BACKYARD FUN & GAMES

Whether you're planning a garden party or considering constructing a putting green, these articles will help you create family fun in the backyard.
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5 Soccer Variations to Play in Your Backyard

The classic game of soccer has many fans. But even if you're a purist, you'll probably enjoy some of these quirky (and sometimes messy) variations. Try them out in your own backyard!

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  • 10 Classic Swimming Pool Games

    10 Classic Swimming Pool Games

    Remember how much fun you had as a kid swimming in the pool with your friends and playing Marco Polo or sharks and minnows? Do you remember the rules? What are some other classic pool games out there? See more »

  • 10 Easy DIY Backyard Games

    10 Easy DIY Backyard Games

    Summer days are perfect for little-to-no-skill–needed lawn games with family and friends in the backyard. We have 10 easy, do-it-yourself game suggestions from pickleball to crazy croquet. See more »

  • 10 Everyday Backyard Hazards and How to Fix Them

    10 Everyday Backyard Hazards and How to Fix Them

    Home sweet home, your own safe sanctum -- though your very own yard might be out to get you. Don't sweat it -- just set things right and enjoy your backyard without fear. See more »

  • 10 Steps to Creating a Backyard Skate Park

    10 Steps to Creating a Backyard Skate Park

    Your teenage skate junkie just begged you to build a skate park in your backyard. Before you acquiesce and starting working on halfpipes, there are a few additional steps you should take. See more »

  • 10 Steps to Creating a Summer Fun Area

    10 Steps to Creating a Summer Fun Area

    Summer's a surefire recipe for sweaty, bored kids, so why not save your sanity and theirs by staging a fun play area for them, right in your own backyard? See more »

  • 5 Basketball Variations to Play in Your Backyard

    5 Basketball Variations to Play in Your Backyard

    Basketball is an American pastime that has turned into one of the world's most popular sports. Yet people still find new and different ways to put the ball and hoop to good use. See more »

  • 5 Fun Water Balloon Games for Kids

    5 Fun Water Balloon Games for Kids

    During the long hot summer, water games rule. Everyone wins because everyone gets wet! We've got five of the wettest, most fun games you can play. See more »

  • 5 Great Backyard Water Games

    5 Great Backyard Water Games

    Hot summer days beg for a dip in the pool. But if you don't have access to one (or don't want to drive anywhere), you can cool off in your backyard with these fun water games. See more »

  • 5 Ideas for Camping in the Backyard

    5 Ideas for Camping in the Backyard

    Tent living doesn't have to mean using leaves as TP or hoisting your food into a tree to prevent critters from eating it. Nope, camping with the family is as easy as pitching a tent in the yard and pretending that your iPad isn't within 10 strides. See more »

  • 5 Mind-blowing Backyard Playsets

    5 Mind-blowing Backyard Playsets

    Yeah, swings are OK. But they're a whole lot more fun when they're paired with a replica of the Ghostbusters station. Or they hang from a tree house that puts the Swiss Family Robinson one to shame. Come see. See more »

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