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Top Outdoor Games For Any Occasion

Updated: Jun 29

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Summer is here, and there's no better time to take advantage of the warm weather and sunshine than with some exciting yard games and toys. Whether you’re hosting a backyard barbecue, a family reunion, or just enjoying a weekend at home, these games are perfect for kids and adults alike. Here’s a roundup of our favorite yard games and toys that guarantee endless hours of Summer fun.

Ladder Golf

Ladder Golf is a classic yard game that’s easy to learn but challenging to master. Players take turns tossing bolas (two balls connected by a string) at a three-rung ladder. Points are scored based on which rung the bola lands on. The game can be played one-on-one or in teams, making it perfect for any group size.

Why We Love It: Ladder Golf is great for all ages and helps improve hand-eye coordination. Plus, it’s portable and easy to set up, making it ideal for picnics and tailgates.

Splash Pad

When the summer heat becomes too much, the Kids Splash Pad is a lifesaver. This inflatable mat connects to your garden hose, creating a mini water park in your backyard. Kids can splash around, play games, and cool off without needing to leave home.

Why We Love It: The Splash Pad is a fantastic way to keep younger children entertained and cool during hot days. It’s easy to set up and store, and provides hours of wet and wild fun.

Molkky Game

Molkky is a Finnish lawn game that’s gaining popularity around the world. Players take turns throwing a wooden pin (the "molkky") at a group of numbered wooden pins. The goal is to knock down enough pins to score exactly 50 points, but beware – going over 50 resets your score to 25.

Why We Love It: Molkky is simple yet strategic, making it engaging for all ages. It’s perfect for family gatherings and can be played on various surfaces, from grass to gravel.

Kubb Game

Known as "Viking Chess," Kubb is a team game that involves knocking over wooden blocks by throwing wooden batons. The objective is to knock down the opposing team's blocks and finally the "king" in the center.

Why We Love It: Kubb combines elements of bowling, horseshoes, and chess. It’s a great game for teamwork and strategy, and it can be played on a variety of terrains.

Pickleball Game

Pickleball is a fast-paced paddle game that combines elements of tennis, badminton, and ping-pong. Played with a wiffle ball on a smaller court, it’s accessible to players of all ages and skill levels.

Why We Love It: Pickleball is highly addictive and great for cardio. It’s easy to set up a court in your driveway or yard, and the rules are simple enough for everyone to enjoy.

Ax Throwing

Bring the excitement of ax throwing to your backyard with an Axe Throwing Set. This set includes everything you need for safe and thrilling ax throwing fun. Featuring foldable wooden targets and soft, foam axes, it ensures safety while still providing the challenge of hitting the bullseye. This set also doubles as Lawn darts, anothor fun outdoor game!The sturdy construction and easy setup make it perfect for any outdoor gathering.

Why We Love It: An Axe Throwing Set is an exciting and unique addition to any backyard game collection. The foam axes ensure safety for all ages, while the foldable design makes it easy to transport and store. It's perfect for adding a touch of adventure to your outdoor activities.


A timeless classic, Horseshoes involves throwing horseshoes at a stake in the ground. Points are scored based on how close the horseshoe lands to the stake, with extra points for ringers.

Why We Love It: Horseshoes is a game of precision and patience. It’s easy to set up and perfect for all ages, making it a staple at family gatherings and picnics.

Cornhole Game

Cornhole, also known as bean bag toss, is a staple of American backyard games. Players take turns tossing bean bags at a raised platform with a hole in it, aiming to get the bags in the hole or on the board for points.

Why We Love It: Cornhole is incredibly fun and addictive. It’s great for all skill levels and can be played casually or in a competitive setting.

Slammo Game

Slammo is a dynamic, fast-paced game similar to volleyball but played with a small trampoline-like net. Teams of two take turns hitting the ball onto the net, trying to make it difficult for the opposing team to return.

Why We Love It: Slammo is energetic and perfect for those looking for a more active game. It’s portable, easy to set up, and provides a great workout while being tons of fun.

Giant Outdoor Jenga

Giant Jenga takes the classic tabletop game to new heights – literally! This oversized version uses large wooden blocks that players take turns removing from the tower and stacking on top. The goal is to prevent the tower from toppling over during your turn.

Why We Love It: Giant Jenga adds a physical element to the mental challenge of the original game. It's perfect for all ages and becomes a centerpiece of laughter and tension at any gathering. Plus, the sheer size of the tower makes it a visual spectacle that everyone will love.

These outdoor games for any occasion offer a diverse range of activities that cater to all interests and age groups. Whether you’re looking for something relaxed and strategic like Kubb or a high-energy game like Slammo, there’s something on this list for everyone. So gather your friends and family, head outside, and enjoy the summer sun with these fantastic yard games!


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