For our last two posts, we discussed fun Virtual Games and Board & Card Games that can be played with your family and friends in quarantine. In this post, we wanted to shift towards Outdoor Games, as the warmer weather provides the perfect opportunity to utilize your ‘Outdoor Living’ space! Even if you do not have a big yard or pool there are still tons of options that can fit whatever space you have. Check out some of our favorites below.
Quarantine Olympics — Quarantine Olympics is a new trend that brings together families to compete in various fun activities. The events can be as creative as anything you think of, but some funny games were Toilet Paper Dodgeball, Egg Toss, and the 6 Ft Challenge, where family members tried to guess the closest to 6 feet with a measuring tape. You can even have an awards ceremony at the end just like they did in a classic episode of The Office.
Virtual Cornhole — Even if you are separated from your family and friends, you can still play cornhole. If you set up your phone or computer with a view of the opposite board then the other players can see your toss and keep score. No worries if a friend does not own a Cornhole set — you can sanitize the other half of yours and some bags, leave them outside your house, and have a friend pick them up to play virtually. The American Cornhole League even transitioned one of their national events to virtual!
Other Yard Games to Make Virtual — Cornhole is likely not the only game you can play virtually with friends, so we added a few other ideas we had below.
- Horse Shoes — Setting up Virtual Horse Shoes would be similar to Cornhole, with a camera positioned near the pin to keep teams honest.Just be sure to place it far enough away that you don’t hit your camera with a horse shoe!
- Ladder Ball — Ladder Ball, also known as Redneck Golf, is a less popular, but equally fun game as Cornhole. It has a similar scoring system, but you score points by landing your bolas (two balls connected by a string) on the ladder (3 horizontal poles). Set up a camera, find a friend with another set, and you will be ready to go!
Fun Yard Games to Buy — The games below are newer, less traditional games but have become some of our recent favorites. There may be a slight delay ordering these on Amazon or another site due to the surge in demand, but they are all a great summer addition that you can use for years!
- Spikeball — At this point, you have probably heard of Spikeball, but we wanted to include just how incredibly popular it has become. Within a matter of years, Spikeball went from a new, obscure game to hosting a highly competitive league that thousands enjoy watching. This game is a favorite amongst kids, and we highly recommend it for anyone with young ones of any age.
- Bucket Ball (aka Giant Beer Pong) — Bucket ball is essentially giant beer pong with volleyballs and trash cans. This game is a favorite for all ages, letting young kids try their first shot at beer pong and letting adults relive their glorious college days. I know what you’re thinking though — don’t worry it’s not like beer pong, you won’t have to drink an entire trash can of beer after each made shot!
Giant Jenga — Giant Jenga is another simple concept: it’s Jenga but with giant pieces! If you think the moments waiting for a normal Jenga stack to fall are exhilarating then you have never played with a 5 foot tower of blocks! Playing with a group is the best, as you can all help build the stack then laugh together when it comes crashing down.
Kan Jam — Kan Jam is another new game that involves teams of two, a frisbee, and two trash cans. The two ways to score points are to throw the frisbee through the slit in the trash can or have your opponent jam it into the top of the trash can. As simple as it may sound, this game is a fun competitive team sport and is a great twist for any frisbee fans.
What are your family’s favorite Outdoor Games? Respond and let us know!
Also, don’t forget to look out for next installment of “The Best StayCation Games” with the best Pool Games!