10 outside games for teens and tweens
Drop the phone and get outside.
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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
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.
2. Kan Jam
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.
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.
4. Pitchback Net
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.
5. Slackers Ninjaline
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.
6. Jenga Giant
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.
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.
8. Bean Bag Bucketz
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.
9. Pogo Stick
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.
10. Jumpflex Trampoline
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.
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