by side, arms outstretched, and hold hands, to form 3 rows.

Each team faces front with about 5 feet between rows - this forms "streets".

The players on the sidelines become the runner, the chaser and the game leader.

The runner lines up on the end of a street. The chaser lines up in front of the first row. The leader stands in front of the first row as well.

The leader shouts, "one, two, three, GO!" and the runner runs down the streets and the chaser chases her.

The leader can call out "alley" if she wants.

The players lined up in the rows, drop their arms, turn to their right and, with arms outstretched, hold hands with these other players. This forms "alleys".

Players who are running and chasing have to run down the streets or alleys. They cannot duck under the other player's arms.

The leader will continue to call out either streets or alleys and the players have to run that way.

Once the runner is caught, a new round begins with a new chaser, leader and runner.

If the runner is not caught after a preset number of minutes, that round is over.


Set time limits for each round depending on the number of players.

Keep it shorter if there are a large group of children playing.

This is definitely fast paced and will keep the kids running around a good bit.

Have fun playing streets and alleys!

Thief Game


5 or more players
Ages 5 and up
Need: bandanna or scarf, candy, pennies, marbles, small toys

And, You're Off!

An adult or older child is the leader and blindfolds one player. She sits on the floor and gets a rolled up newspaper so she can guard her treasure pile placed in front of her.

The other players form a circle around the blindfolded player. One by one, each player tries to quietly steal things from the treasure pile without being tagged.

If the blindfolded player hears someone trying to take her stash, she calls out,"thief, thief" and has to tag that player with the newspaper. She has to remain seated.

If the player gets tagged, he must put his treasure back in the pile. If he's not tagged, he gets to keep what he got.

The winner is the person who has the most goodies. But, if the blindfolded player has tagged all the players, she wins.

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