How to Play Cornhole: Distance, Rules and Regulations

Cornhole is a very popular lawn game where players take turns throwing bags filled with corn or beans at an elevated platform with a hole in it.

How to Play Cornhole

Throwing a bag through the hole on the platform gets 3 points and a bag that lands on the platform gets 1 point. The first player or team to get to 21 points wins the round. You can play one round or best 2 out of 3. Cornhole is similar to the game of Horseshoes, except it is much safer and easier to set up. Horseshoes requires sand pits, metal stakes, and heavy horseshoes. Cornhole uses soft bags filled with corn and portable wooden platforms making it a much safer and more popular choice for outdoor recreation.

The game has grown from humble beings into a very well known game with its own lingo and official leagues and associations all over the world. Cornhole can be played just about anywhere and by people of all ages. The only skill needed is the ability to accurately toss a bag 24-30 feet at a platform with a hole in it. You can move the platform in closer if kids are playing. This way you can involve the entire family.

Cornhole Rules and Regulations

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The game of Cornhole is easy to set up and the rules are very simple to follow. There is some variation to the rules depending on who you ask. We will cover the basics and give a general overview.

The only equipment required is two elevated platforms, two sets of bags, a scorecard, and two or four players. The bags come in sets of four and it is recommended that they are different colors for easy identification. Each bag is filled with dried corn or beans, measuring 6 x 6 inches and should weigh 14-16 ounces. It is recommended to use a heavy duty material like double stitched nylon or canvas.

The size of the wooden or plastic platform is 2 feet wide x 4 feet long and has a 6 inch wide hole centered 9 inches from the top of the platform. It should have a smooth painted surface. The platform is angled with the back edge of the board 12 inches above the ground and 3-4 inches from the ground at the front. This forms roughly a 90 degree angle. It is also recommended that sides are enclosed. This makes it easier to tell if the bag actually goes through the hole instead of going through an open side of the platform.

Now that you have all the items needed for playing let’s take a look at the rules more in depth.

Distance Between Cornhole Platforms

The playing area should be a minimum of 8 feet wide by 45 feet long. Facing the court in a North to South direction if possible is a good idea because it helps reduce the effects of the sun. Remember to keep the playing area clean and free from obstructions and distractions. A normal regulation court places the platforms anywhere from 24-30 feet apart from the front of one platform to the other.

Cornhole Distance for Children

The recommended cornhole distance for children and juniors is 21 feet. The imaginary line parallel to the front of the platforms is also the foul line that you cannot step over when tossing the bags. The bags may be tossed from either side of the platform in a 3 x 4 foot rectangle. You must stay inside of this area while tossing the bag. You can choose to toss from either side but must stay on that side for the entire round. If you are playing doubles (check out our 67 cornhole team names) matches the players stand on both sides of the platform and alternate turns tossing the corn bags in the regulamentary cornhole distance.

Cornhole Scoring

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The first person or team to score 21 points or more wins the round! You do not need to win by 2 points or more as in some other games. All players or teams must be allowed to finish pitching their 4 bags per inning. For example, if the player or team that pitches first reaches 21 points the other team must be allowed to finish the inning as well.

In the event of a tie, the players keep pitching 4 bags per inning until someone ends up with a higher score.

The player scores points by tossing the corn filled bag at the platform. Tossing a bag through the circular hole on the platform is called a “Cornhole” or “Corn Bag In The Hole” and is worth 3 points. A corn bag that comes to rest on the platform and is knocked through by another toss or an act of god also counts as “Corn Bag In The Hole” and is worth 3 points. A corn bag that does not go through the hole but lands on the platform and remains in place throughout the inning is called an “Ace” or “Corn Bag In The Count” and is worth 1 point.

The bag must not touch the ground before landing on the platform or it is a foul and removed from play. If a corn bag is tossed and determined to be a foul while knocking off a bag that is resting on the platform that bag must be returned to its original position. If the bag lands anywhere else not touching the platform it is called a foul or “Corn Bag Out Of The Count” and is not worth any points. Another form of a foul is stepping over the line or out of the pitchers box. This is also called a “Corn Bag Out Of The Count” and is worth zero points. Corn bags that do not land on the platform or go through the hole must be removed from the field of play and count for zero points. 

All corn bags except fouls must be left where they are thrown until the inning is over. Other versions of the rules allow a round to be won when one team scores anywhere from 7-11 points and the other team scores zero. This is known as a “Skunk” or “Shutout.”

