Don’t just scroll your summer days away on your device! It’s about time we take back the pure enjoyment of this season that we wait all year to experience. Even science is telling you to do so! Recent studies have shown that engaging in playful activities through adulthood can help lower stress, improve cognitive functions, and build social bonds with others, which is so much more than what your phone can do for you.
1. Wicked Big Sports Supersized Pong Game.
Let’s be honest: Playing beer pong in a cramped basement really loses its luster after a few too many balls roll under the couches. This yard pong set, on the other hand, is a super-sized, outdoor-friendly version that is played by filling the red buckets up with water or sand, and gets the whole family in on the fun (though of course you can still play while clutching a koozie).
2. Flickin’ Chicken.
It’s like bocce … but sillier. Flickin’ Chicken is all about honing your aim to hit your target on the first try. Toss the frisbee across the yard, and then flick your rubber chicken of choice to try and get it to land on the frisbee in the fewest number of throws, keeping in mind that it’ll likely bounce off-course.
3. Beer Pong Golf.
Never decide between a round of mini-golf and a game of beer pong again! Thanks to this amazing gaming fusion, no tailgate will ever be the same.
4. Bottle Bash Game Set.
Hone your aim with Bottle Bash, a flying-disc lawn game that tests your ability to knock an unbreakable bottle off its perch. Just stake the two telescoping poles into the ground at a distance from each other, steady the bottle on top, take note of the wind’s direction, and fling away!
5. Starlux Games Capture The Flag Redux.
This updated glow-in-the-dark version of Capture the Flag is a thrilling lawn game that folks of all ages can enjoy. The playing field is set up with illuminated markers that, as one reviewer put it, make your yard look like a “living video game”! Players hide illuminated green and blue orbs instead of flags, and must cross into enemy territory to steal their orb and bring it back to home base without getting tagged!
6. Spikeball Combo Set.
This outdoor game is a lot like volleyball, but without all of the set-up hassle. The flexible, hula-hoop-sized net stands on its foldable legs, and can be taken to the beach or the park to give four players plenty of space to run around. Start the two-on-two game by bouncing a ball off the net, sending it flying towards your opponents — they have three passes between them to send the ball back over to your team.
7. Get Out! Giant Wooden Dominoes.
The best kinds of lawn games are not restricted by location. On any type of terrain, pack this oversized set of 7-inch-long dominoes to match up the dotted tiles and create winding patterns all through the surrounding area.