Backyard games for kids and families

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The days are getting longer. The weather is getting warmer. It’s time to get those backyard hangouts going! BBQs and pool parties mean serious family fun. Whether you have friends over or just want to get the whole family outside, here are some of our favorite backyard games to get the whole family moving.

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1. Badminton

Outdoor games for families: badminton

Badminton is the ultimate garden game. The rules are simple and fun to play for all ages. Plus, it’s either fun as a 1v1 game, or you can play doubles to let the whole family join in the fun. This backyard kit is easy to set up, durable, affordable, and comes with a carry bag so you can take it to the beach or neighbor’s yard.

Get the Franklin Sports Badminton Starter Set at Amazon for $27.16

2. Spiked Ball

Family outdoor games: Spikeball

If you want to get competitive, Spikeball is great for kids between ages 1 and up. If you want to get silly, we recommend it for toddlers. The rules are intuitive and take minutes to learn, it’s super easy to play and can go from complex and competitive to simple and addictive depending on the player. For an all-ages game that’s fun for all abilities, this combination of table tennis, volleyball and four courts played on a net is a blast for all. Also, it takes up very little space and can be played in expansive backyards to patios.

Get the Spikeball Standard 3 Ball Kit at Amazon for $69.96

3. Croquet

Outdoor family games: croquet

Start them young with the arts of a classy game of croquet. This kid-sized starter set is adorable and fun for little players.

Pick up the Through the Woods Kids Croquet Set at Anthropologie for $48

4. Kick croquet

Family Outdoor Games: Hearthsong

If you’d rather work up a sweat than play a fancy game of croquet, this version will add a bit of soccer to your game. The oversized balls and gates make it easier for little ones to aim and make it an energetic game for the whole family.

Get the Hearthsong Oversized Kick Croquet at Amazon for $26.90

5. Bocce

Outdoor games for families: Bocce

Bocce ball is such a fun family game but the heavy balls can be a bit too much for the little ones. This lightweight set can be carried from indoors to outdoors and the foam balls make for a fun and safe tactile experience.

Get the Kids Bocce Ball Set at Anthropologie for $36.80

6. Golf in the backyard

Outdoor games for families: golf

Bring home a put-put game. Golf is such a fun sport for young kids and it’s great for building core strength, balance and mental focus. This trainer was designed just for kids, but when it turns your backyard into a driving range, you’ll be hard pressed to find an adult not ready to join in the fun.

Get the iPlay, iLearn Kids Golf Toys Set at Amazon for $25.49

7. Corn hole

Family Outdoor Games: Cornhole

Cornhole is easy to set up, deceptively simple, and highly addictive! It was the quarantine game of choice, but its popularity shows no signs of slowing. Part of its appeal is that it’s so playable – regardless of your age or athletic ability. You can go big with a regular sized set or go small with a wearable set. If you want to go for the latter, we’re big fans of this small but sturdy model that fits in yards of all sizes and packs down small for portability or storage.

Get the Go Gater Cornhole Set on Amazon for $38.46

8. Lawn Bowling

Outdoor games for families: bowling in the yard

The only way to make bowling more fun is to make it an outdoor game! This beautiful set is made from durable New Zealand pine which helps it remain stable on lawns and driveways. It also comes with a nylon carrying case for convenient storage and easy transportation to the beach, park or wherever you go!

Get the Hey Play! Lawn bowling set at Amazon for $32.92

9. Laser tag

Outdoor games for families: laser tag

For a fun and competitive outdoor game, you can’t beat laser tag. Split up into teams or do each one for yourself. Either way, outdoor laser tag gets the whole family moving.

Get the 4 Player Laser Tag Set for $62.99

10. Body bumpers

Family Outdoor Games: Banzai Bump & Bounce

Transform into human bumper cars with this hilarious game. These inflatable bodysuits are hilarious for high contact, bouncing play. Just inflate them, put them on, and get ready to get silly as you fight to be the last man standing.

Get the Banzai Bump N Bounce Body Bumper on Amazon for $21.99

11. Pickleball

Family Outdoor Games: Pickleball

Ever wanted to get into the pickleball craze but couldn’t buy time on the court? This half-size set is just right for a backyard game and even better for smaller players who may not have the stamina to play on a large court. The wooden paddles, while not the prescribed size, are a bit lighter on the wrists and easy for kids to hold.

Get the Franklin Sports Half-Size Pickleball Net Set with Paddles at Amazon for $40.99

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