Cancellation Scoring

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Typically, a method of counting scores per inning called cancellation scoring is used. There are a couple different versions we will go over.

In the first version of cancellation scoring, bags that are tossed through the hole or land on the platform are either cancelled out or added depending on what the opposing side tosses.

For example, if the first player or team tosses 1 bag through the hole and 2 on the platform totaling 5 points, and the second player or team only tosses 2 bags on the platform for two points, the 2 bags on the platform are cancelled out for both teams and the first team gets to keep 3 points for the bag in the hole.

Another example would be if the first player or team only tosses 1 bag through the hole and the second player or team tosses 2 bags on the platform, no points would be cancelled out and the first side would receive 3 points for the bag in the hole and the second side would receive 2 points for the bags on the platform.

The other version of cancellation scoring works by adding up the scores for both sides and awarding the difference in points the side with the highest point total. An example of this version of cancellation scoring would be the first side scoring 7 points total and the second side scoring 5 points total. The winning side would be awarded the 2 point difference.

Playing the Game

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Cornhole can be played as either singles or doubles matches. When playing a doubles match the four players split up into two teams. One member from each team pitches from one cornhole platform and the other members pitch from the other. In singles play the contestants stand at the same platform and each one player may choose a specific side to toss from for the inning. You must only toss from one side per inning. The players on opposing teams always alternate tossing. A cornhole match can broke down into multiple rounds of play where you toss 4 bags per inning. 

As mentioned before the round is won when one side scores 21 points or more. You have 20 seconds from the time you step into the pitcher’s box to toss the bag. It is considered a foul if the toss is not delivered within 20 seconds of stepping into the box and you lose a turn. If you step over the foul line or out of the pitcher’s box it is also a foul worth zero points and counts as a turn. If the bag accidentally leaves the players hand during a toss it counts as a turn.

The player with the highest score in the previous inning pitches first in the next inning. If no one scored in the previous inning, the team who previously pitched last will pitch first in the next inning. Each player or team is also allowed two timeouts per match. They may use this time out to walk up to the platform and examine the position of the bags on the platform.

Cornhole Tips

  • It is recommended to use a highly visible scoreboard. This allows players to keep an eye on the scoring and make sure everything is correct at the end of the inning.

  • Any discrepancies in scoring or rules should be brought to the attention of the judge or person keeping score immediately.

  • Do not make distracting movements or noises during your opponents turn.

  • Perfecting the corn toss is crucial to becoming a great cornhole player. Learning to spin the corn bag while throwing will stabilize it and allow for a more accurate toss. It is also important to try and throw the bag so it arcs 5-10 feet above the ground. You want the bag to land on the platform at an angle to lessen the impact and stick in place when it lands.

  • Make sure the surface of your platforms is sanded smooth and painted.

  • It is typically deemed acceptable to ask a teammate or spectator for advice on where to throw the next pitch. This is a good idea because there is a lot of strategy involved in the game of Cornhole.

  • The distance between boards dictates how hard it is. If you are having trouble scoring it may be a good idea to move the boards closer together.

  • During hot, dry weather the bags and surface may become very slick. You can either spray the bags with water to help them stick or bring the platforms closer together.

  • Find a comfortable stance for throwing that works well for you. Most people like to step forward with their opposite foot and then throw with their dominant hand. Others stand still and toss, while some step and throw with their dominant side. There is no right or wrong, just make sure it feels natural and relaxed.

  • When beginning don’t focus on trying to focus on throwing the bag through the hole every time. Instead focus on just tossing the bags on the platform and letting it slide through the hole or scoring points from a “Corn In The Count.”

  • Learn to master the 4 essential shots. The “Slider” is when you land the bag on the front of the board about six inches from the hole and let it slide through. The “Blocker” is when you land the bag in front of the hole to prevent your opponent from using the “Slider.” The “Push” is using your bag to either knock your opponents bag out of the way or to nudge a previous toss on the platform through the hole. The final and hardest shot to master is the “Cornhole.” This is when you toss your bag straight through the hole.

Origins of Cornhole

There are many theories on the origin of Cornhole. Some people say the game originated way back in the 14th century in Germany. Others say the game was created when the Blackhawk Indian Tribe of Illinois filled up animals skins with dried corn and tossed them around. Some theories even point to a Kentucky farmer making a game out of throwing dried corn cobs into a trash can in the 1800’s. No matter who invented it, the game today is one of the most popular and exciting outdoor activities for people of all ages!

