It’s summertime! School is out, and fun is in! But getting kids out of the house can be a chore. It’s hot; there are bugs, and it’s up to you to constantly come up with new ways to keep everyone entertained. And don’t forget, adults want to have fun, too! So, we’ve put together a short list of activities that will keep family and friends (of all ages) outside and having fun.
Let’s start with the timeless classics.
Bocce, also known as Italian lawn bowling, is one of the most widely played games in the world, and is one of the oldest lawn or yard games. Bocce is best known in Italy, where you may see a group of retired Sicilians gathered in a town square for a daily afternoon game, and has been progressively gaining popularity in the United States and other locations. The game is simple, and can be played by people of all ages and skill levels, and you can use just about anything as a bocce court.
Not sure how to play? We’ve got you covered!
Cornhole or Corn Toss is similar to horseshoes except you use wooden boxes called cornhole platforms and corn bags instead of horseshoes and metal stakes. Contestants take turns pitching their corn bags at the cornhole platform until a contestant reaches the score of 21 points. A corn bag in the hole scores three points, while one on the platform scores one point.
Horseshoes has been a backyard favorite for generations, and it’s easy to see why. It’s cheap and doesn’t require anything more than horseshoes, stakes, and lots of space.
Croquet is a garden party staple and has grown in popularity in recent years. In case you need a refresher on how to play, here’s a brief overview: Croquet can be played by two, four or six players. The object of the game is to hit your ball(s) through the course of six hoops in the right sequence in each direction, and finish by hitting them against the center peg. The side who completes the course first with both balls, wins.
A new comer to the yard game genre is Spikeball. Lovingly known as “the trampoline ball game,” or “if volleyball and foursquare had a baby,” the sport of roundnet is played two vs two. A player starts a point by serving the ball down onto the Spikeball net so it ricochets up at his/her opponents. They have up to three hits between them (think bump, set, spike) to control the ball and bounce it back off the net. When they miss, you score. First team to 21 points, wins.