Outdoor Games That are Fun for All Ages

When we think of outdoor games, we tend to think of games for children. Tag and musical chairs are just a few that come to mind. 

But what about when you have a gathering of people of all ages? This could be the case when you are planning a family reunion, a family or corporate picnic, or really any event of any kind where different generations are invited. How will you come up with events that everyone will have fun participating in? Well, here are a few suggestions.

  • I have played these games with people of all ages. 
  • People of all ages have fun when participating in these activities.
  • These activities are safe and easy to pull off. 

Table of Contents

  1. Balloon Down
  2. Ring Toss
  3. Capture the Flag
  4. Dead or Alive
  5. Four Corners
  6. Bean Bag Toss
  7. Balloon Darts
  8. Pool Prize Search
  9. Ins and Outs
  10. BucketBall Toss

1. Balloon Down

To play this outdoor game, take three helium-filled balloons and put them at the end of your field. Each balloon will have a different number written on it. This is the number of points the players will score when they hit the balloon. 

Have players stand at the other end of the field behind a taped line. 

Fill a container with small rubber balls. 

Players take turns throwing the balls at the balloons. When they hit a balloon, they get the appropriate number of points. The player that gets the most points wins. 

2. Ring Toss

Ring toss is another outdoor game that works for people of all ages. To play, just put some sort of stake in the ground. You can also use a bottle filled with something to make it sturdy.

Then find a round object (a glow bracelet works nicely for nighttime games) and see who is able to lasso the stake or bottles.

To level the playing field, have older, taller players stand further back while letting younger and shorter players move forward.

3. Capture the Flag

This classic outdoor game is still a crowd favorite. 

To start, your group must split into two or more teams. Each team is given a different color flag or cloth. The teams must hide their flags, so they are partially visible. 

If a player spots the flag of an opposing team, he or she must grab it and try to bring it back to their home base without being tagged. 

4. Dead or Alive

For this outdoor party game, one member of your group is designated as the thrower. The thrower faces the rest of the players and announces a number followed by the words ‘dead or alive’. 

If they say ‘500 alive’ it means players must catch the ball while it’s in the air to score 500 points. If they announce ‘100 dead’ it means players will score 100 points whether they retrieve the ball from the air, the ground or any other surface.

The player to score the most points wins. 

5. Four Corners

To play this outside game, you must mark the corners of your yard with different colors. You can do this by leaving different color pieces of construction paper, material or paint in each corner of the yard. 

One member of the group is designated as the caller. When this person says go, all the players start running. When they say stop, the players must scramble into a corner. 

Then the caller calls out one of the colors. All players who are in the corner that matches the color will be eliminated. 

This goes on until there is only one man standing. 

6. Bean Bag Toss

This backyard/tailgating/beach two-player game is also called cornhole, and you can buy cornhole sets online or at local retail stores. However, you can also make them at home.

A cornhole set requires a slanted board with a hole in it. Players aim bean bags at the hole in order to win points. The player with the most points wins. 

Cornhole, or bean bag toss is the classic game for all ages

7. Balloon Darts

Recreating carnival games is a great way to provide good times everyone will enjoy. Balloon darts is a great example

To recreate this game, just blow up a bunch of balloons and tack them to a giant board. Players throw darts to see how many they can pop.

To make this game even more fun, provide small prizes for players that are successful in popping balloons.

8. Pool Prize Search

For this water game, you will need to fill a kiddie pool with prizes. Make sure to use something like a rock to make sure they are weighted down. 

Put inflatable items on the top of the pool like balls and pool ties to makes it challenging for players to find the prizes. If they are able to overcome the obstacles and find the prizes, they can keep them. 

9. Ins and Outs

This is a fast paced outdoor game that anyone can enjoy.

To play, tie the ends of four strings together so that each one forms a round, hula-hooped size shape on the ground. Then provide four balls and divide your group into teams of two. 

One team will be trying to get the balls inside the string while the other team will be trying to keep them out. This goes on for a set amount of time. When time ends, the team with the most balls in the desired position wins. 

10. BucketBall Toss

Test your guests’ aim by lining up five plastic buckets. Each bucket is marked with a different number to represent the amount of points they get when they get the ball in the bucket. 

 Each player gets three balls that they must try to get into the buckets. The player with the most points at the end of the game wins.

It can be challenging to come up with activities that will be fun for all ages, but hopefully this article has helped you come up with some good ideas. Which will you be playing at your next gathering? 

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