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The Best StayCation Outdoor Games 🏐🏓

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!

leisure, holidays, people and sport concept – happy friends playing badminton or shuttlecock at summer garden party

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!

 

The Best StayCation Virtual Games 💻📱

If you are anything like us, then you have found yourself left with a lot of free time during your StayCationWeekend nights out on the town have been replaced by board games and movies. Playing classic games, like Monopoly, Yahtzee, or working on a jigsaw puzzle can be fun for a while, but we are all reaching a point of boredom.

This is why we wanted to take the next few posts to share some of our favorite StayCation activities and hopefully expose our readers to new, fun games.

This week, we are kicking it off with Virtual Games, so you can still keep in contact and play fun games with family and friends, even if you are separated!

Zoom has personally become our family’s new favorite tool to talk and play some of the games below. If you find you are running over Zoom’s free group call 40-minute time frame then you may consider upgrading to Zoom Pro, as we recently did, to get longer and faster video calls for only $150 a year. You may even get a 30% discount if you use the coupon: “KUMON-ZOOM”…

 

Psych — Psych is a fun, free mobile app that was first designed by Ellen DeGeneres in 2016, but it has gained popularity in quarantine. This hilarious game involves players filling in prompts generated about the other players, followed by all players voting for their favorite prompt. You can find out more about it and download on the App Store or Google Play here.

Zoom Charades — Charades, the classic dinner party game, can easily be played over Zoom, with family and friends. You can play two ways — the first being classic charades where one player acts and the other guesses. Another option, is to play the game similar to Catchphrase, writing a list of words on small pieces of paper that one player then has to go through and explain to the other without saying the actual word, with every correct word counting as a point.

Virtual Board Games — While stuck in quarantine, it seems like everyone is trying to break out the old board game collection only to realize they don’t have the quantity of games they thought they had. One alternative is to play the app version of the game, which can often be faster and more efficient — we put a list of some popular mobile apps you can play with family and friends below. All of the games below have an app that you can download on the App Store or Google Play.

  • Yahtzee, Monopoly, Life, Catan, Risk, and Scrabble aka Words With Friends…

 

What are some of your family’s favorite games you have been playing virtually?

Fun Pool Games for Kids

We have spoken in the pat about the best ways to get your kids in the pool. In that post, we referenced pool games as one of the best ways to entice kids to swim, and this week want to share our personal favorites. No need to go buy anything – all the games below can be played with household items.

Invisi-BottleInvisi-Bottle

First, take a clear bottle, preferably with a white cap or a cap the same color as your pool plaster, remove the wrapper and fill it with pool water. Next, divide the kids into two teams and line them up in the water on opposite ends of the pool. Finally, toss the bottle into the pool and when they hear the splash, the players turn around and try to find the bottle. Once the bottle is found, simply line the players up again and repeat. It sounds like an easy task, but you will be surprised at how hard it is to find the bottle.

sharkSharks & Minnows

Sharks and Minnows is essentially pool tag. One player starts as the “Shark” at one end of the pool. The other players, “Minnows”, must jump in the pool and try to swim to the other edge without being tagged by the shark. Every player the shark tags then becomes a shark as well and tries to tag other minnows. The last minnow to be tagged becomes the first shark in the next round. The game is great for big groups of children but can also be played with as few as 4. The shark begins the game by saying “sharks under, minnows go!”

Pirates

Pirates can be played with any number of players, but it is perfect for 2 players. Grab any odd number of sticks, which can be any item from around the house. Then, line the players up on opposite ends of the pool and toss the sticks in the middle. When someone says go, the players race to find the sticks, and the player with the majority of sticks wins. Kids love the competitive nature of this game and will likely want to keep playing for many rounds.

F-I-S-H

F-I-S-H can be played in two ways. The first way is if you have a poolside basketball hoop (which kids love), then F-I-S-H is essentially H-O-R-S-E. The first player gets to do anything they want before shooting, such as shooting while jumping in the pool. If they hit their shot, the other players have to do the exact same thing. But if they miss, the next player gets to make up their own wacky shot for others to try. Any player that cannot make the first person’s shot gets the letter F. Everyone keeps playing the game and making up crazy shots until someone misses enough times to spell out the word F-I-S-H. Once a player spells F-I-S-H, then they are out and the last player in wins. If you do not have a poolside basketball hoop, you can still play F-I-S-H, but instead of basketball shots players can do creative jumps or dives into the pool, with other players trying to replicate them. Either way, F-I-S-H is a fun interpretation of H-O-R-S-E and will get kids thinking creatively.

Marco Polo

Marco Polo is probably the most famous pool game there is. But for those of you that are unaware of the rules, Marco Polo starts with one player as “it”. This player starts with their eyes closed, and the other players disperse throughout the pool. The player who is it keeps his or her eyes closed and tries to find and tag the other players in the pool. The other players are avoiding this person, but the one who is it can find the other players by saying “Marco” which they must then respond to with “Polo”. When the person succeeds in tagging another player that player then becomes it in the next round. Geico recently did a hilarious ad referencing the game.

What are your kids favorite pool games? Email us and let us know if we missed any.