Classic Backyard Games Perfect for Family Summer Barbecues

Looking for a new game to play during your next backyard family gathering? Here are a few outdoor yard games that are easy for all ages and abilities, sure to include everyone who wants to play in a friendly competition.

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Badminton is a classic racquet game that uses a shuttle (or shuttlecock). It can include 2-4 players, depending on the match. Created in British India during the 19th century, the British military invented badminton while stationed in India. Now a globally recognized sport and even played at the Olympics, badminton is the fastest racquet sport in the world.

Similar to tennis, the shuttle is a small feathered or plastic object hit over a net that divides the court. For casual games, a weatherproof net and a grassy area work best. A traditional badminton set includes 2-4 racquets, a shuttle, and a regulation size badminton net. Boundary lines are helpful to determine those close, questionable calls.

Great for any backyard gathering or family barbecue, badminton is a fun outdoor yard game that anyone can play with a bit of practice.


Visions of European royals or Alice in Wonderland often come to mind when referencing croquet. This outdoor game is informally known in the United States for its simple rules and strategic play. The goal is to get a croquet ball through a maze of stakes that include twists and turns to make it more challenging. Similar to golf, the object of the game is to get the ball from start to finish in as few strokes as possible.

A high-quality croquet set will include hardwood mallets, brightly colored poly-resin balls, steel wickets, and 2 hardwood end posts. The number of players varies between 2-6. Though not a lot of physical skill is needed to play croquet, the strategy is an important component to winning this game.

Bocce Ball

Bocce is a centuries-old Italian lawn bowling game. The game itself is simple and can be played by people of all ages and abilities. Nearly anywhere can be a bocce court, including your own backyard.

Dating back to 5000 BC, there’s evidence of Egyptians playing a game that resembles modern-day bocce in cave paintings. This casual competition eventually found its way to the Greeks and Romans, and the social elite adopted it as a sophisticated pastime. It remained a classic but occasional garden game, until it was recently revived as a fun and easy to transport game in the American family culture.

Seemingly a hybrid of skeeball and shuffleboard, bocce is easy to play anywhere. Open bocce is the most streamlined way to play. The pallino ball, a differently colored ball than the rest, is thrown first, serving as a target for the rest of the game. Next, a team rolls a bocce ball as close to the pallino as they can. The other team also rolls a bocce ball, trying to get closer than the other team’s play. The team who rolls the closest ball when there are none left wins a point. A total of 12 points as a winning goal works best for informal games. If you want a shorter match, trim down the points to wherever works best for you. A classic bocce ball set includes eight balls, a pallino, and a measuring tape to determine close calls.

About Baden Backyard

Baden Backyard is a top-notch source of outdoor backyard games. They offer high-quality and durable outdoor games like the badminton set, croquet set, bocce ball set, and more. Baden Backyard makes summertime activities enjoyable with easy transportation and convenient storage.

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