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!


How to Make an Outdoor Chessboard

Forget the lap pool. Forget the bocce court. Your kingdom needs lawn chess, and we're going to help you get it. Maybe even this weekend.

5 Safety Tips for Backyard Baseball

How can you play a game of baseball in your backyard and ensure you don't hit your neighbor's Mercedes? We've got five safety tips for you.

How to Build a Backyard Horseshoe Pit

Ever heard the expression, "Almost only counts in horseshoes"? It refers to scoring in the game, but it could apply to building a horseshoe pit in your backyard. You can have something almost as good as a professional court with little effort.

Easy DIY Lawn Games You Can Build

Not all lawn games need to come from a box! Many can be built from scratch easily and will look a lot better than the store-bought ones. We'll tell you how.

How to Create a Backyard Treasure Hunt

A treasure hunt in your own backyard or house will liven up your child's birthday party and keep the guests busy long enough for you to set out the refreshments. You could even craft one just to amuse your kids on a rainy day.

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.

5 Outdoor Craft Ideas for Kids

The great outdoors is like a blank canvas when it comes to crafts. Spark your kids' creativity (plus provide opportunities for learning about science and nature) and get away from vegetating indoors.

5 Tips for Backyard Movie Night

Turning your yard into a mini movie theater is a great way to entertain friends and enjoy the outdoors. But to put together the perfect cinematic soiree, you want to make sure everything's just right.

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.

How Spikeball Works

What new game is popping up all over college campuses, beaches and parks, and according to its co-founder, will increase your attractiveness by 48 percent? That would be Spikeball! Never heard of it? We'll give you a primer.