At last, the long-awaited summer sun has arrived and with it comes splashing pool parties, lively field days, and fun family gatherings with exciting outdoor games! This year, take your cookouts to the next level with decorated custom covers for your furniture, great food for your guests, and a wide range of thrilling activities. With all these fun games to try out, it’s important to prepare your grill for summer to feed your hungry guests.
This game is an outdoor classic that will surely get guests riled up in the heat of friendly competition. Cornhole is best played with one to two players on either side. Both teams have a set of four bean bags and a board to throw them onto.
- Be the first team to reach 21 points. Points are scored by throwing and landing your bag onto the opposite side’s board, or making them through the hole of the board.
- Players will take turns hurling bags at the board until all eight bags have been thrown
- Bags that land on the board are worth 1 point while bags that ring the hole get 3 points.
- After each round, players tally up points based on the bags on the board and subtract them from each other. For example, if Team A has 4 points and Team B has three points, Team A wins the round with one point.
Another fun-filled outdoor game perfect for all ages. It is played with two to four players, two ladders, and six bolas (or three bolas per team).
- The name of this game is to be the first player or team to get to 21 points. Points are scored by having your bola hang from a ladder rung at the end of the round.
- Each bola on the top rung is three points, any bola on the second rung is two points, and of course, a bola on the bottom rung is one point.
- Assign a different color bola to either team. Each participant takes turns throwing a bola around a rung.
You have likely played the table-top version of this game, but try raising the stakes by making it 10X bigger. It will take a little work upfront to DIY the Jenga pieces, but with some time and a bit of elbow grease, it’ll be the best game to play at any outdoor shindig.
You will need two to five players but feel free to add in more to heighten the challenge.
- The object is to not be the one who knocks down the Jenga tower.
- Begin by stacking blocks into a giant tower with three blocks per layer. Players take turns gently removing and replacing block pieces on top of the tower. Whoever causes the tower to fall while removing a piece is eliminated.
- Restart the next round until one person remains.
Four-legged races are loaded with fun and laughter. This game needs two to three people to form a team and it is an excellent option for larger groups because it brings everyone together no matter their age. It’ll surely keep you giggling while you toddle towards the finish line with your team!
- The objective is to reach the finish line first.
- Tie the ankles of each team member together to form one big running (or hobbling) team.
- Make your way to the finish line as fast as you can without falling.
- Have a blast!
Ring Toss Yard Game
The ring toss is a fantastic outdoor party game concept for adults. This game involves tossing rings in the vicinity of a peg, stake, or bottle. The game is more difficult than it appears, but it’s worth trying out.
You will need two players and four rings, and two stakes to stick inside the ground.
- Both players stand behind the stake and the first player throws two rings of the same color one at a time at the stake. The second player does the same using rings of a different color.
- Players alternate between the two stakes and take turns throwing for each round.
- A ring that is thrown on the stake counts as three points. If both rings of the same color land on the stake that counts as six points. If there are no rings on the stake, the rings closest to the stake score one point.
- The first player to score 25 points wins!
Potato Sack Race
Another classic to liven up your backyard event. With little equipment needed, this activity will be a hit for your guests this summer. All you need is a burlap sack and a competitive spirit!
- The objective is to be the first to reach the finish line!
- Get a burlap sack that reaches each participant’s waist and leave enough room for them to hop to the finish line.
Fun and Games
If there are little ones who are too young to participate in some of these games, they can always enjoy themselves in the sandbox. This way you can focus on winning without worrying if the kids are having as much fun. Be sure to use a well-fitted sandbox cover after the kids are done playing, to avoid any moisture from dampening the fun in the sun.
If the kids are above 5 and love bicycles, then they can try a bicycle race. To maintain the bicycle’s condition, a waterproof bicycle cover will go a long way. Some of the games can get a little messy so make sure to throw on some sectional covers to keep your furniture protected during the fun!