Beyond Badminton: 20 Great Outdoor Party Games for Kids and Adults

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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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Spikeball
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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.

Bottle Bash
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Price:$40 | Buy it at Dick's Sporting Goods
The goal of this game is knock your opponent's plastic bottle off of a pole by tossing a disc at it. But there's a twist: Your opponent can try to keep you from scoring by catching the disc, the bottle, or both as they fall.

Djubi
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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.

Giant Jenga
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This indoor classic party game goes outdoors with oversized pieces. Stack the tower of wooden blocks up to 5 feet high. Just don't be the one to bring it down. It comes with a carrying bag for easier travel and storage.

Capture the Flag Redux
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Stay up late for some glow-in-the-dark fun with this take on the classic backyard game. Grab the glowing orb from the opposing team without getting caught, or play one of several included game variations once you're a pro.

Kanjam
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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.

Bucketball
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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.

Kubb
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A favorite in Sweden, Kubb is simple, sturdy, and suitable for all ages. Players toss wooden rods underhanded to topple their opponents' blocks. But don't topple the king block until you've cleared the others or you'll lose.

Ladder Ball
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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.

Ogodisk
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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.

Rollors
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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.

Flickin' Chicken
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Flickin' Chicken combines the simplicity of a good yard game with zany rubber chickens, so this one is bound to appeal to kids. Simply toss the chickens at a target to rack up points but be sure to account for how they'll bounce and roll.

Bulzibucket
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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.

Molkky
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Price:$42 | Buy it on Amazon
Molkky is another European favorite that requires players to toss a wooden rod to topple wooden blocks and score points. After each throw, the blocks are reset where they fell, spreading out the playing field. Bring your friends: Up to 26 people can play.

Portable Pickleball
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If you're not a stickler for a regulation size net, this portable pickleball set is a snap to set up on a driveway or a large patio. It combines the best elements of tennis, table tennis, and badminton for a casual game that all ages can easily enjoy.

TriCrosse
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TriCrosse looks tricky, but gameplay is simple. Throw the ball from your lacrosse-like racquet, aiming for your opponent's trio of goals. But if you miss, stay sharp — your opponent will be aiming for your goals.

Yard Dice
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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.

Giant 4 In a Row.
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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.

Tiki Toss
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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.

Wicked Big Kickball
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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.

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