15 best backyard activities for the whole family

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Summer is finally here, and if you’re spending extra time at home it’s time to take advantage of your outdoor space with fun games for the family.

Online searches for outdoor games are surging right now, so the editors at TODAY.com tracked down the best backyard games you can get shipped right to your door. From inflatable bumper balls for kids to an action-packed toss and bounce games for the adults, we rounded up the hottest backyard games of the summer.

1. Hearth Song Buddy Bounce Play Ball

Hearthsong Buddy Bumper Ball

Hearthsong Buddy Bounce Balls Set of 2
Hearthsong Buddy Bounce Balls Set of 2
  • Hearthsong Buddy Bumper Ball $35.98 at HearthSong

  • Hearthsong Buddy Bumper Ball $32.99 at Amazon

  • Hearthsong Buddy Bumper Ball $21.96 at eBay

Online retailers like Wayfair.com have seen an uptick in shopping for outdoor games and activities for kids, including these inflatable life-size balls. The Hearthsong Buddy Bounce Play Balls were so popular they recently sold out, but the brand also makes the same product with built-in LED lights!

2. Rampshot Toss & Bounce Game

Rampshot Toss & Bounce Outdoor Game

Rampshot Toss & Bounce Outdoor Game
Rampshot Toss & Bounce Outdoor Game
  • Rampshot Toss & Bounce Outdoor Game $50.00 at The Grommet

  • Rampshot Toss & Bounce Outdoor Game $59.99 at Amazon

  • Rampshot Toss & Bounce Outdoor Game $58.49 at Walmart

If you love a classic game of cornhole, you’ll love Rampshot. It’s a high-energy game that adults and teens can enjoy. It’s similar to a bean bag toss, but far more action-packed thanks to the bouncy racquetball-like balls and a unique ramp surrounded the net.

3. Playz 5-in-1 Unicorn and Rocket Play Tents

Playz 5-in-1 Unicorn and Rocketship Tent

Playz 5-in-1 Unicorn and Rocketship Play Tent (Amazon / Amazon)
Playz 5-in-1 Unicorn and Rocketship Play Tent (Amazon / Amazon)

Playz 5-in-1 Unicorn and Rocketship Tent $34.95 at Amazon

If you have little ones, these play tents are a great value. The top-rated Amazon bestseller has a 4.5-star average rating with hundreds of verified five-star reviews. Each tent has built-in games like ring toss, tic-tac-toe, velcro darts and more. Whether you get the unicorn play tent or the rocketship, you can expect lots of fun!

4. Throw Throw Burrito Extreme Outdoor Edition

Throw Throw Burrito Extreme Outdoor Edition

Throw Throw Burrito Extreme Outdoor Edition
Throw Throw Burrito Extreme Outdoor Edition

Throw Throw Burrito Extreme Outdoor Edition $29.99 at Target

Love to play cards? Take it up a notch with Throw Throw Burrito, the world’s first-ever dodgeball card game. Players go head to head collecting matching sets of cards to earn points and battle as they throw and fend off 3-foot-tall inflatable burritos.

The original Throw Throw Burrito game became a bestseller, so the brand launched the outdoor extreme version a couple of months ago, just in time for summer!

5. American Ninja Warrior Obstacle Course

American Ninja Warrior Obstacle Course

This obstacle course takes the American Ninja Warrior competition from TV to the backyard! Whether the little ones want to compete in teams, go head-to-head with a sibling or time their own skills, this will bring out their competitive spirit. Designed for kids 3 and up, this course includes everything you need to put your skills to the test!

6. Rollors Backyard Game

Rollors Backyard Game

Rollors Backyard Game (Amazon / Amazon)
Rollors Backyard Game (Amazon / Amazon)
  • Rollors Backyard Game $49.95 at Amazon

  • Rollors Backyard Game $49.95 at Wayfair

Founded by a U.S. Air Force veteran, Rollors is a family-friendly game from a small business based in Minnesota. The game is a combination of Bocce ball and horseshoes so players need a little strategy and some luck to score 21 points for the win.

The brand tells Shop TODAY that sales for Rollors are up 240% from last year, and it’s easy to see why: It’s a fun game kids and adults can enjoy in the backyard, at the beach or at a campsite.

More backyard games

1. Giggle ‘N’ Go Flarts

Giggle ‘N’ Go Flarts

Giggle 'N' Go Flarts (Amazon / Amazon)
Giggle ‘N’ Go Flarts (Amazon / Amazon)

Giggle ‘N’ Go Flarts $29.99 at Amazon

This lawn version of darts allows little ones to get in on the fun thanks to the inflatable components. Just blow up the three inflatable darts and secure the scoreboard with the included lawn pegs to let the games begin. It is even suitable for indoor or outdoor use, so you can bring the fun to the beach or campground, or inside the house on a rainy day.

2. Kan Jam Disc Game

Kan Jam

Kan Jam Original Disc Throwing Game (Amazon / Amazon)
Kan Jam Original Disc Throwing Game (Amazon / Amazon)

This classic game for family fun can certainly bring on the competition! Grab four players to make two teams and see who will be the first to reach 21 points, or secure an “instant-victory” by tossing the disc directly into the slot. You can choose between five versions of the game, including a light-up version to keep the fun going all night long.

