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Toy Story Party Planning 101

Fun, games and more!

Keep these tips in mind when planning your party!

Games & activities


Entertain the kids with some “out of this world” games for the space rangers and “giddy-up” activities for the cowpokes.


  • Where’s Woody? Place “Toy Story” toys around the room. Take pictures of each toy, then create a “Where’s Woody?” hunt. Begin with Buzz and place a picture of another toy underneath him. Have the kids find the next toy, and then look beneath it to discover the next picture-clue. Continue until the last toy leads to Woody, hiding underneath.
  • Make your own moon rocks. Find some smooth stones (or have the kids find them in the yard). Let them paint the stones with glow-in-the-dark paint and cover them with glitter. When they’re dry, place them in their to-go party bags.
  • Beyond the box. Let the kids paint and decorate a large cardboard box and turn it into a rocket ship, a space station, or a toy chest.
  • Moon walk. Rent or buy a bouncy house and let the kids “walk” on the moon. Add inflated balloons for a galaxy of fun!
  • Personalized “Potato” Heads. Blow up pink or brown balloons. Let the kids decorate them with stickers, pompoms, wiggly eyes, and markers to personalize them.
  • Outer space. Plan some outer space activities for the kids to play, such as Meteor Blast (dodge ball), Flying Saucers (toss Frisbees), and Cosmic Showers (toss water balloons).
  • Here comes Woody! (or Buzz!). Have an adult rent a Woody or Buzz costume and make a surprise appearance!


Serve mini pizzas from the Pizza Planet! Let the kids add their own favorite toppings from a Pizza Bar. Use “Toy Story” plates and cups, and crazy straws to sip their LGMs—Little Green Milkshakes (whirl mint ice cream with milk in the blender and pour into glasses.) Make a “Toy Story” cake by frosting a rectangular cake with blue icing and top with tiny “Toy Story” figures.


Say goodbye to your guests with star-shaped, helium-filled balloons, glow sticks, Slinkies, Mr. Potato Heads, cowboy hats, space toys, dinosaurs, pink piggy banks, or other toys from the movie.


Penny Warner, with, has more than 25 years of experience as an author and party planner. She has published more than 50 books, including 16 specific to parties.