You should now be equipped with all the information you need to know how to play cornhole. Make sure you check out our list of best cornhole board wraps.

Yard Dice Games

Yard dice are large hand sized dice meant for playing a wide variety of diced based games in outdoor settings like a backyard get together, BBQ, birthday party, work party, picnic, and much more. These oversized dice typically come in sets of six, which allows you to play many different games. There are so many options for playing you will never get bored. Lawn dice games are growing in popularity and fun for the whole family. Get your children away from the TV or computer by adding kid friendly rewards to the mix. Keep the adults interested by adding a drinking game to the mix. As you can see yard dice offers something for everyone. We will take a look at some popular and creative games to play with your yard dice.

Items Needed for Yard Dice Games

Any decent sized area works well for the playing a wide variety of outdoor games like yard dice. A set of six large dice will allow you to play just about any dice related game you can think of. In addition to the dice you will need a pen and paper for keeping score and a 3 foot circular ring made of rope depending on what game you choose. Increase the excitement by adding different prizes of your choice.

Snake Eyes Yard Dice Game


GoSports Giant 3.5″ Wooden Playing Dice Set with Bonus Rollzee…

  • GIANT SIZE: Each die measures: 3. 5″ x 3. 5″ x 3. 5″
  • ROLLZEE AND FARKLE BOARD INCLUDED: Double Sided Dry-Erase Scoreboard with Pen for Endless Fun!
  • PREMIUM CONSTRUCTION: Includes 6 hand sanded wooden dice with canvas carrying case

Snake Eyes is definitely one of the most popular and easiest games to play with yard dice. This is a fun and exciting choice for including people of all ages. Children and adults can have fun together when playing Snake Eyes. Set the game up by placing your 3 foot wide target ring about ten feet away from the throwing line. You can divide up into teams or play as singles. Six dice are thrown per turn. You must toss the dice so they land in the circular ring. Count up the value of the dice that land inside of the ring. The objective of the game is to be the first person or team to reach twenty one total points or roll snake eyes. Snake eyes is when you roll all ones in a single turn. You also have the option of making the game last until 11 or 15 points depending on how long you want each round to last. This game is simple and fun. It is the perfect way to get everyone into playing yard dice and away from the TV or computer.

Yard Dice Yahtzee


Trademark Innovations Giant Wood Yard Dice with Carry Bag, 3.5″

  • Comes with 6 dice in a jute drawstring bag
  • Each die measures 3.5″ square
  • The dice come in an attractive natural stain

Playing outdoor Yahtzee with yard dice really takes this classic game to new levels of fun and excitement. You can play alone or in large groups.  We have all probably played Yahtzee many times in our lives, but we will go over the general rules again. For ease of scoring and following rules, I recommend getting official Yahtzee score cards and rules. The object of the game is to obtain the highest score possible by throwing five dice. The game has thirteen rounds. You roll the dice in each round and choose your score for one of the thirteen different categories.  Choose one score per category depending on what you roll. Up to three rolls per round are allowed and you can keep or re roll as many of the dice as you choose. After three rolls you must choose your score for a given category. There are two different categories for scoring, an upper and lower section. For the upper section your score is the value of the specified die face for numbers one through six. For example, if you roll 3-4-3-6-2 and choose the three category, your score would be 2 because you rolled two different dice with three on the face. The lower section of scoring is either a set amount or zero based on whether you meet the requirements.  These categories are three and four of kind. If you roll this you get the total if the dice. The next category is small straight (30 points) or large straight (40 points).  A full house is next and is when you roll a 3 and 2 of a kind together. Full house scores 25 points.  The last category is a 5 of kind or Yahtzee which scores 50 points and 100 for an additional Yahtzee. After filling all categories the high score wins.

Beat That Yard Dice Game


Cardinal 5 Giant Wood Dice Giant Game

  • Made from solid wood
  • 5 Wooden Dice – 3.5″ x 3.5″ x 3.5″
  • Numbers are heat branded directly into the wood

Beat That is a simple and great game for kids of all ages. It is fun and improves strategic thinking and recognizing different numbers. You can roll anywhere from two to six dice. Using more dice makes the game a little more complicated for older children. The object is to roll the dice and arrange them in the highest number combination possible. For example, if you decide to throw three dice per round and get a 3-6-9, you would add that up to the highest total of 963. Once the child has decided on what they think the highest number combination is the challenge the next player to “beat that” and continue with game in the same manner. The game is played in rounds and a winner is chosen for each round. You can also add variations to the game like lowest score wins or setting a goal of total points that you add up per round until the number is achieved. Adding prizes for the winner of each round will keep the kids involved and give everyone plenty of chances to win.

