6 Retro Games for Your Backyard

Summer is a great time to introduce your kids to some amazing Retro games for the backyard!

You know, the way WE use to entertain ourselves when we were young (before the word 'game' was synonomous with video console)! 

Think about what you loved from your childhood – what games did you run outside to play with your friends?

Take the opportunity to introduce these games to your kids.  And since this week is National Backyard Games week, it's a great time to kick-off some outdoor fun.


Awesome Retro Games for the Backyard -- perfect for the whole family!Photo by calebwilkerson via Flickr Creative Commons


Retro Games for the Backyard

Here are a few throw-back games that should bring back fond memories along with affiliate links and a few details on why they're such a great way to spend some family time together. 

I highly suggest making this an after-dinner tradition at least once a week -- it's a great way to connect as a family!


Outdoor Hide & Seek

So much more fun than indoor hide and seek because you really have to be good at finding places to hide and running full tilt back to home base is a must.  This is an easy game that can be played in any size yard or at the park with both kids and adults. 

Teens will even get into this retro game if you play it at night -- I can remember quite a few summer evenings running through the nieghborhood trying to find my siblings!



A family favorite of ours, Bocce Ball is lawn bowling at its finest. 

The kids not only catch on quickly but love trying to knock Mom & Dad’s balls out of range.  Bocce is very easy to learn and also a great game you can take with you for picnics or an afternoon in the park!




What kid doesn’t love to smack a small ball with a wooden mallet!

Croquet is a retro game that many kids will associate with the movie Alice in Wonderland .  Personally, I think the wood painted hammers are best so search at garage sales and flea markets for an older set to add to your backyard items.  They even make some fun Kid-size Croquet Sets of this retro game!


Flashlight Tag

Loved by many, flashlight tag is even more fun than hide & seek because you get to use flashlights!

And that usually turns into other great backyard fun such as searching for fireflies or making shadow puppets on the back of the house.


Lawn Darts or Jarts

I think the retro game of Lawn Darts (yes, they do still make the originals!) was so much more fun!  In our house, you had to be "old enough and responsible" to be able to toss the heavy, sharp, oversized darts across the yard. 

Goodness knows there was probably more than one trip to the doctor as a result of this classic game :) 

The newer version, Lawn Jarts , is just as much fun without all the worry and danger (ok, maybe not just as much fun if there's less danger, right -- but it comes a close second to entertaining the kids especially with an after-dark round ;)



Although this game requires a little skill, most kids can quickly learn how to toss a Frisbee. 

Playing frisbee is one of those classic summer skills (like learning to hula hoop or blow a blade of grass to make it whistle).  It also offers a lesson in creativity also as many frisbee players have unique styles for tossing around the flying disc.


Here are a few more ideas for backyard fun!


Fun things to do in your yard


Amazing Ideas for Backyard Play

30 Skills Kids can Master this Summer

Life-Size Games & Art Activities for Kids



More Backyard Games


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