11 fun backyard games to get kids and parents moving
Ditch the screens for good, old-fashioned family fun.
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Days are getting longer. The weather is getting warmer. It's time to get those backyard hangouts going! Barbecues and pool parties mean some serious family fun. Whether you're having friends over or just looking to get the whole family outside, here are some of our favorite backyard games to get the whole family moving.
Badminton is the ultimate backyard game. The rules are simple and it’s fun for all ages to play. Plus it’s fun as either a 1 on 1 game, or you can play doubles to let the whole family in on the fun. This backyard set is easy to set up, durable, affordable and comes with a carry bag to take with you to the beach or to the neighbor’s yard.
If you want to get competitive, Spikeball is great for kids tween and up. If you want to get silly, we endorse it for kids as young as toddler age. The rules are intuitive and a cinch to pick up in minutes, it’s super easy to play, and it can go from complex and competitive to easy and addictive depending on the players. For an all-ages game that’s fun for all abilities, this ping-pong, volleyball, and four-square combo that’s played on a net is a blast for all. Plus, it takes up very little space and can be played in spacious back yards to patios.
Start them young on the arts of a posh game of croquet. This kid-size starter set is adorable and fun for pint-sized players.
4. Kick croquet
If you’d rather break a sweat than have a posh game of croquet, this version adds a little bit of soccer to your game. The oversized balls and wickets make for easier aim for little ones while making it an energetic game for the whole family.
Bocce is such a fun family game, but the heavy balls can be a bit much for little ones. This lightweight set can go from indoor to outdoor and the foam balls make for a fun and safe tactile experience.
6. Backyard golf
Bring a game of put-put home. Golf is such a fun sport for little kids and it’s great for building core strength, balance and mental focus. This trainer was made just for kids, but when it turns your backyard into a driving range you’ll be hard-pressed to find an adult that isn’t game for getting in on the fun.
Cornhole is easy to set up, deceptively simple, and highly addictive! It was the quarantine game of choice, but its popularity shows no sign of stopping. Part of its appeal is that it’s so playable—no matter what your age or athletic prowess. You can go big with a regulation-sized set or you can go small with a portable one. If you want to go with the latter, we are huge fans of this small but sturdy one that fits in yards of all sizes and can pack up small to transport it or to stow it away.
8. Lawn bowling
The only way to make bowling more fun is to make it an outdoor game! This beautiful set is made with durable New Zealand pine that helps it stay sturdy on lawns and driveways. It also comes with a nylon carrying case for convenient storage and easy transport to the beach, park, or wherever you may go!
9. Laser tag
For a fun and competitive outdoor game, you can’t beat laser tag. Break up in teams or make it every man for themselves. Either way, outdoor laser tag will get the whole family moving.
10. Body bumpers
Turn yourselves into human bumper cars with this hilarious game. These inflatable bodysuits are hilarious for a high contact game of bounce. Just inflate them, put them on, and get ready to get silly as you fight to be the last one standing.
Have you been wanting to get in on the Pickleball craze but haven’t been able to score some court time? This half-sized set is just right for a backyard game and even better for smaller players that might not have the stamina to play on a full-sized court. The wooden paddles, while not regulation size, are a bit lighter on the wrists and easy for kids to hold.
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