These are all great games for getting started with your yard dice set. There are literally hundreds more out there. You can even get creative and make up your own yard dice games. The options are endless. Looking for some other fun yard games? Try your luck at the popular game cornhole.

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Best Cornhole Boards

Cornhole is a fun, simple game that can be played by two to four players of any ages. The game consists of throwing corn-filled bags at special boards with a hole in it to score points by landing bags on the board or through the hole. The great thing about this game is that it can be played almost anywhere. If you have two people, a board (although two are recommended), bags, and a flat surface you’re ready to go.

Maybe you want to get your own board to play while tailgating or for entertainment while having a BBQ in your backyard. The good news is that acquiring the equipment you need is easy. There are many manufacturers of boards and bags, and you can choose from a ton of designs. This article will go over the best cornhole boards out there to help you decide which one is right for you. Let’s go!

Viva Sol Bean Bag Toss Game


Viva Sol 2’x4’ Bean Bag Toss Game Includes 2 Premium All-Wood Bean…

  • Premium All-Wood, Bean Bag Toss Boards – Regulation-Size (2’ x 4’)
  • Portable with Folding Legs, Nesting Boards, and Heavy-Duty Rope Handle
  • Thick Metal Legs Add Stability and Store Under the Board for Portability

The first board on our list is one that is composed of high-quality materials and an aesthetic that is sure to be loved. This offering comes with two boards, both of which are all-wood and regulation size. You also get eight bean bags, along with a carrying bag to transport them in. The boards themselves are pretty attractive with a light walnut wood used throughout.

As far as portability goes, these boards do what they need to do. The legs of the boards detach and can be stored underneath, then the boards themselves nest together to be carried by a rope handle. So, essentially, you have everything stored in between the two boards while you take them wherever you need to go. However, being all wood, they may be a bit heavy so keep that in mind if you choose to purchase this particular set.

These boards are made for outdoor use but are not entirely waterproof. It’s suggested that you store them indoors to keep them from getting weathered. It seems that with the wooden boards these will be durable and able to stand up to abuse. In addition, if you prefer a board that isn’t covered in decals, this is a beautiful choice that is likely to be loved.

PROS

  • Two-tone all wood design is high-quality and aesthetically pleasing

  • Underside of board features a pouch to store bean bags

  • Portable by virtue of rope handle, folding legs, and nesting board design

  • Regulation size board which is preferred by many players

CONS

  • This board is not waterproof, so it will need to be stored somewhere safe

GoSports Cornhole Bean Bag Toss


Go Pong CornHole Bean Bag Toss Game Set, Football Edition

  • TAILGATE SIZE: Full corn hole set includes 2 ‘tailgate’ size (3 feet x 2 feet) corn hole boards, 8 all-weather…
  • EVENT DAY FAVORITE: Hours of fun with friends and family at tailgates, holiday weekends, cookouts, campsites, and more
  • STURDY DESIGN: Features composite MDF surface with high-strength aluminum frame that is durable for play yet lightweight…

GoSports is the second brand we recognize with a set that includes two boards, eight bean bags, and a carrying case. These boards are made with high strength aluminum frames, along with a water-resistant MDF (medium density fiberboard) surface. These boards come in a variety of styles, but the one we’re focused on resembles a football field. It’s green and white, with an end zone that allows for decals. That means you can get a sticker that represents your favorite team in order to customize your board. However, other designs include red and blue, original, American flag, and even a light-up edition.

These boards fold up flat and come with a carrying case with handles. In addition, these are rather lightweight and easy to carry. That said, they are a bit smaller than regulation. However, if you’re playing at home casually or bringing you board to a tailgating event, the size is actually an asset. You can easily use them in the bed of a truck and moving them from house to new location isn’t likely to be stressful.

The bags that come with the boards are made from premium duck cloth fabric with an all-weather fill. This is a type of fabric made to block the wind and avoid snagging and tearing. These bags are likely to last a long time, no matter how often you use your new corn hole boards.

