FUN Backyard Activities for Summertime

The key to having…

an unforgettable summer

is to fill the days with memorable activities.

Warm weather provides countless opportunities

for you to get off the sofa and out of the house.

Fortunately, you don’t have to spend a lot of money

on summertime excursions away from home.

There are plenty of inexpensive, exciting activities you

can participate in with family and friends.

Your own backyard can be a magical retreat if you know how to use it. 

Create an Outdoor Party Zone

Anyone can host a barbeque or put up a volleyball net, but to make long-lasting memories, you will need to pack more power in your parties.

The key is to transform your backyard into something new and exciting.

You can do this by hosting themed events.

There are numerous themes to choose from such as a wet and wild weekend, neighborhood Olympics or a backyard carnival. 

For a water-themed party, bring out the super-soaking squirt guns, garden hoses, sprinklers, water balloons, buckets and plastic glasses.

Turn normal activities into wet ones by adding some type of water rule.

Set up obstacle courses that end in a child’s pool, use buckets of water in a beanbag toss, or fill large bowls with ice and have participants collect coins from the bottoms. 

To host your own backyard Olympics, set up each area of your yard to represent a different event.

Consider all ages so everyone can participate.

Younger children can compete in chalk drawing, hopscotch, dancing or gymnastics.

Older children and adults can participate in wheelbarrow races, obstacle courses, relays, jumping contests and virtually any backyard game.

You can purchase or make medals to reward the winners. 

A backyard carnival can provide days of excitement for you and your family, but it takes some planning.

Set up games such as a ring toss, milk jug throw or fish pond.

You can also set up a basketball toss using water balloons or offer a jump rope race for kids and adults.

Provide face painting or an artificial tattoo service for younger guests.

For prizes, offer carnival foods such as candy apples, cotton candy, popsicles, popcorn or kettle chips.

Let the Adults Be Kids

Sometimes behaving like a child is necessary.

Why not create some memorable moments by unleashing the youth inside?

One of the best ways to call upon your inner child while enjoying the fresh air is to turn your yard into a stage.

Put on a play with children and adults as the performers.

Act out books, movies or original stories.

You can even perform renditions of those crazy day-to-day moments every family experiences. 

You can also host a neighborhood talent show.

Children will be elated to participate, but adults may need some motivation.

Lure your friends, family and neighbors into performing by offering adult beverages as prizes.

To generate even more interest, abolish any typical talent show rules.

Let the competitors determine what the definition of talent is.

You may be surprised at the outcome, and you may even learn something new about your guests.

Another way to encourage childlike behavior is to plan a scavenger hunt in your yard and around your entire house.

The competition aspect will spark that youthful vigor so many adults lack in daily life.

Get creative with the treasures and instructions.

Make the participants climb trees or crawl under bushes during their searches.

Set up mud pits, waterfalls and sand traps to add a messy element to the hunt. 

Turn Food Into a Festivity

Nothing brings mobs of people to a backyard like the prospect of munching on good food.

To elevate your next picnic or barbeque to rock star status, turn the food into a fun activity.

Set up an ice cream bar, and allow guests to create their own masterpieces.

Provide cones, waffle bowls and any topping you can think of.

Have a contest for the most unique creation, or host a messy ice cream eating competition.

You can also set up a sandwich bar with various types of breads, meats, cheeses, vegetable toppings and condiments.

Encourage guests to get artistic with their creations.

They can shape the sandwiches into faces, vehicles, animals or other objects.

Use the elements in your backyard for inspiration.

Guests can also compete for the tallest, widest, most appetizing or most disgusting sandwich.

Be sure to provide plastic knives and toothpicks for design purposes. 

To make the most of your outdoor living space during the warm season, consider what you and your loved ones enjoy most.

With a little imagination, you can easily transform your backyard into a thrilling, bustling activity zone for people of all ages.

Whether you host the most basic picnic or plan an elaborate neighborhood bash, you will fill your summer days with memories that last a lifetime.