[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Outdoor party games aren’t just for kids! There are plenty of DIY games that are simple and inexpensive to create and that friends and family of all ages will love. To get you started, Snappening has collected instructions for how to create our five favorite outdoor games.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

#1: Jumbo Jenga


Take one of the classics outdoors. Inspired by the table-top game, Jumbo Jenga is comprised of 54 blocks stacked in three columns and challenges guests to remove a block without knocking over the whole tower. There is a major difference between this version of the game and the original version–the blocks are about ten times bigger! The primary thing you need to create outdoor Jenga is 2×4’s. you will need to gather enough wood for 54 pieces that will then be cut into approximately 10 ½ inch long game pieces. Once cut, you may also want to sand the pieces down a bit to make them smoother. Then, stack them outside and let guests play! Locally, you can enjoy Jumbo Jenga at The Brass Ring.


#2: Water Balloon Dodge Ball

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]The only things you need to create this exciting game are water, balloons and buckets to hold them. Divide the players into two teams. You can play with as many or as few people as you’d like. When the game begins, the normal rules of dodge ball apply. If a player is hit with a water balloon, he’s out. The team with the last dry person standing wins. It’s a simple game that is sure to bring out the kid in everyone.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

#3: Shishkaball

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]If you enjoyed playing Kerplunk as a kid, you are sure to love Shishkaball. It is a yard-sized version of the game with the same rules. To create your own outdoor Giant Kerplunk, you will need to gather a few items: three tomato cages, zip ties to hold the cages together, clear vinyl fabric for the top of the cage to keep the balls from fall through the sides, 20 PVC pipes that are about 30 inches long and pit balls. You will use the tomato cages, zip ties and clear vinyl to create the Shiskaball cage that looks just like the original Kerplunk game, only much larger. Then place the PVC pipes through the lower half of the cage that isn’t covered with vinyl and dump the pit balls on top of them. Once it’s set up, follow the original game rules. Each player removes a PVC pipe and tries to avoid letting a ball drop through. If a ball or multiple balls drop when a player removes a pipe, he should keep them until the end of the game. The player with the fewest balls wins.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

#4: Twister

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Right leg, blue! Make your own twister board on your lawn! To design it you will need four different colors of spray paint. The original game uses red, blue, yellow and green, but feel free to use whatever colors you want. You will make four columns (one for each color) and six circles of each color. Once your design is finished, you should have 24 circles. If you have extra time you can create your own spin board like the one in the original game that will be used to call out directions. However, a cheaper and just as effective alternative is to write different moves like “right hand, red” on a slip of paper and put them into a jar. Then, you or someone else can draw a slip and call out the instructions as indicated on the sheets.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

#5: Bocce Ball

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]The ancient game gives everyone the chance to show off their accuracy skills. You will need to provide eight “boccia” balls that are the same size and one smaller “pallina” ball. The game will work best if you play on a flat spot in your yard. Divide players into two teams and give each team four “boccia” balls. The “pallina” ball will be randomly thrown anywhere on the playing field and then players will attempt to toss a ball as close as possible to the “pallina” ball without touching it. Once all of the balls have been thrown, it is time to award points. If one team’s ball is closer than the opposing team’s ball they will receive one point. If there is a tie, no points are awarded. The game continues until a team reaches 16. Locally, you can enjoy some splendid Bocce Ball courts at The Milano Inn. (It’s part of their super-secret outdoor patio area that’s also pet friendly.)

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]No matter which of these games you choose to play at your outdoor summer party, you can rest assured that all of your guests will enjoy them. It’s just a bonus that the supplies needed to create them are inexpensive and easy to find. Depending on the size of your party, you may consider hiring a professional event planner to help take care of the details, or if you still need an event space, try our venue search option.

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