The Best Outdoor Games for Families

You love getting together out with your family members and want to make that time memorable, you should definitely try these outdoor games for families:

Tall Man Hamburger Contest

Are you a foodie or do you have foodies in your family? This game is perfect for them! As the name suggests, this contest is for hamburger gurus who love juicy, delicious, perfectly stacked hamburger more than anything. Though this game is for adults, you can arrange a mini-contest for the kids too.

All you have to do is assemble the hamburgers extra tall and fill them with every hamburger condiment available. The first person to eat the entire hamburger wins!


Spikeball is the best game for action lovers. It is similar to volleyball, but the players have to hit the ball to the net instead of over the net so that the other team can take the service. You can invite families over a spikeball contest and have fun outdoors!


Cornhole is a great game for people of all ages. Though it looks easy-peasy, it isn’t. Both adults and kids love it. The players have to toss cornhole bags into the holes of the board that have different points. Make sure you buy a Cornhole board made from weatherproof plastic. 

Kan Jam

Kan Jam is an entertaining outdoor game that can be played by people of all ages. If you have a backyard, all you have to do is buy a set of Kan Jam and start playing this game with your loved ones. You have to toss a Frisbee or flying disc into the target basket (kan) while your partner tries to deflect it. Here’s how you can score points in the game:

  • Dinger (1 point): Throw the disc, and your teammate deflects it to hit the kan
  • Deuce (2 points): Throw the disc, and it hits the kan, without the assistance of your teammate
  • Bucket (3 points): Throw the disc, and your teammate successfully deflects it into the kan
  • Instant Win: You instantly win if you throw the disc into the kan through a wide opening in the front

Rubber Horseshoes

Back in the days, kids used to play this game using those heavy, metal horseshoes that today no parent would even want their kid to touch as they can pose a potential danger of injury or property damage. But with their modern, rubber version, you can enjoy this classic game along with your family members. To create more intensity, you can put together a mini-competition just so the players can show more interest.

Ring Toss

You might have played this fun game at festivals in which you have to toss the rings to a bar or target in order to score a point, and whoever scores the highest, wins! Games like Ring Toss do not just improve hand-eye coordination but also make outdoor gatherings memorable.

Giant Tic-Tac-Toe

Remember those days when you used to play tic-tac-toe in your school with your friends? How about playing the same game but its Giant version? You can buy a set of Giant Tic-Tac-Toe and enjoy playing it with your family members. This amazing game is similar to outdoor chess and checkers game. Both kids and adults admire it.

Giant Jenga

Giant Jenga, also called tumbling blocks, is an interesting game that can accommodate multiple players so more people can play without waiting for their turn. The players have to remove a block carefully until the entire tower comes down. If you want more stability, you can purchase a special tumbling block table to keep the game at eye level.

Balloon Down

Do you like balloon games? If you do, you will love this one! It is an easy yet fun balloon game that is enjoyed by both adults and kids. It requires good aiming ability and focus of the players. All you have to do is round up three helium balloons and tie them with three water bottles. Mark them with different points, i.e. 10, 20, and 30. Tape a boundary line on the other end, about 30 to 35 feet away. Put the lowest scoring balloon closest.

You will need small footballs to toss across the yard, aiming the balloons. Make different teams and whichever teams scores more, wins!

Inflatable Bowling

Take your ordinary indoor bowling to the next level by playing with giant, inflatable balls. In this amazing outdoor game of inflatable bowling, you have to roll the over-sized balls to knock over equally enormous pins. You can later deflate the balls and pins for easy storage. 


Badminton is a competitive sport and quite a fun game to play with your family members. If you already have rackets, shuttlecock and a net, perfect; if you don’t, you can buy a portable outdoor badminton set that includes everything from net and poles to shuttlecock and rackets. However, you won’t be able to play badminton during windy weather.


If you have a big backyard or are at a beach along with your family members, you can enjoy playing this fun game. If you have played kickball in elementary school, you would love playing it again, but this time with your family members.


Whether played by a kid or an adult, trackball is liked by everyone. It is played outdoors in a grassy backyard or at the beach. Each player holds a trackball racket, and one of the players has to place the light hollow ball in the scoop-like racket and toss it over to the other playing standing yards away. The trackball racket is designed in a way to allow the players of all ages to throw the hollow ball far further than they might expect. The ball is lightweight; this is why it can sway in the air with the wind and make it hard for you to catch it in your scoop racket. You may even dive to the ground, trying to catch it.

Slippery Tug of War

Who doesn’t love tug of war, especially when there’s an audience looking? It is a good old game that is always fun to play. Make teams and set an area to play the game. Place a tarp at the game area and add soap and water to it. As both sides struggle in keeping their balance, let the tugging challenge begin.

Blanket Drag Race

This may sound like a childish game, but it is fun to play! All you have to do is grab some blankets and pull your teammate across the yard as fast as you can to win the game.

Make sure to play this game on grassy backyard because it might cause injury if played on a hard surface.


Hope you like our list of outdoor games for families. You can arrange outdoor games for kids as well so they can also have fun while you adults are busy competing with each other. Have fun playing these outdoor games!