When winter blows away and spring starts to peek through, I am always itching to get outside and play. I don’t want to do one more board game or bowl of soup – I’m ready for sunshine! Nothing is better than having fun, entertaining options for family play in your own backyard. No travel time, no extra costs, and the kitchen is always close by.
Regardless of whether you have a tiny yard in a subdivision, or a thousand-acre ranch, there are plenty of options to use your outdoor space to the fullest and have some fun. Here are some of the family play spaces that I am eyeing for this year.
OK, this is my idea of a trampoline. Lovely, luxurious and oh-so relaxing with shade included! Of course, you can toss the pillows and let the kids have some fun too.
I love scrabble with all my heart, and the bigger the better. What a fun way to spend a summer’s eve. Good luck with the triple word score!
Lawn checkers is a great idea because it’s simple enough for kids to learn and classic enough for adults to enjoy. You can make your own board that is easy to roll up when you’re done!
Remember Kerplunk? Well that classic game gets a whole lot better when you increase the size by about 1000% percent and you play outside. Use tomato cages, dowels and toy balls (I found mine on Amazon) to make this fun game!
How fun are these patriotic corn hole boards? They are easy to make, simple to use, and fun for everyone. For kids, they can enjoy the day just tossing the beanbags while adults can turn it into a cut-throat competition. Everything you need is in this tutorial.
This is arguably the most popular/trendy outdoor game in recent years. It’s super easy to play, requires almost no instructions, and can be used for a few minutes, or a few hours. Best of all, you can make it yourself. Steer clear when it topples, you probably don’t want 54 feet of 2×4 falling on top of you!
This idea might take a little more time, but the folks at Home Depot have provided everything you need to great your own Connect Four backyard game. This looks awesome!
Of course, you can never go wrong with a firepit. It’s the perfect place to bring people together, relax after a long day, enjoy good food and good friends.