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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.

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.

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.

How to Build a Backyard Golf Green

Backyard putting greens are not only for the wealthy. If you're willing to do the work yourself, you can build one for a few thousand dollars. We'll show you how.

How to Build a Backyard Mini Golf Course

Hitting a ball at a fake volcano is way more fun than just at a hole; that's part of the appeal of miniature golf. And you can build your own course for your backyard with your own obstacles.

How Kubb Works

You may never have heard of Viking chess, but fans sing its praises while warning newcomers of the addictive nature of the game. Where did kubb really come from, and how do you play?

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?

How Ladder Ball Works

Ladder ball is a fun game for a family reunion or a barbecue with friends. Best of all, you don't have to put down your beer can to play!

How Bean Bag Toss Works

Although bean bag toss has been a familiar part of school carnivals and family reunions for years, for some enthusiasts it is so much more. From serious competition to science lessons, the game has taken on a life of its own.

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.

What's a safer substitute for lawn darts?

With lawn darts still outlawed, what's an outdoor competitive spirit to do? Get ready for some summer games that come with only a tiny chance of a visit to the emergency room.

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.

5 Recipes for Gourmet S'mores

Just about everyone loves an ooey, gooey s'more, but this dessert isn't just kid stuff. Here are five ideas to take your marshmallowy treat to the next level.

How to Make a Backyard Obstacle Course for Kids

During those long days of summer when the kids are bored of playing with their expensive toys and video games, why not entertain them by creating an obstacle course using household items you already have?

Can Adults Use a Slip 'N Slide?

Adults of a certain age have fond childhood memories of whizzing down a slippery wet piece of plastic in the backyard, called a Slip 'N Slide. They may even want to recreate those good times in the here and now. But should they?

How to Choose the Right Swingset for Your Kids

Swingsets – which can include, swings, slides and seesaws – are, like most children's toys, a compromise between the coolness level of the product and the amount of money a parent wants to pay. How do you find that sweet spot?

How Hopscotch Works

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?

How to Play Horseshoes

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?

10 Most Spectacular Lottery Burnouts

Winning the lottery seems part of everyone's daydream. But many winners say it actually becomes a nightmare. Why does it all go wrong? Here are some of the most spectacular flameouts we've come across.

How Badminton Works

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?

How Bocce Ball Works

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

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.

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.