Best Family Bonding Activities
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Outdoor Games For the Whole Family1 of 9
Time for the kids to put down that Wii. The sun is blazing, and it’s a perfect time for some family fun. Take to the backyard or the local park with these awesome games sure to bring out the competition (how about a little girls vs. boys?) and the camaraderie.
SHOP NOW: Urban Outfitters Gnome Bowling, $35
Bag O’ Fun2 of 9
Enjoy this game from day to night. This bag toss glows in the dark, making it perfect for an evening barbecue or an outdoor camping trip.
SHOP NOW: Glow Toss Bag Game at Toys R Us, $99.99
Wiggle to Win3 of 9
Juggling carpool, tennis lessons and the boss’s demands will seem like a breeze compared to this balance game. Try to balance on the board and get the ball through the figure eight, maze and mouse interchangeable inserts. Dad can even hop on, as the board can hold up to 265 lbs.
SHOP NOW: Land of Nod Hang in the Balance Board, $89
Let's Play Ball4 of 9
Similar to bowling, bocce takes a bit of skill, strategy and just a little luck to beat your opponent. Whether it's at the beach, the backyard or the family reunion, you can tote this set around and start the fun.
SHOP NOW: SportCraft Premium 900mm Bocce set, $39.98
Check Mate5 of 9
Bring colossal fun to your backyard, and let kings (or little boys) and queens (aka little princesses) meet on the battlefield of wit and strategy with this larger-than-life chess set.
SHOP NOW: Kettler Giant Chess Set, pieces $602 and board $250
Posh Play6 of 9
Rediscover an age-old lawn game with this croquet set. To wipe the skepticism off of the kids’ faces, just remind them that it was the quirky game played by the Queen of Hearts in Alice in Wonderland. As for the adults, we appreciate that this game is a throw back to the days before video games, LOLs and BRBs.
SHOP NOW: Halex Select Croquet Set, $27.98
Horse Around7 of 9
It’s definitely not as easy as it looks. So when the kids start to roll their eyes at this seemingly simple game, challenge them to get four horseshoes around the stake. We have a feeling that you’ll win that bet and they’ll be doing the dishes for an entire month.
SHOP NOW: Stats Horseshoes Lawn Game at Toys R Us, $29.99
World Cup at Home8 of 9
Channel Christiano Ronaldo and the World Cup craze with two pop-up soccer goals perfect for any backyard space. We love how convenient they are with an easy tote for pick-up games at the neighbors’ house.
SHOP NOW: Pugg Soccer Goals, from $55
Set & Spike9 of 9
Go big, or go home. Right? This giant volleyball set is sure to bring on the giggles among your family members. Use your hands, heads and even your feet to get the 40” ball over the 7-foot-tall net. Let the oversize fun begin.
SHOP NOW: Hammacher Schlemmer Giant Volleyball Set, $149.99