Love getting together with other families?
Try these outdoor games for families that will bring lots of giggles, memories and “can you
believe he did that” events!
Why outdoor games?
Because our kids need us to be COMPLETELY present with them — plus they need vitamin D3 (the sunshine vitamin)!
Our family is not only passionate about playing together (because families who play
together, stay together), but we’re also passionate about keeping our Family Fun Nights!
It’s a tradition we love!
We even have a HUGE list of family night fun games and snacks.
You’ll also love printables that go with it!
You can snag those below!
When it comes to family and fun, go beyond dinner and a movie and be creative!
As my Grandma always says, “Stop and smell the roses!”
So stop and play some outdoor games!
Outdoor Games for Families and Friends
- Tall man hamburger contest. Grilling out it totally fun when families get together for some fellowship.
This contest is for the hamburger gurus who love nothing more than a juicy, piled high, perfectly stacked hamburger.
Adults love this game, but you can have a mini-contest for the kids, too.
It’s simple and to the point — my kind of game!
Assemble your hamburgers extra tall and pile them up with any and every condiment in the world of hamburgers. The first person to get their entire tall man hamburger eaten wins! Get ready, get set — EAT!
- Candy balloon relay. Balloons are always fun — especially when you race to pop them!
If you have any balloons left after this game, try these crazy-fun balloon crafts too!
For this outdoor game, divide everyone into two teams.
Give each player a balloon with a piece of candy stuffed inside.
Each player must run to a designated spot, pop their balloon, open their candy, eat and
swallow their candy and run back to tag the next player.
First, team to pop all their candy balloons wins!
Be sure to choose candies that are not considered choking hazards.
- Boochie game. this crazy new game involves players of all ages.
“Playing ball” has definitely been jazzed up with some new modern details.
Fun throws, giggles and loads of memories are jam-packed in this highly rated and loved game!
- Water balloon challenge. If you don’t have any shade in your yard,
this is a perfect game to cool off.
Partner everyone up and has them toss water equally filled and sized water balloons back and forth.
Hey, we all know the smaller, lesser-filled balloons are more difficult to pop! No
Each pair starts close together and gradually steps back after each toss. The pair that
lasts the longest without popping their water balloon wins!
Oh, and if you want to fill up 100 water balloons in ONE MINUTE you need to grab this gadget.
Now, water balloon relays and fights just got more fun!
- Outdoor obstacle course. Races get everyone in the mood for a little
competition, and you can create a killer obstacle course just from what you have lying
Use your swing set, trampoline, old tires, and ropes to create a stellar obstacle course.
Divide your group into two teams and see which team gets through it the quickest.
- Jarts lawn
darts. Think horseshoes, but played with aerodynamic, foam darts!
Perfect for families with kids and teens.
This super compact game is easy to take on your next vacation or just set up in your back yard!
- Colorful water tag. There are so many variations of tag, but nothing
is quite as fun as something messy.
Fill your water balloons with water, and add a little food coloring (make sure everyone is
wearing play clothes).
The person who is “It” must tag someone by throwing a colorful water balloon. Once the
person is tagged with color, they are “It.”
Keep playing until water balloons are gone.
A person without any color wins the game!
- Outdoor bowling.Adults, kids and teens love outdoor bowling!
It’s going to be tough to get people to go home after you get started with cray game of
bowling in your back yard!
- Slippery tug of war. A good ole’ game of tug of war is always fun.
Divide your teams up evenly for this fun game.
Use a tarp in the area of the game and add soap and water to it.
As the teams struggle to keep their balance, let the tugging begin.
This twist on slip and slide fun is sure to get everyone excited.
- Flashlight hide and tag. As soon as it gets dark, choose an “It.”
The chosen person waits three minutes while everyone hides.
After three minutes he hunts for all the people and “tags” them with a flashlight.
The last person “tagged” wins and the first person “tagged” is the next “It.”
And one *BONUS* idea, because I LOVE giving you EXTRAS, why not try outdoor squirt gun paining?
Such a fun idea from my friend, Melissa, at Fireflies and Mud-pies!
What fun games does your family play outside?
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