Backyard Games for your Family this Winter
Rounding up the troops for family fun isn't as easy during the winter. Sure, the summertime has BBQs and pool parties, but what about the cooler months of the year? Instead of spending all of your family time indoors, consider moving the games back outside this winter. To help you get started, here are some winter-friendly backyard games to entertain the entire family:
Make use of your table games
If you're trying to get the entire crew together, start by eating outside. That way, you get to use your patio set and can enjoy a delicious meal outdoors, even if the weather is a little cooler. Once the meal is over, break out the deck of cards. The large table is the perfect surface for card games. With playing cards, the possibilities are endless. Here are just some of the games that are both kid- and parent-friendly:
- Crazy eights
If everyone at the table doesn't know how to play one of these games, don't just skip it. Take the time to explain the rules, and do a couple of practice rounds. Who knows, it could become your kids' next favorite game, and they might want to run to teach their friends, too.
Keep in mind that after dinnertime, these games could go deep into the night. That means you are going to need extra lighting in your backyard so that the entertainment doesn't have to end when the sun goes down. Make sure you have the outdoor lighting necessary to keep the fun going.
Charades around the fire pit
There is nothing that makes a cozy night like an outdoor fire pit. The warmth it brings, the smell of charcoal and the sounds embers make when burning can make it feel like a summer evening even when it's winter. Although gathering around the fire is fun in and of itself, add a little entertainment for the family with charades. Split your family up into teams, and start playing! The light from the pit will allow you to play until the sun sets. In addition, no matter who wins, everyone can celebrate by roasting s'mores afterward.
Cornhole or bags
One of the most traditional outside games in Western culture is called cornhole (or bags, depending on your geographic location). This party game is perfect for all ages and can really spur some competition in the family. You can play one-on-one or in teams of two. If you invite extended family or friends over, get a tournament going. Have an end prize to get everyone feeling game-time ready.
Get active with badminton
Board or card games can be fun, but sometimes you just want to get moving. One of the ways you can go about this is by putting up a badminton net in your backyard. The game is similar to tennis, and all you'll need is a birdie and a couple rackets. Officially, it's played up to 21 points, and the kids could have fun while staying active.
Have a ball
Don't underestimate the power of a kickball. Sometimes, the easiest and simplest way to have fun with the family is with a good old-fashioned ball, such as a kickball. You'd be surprised how much kids gravitate toward this round sphere when it's hanging around in the backyard. They might even start making their own games with it.
Playing games inside can be fun, but making use of your backyard is a great way to have a little family fun.