Ready to pump up the fun at your next barbecue or house party? Yard games are a great way to get family and friends off the couch and outside for some fun. While there's something to be said for old favorites like cornhole, bocce, badminton, and horseshoes, there are plenty of other choices to get everyone moving. Here are 20 backyard games to entertain guests at your next house party.
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Price:$54 | Buy it on Amazon
An appearance on "Shark Tank" heightened the buzz around Spikeball, a yard game that's sure to make you break a sweat. Serve by bouncing a tennis ball off a trampoline-like net. Your opponents then have three chances to get it back onto the net, or you get a point.
Price:$22 | Buy it on Amazon
Djubi updates the simple backyard game of catch. The ball comes with a stretchy loop attached. Attach the loop to a hook on your net and launch it up to 100 feet in the air. Watch your opponent scramble to catch the Djubi in their own net. The balls float, so this is a great game for the pool, too.
Price:$38 | Buy it on Amazon
If tossing a Frisbee is getting a little dull, try KanJam. Toss a disc directly at the kan or let your partner deflect it for the assist. Either way, you score points. Teams take turns to see who gets ultimate bragging rights and the first one to score 21 wins.
Price:$50 | Buy it on Amazon
Your collegiate beer-pong days might be over, but you can still show off your skills with this oversized version of the classic game (no beer required this time). If you'll be spending a lot of time in the pool, an optional inflatable rack will keep the cups together in the water.
Price:$40 | Buy it on Amazon
Piecing together the PVC ladder ball frame is the hardest thing about this game, because the rules are super simple. Toss the bolas, two golf balls attached by a small length of stout rope, at the frame. Wrap the bola around the frame and score points. Tip: The higher rungs are worth more.
Price:$20 | Buy it at Dick's Sporting Goods
OgoDisks look like Frisbees and although they can be used that way, they're more like miniature trampolines. The goal? Bounce the soft balls between the disks without letting them touch the ground. Different sizes of disks are available. Smaller sets like this one make the game more challenging.
Price:$50 | Buy it on Amazon
Rollors borrows from horseshoes, bowling, and bocce. It even sneaks in a little math, making it a great learning game for kids, too. Players simply roll their wooden disc toward the goal; the closet gets the number of points on the disc. Hit the goal for double points.
Price:$60 | Buy it on Amazon
BulziBucket bills itself as "next generation cornhole," and it's way more portable because there are no heavy wooden targets to tote around. Instead, you'll be aiming your hacky sacks at a three-tiered plastic target. The higher you sink the sack, the more points you score.
Price:$40 | Buy it at Dick's Sporting Goods
If you're in the mood for a mellow outdoor game, these oversized yard dice should do the trick. The wooden dice are big enough to toss 'em on the driveway or yard, yet small enough for a patio table. Follow the included scoring guide or use them to play any dice game you choose.
Price:$90 | Buy it on Amazon
This overgrown version of one of your favorite childhood games is perfect for the pool deck or patio. Made from solid wood, it's 3 feet wide and almost as tall. Not big enough? There's even a version that's more than 4 feet wide. A case for travel and storage is included.
Price:$30 | Buy it on Amazon
Perfect for small patios or decks, Tiki Toss is a simple twist on a ring-toss game. Simply mount the little surfboard on a pole or wall, swing a ring on a string toward the board, and try to catch it on the board's attached hook. It's the type of game people can play for hours with a drink in their hand — in other words, a party must.
Price:$20 | Buy it on Amazon
Kids and grown-ups alike will enjoy this jumbo version of a schoolyard classic. The set comes with four portable bases and a kickball that's roughly three times the size of a normal ball, perfect for leveling the playing field when you want to take out the opposing team.