The modern day hula hoop was “invented” in 1958 by Arthur K. ‘Spud’ Melin and Richard Knerr, but children and adults have been dancing through circles throughout most of history.

In recent history, hula hooping was grown from being a children’s activity to becoming a performance and exercise prop and taking the world by storm with a workout craze. It continue’s to spur adults and children alike to get up and dance and even incites other venue’s like fire performances. That’s a lot of hoopla!!!

But whether you’re breaking world records or dancing around your living room to your favorite music, you can’t deny the fun a hula hoop brings. At its heart, that little plastic circle is a fun way to inspire creativity. Nobody knows this better than children, who instinctively know how to play and be creative with a hula hoop.

So if your throwing a backyard barbecue or having a sassy soiree, we thought we’d put together a list of fun things you can do with lovable hula hoops. These are games you can create on your own or if you want to circle it up with a newer spin, hire one of our entertainers to help you .

  1. Hula hoop contests: How long can you keep it going? Different sizes and weights to fit different body types, makes all the difference in making this a fun activity.
  2. Hula hoop hop scotch –with prizes, of course. We make tiny sized hula hoops so little feet can fit and have ease in their jumping distance.
  3. Create an obstacle course with hula hoops. Have kids jump through hoop “portals” when you set them up vertically, or have them climb through the hoops set up horizontally. Create portions of the course where they must prove their skills by hula hooping for 5 seconds and other skills, or make it so they can’t move on until they use the hoop as a jump rope. The creative ways you can use a hoop are unlimited. Use your surroundings and have fun with it!
  4. Bean bag toss with a hula hoop: have an older child stand inside the hoop with the hoop acting as a “big belly.” The other children line up and toss bean bags into the hoop. It can be a competitive game with teams or just for fun.
  5. Take a hike, please: This was a game similar to tag that we used to play in gym class. It’s good for slightly older kids around the ages of 7-9. Start by sporadically laying out 10 hula hoops to act as base. Only one child can be inside each hoop at a time, and if another child asks them to “take a hike, please” they must leave and find a new base. If they are tagged outside of base, they are out. If you really want to turn up the competition, you can remove a hoop every few minutes.
  6. BONUS -Make your own hula hoop!                                                                                                                      Let help with the hoop games and more, when the kids create their own hula hoops. Our entertainers will bring all the supplies (hoops, colored tape, stickers, glitter, gems, and other fun supplies) for this craft and teach them skills and play games with them. Afterwards, kids get a special party favor to take home, their newly made hula hoop, and practice what they’ve learned at the party. It keeps the kids talking about the fun even after the party celebration is over.

So there you have it. Create these games yourselves or bring one of our Fun Forward entertainers to create and play out the fun with your guests. No matter what you do, make sure you’re having fun while you do it.