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10 outside games for teens and tweens

Drop the phone and get outside.

A child flings a red frisbee outside. Credit: Getty Images / LightFieldStudios

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Now that warmer weather is around the corner, you probably can’t wait to get your tween or teen away from their screens and outside for some fresh air. We’ve rounded up some of the best outdoor games and activities that will keep them entertained for hours. This wide range of games can be played solo, in pairs or in groups. Plus, every one of them can be enjoyed by adults, too!

1. Ladder Golf

Two images of a wooden stand with golf balls hanging from rods.
Credit: Ladder Golf

Ladder Golf is easy to assemble and break down.

Ladder Golf is fun for both kids and adults alike. The rules are simple, and it can be played with two to four players or practiced solo. You space the ladders 15 feet (or five paces) apart, each player tosses three bolas, and the first player to 21 points wins. The ladder is easy to set up and break down and has a solid wood frame, and the game can be played anywhere thanks to the portable bag it comes in. This model is even sanctioned for official Ladder Golf Tournaments for those who take their competition seriously. 

Get Ladder Golf on Amazon for $139.95

2. Kan Jam

Two groups of people play Kan Jam outside.
Credit: Dude Perfect

There's a glow-in-the-dark version of Kan Jam that allows for nighttime play.

Kan Jam is a lot of fun for anyone who wants to challenge their Frisbee skills. It comes with a pair of Kan Jam goals, a Frisbee, a carrying bag (if you get the Pro Set), and it can be played with two people or two teams. In this simple game, players take turns throwing the Frisbee, and the first player to 21 points wins. If a team member can get the Frisbee in the slot, they win an instant victory. It’s lightweight, portable, easy to set up and can be played anywhere. There’s even an option for a glow-in-the-dark version with color-changing LED lights for fun nighttime play or teen parties.

Get Kan Jam on Amazon for $59.99

3. Spikeball

A person dives during a spikeball game on a beach.
Credit: Spikeball

This fast-paced game will get them moving.

Spikeball is a fun, active game for four players, and will get your kids moving. It’s fast-paced, easy to learn and has a volleyball feel. The net and balls are portable for play in your yard, the beach, a park or anywhere with some open space. It can even be played inside on rainy days if you have enough room to spread out. 

Get Spikeball on Amazon for $69.96

4. Pitchback Net

A child throws a baseball into a net.
Credit: Hit Run Steal

Keep your athlete's skills sharp.

If you have kids who play baseball, softball or simply like playing catch, this is a great option. Kids can practice throwing and catching independently, which is perfect for busy parents. It keeps them engaged and improves their throwing and catching skills. This one includes a strike zone, and it comes with a knob to adjust the net for various pitch back angles. It’s also lightweight, folds flat and has strong netting for long-lasting play.

Get Hit Run Steal Pitchback in Amazon for $109.99

5. Slackers Ninjaline

Two children hang on a rope course.
Credit: Slackers

This rope course will give them a reason to monkey around.

This slackline is for kids who love watching Ninja Warrior and want to test out their skills. You can create your own backyard obstacle course that will wear the kids out and work on upper body strength. It can hold up to 250 pounds, so adults can also hop on for a workout. All you need are two trees or sturdy wooden posts. This kit comes with seven obstacles that vary in skill level and can move around to create different obstacle patterns. More obstacles can be added to the slackline in the future to keep it interesting. 

Get Slackers Ninjaline on Amazon for $99.98

6. Jenga Giant

Two people play with an oversized Jenga tower outside.
Credit: Jenga

This Jenga set is eight times larger than the original tabletop game.

Jenga is a classic game of strategy, and this giant version takes it to the next level and makes it a fun party game. At eight times the size of the original version, it can be played outdoors or indoors if you have the space. It can stack over 4 feet tall, so keep little ones away from it and make sure there’s nothing breakable nearby. Jenga is best with two or more players, but kids can practice on their own as well. It’s simple to set up and easy to play. A player attempts to remove a Jenga block on each turn without knocking the tower over. It comes with a carrying bag for easy transport, too.

Get Jenga Giant on Amazon for $99.95

7. Cornhole

A cornhole outdoor game set against a blue background.
Credit: Gosports

Cornhole is more challenging than you may expect.

Cornhole is a lawn game that’s fun for the whole family! This set includes two tailgate size (2 feet x 3 feet) boards that are easy to set up, eight bean bags and a portable case. The game can be played one-on-one or with two teams of two. Players alternate pitching bean bags until each player has pitched all four bags. Bags that land on the board are worth 1 point, and ones that land in the hole are worth 3 points. The first to 21 points wins. Always a hit at barbecues with a wide range of ages.

Get GoSports Classic Cornhole Set on Amazon for $79.99

8. Bean Bag Bucketz

A person throws a bean bag into an orange cup outside.
Credit: Bc Sport Games

Can you hack it?

Another bean bag game that can be played outside or inside, this one is a combination of cornhole and disk golf. It’s portable and takes up less space than most of the other games, so you don’t need as much room to play. It comes with a game tower, seven “bucketz,” 16 bean bags, and a carrying bag. The game is challenging and fast-paced, but easy to learn, making it a great teen party game. It can be played one-on-one or in teams. Each round, teams have eight bags to throw, buckets are worth different points, and the first team to 21 points wins. The buckets are labeled with numbers, so keeping score couldn’t be easier.

Get Bean Bag Bucketz on Amazon for $50.99

9. Pogo Stick

A child jumps on a pogo stick outside.
Credit: Flybar

Keep them hopping around for hours.

Yes, the good old-fashioned pogo stick is back in style. It’s considered retro! Luckily, there has been an upgrade from the rusty metal ones we had as a kids. The Flybar Foam Master Pogo Stick is made by the original Pogo Stick company that’s been around since 1918. It’s perfect for kids with boundless energy or anyone who wants to get some fun exercise. It’s suitable for kids 81-160 pounds, so they must be heavy enough for it to work (the Flybar Foam Jolt Pogo Stick is best for smaller kids 40-80 pounds). The foam hand grips make it comfortable to hold, and the wide stance bounce tip provides more stable pogoing, although a helmet is still recommended. It also comes in six fun colors to choose from. 

Get Flybar Foam Master Pogo Stick on Amazon for $61.16

10. Jumpflex Trampoline 

A black and green trampoline.
Credit: Jumpflex

Who knew just jumping around could be so fun?

We have this trampoline in our yard, and although it was a splurge, it’s been worth every penny. Known for having a safer design than other trampolines, the Jumpflex has curved poles which decrease collisions, a high-strength net with zippered closure that goes down to the jumping mat and springs that are fully covered with padding. It has a weight rating of 550 pounds, so adults and kids can have fun jumping together. It comes in three size options depending on how much space you have. We use ours all year long, even in the snow. Ours has the basketball hoop and the aqua jet for cooling down on hot days, and there are more fun accessories available to add online. 

Get the Jumpflex 12 foot Trampoline at Amazon for $699

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