Fun Backyard Activities for the Whole Family

Fun Backyard Activities for the Whole Family

 

When summer arrives, the use of a backyard increases. This is due to the fact that most individuals do not like staying inside when the weather is so beautiful.  If you are one of those individuals, it is likely that you and your family will be spending a fairly large amount of time outside.  To make your time memorable and enjoyable, you may want to consider familiarizing yourself with popular backyard activities, especially those that are designed with the whole family in mind like grilling.

 

One activity that everyone enjoys is eating. Whether it be breakfast, lunch, or dinner, you may want to consider having your next meal outside.  If you have a barbeque grill, you and your family may enjoy having tasty food that was prepared on the grill. If you do not have a grill, but are interested in purchasing one, you have a number of options.  A large number of retail stores, both on and offline such as Lowes and Home Depot, carry a fairly large selection of barbeque grills. Charcoal grills are an inexpensive way to cook; many can sell for as low as twenty or thirty dollars.

 

In addition to having a backyard cook out, your family may also enjoy a backyard picnic.  Backyard picnics are often easier to prepare than most barbequed meals.  If you wish, you could easily prepare all of your food inside.  Popular picnic foods may include, but should not be limited to, sandwiches, subs, coleslaw, salads, crackers, cookies, and pretzels. If the weather is warm, you may also want to make sure that you include extra water. Water, especially during hot weather, is important for hydration.

 

While eating outdoors is a great way to spend time in your backyard, it will only take a few hours.  If you are interested in spending the whole day in your backyard, you will want to find other backyard activities. One of those activities is likely to include swimming.  Swimming is a favorite summer pastime, for individuals of all ages. The only downside to swimming is that you must have a swimming pool. If you do not have a swimming pool and cannot afford to purchase one, do not worry. There are literally an unlimited number of other backyard activities that your whole family could enjoy, even without a pool.

 

Other popular backyard activities involve the playing of sports games or water games. Water games, like many other backyard games, are ideal for individuals of all ages. To cool off or just participate in a family fun activity, you can purchase a water sprinkler, water balloons, or water guns. Many of these items can be purchased for an affordable price at most, on and offline, retailers.

 

If sports are more your family’s style, you may want to examine purchasing a volleyball net or a basketball hoop. While a basketball hoop or a volleyball net may be an expensive purchase, it is likely that you and your children will enjoy them on more than one occasion.  If you are concerned with the cost of a basketball hoop, volleyball net, or other sports equipment, you can purchase cheaper alternatives.  Other popular sports games, which do not require the purchase of expensive equipment, may include kickball or softball.  One of the neatest, newest, most popular back yard games or activities is known as Corn Hole. What this consists of is bean bags which are thrown onto a deck that is angled and has holes in it. Each hole can have a different score and/or just being able to get the bean bag into any hole scores as a point. Typically, there are two corn hole boards set opposed to each other at a distance that can be adjusted depending on the skill level and age of the participants. For teenagers and young people with a good arm and a good eye, 50-60 ft. may be appropriate, but for toddlers and young children 5-10 ft. might be the correct distance. After all, the object of the game is to get satisfaction from getting the bag to drop into the hole. In order to maintain this level of enthusiasm, the distance must be adjusted according to the needs of the participants. Corn hole games can be bought online or at retailers such as Walmart, Lowes, Home Depot, or Target. However, if you are handy and have some basic tools, they are relatively easy to build. It is simply a matter of constructing a frame and legs so that the frame is held at the appropriate angle.  The only tough spot that needs a special tool is the hole. In order to make the correct 6” diameter hole the appropriate tool to use is a 150mm/ 6” diameter hole saw. These can be bought from numerous companies such as Klein, Stanley,Go Sports, Blue Boar, Hole Pro, Eliseo, Dewalt, and Tech Team  https://www.techteamproducts.com/. We have found the Tech Team item 756 https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=tech+team+hole+saw to be absolutely perfect. It is available online from Amazon, has the perfect diameter, and the perfect number of teeth per inch to make smooth efficient cuts on the plywood deck. In addition, it has an arbor with a drill bit so that the hole can be perfectly centered, and then cut through by using a simple and easy to obtain 3/8” variable speed power drill.

 

Spending the day in your backyard is a great to not only have fun, but to spend quality time with your family.  A backyard campout may be the perfect end to the perfect day.  Camping is enjoyed by many.  Backyard camping is great, especially if you have small children.  Not only may they enjoy the new experience, but you will also be close to you home if something goes wrong.  For a reasonable price, if you don’t already have one, you should be able to purchase a tent and other camping supplies.

 

As you can see, there are a large number of backyard activities that your whole family may be able to enjoy. In fact, the above-mentioned activities are just a few of the many that are available. For additional activities, you may want to ask the rest of your family for suggestions. It is possible that they may alert you to a fun backyard activity that you never even heard of before.