Sleepovers are a childhood staple, but what can you do to keep a group of boys busy all night long? From Nerf gun wars to movie marathons, we’ve got a ton of fun sleepover ideas, so grab some snacks and drinks and get ready for a night of fun!
The Best Sleepover Ideas for Boys
Hosting a sleepover for boys can be a lot of fun, but it can also be challenging to come up with ideas that will keep them entertained all night long.
While kids are kids, and typically boys and girls like the same things, I can speak from experience and tell you that my daughter’s sleepovers have been easier than my sons.
The boys just have SO.MUCH.ENERGY!!!!
And because of this, you will want to have a plan in place. Otherwise, the night may end up getting out of control, and you will be spending your time dealing with behavior issues.
Pro Tip: The more time they can spend outside and running around the better.
Instead, it’s best to have a series of fun activities to keep them busy and get rid of as much energy as possible so that they actually end up falling asleep at the sleepover.
So, let’s dive into some boy sleepover ideas that will keep them busy and happy all night long!
1. Set Up a Driveway Movie
Grab a projector and some lawn chairs, and set up a movie night in the backyard. You can even use the side of your house or the garage door for a screen. Pop some popcorn and set out snacks for them to enjoy during the movie.
2. Rent a Video Game Truck
This is a great option if your kid is a gamer. A video game truck will come to your house and set up the ultimate gaming experience for them, with all of the newest games and consoles. No set up or clean up for you to do!
3. Go on a Scavenger Hunt
Get creative with your scavenger hunt and send the boys around your neighborhood or backyard to search for items on their list. You can make it even more fun by dividing them into teams and giving out prizes at the end.
4. Have a DIY Pizza Night
Set out all of the toppings and let the boys make their own personalized pizzas for dinner. This can be a fun activity and also save you from having to cook a meal for everyone. Everyone will be happy with the toppings they choose.
5. Build Living Room Fort
Grab some blankets, pillows, and chairs to build the ultimate fort in your living room. The boys can have a fun time designing and building it and then spend the night hanging out and playing games in their fort.
6. Have a Backyard Campout
Set up tents in the backyard and have a traditional campout sleepover. Roast marshmallows over a fire pit, tell ghost stories, and spend some time stargazing before bed. This is a classic boy sleepover idea that never gets old.
7. Use Blow-up Boats for Beds
Ahoy Matey! Set up blow-up boats in your living room and let the boys sleep like pirates for the night. This is a fun twist on traditional camping and sure to be a hit with all of the boy sleepover attendees.
8. Set up a Nerf Gun Battle
Prepare for battle by setting up obstacles in the backyard or around your house to use as hiding spots. Divide the boys into teams and let them have a fun nerf gun war with each other. Just make sure they remember it’s all in good fun, and no one gets hurt during the battles!
Ask parents to start collecting cardboard boxes a few weeks ahead of the sleepover. Then allow the boys to build their own barriers and barricades.
9. Have a Minute-to-Win-It Competition
Set up a series of silly and fun challenges for the boys to compete against each other in timed competitions. This will get them laughing and having a good time while also burning off some energy. The winner can receive a prize or bragging rights for the night.
10. Play Flashlight Tag
Play a game of traditional tag, but in the dark with flashlights. This adds a little bit of excitement and can burn off some energy before bedtime. Just make sure to set boundaries for where they can go in the dark, for safety reasons. It’s also a good idea to wear glow stick necklaces so everyone can be accounted for.
11. Wear Superhero Pajamas
Encourage the boys to come dressed in their favorite superhero pajamas for a fun theme. They can spend the night pretending to be their favorite superheroes and saving the world (or just your living room). This is sure to get their imagination going and have them dreaming of being superheroes all night long.
12. Play Truth or Dare
A classic sleepover game, truth or dare always brings on laughs and silly moments. Just make sure to set boundaries and remind them to always be respectful with their choices. This is a great way to get everyone in the group to participate and bond with each other.
13. Ice Cream Sundae Bar
Set up a DIY ice cream sundae bar for dessert. Have different toppings and flavors for the boys to choose from and let them create their own personalized sundaes. This is a fun (and yummy) way to end the night.
14. Set up an Obstacle Course
Get creative and set up an outdoor obstacle course using various household items. Hoola hoops, chairs, and pillows can all be used to create a fun challenge for the boys to compete against each other.
