11 Great Outdoor Games You'll Use All Summer
During a summer of social distancing, we're all looking for a little feeling of normalcy at home. There's nothing like summer day well-spent with a grill, a cooler full of drinks, and plenty of outdoor party games for everyone to watch and play. It's a simple way to soak up some sun, stay active, and share great memories with loved ones.
Whether it’s a giant version of your childhood favorites (read: Connect Four or Jenga), a classic game of cornhole, or a new game like Kan Jam, having party games on hand will set your outdoor space from the rest. Challenge your significant other, kids, family or friends to a relaxing game of bocce or a high energy attempt at Slammo-ball. These are some of our favorite outdoor games that are great for both kids and adults. (Adults: the drinking stakes are up to you). Read on for our full list.
Go with the classic team game that can be played in the most laid back manner possible. This bocce set comes with the classic resin option or soft rubber if you'd rather play inside or want to give the kids free reign.
GoSports Backyard Bocce Set with 8 Resin Balls, $40 at amazon.com
GoSports Backyard Bocce Set with 8 Soft Rubber Balls, $40 at amazon.com
Try something new with Slammo, a handball game centered around a mini trampoline. Keep it in the backyard or bring it to the park or the beach.
GoSports Slammo Game Set (Includes 3 Balls, Carrying Case and Rules), $35 at amazon.com
We know regular pairing darts with drinking is a dangerous game, not to mention keeping those sharp ends away from kids. This magnetic dart board option is the easiest solution.
Rabosky Magnetic Dart Board, $24 at amazon.com
If you've never heard of Kan Jam, your trips to the beach are about to change forever. Score points by either hitting the "can" with the frisbee, having your partner knock it into the can with their hand or getting it straight into the slot. Your competitive friends will never want to stop playing.
Kan Jam Ultimate Disc Game, $36 at amazon.com
Cornhole is the cornerstone of an outdoor party, and this cornhole set is the most portable option out there. If you've got a garage or basement for storage and need a more regulation size cornhole set, a wooden version may be in order.
Cornhole Toss Game Set withTravel Carrying Case, $39 at amazon.com
Solid Wood Premium Cornhole Set, $95 at amazon.com
Turn recreational wood stacking up a notch with this giant version of the classic Jenga game.
Yard Games Giant Tumbling Timbers, $70 at amazon.com
The ultimate in casual competition games, get four in a row with this jumbo sized game setup. Available in either 4-foot or 3-foot sizes.
Giant 4 in A Row, Premium Plastic Four Connect Game, $200 (originally $270) at amazon.com
Skee Ball Cornhole
Bring the fun of an arcade to your backyard and make cornhole more like Skee Ball with this bullseye version.
Bullseye Bounce Cornhole Toss Game, $30 at amazon.com
If you wanted to mash up beer pong and cornhole, your wish has been granted.
BULZiBUCKET Blue - Next Generation Cornhole, $70 at amazon.com
As the original yard game, croquet is great for everyone from grandparents to kids. And yes, you can probably do it without putting down your drink.
Juegoal Six Player Croquet Set with Drawstring Bag, $50 at amazon.com
Simple and yet incredibly challenging, washer toss can get as competitive as cornhole right away.
Premium Birch Wood Washer Toss Game, $45 at amazon.com