PROS

  • Water resistant surface leads to higher durability

  • Customizable end zones so you can represent your favorite team

  • Includes a carrying case for easy portability

  • Fully customizable with team decals

CONS

  • Smaller than regulation for more comfortable tailgating, but some prefer regulation

Driveway Games All Weather Bean Bag Game


Driveway Games All Weather Cornhole Set. Regulation Corn Toss Boards &…

  • ALL WEATHER CORNHOLE GAME SET – This cornhole game set includes 2 weatherproof regulation-size cornhole boards (2×4…
  • WEATHERPROOF – Waterproof cornhole boards won’t warp in humidity or rain, unlike wooden corn hole boards. Use on any…
  • ALL-WEATHER CORNHOLE BAGS – Includes 8 regulation-size (6 x 6 inch), official weight (14 oz) cornhole bean bags….

Driveway Games brings all-weather cornhole boards in a variety of colors. The boards are the official size and come with carrying handles for easy transport. The boards also include a built-in locking bag storage area. You can get them in white, bright pink, and vibrant orange. These are likely to be popular for those who play at night or for people who have less than perfect vision.

In addition to the two boards that you get with this set, you also get eight bags which comes in two colors. The game set also comes with instructions for setup and instruction for playing the game. Just as with the boards, the bags are all-weather, making it a great game for playing no matter the weather outside.

This game is made to be friendly for all ages, and the boards are eye catching for young eyes. You will likely have no problem getting the children to join in on a game once you pull out the boards and explain the simple instructions for play. Your entire family can get in on the action and have a fun, new hobby for family night.

PROS

  • Comes in various colors, including orange or pink for eye-catching play

  • All weather design and construction makes caring for boards easy

  • Carry handles and bag storage make for easy transport

  • #1 selling all weather bean bags come with boards

CONS

  • Those used to wood boards may need to get used to new board material

GoSports Cornhole Pro-Regulation LED Bean Bag Toss


GoSports LED Light Up Cornhole Set, Regulation Size

  • BUILT IN LED RINGS: Take the fun of cornhole from day to night for more fun and challenging gameplay at the flip of a…
  • REGULATION SIZE: Full cornhole set includes 2 regulation size (4 feet x 2 feet) cornhole boards for authentic gameplay,…
  • EVENT DAY FAVORITE: Impress guests and entertain for hours into the night at tournaments, tailgates, holiday weekends,…

If you’re looking for something a bit different than the traditional corn hole board, GoSports brings the LED light-up edition. This game set comes with two boards, each of which is regulation size. It also comes with LED rings, eight bean bags, as well as instructions for playing corn hole.

This system is rather lightweight and has features to make it portable. The boards fold in half to transport them quickly, as well as offering two legs that fold out for play or under for storage. The bags are also lightweight but durable and made from all-weather duck cloth. You won’t need to upgrade in order to play. Just set up the boards, pull out the bags, and enjoy a game.

With the LED lights, you’ll find something new and unique in this set of boards. The lights are rings that go around the holes in the board, with 38 LEDs on each board. If you end up in a late night game and don’t want to stop, you can just stick on the lights and keep going as long as you want. It will make it easier to play when it’s dark if you don’t have other lights available.

PROS

  • Built in LED rings allow easy and fun night play

  • Comes with eight high quality, official bean bags

  • Regulation size board that can be folded for portability

  • Water resistant surface for durability and use in any weather

CONS

  • Does not include a carrying case, so one may need to be purchased

Custom Cornhole Boards American Flag


GoSports Regulation Size Solid Wood Cornhole Set – American Flag…

  • 100 percent SOLID WOOD: Premium handcrafted boards with oak surfaces, varnished with American Flag graphics that allow…
  • REGULATION SIZE: Full cornhole set includes 2 regulation size (4 feet x 2 feet) cornhole boards for authentic gameplay,…
  • PATRIOTIC FUN: Vintage inspired oak cornhole boards varnished with the American Flag – the Stars and Stripes design is…

Custom Cornhole Boards brings a unique type of board to the market with hand build boards made in the United States. The set comes with two boards, a set of eight bars and an instructional card. These boards are delivered fully assembled and are ready to play right out of the box. No worrying about assembling here, you can get a game going as soon as you get your package.

These boards do come in regulation size and have been ACA certified. They are constructed from white spruce/SPF wood with a half inch birch plywood top. The holes are drilled by laser template and have a pocket hole design that hides screw holes on the back of the boards. These boards are meant to be durable and are likely to last you a very long time. The materials used are high quality, and the company makes them specifically for long term use.

The design on this particular board is that of an American flag, allowing for a bit of patriotism to show through in every game. It’s a rustic design that mainly features red, white, and blue with stars on the top half and stripes on the bottom half. Those who want to show off their USA spirit will likely enjoy the combination of American style and USA artistry that these boards bring.