15. Play “Name that Food”
For this game, players will wear a blindfold and have to guess what type of food they are tasting. Choose a variety of foods, from fruits and veggies to candy and snacks. This is a fun (and potentially messy) activity for the boy sleepover attendees. Just make sure to have wet wipes on hand!
16. Lip Sync Battle
Set up a stage in your living room and let the boys put on their own lip sync battle performances. They can choose their favorite songs and have fun showing off their talents (or lack thereof). This is sure to bring on plenty of laughs and entertainment for the night.
17. Hallway Bowling
Set up water bottles as the pins and use a tennis ball as the bowling ball. The boys can compete against each other to see who can knock down all of the pins with the fewest rolls. This is a fun twist on traditional bowling and sure to be a hit with the boys.
18. Set Up an Indoor Campsite
No campsite? No problem. Pitch a tent in the living room and set up sleeping bags for the boys to sleep in. Make some smore’s dip and hot dogs for dinner and let them tell ghost stories before falling asleep in their makeshift campsite.
19. Wii Sports Competition
Dust off the Wii and set up a tournament for the boys to compete against each other in their favorite sports games. This is fun way to keep them moving and creating a sense of teamwork and bonding.
20. Put on a Talent Show
Let the boys show off their talents to each other with a talent show. This can include singing, dancing, jokes, magic tricks, or any other unique talents they may have. They can even participate in groups or pairs to make it more fun and inclusive for all attendees.
21. Play Glow in the Dark Tag
Rope off a course in the yard and rent some black lights. Have the boys where white or fluorescent color clothing to play a rousing game of glow-in-the-dark tag. This is sure to be a hit and burn off some energy before bedtime.
22. Rent a Blow-Up Waterslide
For a summertime sleepover, there’s no better idea. A huge inflatable waterslide will keep them entertained for hours on end. Just make sure to have plenty of sunscreen on hand and supervise them at all times while they’re playing in the water.
Check to see if your homeowner’s insurance covers inflatables.
23. Set up an Escape Room Challenge
Use your own home or backyard to create an escape room challenge for the boys. Choose a theme and set up obstacles and clues for them to solve in order to “escape” from the room or area. This is a unique and exciting activity that will have them using their brains and working together as a team.
24. Rent a Mechanical Bull
For a wild and exciting sleepover idea, why not rent a mechanical bull? This is sure to be a hit with the boys as they compete against each other to see who can stay on it the longest.
25. Complete a STEM Challenge
Get their brains working with a STEM challenge, such as building and launching a homemade rocket or designing and constructing a bridge out of popsicle sticks. This is a fun way to incorporate education while also keeping them entertained and engaged. Don’t forget to document their creations for bragging rights later on.
26. Play Would You Rather
This classic sleepover game is a great way to get the boys talking, laughing, and bonding with each other. Prepare a list of funny and thought-provoking “would you rather” scenarios for them to choose from and see where the conversation takes them.
27. Dirt Pail Dessert Bar
Get creative with dessert by setting up a dirt pail bar. Fill small plastic pails with crumbled chocolate cookies and top with “dirt” made from crushed Oreos. Then let the boys add their own toppings like pudding, ice cream, cake, gummy worms, sprinkles, and marshmallows before digging into their tasty creations.
28. Astronaut Party Under the Stars
Set up a tent in the backyard and watch for shooting stars with telescopes or binoculars. Serve space-themed snacks such as astronaut ice cream and celestial fruit punch. This sleepover theme is out of this world!
29. Listen to a Spooky Podcast around a Firepit
Gather by the fire for a spooky story or listen to a scary podcast. Serve hot cocoa and snacks as you all huddle together under blankets and get ready for some chills. This is a fun and unique twist on traditional ghost stories.
30. Rent Silent Disco Headphones
Turn the volume down and let them dance the night away with silent disco headphones. This allows for dancing without disturbing neighbors or waking up any siblings still sleeping in the house.
There you have it – 30 unique and fun sleepover ideas for boy sleepovers!
Hosting a sleepover for boys can be a lot of fun, but it can also be challenging to come up with ideas that will keep them entertained all night long. We’ve provided a list of 30 boy sleepover ideas that are sure to please, so grab some snacks and drinks and get ready for a night of fun!