When we moved to Utah, one of Bart’s #1 requirements was a good-size backyard.
Frankly, it wasn’t a big deal to me but we ended up with a house on nearly 1/3 of an acre.
When the pandemic hit and everything was shut down, I was SO GLAD we had such a good-size yard for the girls to play around in and we spent hours out there nearly every day.
Our new house doesn’t have quite such a large yard, but it’s still plenty big for outdoor games and fall is my favorite time for outdoor games.
Here are some of our favorite outdoor games for families:
6 Favorite Outdoor Games For Families
This is probably our most played outdoor game. We borrowed/stole Bart’s parents set while they were living abroad and then they bought us our own set. When my brother lived locally, we played it almost every Sunday night after dinner.
This is a super fun yard game that the whole family can play – it’s fun with two people or up to a dozen people. Some of our neighbors introduced it to us a few years ago and then I bought a set for Bart for Father’s Day and it’s been a staple at family gatherings ever since.
Analese on my team told me about this one (she said, “We played this non-stop at our family reunion this year and had the best time! I love that basically any adult can play this – no real athletic ability required, although it does help a bit)” and I immediately cataloged it away to get for Bart for his birthday or Father’s Day next year.
CATCH BALL PADDLES
I don’t know what it is about this game that’s so satisfying, but we bought a set a few years ago and it’s fun for both adults and kids, plus you can be as competitive or non-competitive as you like.
We got this fun outdoor game when our deck was finished and it’s been in rotation all summer long. We play it on a rug so it doesn’t make as much noise when it crashes down and doesn’t bang up our deck.
We don’t own this outdoor game, but we’ve played it endlessly at family reunions with Bart’s extended family – it’s a hit with kids, teens, and adults alike, easy to transport, and quick to learn, but hard to master (which I think is the best kind of game).
Any other favorite outdoor games? I’d love more recommendations!