Going to the park is a fun activity you can do with the whole family. For children, parks allow their creativity and imagination to thrive as they explore nature. For parents, parks can be a great way for you to spend some quality time with your kids after a long work day. Additionally, parks get you and your family outside and away from technology for a few hours. If you want to bring your family to the park, this article will discuss some fun and active games to play while you are there to keep everyone happy and healthy.
List of 4 Games You Can Play at the Park
This list of games are all safe for families to participate in. Not only are they fun, but they also help everyone get some exercise in.
Similar to volleyball, Spikeball is a small circular net game that is played by either spiking the ball on the net or passing the ball to teammates. You can find Spikeball equipment for purchase either online or in sporting goods stores. Spikeball is the perfect game to play at the park because it is easy to transport and simple to put up.
Age Range for Spikeball: 2 years old and up
Number of Players Needed: 2-6 players. 6 players are recommended.
How to Play Spikeball
To play Spikeball with your family, follow these directions:
- Set up the net by connecting the rims and legs and then wrapping the net around the rim.
- Get everyone to stand around the net and create teams of 2.
- Have each player stand on opposite sides of the net.
- Get one player to start the game by spiking the ball down on the net.
- Members of the opposing team of the first server try to spike the ball back into the net. If unsuccessful after 3 moves, the opposing team receives a point.
- The first to 21 points win.
- Each player has to pass the ball after touching it
- The 3 moves you can make during the game are bumping, setting, or spiking the ball
- At any time, if the ball falls on the ground, the other team gets a point.
Cornhole is a game played with eight bean bags and two slanted boards. Each board has a circular hole in it so bean bags can go through it. The game is played by aiming your bean bags at your opponent’s cornhole board. The more bags you get into their hole or on their board, the more points you will receive.
Age Range for Cornhole: 2 years old and up
Number of Players Needed: 2- 4
How to Play Cornhole
To play cornhole with your family, follow these directions:
- Make two cornhole boards face each other with your preferred amount of distance between them.
- Place four bean bags by each cornhole board.
- Have one or two family members stand by each cornhole board.
- Start the game by having one team toss their bean bags at the opponent’s cornhole board. Bean bags that fall into the hole are worth 3 points and bean bags that fall on the board are worth 1 point.
- The first team to reach 21 points wins.
If your park has a basketball court, playing a family-friendly game of H-O-R-S-E Basketball can be a lot of fun. Be sure to bring a basketball with you if your park does not supply one. Basketball is played by shooting a ball into a hoop while competing with other players. For a family game, it is recommended to play H-O-R-S-E Basketball. In this game, players try to duplicate each other’s shots. If a player misses a shot that another player made, they receive an “H”. The game continues until the loser spells out the word “horse”.
Age Range for Basketball: 5 years old and up
Number of Players Needed: 2 or more
How to Play H-O-R-S-E Basketball
To play H-O-R-S-E Basketball with your family, follow these directions:
- Gather your family together on the court.
- Pick one family member to start the game by trying to make a shot in the basketball hoop. If the player makes the shot, the other family members need to try to make the same shot.
- Once a shot is made, have the other family members rotate from the spot where the shot was made and try to get the ball in the hoop.
- If another player makes the same shot, they do not receive a letter. If another player misses the shot, they receive their first letter, “H”.
- After all players have had a chance to make the same shot as their opponent, players are allowed to shoot anywhere on the court until the next shot is made.
- Once the next shot is made, all other players need to try to shoot the ball from where the last shot was made. If they make it, they do not receive a letter. If they miss it again, they receive the letter “O”.
- The game continues until there is one player left that has not spelled out H-O-R-S-E yet. This player wins the game.
Tug of War
Tug of War is a game played with two teams on opposite sides of a rope. The goal is for each side to pull at the rope in hopes of getting the other team across the marked line on the ground. Whichever team gets pulled across the marked line first loses.
Age Range for Tug of War: 6 years old and up
Number of Players Needed: 2 or more.
How to Play Tug of War
To play Tug of War with your family, follow these directions:
- Spread a rope out on the ground. Mark both the middle of the rope and the ground with a piece of duct tape or bandana.
- Divide your family into two groups.
- Have each group stand on opposite sides of a rope
- On the count of three, have each team pull at the rope.
- The first team to pull the opposing team across the marked middle line wins.
Get Active and Visit the Park
Getting your family involved in games at the park can help strengthen your bonds with each other and keep you and your children active. By including some of these games in your next visit to the park, you are sure to have a great time outside together. For more family content and activities, check out The Learning Experience’s Bubbles and Friends Youtube Channel.