Warm weather and sunny skies are here. And you know what that means — getting competitive and having tons of outdoor fun in the backyard!
Whether you’re heading to the beach, taking the fam for a camping trip, or just heading into the backyard, outdoor games make everything more fun. Of course, you can drag out your grandma’s croquet set (no shame in it, it’s a favorite of mine) or enjoy a leisurely game of bocce ball. But if you’re looking for something different this summer, why not jazz it up?
Just in time for all that warm weather, let’s look at some outdoor games that are anything but average!
Giant Connect Four
Much like its smaller tabletop counterpart, this oversized Connect Four has players choosing a color and taking turns dropping colored discs into the columns. The first player (or team!) to line up four discs horizontally, vertically, or diagonally wins.
Of course, it’s way more fun because it’s a jumbo, outdoor version — trust me, I am speaking from experience here! Plus, this version comes in plenty of different colorways, from the traditional primary colors to an updated turquoise that feels like summer.
Check it out here: COSTWAY Jumbo 4-to-Score Giant Indoor & Outdoor Game Set
Exploding Kittens Throw Throw Burrito: Extreme Outdoor Edition
First of all, this game includes huge inflatable burritos — so count me in. Second of all, it’s dubbed “a dodgeball card game,” so you know it’s going to be ridiculous!
Gameplay entails collecting matching sets of oversized cards faster than everyone else, while also dodging and throwing gigantic burritos at each other. The game comes with 120 water-resistant cards, seven plastic tokens, and a couple of 3-foot inflatable burritos.
Check it out here: Throw Throw Burrito by Exploding Kittens: Extreme Outdoor Edition
Kan Jam Portable Disc Toss Game
If you’re a fan of throwing frisbees, take them to the next level with this fun and competitive outdoor game. This game mixes “the strategy of horseshoes with the fun of a team activity,” according to one reviewer.
It seems simple enough: players take turns throwing a frisbee into (or near) a can. It gets more interesting, though, when the opposing player/team gets to try deflecting the disc! Take it to the beach, the park, or just the backyard.
Check it out here: Kan Jam Disc Toss Game for the Backyard, Beach, park, Outdoors and Indoors
BULZiBUCKET Bucket Toss Game
The BULZiBUCKET (pronounced like “bullseye” bucket) is dubbed the “Next Generation Cornhole.” It comes with two collapsible three-tier bucket targets, six hacky sack balls, and a convenient carrying bag.
Why is it next gen cornhole? This game is incredibly versatile — you can even play it in the pool. The targets float and the balls don’t sink. In the event you don’t have a pool, you can still play it anywhere, from the backyard to the sandy beach.
Check it out here: BULZiBUCKET Beach, Tailgate, Camping, Yard Game
Franklin Sports Fun 5 Combo Set
You can’t go wrong with the traditional backyard games, right? With this set, you don’t even have to choose just one, either. It’s the perfect set to pick up if you like the classics.
It includes everything you need for badminton, volleyball, flip toss (ball and catch scoops), frisbee, and ring toss.
Check it out here: Franklin Sports Fun 5 Combo Set
And while you’re at it, pick up these LED Badminton shuttlecocks to add to the fun!