We think the best backyard games are a must for having a couple friends over, playing with the kids, having a family get together, taking the games to the beach, or turning it into an all night drinking game. They also make great presents for to bring with you to any backyard BBQ’s, no matter what the occasion. These games can fill up so much time this summer. And more importantly, gets you active and socially engaging instead of sitting inside flipping through your Facebook news feed.
Our Top 5 Best Backyard Games for Summer 2017:
Spikeball consists of a plastic circle that is broken down to easily assemble and dissemble. So you can carry this in the included medium size shoulder bag. Once assembled, you can volley or spike it to the other team by bouncing the ball on the net.
Spikeball is best played with groups of 4 and for an audience of over the age of 12. There are different levels of Spikeball available for sale, Regular, the Combo, Road to Victory, and the Pro. The biggest difference between each version is the amount of accessories included. We would suggest getting a couple extra balls to keep on hand if your furry friends get’s a hold of them. We have experience a couple ball casualties this way.
KanJam is 2 black circle bins that have a “mailslot” in the front with an open top and a yellow Frisbee. The goal is to throw the Frisbee at the bin and have your partner knock it into the bin or aim for the mailslot. You get 3x the points if you can get throw the Frisbee direct into the “mailslot” for a hole in one. For aiming a Frisbee, this can present a good challenge.
Each Bocce set comes complete with a small white ball and 8 larger balls with 4 different colors. You can play with 2-8 people. If playing with 8 people, you play in doubles sharing a color. The first team throws the white ball and the person who can throw their larger ball closest to the white ball wins that round. Play till 11 or 21 to extend the fun. We’ve spent countless family bbq’s lined up watching an intense game of bocce.
To play Ladder Ball, you set up the posts from the poles and connectors that are included in the carrying case. The posts will be assembled to include a square base and then an erect square with 3 posts across. Creating a ladder-like structure. Also included is 6 sets of strings with 2 ping pong like balls on the end. The goal is to throw the string with 2 balls and catch it on one of the ladders to wrap it around and secure your points. You and your partner stand at opposite sides to play against the other team. The points are 1-2-3 with 3 being the top ladder to wrap your balls around. Take a couple practice rounds to get the hang of throwing these balls and anyone can jump right in.
Cornhole includes 2 decently size boards with a single hole in the shape of a triangle at the top. The goal of the game is to throw your Beanbags into the whole to get 3 points. Place the 2 boards approximately 15 feet apart, closer or farther together to add more or less challenge.