The BEST Outdoor Games for Gardens and Beaches 2020
The best outdoor games are great for parties and easy to set up for the first time. But with so many options to choose from, which outdoor games should you be looking at?
To save you time and money, we’ve rounded up the best outdoor games for children and adults alike. Whether you’re looking to make the most of warm weather or shopping for games for wedding guests, you don’t need to spend big.
Keep scrolling for more details on the best outdoor games.
At a glance: the best outdoor ball games
- Plastic French Boules Garden Game Set (£11.08)
- Slam Stars Basketball Game (£25.84)
- Target Toss Giant Inflatable Dart Board (£15.99)
At a glance: the best outdoor board games
- The Family Treasure Hunt Game! (£19.95)
- Kingfisher Multi Garden Game Set (£12.43)
- Giant Snakes and Ladders Puzzle (£15.03)
The best outdoor games
- Great for kids
- Helps improve eye-hand coordination
- Bundled with carrying bag
This easy-to-play ring toss game can be set up inside the house or out in the garden. It’s an affordable party game that’s great for larger groups.
Arriving with a carrying bag, you can take the whole set on your travels if you need to. The Elite Ring Toss Game consists of 5 durable rings and a sturdy wood board with markings on each peg.
To score points, you’ll need to loop the rings around the pegs from distance. If you want to up the difficulty, try putting some obstacles between you and the peg board.
- Jenga-inspired outdoor game
- Multiple tower sizes available
- Bundled with canvas carry case
A standard Jenga game won’t be big enough for the garden, so that’s where the Jacques of London Giant Tumble Tower comes in. This is one of the best outdoor games for summer evenings.
This hefty outdoor game is great fun for the family, testing your balance and hand-eye coordination. The game comes in three different sizes and is suitable for use inside and outside the house.
Jacques of London says the game could be a great fit if you’re hosting a wedding in the summer and want to keep guests entertained. To help you transport the blocks, Jaques of London is chucking in a high-quality canvas carry case.
Zip fastenings will keep all of the blocks in place, saving you from scooping them up off the lawn more than you’d like to.
- Quick to set up
- An affordable game for kids
- Can be played inside or outside
This fun tin can game is a top pick for toddlers. The game couldn’t be simpler – set up the cans in a pyramid, take some steps back and try and topple the tower with the beanbags.
The more cans you knock over per throw, the more points you scoop up! Each of the 10 pained cans has a different silly face on it, but don’t let that distract you when it’s your turn.
To help you keep track of points, each can has numbers for scoring on the back. They’re made of sturdy metal and will survive plenty of bumps and scrapes on the garden patio.
The bean bags are designed with little hands in mind. They’re filled with fabric and aren’t that heavy, which means they’re well-suited for small children.
- A giant version of ‘Connect 4’
- Folding legs for easy storage
- Features 42 lightweight foam discs
You’ll no doubt recognise this iconic 4-in-a-row game, otherwise known as ‘Connect 4’. It’s one of the best outdoor games you can grab and, with this version being ‘jumbo-sized’, the fun toy is designed to be played in the garden.
Perfect for summer, Jumbo 4 in a Row features 42 lightweight foam discs. The frame of the game uses removable legs to make storing it a piece of cake when you’re done with it.
- Classic outdoor game
- Easy to play, but can get competitive!
- Bundled with free carry case
No summer garden party is complete without a game or two or boules. This classic outdoor family game is great for training a child’s throwing accuracy. Of course, it’s a fun game for a group of adults to have a go with, too.
This budget-priced boules set comes with 8 coloured plastic balls and a single black ball. Chuck the black ball across the lawn and then take it in turns to get the coloured balls as close to the original marker as possible. It sounds easy but can get pretty challenging, especially if your opponents try their best to knock your own coloured balls out of the way.
You’ll definitely want to consider this outdoor game if you’re looking for something portable to take on a weekend away with the kids. It’s suitable for all ages.
- Inflatable darts game
- Top strap means the board can be hung up
- Comes with carrying case
This fun inflatable darts game can be set up in the garden or on the beach. It comes with three tennis-style balls that stick to the fabric of the dart board.
Line up your shot, chuck the balls and score as many points as you can. With the board measuring in at 54cm X 9cm, you’ll have plenty of space to aim at.
It’s quick and easy to inflate the dart board and there’s a strap on top of the target area, so you can hang it on a door or a wooden post at the park.
Once playtime is over, you’ll be able to store this great outdoor game in the carry case provided. It’s made of durable material that’s well protected against the elements if you’re playing outside.
- Affordable basketball game
- Improve your throwing accuracy
- Quick to assemble
Shoot some hoops with this portable outdoor basketball game. The Slam Stars Basketball set can be played alone or as part of a team. It comes with two balls, a pump and a frame that you’ll need to assemble yourself. You won’t need any additional tools for building the frame.
To stop the basketballs from rolling away, a handy net underneath the hoop will catch them and return them to you. You might want to start a timer and see how many three-pointers you can sink in 60 seconds.
With two hoops positioned side by side, you’ll be able to battle it out with a friend for bragging rights. At less than £30, this basketball won’t hit your wallet too hard. It’s a great fit if you’re looking for an affordable means of keeping guests entertained at a summer BBQ.
- Create fun trails in the garden
- Adults lay the clues, kids solve the puzzles
- Have fun and exercise at the same time
This treasure hunt game will have explorers running around the garden. Once the organiser has hidden the clues, players have to use the cards to solve riddles and uncover the treasure.
It’s an action-packed scavenger hunt for the whole family, with no smartphone screens in sight. You can play individuals, or team up to improve your chances of finding the grand prize.
No two trails are ever the same and the treasure hunt game is suited perfectly for a child’s birthday party. The bundle comes with 100 reusable clue cards, which are made up of picture clues and riddles. Players keep track of their progress on the treasure map puzzle board, collecting gold coins on their adventure.
Each copy of The Family Treasure Hunt Game! comes with a printable guide, which is packed with fun ideas on how to get the most from the game.
- Chuck the frisbee into the goal
- Ideal for large gardens
- Play solo or in teams
The best outdoor games are quick to set up and easy to play. Munchy Monster Can Slam ticks those boxes. Un-fasten the buttons on either side of the monster can, lift the monster so it forms its shape and then you’re ready to play.
To score points while playing this outdoor game, you’ll need to throw frisbees into the mouth of the monster. The game comes bundled with three colourful frisbees – a flying cookie disc, flying donut disc and flying pizza disc.
If you get the disc into the monster through its head, you’ll score a point. But if you’re up for a challenge, aiming the disc through the monster’s mouth will score you two points. The first player or team to reach 10 points wins.
Packing up this game when you’re done is super simple. Close the monster can and it’ll fit nicely (with discs inside) into the bundled travel box.
10. Foam Pogo Jumper
- Spongy, soft handles
- Strong and durable materials
- Exercise jumping skills and coordination
If you’re looking for an outdoor game that’ll get you sweating a little bit, try the Foam Pogo Jumper. It has comfortable handles and a cushioned base made from anti-slip material.
Children can use this jumper indoors or outdoors and the brand is confident that it won’t leave scuff marks on surfaces such as hardwood floors.
As a mini speaker is built into the bottom, leaping on the Foam Pogo Jumper will cause it to make a funny noise every time you bounce on your way from one end of the garden to the other.
Buying a pair of Foam Pogo Jumpers means you could organise a two-team race in the back garden.
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