PROS

  • Hand built wooden boards made in the United States

  • Boards are made from elite grade wood and materials

  • Regulation size boards that have been ACA certified

  • Folding legs for easier transportation

  • Laser cut holes with high-quality birch wood

CONS

  • Quite substantial, may not be easy to transport

Thanks for checking out the best cornhole boards. Make sure you check out our other fun games.

5 Fun Obstacle Course Bounce Houses

Bounce houses have come a long way in recent years.  They now have elaborate designs with slides, obstacle courses, tunnels, splash pools, and even basketball hoops!   Kids can do much more than simply bounce up and down — they will have years of fun inventing new games to play inside their feature-packed bounce house.

Bounce houses are available in a wide range of designs, shapes and sizes.  You can find the perfect bounce house to suit your backyard and the types of games that your children enjoy playing.  This article will list the reasons why you should buy a bounce house, provide some information for choosing the right one, then highlight 5 of the best obstacle course bounce houses on the market!

Why Buy an Obstacle Bounce House?

Some of the best reasons to buy an obstacle course bounce house include:

Obstacle course bounce houses are the ultimate party activity!

An obstacle course bounce house can provide hours of entertainment for your children and their friends.  If your home is often the location for children’s parties or family get-togethers, the bounce house will regularly be in use and be a highlight for visitors.  Your children’s friends will love coming over and spending time playing in your bounce house — your children will be the most popular kids on the block!

An obstacle bounce house has many activities on offer​

Modern bounce houses are designed like activity centres and have many games to play.  In addition to bouncing around, children can have races through the bounce house, use the slides, use the pillars like punching bags, hang off the ceiling, playing in a ball pit, set up the bounce house like a stage to perform a concert, add a sprinkler to cool off and much more.

Bounce houses are great for exhausting your kids!​

Do you have some very energetic children who are constantly running around at 100 miles per hour?  If you buy an obstacle course bounce house, they will have hours of fun while expending their seemingly boundless energy.  That means you get to enjoy some peace-and-quiet while watching them happily exhaust themselves.

You can reposition and store your bounce house very easily​

Unlike bulky swing sets and playhouses that constantly take up room in your backyard, you can deflate the bounce house to make more room in your yard.  This is handy if you want to have a party in the back yard or the bounce house is only used in the summer months.  You can deflate it and pack it up very easily.  It is also simple to move a bounce house around the back yard.

A very cheap form of entertainment​

An obstacle course bounce house will provide your children with hours of entertainment over many years.  They provide excellent value-for-money!

They keep your kids fit!

Your kids will be very active when they are playing on the bounce house, which helps them stay fit.  Playing on a bounce house is a much better past time than being glued to a television screen or spending hours on the Internet.

Tips for Buying an Obstacle Bounce House

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Buying an obstacle course bounce house can be quite confusing because there are so many choices on offer.  The build quality, size, durability and value-for-money of different bounce houses varies greatly. 

Here are some important bounce house buying tips:

Buy a bounce house that is the right size for your backyard

Is it a residential bounce house or a commercial bounce house?

Is the bounce house as big as you think?

Double check the weight

Get a bounce house with a good warranty

Double check the slide stoppage area

Check the country of manufacture, materials and craftsmanship

Ask the kids what kinds of games they want to play

Consider safety

5 of the Best Obstacle Course Bounce Houses

Here are a few of the best obstacle course bounce houses currently on the market.  They can provide years of fun for your children and their friends!

Inflatable Obstacle Pro-Racer Bounce House


Bounceland Bounce House Inflatable Bouncer Obstacle Pro-Racer Combo…

  • [Specification] Inflated size: 19’Lx9’Wx7’H. Package includes: bounce house, blower, carry bag, stakes, repair kit and…
  • [Quality Assurance] 1) Heavy-duty puncture proof material with double to quadruple. 2) Half way velcro opening for safe…
  • [Safety Standards] Bounceland products have been tested and approved for meeting and exceeding current world-wide…

Manufacturer: 

Bounceland

Size: 

19’ L x 9’ W x 7’ H

Features: 

Tunnels, slide, pillars

This is a well-constructed obstacle bounce house featuring heavy-duty puncture-proof materials and double to quadruple stitches.  It is an excellent choice for households with small children because it is lower to the ground than many other bounce houses.

The obstacle course is set up to allow two children to race one another.  They crawl through tunnels, hang off a beam, run between pillars then fly down a slide.  The powerful 0.7 HP UL blower can inflate the bounce house in less than a minute, which makes it a great choice if you need to transport it to parties or move it around the yard.  The blower has a long fill hose, so you can safely secure the mechanical components well away from the bounce house.

