Julie Vadnal

Published on July 12, 2021

There are few weekend activities quite as satisfying in their simplicity as a get-together in the park. Friends and family members gather to enjoy the warm weather, fresh air, and company of their loved ones—but admittedly those couple hours outdoors can be made even better with some good lawn games. 

And now that we’re finally able to start safely hanging out with people, well, let the games begin, whether you’re throwing it back to your high school gym class with a game of volleyball or tossing beanbags like you did in college (except this time, no sports logos). These five outdoor-friendly activities are easy to pack up and bring to your next gathering, no matter your age.

If You Have a Competitive Streak

Whether you’re at the beach, park, or pool, this inflatable goalie net is the ideal way to pack up a whole afternoon’s worth of fun into your tote.

If You’re Feeling Creative

Create a pattern on the sidewalk with chalk—you might just come up with an idea that inspires that mural wall you’ve been thinking about painting in your home.

If You Want a Good Workout

You don’t need a net to get a good volley going. Just stand in a circle with friends to bump around this brightly hued ball by Edie Parker.

If You Play by the Rules

For the one friend who always makes sure to read a board game’s rules before getting started, croquet is the perfect outdoor activity. Sure, it requires a bit more setup and space than other alternatives, but the satisfaction you’ll get from a winning stroke is well worth it.

If You Miss Tailgating

The cornhole boards from your college days probably involved cheesy mascots and sports logos, but this version, which can be monogrammed, will make you feel very adult. 

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