It’s that time of year again when we’re all looking for ways to spend more time outdoors together and enjoy the beautiful, warm weather. But finding backyard games that the whole family will love can be tricky.
As outdoor living experts, we have done the hard yards for you and compiled a tried-and-tested list of 10 fun, family-friendly backyard activities that are sure to please.
We’re confident you’ll find the perfect outdoor activity to enjoy as a family in our list below. From obstacle courses to lawn Twister, backyard movie nights to flashlight hide and seek, it’s all covered here!
10 Fun Backyard Games For The Whole Family
Kicking off our list is a family favorite: mini-golf!
Whether you’re looking for a family-friendly DIY project or wanting a ready-made option to dive straight into, a round or two of mini-golf is sure to keep the laughs coming as your family members battle it out to be crowned champion.
If you’re good at using power tools, try making some traditional mini-golf obstacles using plywood cutouts and then painting fun designs on them.
If you’re looking for something a little more simple, overturned cups and other household items make for easy golf course fun.
2) Bocce Ball
Bocce ball is usually played in teams of two and involves rolling a small, white ball (called a pallina or a jack) into a marked area of your lawn.
From there, the teams will take turns each rolling four larger balls toward the target ball. Whichever team is closest wins!
This is a simple game that kids both big and small can pick up quickly. It can be played for many rounds, making it an ideal activity to kick off a tournament of backyard games.
3) Ring Toss
Another classic backyard game that’s loved by young and old alike is ring toss. Easy to learn and fun to play, this activity is great to include in a fun-filled afternoon of lawn games.
There are a ton of ring toss variations on the market these days. If none of them suit your fancy, you could easily pull one together yourself using soda bottles for pegs and pipe cleaners for rings as a creative way to get little ones involved before the games begin.
4) Backyard Camping
One of our favorite outdoor activities to enjoy with the family is backyard camping. It’s easy to set up and always brings lots of laughs and happy memories.
Keep it traditional with a tent, or, if the weather is particularly nice, build your own DIY fort using tarps or sheets. Pack your sleeping area with extra pillows, blankets, and sleeping bags to make sure you’re comfortable throughout the night.
To create the ultimate backyard camping setup, you’ll need a few family favorite board games, flashlights for telling spooky stories, and a fire pit to keep things cozy. You could even combine your backyard camping with an outdoor movie night (more on that below!).
And, of course, no backyard camping experience is complete without a ton of snacks, so be sure to have all the fixings for s’mores on hand, as well as your favorite candy and drinks.
5) Outdoor Movie Night
Whether you already have an outdoor TV ready to go or you’re wanting to create your own outdoor movie night setup using a sheet and a projector, this backyard activity is always a crowd-pleaser.
Once you’ve figured out your technical setup of choice and chosen your movies for the night, it’s time to get comfy in preparation for the big screening. We recommend starting with a soft foundation using an outdoor rug from our range of Eco-Friendly Rugs.
Not only are they comfortable and stylish, but they’re also durable and easy to clean, so post-movie clean-ups are a breeze. You can rest assured Outer rugs will last you for many more outdoor movie nights to come!
For outdoor seating that’s durable enough to withstand harsh weather conditions but comfortable enough that you feel like you’re sitting on a premium mattress, check out our range of stylish wicker, teak, and aluminum furniture pieces.
Grab the snacks and cuddle up for the ultimate outdoor movie night with Outer!
6) Backyard Fort
When was the last time you built a backyard fort? If you can’t remember, it’s been too long.
This backyard activity is a real bonding experience for the family, and you get to enjoy the finished product by spending time reading, playing board or card games, or just hanging out inside the fort.
Forts can come in all shapes and sizes — from heavy-duty structures built out of wood to simple sheet and rope creations. Whatever style of fort you choose to create together as a family, we’re sure you’ll have the best time doing it!
7) Scavenger Hunt
Scavenger hunts are so much fun because you can get really creative and make them as simple or as tricky as you want.
Whether you have a group of kids that need to be entertained or some adults up for a challenge, a scavenger hunt is the way to go.
Start by choosing your items to be collected — everything from natural objects, like a certain type of leaf, to man-made items, like colored balls hidden around the backyard. Create your checklist of items for each player or team and you’re ready to go.
Scavenger hunts are fairly quick to set up, and they can make for potentially hours of fun, depending on just how difficult you choose to make it.
8) Obstacle Course
Who doesn’t love a classic obstacle course? The beauty of this backyard activity is that it’s easy (and fun) to set up, plus you can use just about anything to create obstacles — it’s time to let your creativity shine.
Try using everyday items, like chairs, rope, buckets, and toys (think hula hoops and pool noodles) to put together an obstacle course that requires running, balancing, army crawling, hopping, skipping, or anything else to make it challenging.
You could even throw in team-building activities, like an egg and spoon race or a three-legged race, to crown the fastest team the winner.
9) Lawn Twister
The next in our list of backyard games is simple. It’s just like regular Twister, only you’re enjoying the sunshine outdoors while you play.
All you need for a fun game of lawn Twister is spray paint or spray-on chalk in four different colors (traditionally, Twister uses red, blue, yellow, and green, but feel free to switch things up!).
You can easily DIY a Twister spinner or download an app that does it all for you. Spray circles of your colors in a four-by-six square formation on your lawn just like a Twister mat, wait for them to dry, and you’re all set for a fun-filled afternoon in the backyard!
10) Flashlight Hide-And-Seek
We love pairing this activity with backyard camping to tire everyone out before winding down for bed.
With a few flashlights and a backyard with plenty of hiding places, you can pull off the ultimate flashlight hide-and-seek after dark.
Try changing up your nighttime games by playing flashlight tag or having a flashlight treasure hunt using reflective materials to gather (even simple aluminum foil will do if you’re in a pinch!).
Bring Life Outside With Outer
So many fun backyard games, so little time!
We hope you enjoyed our list of family-friendly outdoor activities to help bring life back outside. It can be hard to choose a favorite, so we recommend trying out all the activities, just to be sure.
Between our range of Eco-Friendly Rugs to create a soft foundation for your backyard games to our seating options, like the 6-Seater Aluminum Outdoor U Sectional, Outer has you covered when it comes to making sure your outdoor space is all set for whatever activities lie ahead.