This bounce house has 9” ground stakes to firmly secure it into the ground and comes with a large carry bag.  Up to 4 children weighing up to 100 pounds each can use this bounce house simultaneously.

Ultimate Combo Bounce House


Ultimate Combo Inflatable Bounce House

  • [Specification] Inflated size: L 12 ftxW 10 ft xH 8 ft, Package includes: bounce house, blower,30 colorful play balls,…
  • [Quality Assurance] 1) Heavy-duty puncture proof material with double to quadruple stitches 2) Half way velcro opening…
  • [Safety Standards] Bounceland products have been tested and approved for meeting and exceeding current world-wide…

Manufacturer: 

Bounceland

Size: 

12’ L x 9’ W x 7’ H

Features: 

Huge slide, pillars, secure bounce area, ball pit, basketball hoop

This bounce house is perfect for kids who love going down slides!  The Ultimate Combo Bounce House features a massive curved slide with a long landing pad and high rails for safety.

This bounce house is made from PVC coated Terylene/Laminated Oxford Terylene, with mesh segments surrounding the main bounce area.  The Ultimate Combo Bounce house comes with 30 plastic balls, a basketball hoop, a UL certified blower, repair kit and carry bag.

Inflatable HQ Commercial Grade Bounce House Castle Kingdom Jumper Slide


Cloud 9 Commercial Grade Bounce House Castle Kingdom Jumper Slide 100%…

  • Approximately 17 x 16 x 15 feet total inflated size
  • Complies with the Lead Free Toys Act
  • A 2 HP blower is required for use and not included

Manufacturer: 

Inflatable HQ

Size: 

16.5 L x 16’ W x 15’ H

Features: 

Castle design, slide, pillars, huge secure bounce area, climbing wall

This is one of the largest and most durable residential obstacle course bounce houses on the market!  It features a large bounce area with mesh windows and two seperate ramps — a small one for the toddlers and a large one for the bigger kids.

It is constructed from high-quality 100% PVC vinyl and is capable of holding up to 8 children, weighing up to 100 pounds each.   The super-thick PVC, heavy-duty stitching and reinforced stress points ensure that this bounce house will deliver many years of fun.

Bounceland Pop Star Inflatable Bounce House Bouncer


Bounceland Pop Star Inflatable Bounce House Bouncer

  • [Specification] Inflated size: 15 ft W x 13 ft Lx 8.3 ft H. Package includes: bounce house, blower, carry bag, stakes,…
  • [Quality Assurance] 1) Heavy-duty puncture proof material with double to quadruple. 2) Half way velcro opening for safe…
  • [Safety Standards] Bounceland products have been tested and approved for meeting and exceeding current world-wide…

Manufacturer: 

Bounceland

Size: 

15’ L x 13’ W x 8.3’ H

Features: 

Stage area, 7ft slide, basketball hoop, secure bounce area

This is a fantastic bounce house for children who like to put on a show!  In addition to features a large bounce floor, slide and basketball hoop, it can be used as a stage.  The kids could have some fun acting out movies, singing songs and much more.  The bounce floor is toddler friendly, with mesh windows and a closable velcro opening.

Yard Inflatable Bounce House Bouncer Obstacle Course Super Combo


BESTPARTY Obstacle Course Inflatable Bounce House Castle with Large…

  • Approximately 18’x8.2’x7.2’H(in), total inflated size
  • Features 3.5’H large slide available for two racer, two crawling tunnels, two climbing walls
  • Bright and colorful Tall walls with mesh netting surround Easy to set up and store

Size: 

21.5’ L x 9.3’ W x 7.9 H

Features: 

Tunnels, slide, pillars, climbing wall

This is a large obstacle bounce castle that is set up for races!  It starts with two tunnels that go into the bounce area, onto a climbing wall then finally down the slide.  The bouncing floor and slide surface are made from commercial grade PVC that is guaranteed to deliver years of fun.

The YARD inflatable bounce house includes ground stakes, a powerful blower and extra long blower fill hose.  Being a larger bounce house, it has a bigger capacity and is capable of accommodating up to 8 children.

So what are you waiting for?  Buy your kids a quality obstacle course bounce house and watch them have the time of their lives! Make sure you check out our adult obstacle course ideas as well.

