10 Backyard Games for the Whole Family (Because Everyone’s Getting a Little Stir-Crazy)
Real talk: We’re going a little stir-crazy. With the weather getting nicer by the day, we’re looking for any excuse to get outside and enjoy the weather. And while we can’t necessarily host big barbecues just yet, we can get into a little friendly competition with the family in our own yard. Break yourself into teams and get the first annual backyard Olympics going with these ten outdoor games that the whole family can enjoy.
1. Franklin Sports Family Ladderball Set
This ladderball set not only assembles quickly, but it also folds into a compact unit for storing once it’s built. Not sure how to play? Space the ladders 15 feet apart and toss the ropes called "bolas," trying to wrap them around each rung. The top rung is worth three points, the middle is worth two and the bottom is worth one. The first team to 21 wins!
2. Beyond Outdoors Wooden Bean Bag Toss
Cornhole is a staple at any BBQ, even if it’s played with just four people, for the time being. This sturdy wooden set includes double-sided beanbags with one sticky side that stays put upon landing and one smooth side meant to slide when it hits the board.
3. Franklin Sports Family Badminton & Volleyball Set
Two games in one convenient kit? Yes, please. This set includes everything you need for a four-player game of badminton or multi-player volleyball.
4. Beyond Outdoors 103mm Resin Bocce Set
You don’t need much for this game, aside from a flat, grassy space and these resin Bocce balls. It includes a convenient storage case to safely hold and transport the game, two sets of 103mm balls, one 60mm pallino and a measuring tape to keep everyone honest.
5. Megachess Shop Giant Chess & Checkers Set
The age-old question: chess or checkers? Now you don’t have to choose, because this giant backyard set comes with pieces for both. The chess pawns stand at 12-inches tall and weigh just six ounces, so even the kids can lift them. And the lightweight plastic checkers come with carry rods for easy stacking.
6. Champion Sports Rubber Horseshoes Set
The Encyclopedia Britannica notes that the game of horseshoes dates back as early as the first century, when Roman officers played it during the Roman occupation of Britain. Luckily, things have been modernized a bit since then, so heavy metal horseshoes are no longer a requirement. This set includes softer rubber pieces that won’t ding the grass (or someone’s shin), making it safe for even the youngest members of the family to enjoy.
7. Jenga GIANT JS7 Hardwood Game
Don’t have a ton of space? This giant Jenga game stacks vertically, so it can be played almost anywhere—even in the living room.
8. Kan Jam Original Disc Game
Bring your favorite beach game to the backyard for hours of entertainment. Divide into teams and then take turns trying to toss (or deflect) the Kan Jam Disc into the goal. The first team to get to 21 points wins.
9. ECR4Kids Jumbo 4-To-Score Giant Board Game
Sure, Connect 4 can be played anywhere there’s a board. But this brightly colored set is made from weather-resistant plastic and a lightweight frame that can be easily transported from the basement to the yard and back again. It takes just two people to play but you could also tap into your competitive side with a kids vs. parents dual.
10. Splinter Woodworking Shop Yardzee & Yardkle Giant Games Set
These dice are 150 times the size of those used in the vintage board games Yahtzee and Farkle, which makes it extra fun for backyard play. They’re made from lightweight wood that can handle rain or shine and feature rounded edges, for safety. Plus, for every game purchased, a tree is planted.