3. Bundaloo Duck Fishing Game

Bundaloo Duck Fishing Game

Bundaloo Duck Fishing Game Contest - Fun Carnival Game and Outdoor Party Toy for Kids - Inflatable Pond, 2 Rope Fishing Poles With Hooks, 6 Floating Ducks (Amazon / Amazon)
Bundaloo Duck Fishing Game Contest – Fun Carnival Game and Outdoor Party Toy for Kids – Inflatable Pond, 2 Rope Fishing Poles With Hooks, 6 Floating Ducks (Amazon / Amazon)

Bundaloo Duck Fishing Game $19.99 at Amazon

Bring the fun of carnival games into your own backyard (or even in your house) with this portable duck fishing game. Kids can take on the fun anywhere, whether they want to play in the tub or even in the pool. The complete kit comes with six ducks, two rods and an inflatable pond for hours of laughs.

4. GoSports Ladder Toss Game Set

GoSports Ladder Toss Game Set

GoSports Indoor / Outdoor Ladder Toss Game Set with 6 Rubber Bolos, Carrying Case and Score Trackers (Amazon / Amazon)
GoSports Indoor / Outdoor Ladder Toss Game Set with 6 Rubber Bolos, Carrying Case and Score Trackers (Amazon / Amazon)
  • GoSports Ladder Toss Game Set $29.99 at Amazon

  • GoSports Ladder Toss Game Set $42.99 at Wayfair

  • GoSports Ladder Toss Game Set $29.67 at Home Depot

The object of this classic backyard game is to rack up points on the built-in scorekeeper for some friendly competition between up to four players. This kit comes with everything you’ll need to successfully play the game, including a carrying case to make transportation easy.

5. FlagHouse Snap Ball Game

FlagHouse Snap Ball Game

FlagHouse Snap Ball Game $13.99 at Wayfair

This game is just as fun as it is nostalgic. By moving the handles apart and together, the ball moves along the cords at different speeds, challenging players to keep up with the pace of the ball. Though simple, it can be a great source of entertainment for kids and adults alike.

6. Go! Gater Battle Bags Game

Go! Gater Battle Bags Game

Go!Gater Battle Bags Game, New and Exciting Challenge of Bean Bags Toss Game with a Twist! (Amazon / Amazon)
Go!Gater Battle Bags Game, New and Exciting Challenge of Bean Bags Toss Game with a Twist! (Amazon / Amazon)
  • Go! Gater Battle Bags Game $37.74 at Amazon

  • Go! Gater Battle Bags Game $24.82 at Walmart

Another unique twist on the classic cornhole game, this game is not for the faint of heart. Players begin the game by tossing the bean bags into the vertical buckets — which freely swing back and forth. Once the technique is mastered, your family can spend hours trying to score the most amount of points. The portable kit includes weather-resistant bean bags, targets and instructions on how to make the most of this family game.

7. GoSports Classic Cornhole Set

GoSports Classic Cornhole Set

GoSports Classic Cornhole Set - Includes 8 Bean Bags, Travel Case and Game Rules (Choose between American Flag, Football, Rustic, Chevron and Classic Designs) (Amazon / Amazon)
GoSports Classic Cornhole Set – Includes 8 Bean Bags, Travel Case and Game Rules (Choose between American Flag, Football, Rustic, Chevron and Classic Designs) (Amazon / Amazon)
  • GoSports Classic Cornhole Set $61.47 at Amazon

  • GoSports Classic Cornhole Set $89.99 at Wayfair

  • GoSports Classic Cornhole Set $122.48 at Walmart

A traditional tailgating game, this cornhole set provides all the fun of the competition for you to enjoy in your own backyard. This set from GoSports is available in nine different editions, including a football and American flag edition suitable for any occasion. It also happens to be Amazon’s No. 1 bestselling cornhole set.

8. GoSports Slammo Game Set

GoSports Slammo Game Set

GoSports Slammo Game Set (Includes 3 Balls, Carrying Case and Rules) (Amazon / Amazon)
GoSports Slammo Game Set (Includes 3 Balls, Carrying Case and Rules) (Amazon / Amazon)
  • GoSports Slammo Game Set $34.99 at Amazon

  • GoSports Slammo Game Set $52.99 at Wayfair

  • GoSports Slammo Game Set $34.99 at Home Depot

Similar to a game of volleyball, the object of this game is to score points by causing your opponent to hit the ball out of bounds. However, each team only has three hits to spike the ball into the net until one team is no longer able to return the ball. The first team to 21 points takes home the glory (and just might break a sweat in the process).

9. Hog Wild Pop and Pass Outdoor Game

Hog Wild Pop and Pass Outdoor Game

Hog Wild Pop and Pass Outdoor Game - Toss and Catch Foam Balls with The Launcher - Award-Winning Active Play - Includes 2 Launchers & 3 Foam Balls - Ages 6+ (Amazon / Amazon)
Hog Wild Pop and Pass Outdoor Game – Toss and Catch Foam Balls with The Launcher – Award-Winning Active Play – Includes 2 Launchers & 3 Foam Balls – Ages 6+ (Amazon / Amazon)
  • Hog Wild Pop and Pass Outdoor Game $34.99 at Amazon

  • Hog Wild Pop and Pass Outdoor Game $27.95 at Fat Brain Toys

  • Hog Wild Pop and Pass Outdoor Game $23.99 at Zulily

This game functions like a game of lacrosse, except players must pull the handle on the stick to launch the ball, rather than tossing it themselves. It’s a game of skill and excitement and even features a few fun sound effects whenever the ball lands in the basket. Since it is suitable for ages six and up, the whole family can get in on the fun.

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