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Lawn Games for the Entire Family

Summer can pose a problem for families in search for new and fun things to do. So much free time can lead to boredom. Finding fun, inexpensive, and innovative ideas that keep everyone interested is hard to do. Lawn games are a perfect way to get the family outside and to spend time together. With so many options, there is a lawn game for everyone to enjoy.

Lawn Twister

To set up this easy game, begin by painting a “twister board” onto the lawn. It is best to cut a template of a circle out of some leftover cardboard. Use ground marking spray paint on the grass because it washes off easily.

Tug- of-War​

This classic game includes the entire family as well as friends or neighbors. Get a long and sturdy rope, and either some colored tape or marker to mark the center of the rope. Split into two teams and begin pulling. One fun twist to the game is extending the rope across either a stream or water sprinkler. Tug-of-War is not only about strength, but it is also a lot of fun, and there are many variations of the game that can be played.

Frozen T-Shirt Race​

This game is easy to set up and even more fun to play. To start, grab a single t-shirt for each player and soak it in water. Once it is thoroughly wet, squeeze out any extra water and fold it up. Place all t-shirts in a plastic bag with wax paper in between the different shirts. When they are completely frozen, distribute the shirts. The winner is the first person who can completely unfold their t-shirt and put it on.

Badminton​

This is a traditional lawn game that the whole family can play together. The net can be set up in any open space. The only materials needed are the net, racquets for each player, and a shuttlecock.

Water Balloon Toss

Grab five different buckets. Set them up in a line on the driveway or pavement. If different sized buckets are used, place the larger ones closer to the start and the smaller ones at the end. Label the closest bucket 25, then the next 50, 75, 100, and 500. Use filled water balloons to toss into the buckets. The winner is the one that can score the most points.

bucket of green water balloons next to legs of small child wearing shark shorts and crocs

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Bean Bag Ladder Toss​

For this game, all that is needed is a step lapper and some bean bags to toss. To start, label each rung of a step ladder with different points. Normally, the top rung will be the highest number. Throw the bags between the rungs to score points.

BAGGO

BAGGO is a classic lawn game that is loved by the whole family. Design a BAGGO board that has a theme that represents the interests of the family. To start, set up the boards opposite from each other. Split the players up into teams of two and give each team four bags. The opponents will alternate the tosses until all of the eight bags are thrown. The team that reaches 21 points first wins the game. Ask friends and neighbors to bring their portable BAGGO boards and set up a BAGGO tournament in your yard.

Jenga

This game requires a little more preparation, but it will last for many summers to come. Buy several 2×4 boards that can be cut into 48 ½ inch pieces. The boards can be cut by hand or at a local lumber yard. After the pieces are cut, sand the edges so each piece is smooth and can be easily slid across the other pieces. To add some creativity and color, paint the ends in different colors. There is no need to seal the wood because it may cause the wood to stick and the pieces will not slide as easily. Once the project is complete, you can begin playing the game. Store the pieces in a garage during wet weather to prevent warping.

Glow-in-the-Dark Capture the Flag​

For fun after the sun goes down, try a different take on a classic game. Divide up family and friends into two teams. Use different glow stick colors as the flags for each team. Give each player two glow bracelets which match the color of their flag. The objective is to find the opposite team’s “flag” and bring it back to their side. The winner is the team who successfully captures all of the other team’s flags.

Outdoor Bowling​

Fill 2-liter soda bottles with water or sand, and use a rubber ball as the bowling ball. Adjust the length of the lane according to the ability and age of the players.

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Slide and Toss

Slip and Slide is a yard activity the whole family has enjoyed for many years. To make it into a game that involves scoring points, gather a tarp, duct tape, and Frisbees. To set up the game, cut different shapes into the tarp and reinforce the shapes with the duct tape. Give different point values to the shapes and then hang the tarp at the end of the slip-n-slide. To play, slide down the slide, stand up, spin around four times and throw Frisbees to gain points. The winner is the person or team with the most points at the end of the game.

Blanket Run​

This easy and fun game only requires blankets to play. Simply have one person sit on the blanket while the other stands and holds the other end. The winner is the one that can pull their partner across the lawn to the finish line first.

Playground Games​

Playground games such as jump rope and hopscotch are fun, too! They can provide hours of outdoor family entertainment and require very few materials.

Final Thoughts

Summer is an exciting time for creating lifelong memories. Summer entertainment does not have to be expensive and should include the entire family. It can be as simple as making bubbles and hula hooping, to creating competitive games. Whichever activities your family chooses to participate in should be fun!

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