Over 30 Awesome Summer Outdoor Games to Play with the Kids

Lots of easy DIY game ideas for hot summer days. Keep the kids busy with over 30 Outdoor Games to Play, perfect for entertaining them and their friends.

over 30 outdoor summer games

Over 30 Outdoor Summer Games to Play with the Kids…

My kids only have six weeks left of school. I can’t believe how fast this year has gone. Summer will be here before we know it. I love having them home with me. I love not making lunches in the morning, or finding matching socks. It’s going to be so wonderful. That is…until they get bored. Then it feels more like mommy summer camp. I’m going to need ideas.

Don’t these look like fun? The kids will have a complete blast this summer and I’m guessing so will the kids in the neighborhood!

Here’s one of our favorite Outdoor Games that’s perfect for a family reunion…

Here are some of the most exciting Fun Outdoor Family Games I could find on the web to share with you…

water balloon volleyball

Water balloon volleyball. What a fun lawn game by Urban Funny Farm

pool noodle ring toss

Pool Noodle Ring Toss. Such a fun and easy game by Mission to Save

duck duck splash

Duck, Duck, Splash. A fun outdoor game for an outdoor party by Inspiration Made Simple

beach ball blaster

Beach Ball Blaster – source unkown

water balloon baseball

Water Balloon Baseball by Overstuffed

giant jenga

Giant Jenga for Kids! What a fun game for an outdoor backyard bbq. Perfect for young kids by Kid Friendly Things To Do

outdoor field hockey

Outdoor Field Hockey – fun for a large group of kids by Family Disney

squirt gun water race

Squirt Gun Water Races by Design Dazzle

Water Balloon Hunt Outdoor Game for Kids

A fun Summer Twist on Easter Egg Hunts –  Water Balloon Hunt and Game! 

sponge water bombs

How to make Sponge Water Bombs by The Chic Site

tic tack toe game outdoor

Tic Tac Toe with painted rocks. Such a cute idea for a summer picnic by Atta Girl Says

pool noodle tic tac toe

Pool Noodle Tic Tac Toe by Mission to Save

pool noodle races

Pool Noodle Races by Ramblings From Utopia

Watermelon Seed Spitting Contest for Kids to Play Outside Summer Game

Try this classic Outdoor Summer Game made with sidewalk chalk. Perfect for a driveway or sidewalk game.  – A Watermelon Seed Spitting Contest

angry birds game for outside

Angry Birds Game made with cardboard boxes by My 4 Misters and Their Sister

frisbee tic tac toe

Frisbee Tic Tac Toe. Fun for the whole family by BHG

summer twister in grass

Summer Twister with spray paint circles by Eucharisteo

colored shaving cream messy twister

Colored Shaving Cream – Messy Twister – No Source

milk jug water balloon toss

Easy Milk Jug Water Balloon Toss Game – by Kid Friendly Things To Do

night outdoor bowling

Night Bowling by Growing a Jeweled Rose

frozen popsicle chalk

Frozen Popsicle Chalk. A fun twist on sidewalk chalk from Reading Confetti

fill the bucket water game


Fill the Bucket water sponge game from The Resourceful Mama

Over 35 DIY Outdoor Games for kids to play

Firefighter Race Water Game – Filling the bucket while adding in a soapy wet slip n slide!

flamingo ring toss

Flamingo Ring Toss by Building Our Story

easy tic tac toe game

Easy Tic Tac Toe Idea. A classic game to play by Tater Tots and Jello

potato sack races

Potato Sack Races with burlap sacks by BHG

DIY tetherball

DIY Tetherball from Simply Kierste

giant backyard checkers

Giant Backyard Checkers by Hallmark

coca cola bowling game outdoor

Coca Cola Bowling Game by Polka Dot Chair

tug of war on milk crates

Tug of War on milk crates. I can not find the source to link to for this game.

pipe boat races outdoor game

PVC Pipe Boat Races from My Mix of Six

backyard mini golf

Backyard Mini Golf from EHow

crab soccer outdoor game


Crab Soccer – Photo Credit Kween Mama


  • Each person on each team is assigned a number 1-12 or however many you have on a team
  • When your number is called you face off with the opponent with the same number
  • Teammates can help, but can not make the goal (getting the ball across a line)
  • All of this is done by walking on hands and feet – like a crab
human foosball

Human Foosball from Kid Friendly Things To Do


Have an awesome time this summer with these fun backyard games and DIY Outdoor Games!

over 30 outdoor games

~Melissa – Kid Friendly Things To Do

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This Post Has 7 Comments

  1. Jessica Cole

    These DIY games are super creative! Great article. Crossing my fingers to be able to have enough time to make these.

  2. Madelyne T

    Nice ideas! My friend was coming over soon and I needed stuff to do, and I found plently! Thanks!

    1. Melissa

      I’m so glad that you found some good ideas. Have fun!

  3. Faith McClure

    some of them work really well, and are really fun to do with family and friends.

  4. Noori

    Loved all your outdoor games ideas. Specially, the ones that have to do with water and paint.

  5. Judy Green

    Do you offer these in a book?

    1. Melissa

      I’m sorry, Judy. Unfortunately, I haven’t had a chance to make a book about games. Hopefully soon!