Limbo Game

These days, the way we party, celebrate, and play with friends is very different. This can lead to a renewed appreciation for party classics you might not have thought of in a while. It's a fun and easy way to get everyone on their feet. Limbo is the perfect game to play at any party! Limbo is not only a fun and exciting game, it also helps people of all ages build coordination, motor skills, and balance. Here's how you play Limbo, no matter if you're hosting a family party or celebrating your birthday.

Players: Three or more

Equipment: Music and a long stick

How to Play Limbo

  • Two players or leaders should hold the stick horizontally at the average height of their shoulders (or buy a Limbo set such as this). The stick should be six feet away from the players. One at a time, each player will lean backward and dance under the limbo sticks. They are considered out if they touch the ground with any other than their feet or the stick.
  • After everyone has had a chance to test the stick at this height, lower it and everyone who did it the first time gets to do it again. Each round, the stick is lowered a little. The player who can pass under the stick without falling or touching the limbo stick is declared the winner.
  • Limbo is often played with large groups. We recommend that eliminated players play a second game so they don’t have to be spectators.

Here are some new twists on classic Limbo if you don't find regular Limbo exciting enough.

What Are Some Variations to the Classic Limbo Game?

Freeze Tag + Limbo

It's Limbo, but you must freeze every time the music stops! And not just your feet or hand or arm - EVERYTHING!

Trivia Limbo

Trivia games are a great way to get everyone thinking and learning new things. Before each player takes their turn at limbo, have them answer a trivia question. The stick will not be lowered if they answer correctly. It will not lower if they do it wrong.

Crabwalk Limbo

This can be fun for younger players or as a challenge! It's a challenge, but it's easy enough for younger players to beat too!

Backwards Limbo

Nobody likes to go backwards, but it's even more difficult to do so when you're doing limbo. There are only two ways to do the limbo-forward or backwards!

Glow in the Dark Limbo

Slide some glow sticks onto the Limbo Stick and lower the lights to create a glow-in-the-dark game. You can add black lights to the glow or wear glow-in-the-dark accessories for extra fun.

Water Limbo

Limbo Sprinklers such as this one give the game a summer twist and make it harder to see where you are going.

Roller Limbo

Roller Limbo, a challenging and fun modification of roller skating, is for you if you are familiar with the sport. Advanced skaters have two options: you can bend backwards and slide under the stick or you can crouch down to make it as small as possible so you can roll through. Everyone should wear helmets, knee pads, and elbow pads.


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