11 Ways to Have Fun this Summer in Your Backyard

Family and friends dancing together in a yard on a sunny summer dayGorodenkoff / Shutterstock.com

For kids (and adults too), summer is all about being outdoors and finding a million different ways to have fun. From swimming to simple games, we’ve found a few options that will keep your kids entertained safe for hours and hours in your own backyard.

Of course, when you need a break between games, check out these other ways to have fun in your backyard. Create your own outdoor movie night, grill a delicious meal, or even explore the cosmos once the sun goes down. The advantage of summer is that there are comfortable temperatures and plenty of free time to try out all kinds of family activities.

Swim in an above ground pool

A family enjoying swimming in an above ground pool in their backyardIntex

Hands down, the best way to stay cool during the summer (while having fun) is with a pool. Investing in an inground pool is expensive and requires year round maintenance, so avoid that and go for an above ground pool instead. They are much cheaper and are easier to fill and clean. While a small kiddie pool is all you’ll need for toddlers, a mid-size pool is your best bet for large families, as it will provide plenty of room to splash around. Remember to have music at your pool party, as well!

Swim in an above ground pool


Serve a game of badminton

A badminton game setup with a net, rackets and shuttlecocksEastPoint

If your family is competitive, badminton is a great game to play. It’s inexpensive to buy and works just as well for teams as it does for epic one-on-one knockdowns. Thanks to its simple rules, it is also quite easy for children to play. Shuttlecocks and racquets are also lightweight, so there is no risk of them causing injury or breaking anything.

Serve a game of badminton


Improve your throwing skills with Cornhole

Two single cornhole boards and eight throwing bagsTriumph

Although Cornhole’s roots come from tailgating, it has become a popular backyard game and even a a must in restaurants and pubs, as well. It’s fun for the kids, but honestly it’s great fun for the adults to play, especially if you’re hoping for the boards far away. You can customize the game by adding additional punishments or challenges for each side.

Improve your throwing skills with Cornhole


Try Glow in the Dark Lawn Darts

Lawn darts flying through the air towards glow in dark target ringsHAKOL

Sure, classic lawn darts are a hoot and a half, but think how awesome it would be if they glowed in the dark so you can play them at night! The game is straightforward, and the giant darts are soft and light, making them easy to throw for adults and children of all ages. It’s up to you to place the glow in dark targets – on the ground or hanging from a tree branch for an added challenge. Be sure to let them charge ahead of time, however, if you are using them overnight. Play!

Try Glow in the Dark Lawn Darts


Explode in a NERF gun battle

Boys with NERF guns at the playground8am / Shutterstock.com

Make sure you are well equipped for your next NERF battle. The colorful weapons and their foam-tipped darts are fun for everyone, and you’ll be sure to win your next fight if you’ve got the right one in hand. You will probably win too if you have some of the bigger ones hiding in a bush somewhere to support you against your opponents. And don’t forget to bring your tactical vest filled with extra ammo.

NERF pistol


A NERF tactical vest


Claim your participation in croquet

Croquet set with mallets, balls, wickets and stakesROPODA

Croquet is a game of patience and strategy… and to keep other players off the map. Croquet sets work for two to six players and can be set up in endless configurations. Even though it’s meant to be played on a flat lawn, we won’t tell anyone if you want to go crazy and set it up in the part of your yard that has dips or a slope for an added challenge.

Claim your participation in croquet


Fire away with Super Soakers

Super soaker water guns charge pump explosionMAPIXO

It’s hard to imagine a more iconic summer activity than chasing your siblings and friends with a squirt gun. They’re a great way to stay cool while running, and they’re cheaper than buying a pool (bonus points if you have both, though)!

Fire away with Super Soakers


Hit the mark in pétanque

set of petanque balls and market ball on grassHey! To play!

Bocce, or Italian lawn bowling, is another game that uses your target training skills (and your competitive side). You will throw the pallino marker ball, then take turns trying to throw your team’s balls up close. Traditionally, petanque is played with two teams, but you can buy larger sets with equipment for four teams if you have a large group.

Hit the mark in pétanque


Connect Four… for the giants

Giant Connect four outdoor set with adult and child playing togetherAmazonBasics

Connect Four is already a fun game for the whole family, so of course it would be even more fun in giant form. Team up and take turns trying to line up four pieces of the same color horizontally, vertically or diagonally to win. Remember to strategically prevent your opponent from doing the same.

Connect Four … for giants


Meet friends in a bumper ball

Friends in inflatable bumper suits meeting in a backyardKeenstone

Inflatable bumper balls are fun for older kids and adults alike, and they’re a great way to stay active. Fight a friend and meet without worrying about getting hurt. Don’t worry, the bumper bullets have handles on the inside as well as shoulder straps for extra stability, and they are very resistant to wear and tear. Some brands even have confetti pockets or built-in LED lights for added fun. Remember not to over-inflate them!

Bump into friends in a bumper ball


Discreetly strategize with Laser Tag

Four colorful laser guns and vestsKidpal

Sure, NERF guns and super dippers are fun, but nothing beats a great laser tag game! Pick teams and sneak around the trees and bushes in your yard trying to score the other team. It is also worth investing in size adjustable laser vests and pistols with features like gun types, battle modes, squad builds, life value indicators, speakers, etc. so players can have a realistic laser tag arena experience.

Discreetly strategize with Laser Tag


All of these games are great ways to have fun with your family outside this summer, but they are. not your only options. You are only limited by your imagination. Hope they entertain your kids or inspire you to make your own garden games!

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