Big Room Games, Games & Icebreakers

Run the Gauntlet


Girls are given rolled up newspapers, and they are lined up into two single-file lines. The two lines are parallel, facing each other with approximately three to four feet between them.

The boys tie balloons to their bottoms (by their pant belt loops) and must “run the gauntlet,” that is, run between the two lines of girls who try to pop the balloons by hitting them with the newspapers. The object is to see which boy(s) can avoid having their balloon popped.

To make the game go longer and add an extra element of competition, you can have every guy who has a balloon not yet popped keep running through until there is only one guy left. But if you decide to go with this, be sure that you keep an eye on any guys who may be getting hurt by the continued strikes.


Jonathan McKee

Jonathan McKee is the author of over twenty books including the brand new The Guy's Guide to FOUR BATTLES Every Young Man Must Face; The Teen’s Guide to Social Media & Mobile Devices; If I Had a Parenting Do Over; and the Amazon Best Seller - The Guy's Guide to God, Girls and the Phone in Your Pocket. He speaks to parents and leaders worldwide, all while providing free resources for youth workers on Jonathan, his wife Lori, and their three kids live in California.


  1. Chris
    January 8, 2015 at 12:00 am

    Has anyone been successful at having a rolled up newspaper pop a balloon???

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