11 Outdoor Games That Will Make Your House The Coolest On The Block

Whether you’re hosting 10-year-olds or full-grown adults, everyone will want to come out and play.

In every neighborhood, there’s always that one house that’s the “cool” place to be. You know the one: There’s a tangle of bikes in the front yard from kids who rode over a few blocks down. Adults congregate there too, dropping by to talk about the going-ons in the neighborhood and staying for a beer (or two).

Being the fun house has nothing to do with square footage, having a perfectly manicured yard or freshly baked brownies up for grabs. (OK fine, the brownies help.) The fun house always has games to play — that’s what makes it so inviting. If you want to get to know your neighbors or you plan on hosting a few summer shindigs with your friends, games are a must. Not sure what to play? We got you. Check out the 11 games rounded up here.

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A volleyball/badminton set
If you’re fortunate enough to have a sizable backyard, make the most of it by setting up a net game. Two of the most popular are volleyball and badminton and this set comes with everything you need for both.
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Ladderball
The concept behind ladderball is simple — teams of two toss the bolas to the ladder with the top ring being worth the most points. But don’t let that fool you; it can get competitive. Be sure to pick your partner wisely!
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Bean bag toss
The best backyard games are the ones that can be set up in two seconds and don’t need any explanation for how to play. A bean bag toss checks both boxes. It’s a classic for a reason.
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Glow-in-the-dark darts
People are going to be having a grand old time at your place, so you better have some games on hand that people can play after dark. This darts set is perfect for after-hours fun and won’t hurt if someone accidentally gets pegged with one.
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A catch ball set
If you want a game that you can play while carrying on a conversation with someone at the same time, catch ball is it; think of it as a less expected activity than throwing a football back and forth. Plus, it’s only $5.
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Disc golf toss
Unless you have a massive property, you probably aren’t going to be getting into a game of disc golf in your backyard. But you can do a version of it that’s just as fun with this toss game. Just remember, it’s all in the wrist.
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Ring toss
There’s a reason why people shell out $5 at the fair to play ring toss even when they know they aren’t going to win a stuffed animal. It’s fun! This is another backyard game that can be set up in seconds and hardly requires explaining, another reason why it’s a win.
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A blade-free ax throwing game
Ax throwing has become pretty popular recently, with ax throw outposts-cum-bars popping up in cities across the country. You can have a (much) safer version at home with this set. It’s blade-free and suitable for anyone age 6 and up.
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Bocce
A four-person game, bocce is perfect for small groups. Every ball in this set has a lined grid etched on for optimal aiming precision.
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Carnival bean bag can toss
Stack these numbered cans on a picnic table and hand the kids the bean bags — they’ll be entertained for hours. If only you had goldfish in plastic bags to give the winners.
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Horseshoes
Horseshoes is another classic backyard game virtually everyone loves. Unlike actual horseshoes, these ones are made of rubber, making them safer for horseshoe players of all ages.

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