There are many things to love about summer, but adopting the backyard as a living space is one of my favorites. Whether it’s moving the cooking outdoors or allowing the kids to run amok, taking the activity outside leaves a cleaner house and tired kids, which makes me a happy mom. For every day family play, or picnics and parties, backyard games are a great way to keep it fun in the back yard.
We’ve asked our writers to share their families’ favorite games. From old classics to the latest thing, we’ve got you covered.
“Cornhole, bags, baggo, boards… Call it whatever you want, but this is a staple for all ages that never gets old.” — Holly
Cheryl’s family likes to play limbo. They bought the game at the local party store, but you don’t even need a store-bought game to play this backyard classic. Just two people to hold the limbo post and a pool noodle, closet rod, or broomstick are all you need!
“Racket Toss games are good for kids who might not be able to catch a ball with their hands but can hold the racket.” — Jennifer
Cheryl and her family like to play Ladder Golf. This game has been around a while, but not everyone has heard of it.
“KanJam is the perfect backyard game for our family. It provides the fun of frisbee and comes together with the dunk in basketball. Add in the fun of deflecting the frisbee into the can and this is a game families and friends will love this summer season.” — Chad
“I am HUGE fan of croquet. With fun, colorful sets for young children and classic, wooden sets for older kids, there’s a croquet game for any age. Plus the kids have fun designing their own backyard courses.” –Jennifer
Maureen and her family have been playing the popular new game Spike Ball. You’ll probably be seeing it pop up in your neighborhood this summer.
“It’s a simple and addictive backyard game for all ages. It’s great for hand eye coordination and can be played with two or four people. Lightweight and easy to transport, too.” — Maureen
Melissa’s family is big fans of Ogo Sport Discs. They come in different sizes and can be used to play a variety of games. Bounce balls back and forth on the discs for a game of catch. Use the discs instead of rackets for a game of badminton or throw them like frisbees. Kids can even make up their own games or compete to see who can bounce it the most times in a row without dropping it.
What are your family’s favorite backyard games?