21 Outdoor Games for Your Active Kids and Their Friends
When the sun is shining, or even when it’s not, grab a game and head outdoors. Nothing beats fresh air and exercise for tiring the kids out and having fun, and it really is the stuff that memories are made of. Pick a game, or even several, and be ready to ‘make play when the sun shines’.
Bring back some of those old school games that kept us out in the fresh air all day long. The Crayola Ultimate Outdoor Activity Set includes bean bags, cones, chalk sticks, and glitter chalk, all in a sturdy plastic bucket, for creative, energetic outdoor games for kids, like bean bag tossing and obstacle racing.
Get adrenalin rising as the sun is sinking! Capture the Flag REDUX is everything the classic game always was, but it glows, making it perfect for after dark fun in the great outdoors! Each team marks their territories, hides the orb (flag) and then competes to outsmart the other team and bring victory home.
It’s always fun when you run into your best friend, but now you can do it literally with Wearable Inflatable Bumper Zorb Balls! This 2 pack set inflates in minutes, and kids can get as rough as they like without getting hurt. Add another pair for a fun outdoor game the whole family can enjoy.
Every age can play together with this classic outdoor game of Backyard Bowling. Anywhere with a flat surface is fair game as you get your top up of Vitamin D in the sunshine – just set up the 10 wooden pins, take your position, and bowl. Great fun for kids, teens, and adults, or all together.
Fun just got Supersized! Everyone loves bubbles, but with this Bubble Thing giant bubble set, the sky’s the limit! The whole family will be blown away as you take the fun outdoors and compete to see who can blow the biggest bubbles, but be warned, this wand can create whoppers of 20 feet or more!
Slip this bag of cards into your pocket the next time you go out for a walk, and turn every outing into a fun outdoor game. Put all the senses to good use as you embark on a scavenger hunt, looking for nature-inspired objects printed on the cards, turning every walk into a voyage of discovery.
Take a simple game of catch to the next level with the Original Pop ‘N Catch Game by Geospace. With two lightweight handheld pop-launcher baskets, even little ones can join in, popping and catching the ball as it flies back and forth. A simple but super fun outdoor game for kids, big and small!
The oldies are very often the best, and that point is proven with the Ring Toss game. With 5 rope rings, 10 bonus plastic rings, and everything else needed to play this childhood favorite, kids can come out of their rooms and into the fresh air for a family game everyone can play.
Small enough to keep in the car for family gatherings, the 2-in-1 bean bag and washer toss game provides hours of fun for kids who like to play outdoor games while the olds talk! The reversible platform features holes and scores for each game, so when they’re bored with one game, just flip it over!
Bump up the fun with this awesome Sumo Bumper Bopper, and yes…it’s as much fun as it sounds! These huge inflatable rings fit around the child’s body, while they hold on to the handles and bump their way into their friends without hurting themselves! Buy two or more and have the whole family join in!
Get pulses racing with this fast-paced outdoor game from GoSports. Like volleyball, each team of two must return the ball to the other side, but unlike volleyball they must bounce it off the net platform in the middle first. It’s the perfect outdoor game for the yard, garden, beach or park. For kids and adults.
It’s always a bonus when you find a game which the kids can play whatever the weather. Kids Scavenger Hunt in a Box gives you the best of both worlds, with an indoor and outdoor option. Each card features an object which players must find, either on their own or in teams. Ages 6+.
‘Catch’ is an old favorite when it comes to outdoor games for kids, but this version makes it even more fun! Each brightly colored paddle is covered in a self-stick material, so when you ‘catch’ the ball, it sticks to the paddle! It’s even suitable for indoor play thanks to the softer ball included.
It’s lowest score wins in this crazy game of ‘Flickin’ Chicken’! Once the target has been thrown, each player must grab their rubber chicken and try and get it on the target. However many throws it takes is your score, so aim carefully! Try cheating though, and someone will call ‘fowl play’! For 2-4 players.
This game is a great find for kids who love horses. A variation on the old ring toss game, this version uses lightweight rubber horseshoes which each player must toss to land on the red plastic dowel. Play indoors when the weather is bad, or outdoors on those finer days. With horseshoes, mats, and dowels.
For kids who can’t get e-Nerf of the great outdoors, this Nerf tagger 2-set will keep them free range for hours. Each tagger vibrates and lights up when hit, and the recoil feature is activated every time you fire for authentic firing action. Compatible with multi-players for when the battle is too big for two!
Have a ball with Boochie, the tossing game which tells you what to do! Throw your target and then follow the wrist-tracker’s instructions to throw your ball any which way it tells you! Eyes closed, under leg, it’s all the same to Boochie, the hilarious outdoor game for kids, and those who want to be!
Who’d have thought that two balls on a piece of rope could be so much fun? Throw each pair of connected balls at the easy-construct ladder and try and get it to wrap itself around one of the rungs. Sound simple? Try it and see. Ladder Toss is a fun outdoor game for everyone.
The fun doesn’t end when the sun goes down! Light-up lawn darts is a fun outdoor game for all the family, in which teams compete to get their darts as close to the target as possible. It doesn’t even need a flat surface, which makes it the perfect game for after dark beach parties, too!
They say that golf is a waste of a good walk, so why not kick off your walking shoes and play Mini Frisbee Golf, instead? Aim of the game is to land your mini Frisbee in the basket, and you can set your distance to suit whoever’s playing. Great fun for indoor or outdoor play.
Looking for an outdoor game for kids that will grow with them? This 2-in-1 game features a reversible game board – tic tac toe on one side, and bean bag toss on the other. As the kids get older (or improve their aim) simply move the board further away to make it harder!
If you’re looking for a no-assemble fuss free outdoor game for the kids this summer, then take a leaf out of Eucharistio.com’s book and set up a semi-permanent game of Twister on the grass? Using just yard paint and a cardboard box, you can have your own integrated game right there on the lawn!
We don’t need to spell it out to you, just how good this simple Swimming Pool Scrabble is for fun in the sun with your water babies. Make the tiles out of kitchen sponges, write letters of the alphabet on with permanent marker, and then follow the ideas in the blog, or make your own.
This is SUCH a cool idea for an outdoor game, and a perfect DIY twist on an old classic. Using mesh wire, bamboo sticks, and ball pit balls, you can whip up your own super-sized version of Ker-Plunk to play in the backyard. In fact, it’s so good you will lose your marbles over it!
Put your woodworking skills and tools to good use with this superb tutorial from Cherished Bliss for a DIY Football Toss Game. It would make a great project to do together with the kids, and once it’s finished you will have a foldaway football toss board which is easy to set up for outdoor practice.
This tutorial is a great idea for an outdoor game for kids’ parties. Ring Toss games have always been popular, but in this version, whatever your ring lands on, you get to keep. Lucky kids, because in this DIY game, the ‘pegs’ in the board are lolly pops! You have to ring it to win it!
Keep a roll of heavy duty construction plastic in the garage, along with a pack of U-shaped stakes, and when the sun is shining, grab them and head for the hills! Find a good spot, secure the plastic on a slope, add water and away you go – a super quick slip and slide for hot days.