Summer is the best time of the year for the entire family to head outside and play, no matter your age. So get outside, catch some rays and enjoy the great outdoors with the entire family! Whether you’re looking for every day fun or to host an outdoor party, here are some great options to explore for purchase or rental.
When stay-at-home orders were in full effect, lawn bowling and cornhole were the only thing deserted sports fans had left to cling to while we were stuck at home missing the excitement. The game cornhole can be easily set up in your backyard for that competitive streak during even the most mundane summer days. The game is played with either singles or doubles and played until one team or person hits 21 points. Cornhole comes in a variety of colors and patterns and can even come with LED lights. The game includes the two boards and bean bags and can be purchased at most major sporting goods retailers like Amazon, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Walmart and Kohl’s.
Giant Wooden Yard Dice
Dice is the perfect outdoor game for all ages and makes for a great summer pastime. Giant wooden yard die is typically played in a set of six leaving you with endless options for every age. A typical game is the first team to snake eyes (when played with two dice) or to 21 and you will need a rope to create a circle for the area. You can purchase Giant Wooden Yard Dice from various retailers including Home Depot, Target, and Etsy.
Bocce is a fun outdoor game for the whole family. Bocce is played with eight large balls and one smaller target or object ball called a pallina. There are four balls per team and they are made of a different color or pattern to distinguish the balls of one team from those of the other team. The game is played with two teams, with each team having one, two, or four players. There are many manufacturers and the game can be found at sporting goods stores, Walmart, Target and on Amazon.
Giant Connect Four Game
The indoor game often reserved for gloomy rainy days game, can now be played outside and on the lawn. The over-sized Connect Four is played by dropping in your colored discs to line them up in a row vertically, horizontally, or diagonally and you WIN! While this is more of a lazy game, the excitement can be accelerated by playing it fast. The Giant Connect Four game is sold at Target, Walmart, and other retailers.
Spikeball is a farily new sport that can be compared to a cross between volleyball and four-square. It is played 2 vs 2 or 4 vs 4, with a hula hoop sized Spikeball net placed on four legs on the ground and between the teams. A player starts a point by serving the ball down on the net so it ricochets up at his opponents. Spikeball is available in-store or online at Spikeball, Amazon and many other retailers.
BucketBall is like a giant pong game where the solo cups are now giant buckets. There is a set of blue and orange buckets that can be filled up with water to stabilize them when throwing. Teams consist of 1-2 players. Each player on a team throws once, trying to throw the ball into the other team’s buckets. If a ball goes into a bucket, then the bucket is removed. BucketBall is available in-store or online at Bucketball.com, Amazon and many other retailers.
Yet another traditionally indoor game can now be played outside for gigantic fun. Jenga is played by stacking up the wooden blocks like a tower and then removing them one by one and taking turns until the tower topples over. The game needs to be played on a flat outdoor surface and large wooden Jenga games can stack to over five-feet-tall. Jenga is offered at Amazon and Walmart.
Do you like golf? Cornhole? Then you need to try Chippo because it combines the two in this fun, all-inclusive game. To play, each player stands next to their board and uses a golf club to chip all six balls to the board, then the next player does the same. The game is offered at the official Chippo Golf website.
Adults and children alike can team up, find 15 spare feet, and play ladder ball! Ladder ball can be played as singles or in groups. Each player throws three bolas and the first team to hit 21 points wins! The top rung is worth three points, the middle is worth two and the last is worth one, then the next team takes over! Ladder Ball can be found at Walmart, Amazon, and Dick’s Sporting Goods to name a few.
Singles or doubles can play by by tossing or deflecting a disc into goal. Combining the fun of disc tossing with rapid-fire scoring and teamwork, KanJam is the perfect outdoor activity. Two cans and one flying disc is all you need to have fun. Kan Jam sets can be purchased at KanJam.com, Amazon, and many brick and mortar retail stores.
Giant Ring Toss
Giant Ring Toss is a yard game that involves tossing the rings at the target and trying to get them to land around the posts for points. Players alternate turns and the score is taken as the difference of points (like cornhole). There are many manufacturers and the game can be found at sporting goods stores, Walmart, Target and on Amazon.
Orange County Party Game Rentals
Can’t decide or just need some great lawn games for an event? Try renting instead of buying from these Orange County party game rental companies.
- Carnival Fun Experts
- Chic Party Rentals
- Emerald Events
- Gamez On Wheelz
- Giant Game Rentals
- Jump N Bounce
- LA Lawn Games
- Magic Jump Rentals
These companies are not an endorsement, DYOR (Do Your Own Research) before renting.
Getting some rays and staying active is so important during the summer and these family-friendly games will surely make your summer more enjoyable. Be sure to pick these games up for family fun or even an adults only drinking game. The possibilities are really endless!
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