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.


In the world of casual playground games, hopscotch rules. Did it really start out as Roman military training, and does everyone play the same version?

Whether it's a leisurely spar in the backyard or an intense match on the Olympic stage, badminton remains one of the world's most well-loved sports. How did a child's game evolve into the sport we play and watch today?

Bocce ball is a game of skill and strategy for both serious athletes and amateur enthusiasts. Here's how you play.

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.

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.

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!

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?

Back and forth, back and forth -- volleyball can be a fun game that builds teamwork, but you might be ready to change up the rules a little. What if you couldn't see the other players on the other side of the net?

Croquet: It's not like in Wonderland: The balls don't walk away on their own, and nobody's wielding a flamingo mallet and screaming, "Off with their heads!" At least, most of the time.

The game of horseshoes is believed to date all the way back to the ancient Greeks, and has endured through the ages and remained a popular sport. How exactly do you throw a horseshoe, and what's a dead ringer?