We have been using our backyard a lot lately. In these stay at home times, it does feel good to enjoy one’s own home and partake in fun summer backyard activities.
I can’t think of too many more gratifying ideas than enjoying what one already has, and for those of us lucky to have a backyard, or access to outdoor spaces, I think you know exactly what I’m talking about. I even bring my laptop outside so I can keep an eye on the kids while still getting work done.
It’s not been all work though. We’ve had plenty of time to play! Here are some of the backyard activities we have been up to in our yard, as well as some other ideas for entertaining “in your own backyard”. Most work for adults and kids alike. After all, when the kids are entertained and happy, then the adults can relax a little. This post was featured on NBC-22 Mass Appeal, watch the segment!
10 Fun Summer Backyard Activities:
The classic game is loved by everyone. I think of being in upstate New York in the Finger Lakes region. One of my favorite games I ever played of cornhole was lakeside with my with my daughter when she was a toddler. It’s actually a great developmental tool for kids, helping to improve their hand and eye coordination.
There are quite a variety of outdoor movie projector and screen setups. This screen is reasonably priced, and received hundreds of good reviews on Amazon. It also is lightweight, yet sturdy, and appears easy to set up on the fly. You may have a specific set up in mind for your backyard, so browse around, there are screens that are massive, screens that are inflatable, you name it.
This package doubles as a badminton and volleyball set up. It has everything you need to play either game. Fun, and exercise!
I enjoyed playing croquet as a kid, and I jumped at the chance to introduce the game to my own kids. By clicking through on this link you will be able to see a variety of croquet sets, from beginner to vintage, and they are all priced according to the style and materials used.
Imagine sitting around a fire with a few friends, enjoying drinks. This outdoor firepit comes with a cover, has a metal screen over the top for safety, and goes with a variety of patio furniture. The description includes easy assembly and free shipping.
It is mind boggling how many hours my children have spent standing at their outdoor play table. Seriously, if I had to pick one “toy” that has probably been the best investment, I would pick this one. Not just because of the amount of use it’s gotten, though also because it’s a sensory toy, it’s for outside, and a couple kids at a time can stand around interacting together.
Gardening is totally trending at the moment! People are discovering the meditative benefits of being outdoors, and the focus and care that tending to plants requires. Gardening can be a therapeutic and personal experience. It can also be a learning opportunity for adults and kids alike. This gardening set has all the essentials and is well made. It would also make a great gift!
Who doesn’t like arcade games? Future professional athletes and novices alike will enjoy a friendly game of arcade basketball. These games are not as expensive as you might think. This is one of the premium sets available on Amazon, yet there are others that cost much, much less. $299.99
We had a hanging cocoon chair when I was growing up. I thought it was the coolest thing. Cocoon, or egg chairs, are making a comeback, and some of the most popular styles are those that are hanging. Your decor style and budget will influence options, though this hanging chair is reasonably priced and goes with a variety of decor tastes. Me, I’m going to see if my parents still have their chair. I can imagine cozying up in it with a good book, and then allowing myself to fall asleep for a nap. What a wonderful way to spend some time!
Imagine the laughter a water balloon fight will bring on! Adults and kids alike will get their competitive streak going in a water balloon battle! A winner of Toy of the Year Awards, this set contains over 330 water balloons that can be blown up in minutes with a hose, and are self sealing. One of the coolest things about this particular brand, Zuru, is that they’re partnered with recycling leader Terracycle. Once the fun is over, you can collect the plastic pieces, pop them in a postage paid box, and send them to Terracycle for upcycling. No environmental guilt, just fun! $27.99
What about you? What summer backyard activities do you enjoy with your family? Have you ever tried any of the above? Let me know in a comment below!
This piece was featured on NBC-22 Mass Appeal, watch the segment!