Your next backyard barbecue can be the most fun and exciting on the block with a few simple game ideas. It’s that time of the year again: a time when children and adults come together to exert their energy and stuff their faces with whatever is spread out on the table. Most adults sit and chit-chat with those they haven’t seen in awhile. But quiet as it’s kept, most people do not want to go to barbeques just to sit and talk. Barbecues are about having fun and doing things not normally done on a daily basis. For a fun-filled barbeque that will have the neighbors talking, here are a few games that will get the excitement going and burn off all the hamburgers and hotdogs consumed.
Although this game involves tossing an item heavier than a tennis ball, guests only need a small space in order to play. Get two stakes and plant them 40ft from each other. Split everyone into two teams and take turns (each person has two chances with each round) trying to get the horseshoe as close to the stake post as possible. A toss six inches or closer will get you one point but the goal is to get the horseshoe to encircle the stake gaining 3 points against the other team. The game is up to 40 points but who wants to stop if they’re so much fun!
This game is a combination of volleyball and tennis. It can be played in singles or doubles and requires volleyball net and a shuttlecock. Flip a coin to determine which team serves first. The point of the game is to hit the shuttle with a racquet over the net to the opposing team and hope that they miss or hit it off the court. The shuttlecock could be hit fast, slow and can be swayed by small gusts of winds. You can only score a point if you are serving and the first team to reach 15 wins. This game keeps players moving and exerts a good amount of energy while enjoying themselves.
When you get tired of playing Badminton, throw the racquet and the shuttlecock aside and grab that volleyball along with a bunch of friends. This game has been a barbeque favorite since the dawn of grilled beef and it is always fun to play. Divide your friends into two teams and flip a coin to decide who serves and receive first. With the server standing at the rear of the court hit the ball over to the opposing team. The players on the other side will try to send the ball back with the objective to force a miss on the opposing team. You are allowed to hit the ball up to three times on one side. Nobody is allowed to catch the ball unless they are serving. The game is played until a team has reached 25 points but that team must beat the opposing team by two points.
This game is a favorite among the children attending barbeques. All that is needed is two bases, a baseball, and people who are willing to break a sweat. The point of this game is to make the players run from one base to another without getting tagged by the defender on each base. These two defenders will be enticing the players to steal a base while tossing the ball. A few games of this and children will be passed out sleep as soon as they get home!
This game is for those who need to cool off throughout the day. Pair up with a friend, preferably one who can catch if you want to stay dry. Toss the water balloon to your partner and hope they catch it without breaking it. The last team to be dry wins.
The game is designed for small spaces. The ball used is a perforated, light-weight and plastic which allows the size of the playing field to be optional. Divide the group into two teams each with a maximum of 5 players. Choose a pitcher, catcher and designate everyone else to a part of the field. The opposing team will take turns hitting the Wiffle ball with bat. The outfielders’ job is to see that batters do not make it home. There are two outs per side. The batter is out even if a ground ball is caught by the pitcher before it passes him. Singles, Doubles, Triples, Home Runs and Foul Balls are determined by where the ball lands on the ground.