12 Cheap but Exciting Outdoor Game Ideas
Grizzly in the Snow
This is a tasty game everyone will enjoy. Hide a few gummy bears (the Grizzlies) in a mountain of whipped cream on a plate. Give each contestant their plate and have them race to find the Grizzlies in the snow – without using their hands.
A classic outdoor party game, a treasure hunt never gets boring. Hide a prize somewhere in the backyard and place clues all over (and I mean all over) the backyard and even a few indoors to spice up the game. This game is best played in teams. The first team to find the treasure gets to keep it.
Ring Toss - Super Charged
This classic carnival game can easily be a part of your outdoor party. All you need are a few hula hoops and a wooden dowel to get the game going.
Hammer the dowel into the ground and give the kids turns at throwing the hula hops over the dowel. You can play the game with levels to make it more interesting.
The first level will be closest to the hoop and will carry fewer points than the higher levels that will gradually be placed further away from the dowel. The player with the most points at the end of the game wins.
If you’re looking for a game that will have the kids squealing in excitement and the adults roaring in laughter, “musical chairs” is it. The game starts with 2 rows of chairs lined up back to back – enough for all the players.
A song is played and everyone gets up and walks around the chairs in single file. Once the song stops, everyone sits down where they are. The process is repeated but this time, when they get up to walk, a chair is removed.
Once the music stops, everyone sits down again. The person left standing is eliminated. The game continues in this manner until there is one chair and one person left.
You don’t have to spend a fortune on this game, all you need do is purchase a cheap set of plastic golf clubs and golf balls. The good thing about miniature golf is that you can make a lot of variations of the game.
For example, you can set up your holes in a vertical or horizontal position. You can also get a cardboard box and paint it to look like a castle and cut out a drawbridge that will work as the “hole”. Balloons make for great obstacles too. Be creative and have fun.
All you need for this fabulous game is a ball and a net. If you don’t have a net, don’t worry, you can improvise by using a piece of rope. You can play singles, doubles, or any number to suit the party.
An easy to set game but very exciting to play, balloon darts will definitely make your party a blast. Stick some balloons onto a board and have the kids throw some darts at the balloons.
You can add to the excitement by assigning different points to different colored balloons or by hanging the board on a string so that it swivels.
Spray paint your lawn into a twister board and take this indoor game outside. Make sure to use non-toxic paint.
Purchase a jumbo checkers set and have a great time playing this classic game on your lawn. You can buy many sets for the party and have a checkers tournament. This can even be the theme of the party and have guests come dressed in checked clothes.
Catch with a Twist
This is another great team event for your outdoor party. Separate the kids into teams, according to how many they are. Choose one child from each team and place a helmet with a bucket on their head.
The rest of the team members try to throw water balloons inside the bucket. The team that manages to catch the most balloons wins. You can also play a variation of this game with the bucket being held in the hands.
Turn a single pool noodle into 2 race tracks for an exciting marble race. Place start and finish lines at both ends and place the “tracks” on an incline. Kids can race their marbles in 2’s, 3’s, or however many numbers suitable.