Updated November 11, 2019 by Karen Bennett

The 10 Best Outdoor Games For Kids

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This wiki has been updated 17 times since it was first published in December of 2017. Although they’re often occupied by their screens, kids are usually more than willing to head outside when there’s a fun, interactive activity involved. Our selection includes some of the best games for getting children into the fresh air, with choices for a range of ages and interests. For safety, always supervise youngsters during play and follow manufacturers' age guidelines. When users buy our independently chosen editorial choices, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best outdoor game for kids on Amazon.

10. Force1 UFO 3000 Drone Quadcopter

9. Viahart Goodminton

8. Yard Games Giant Tumbling Timbers

7. Elite Sportz Bean Bag Toss

6. Eocusun Tent With Tunnel

5. Brybelly Giant 3-in-1

4. AGreatLife Huge Rainbow Kite

3. Pacific Play Tents Parachute

2. Elite Sportz Equipment Hand Toss

1. Capture the Flag Redux

Special Honors

Custom Cornhole Boards Super Mario Brothers This set comes with two regulation-size boards and eight corn-filled bags, fully assembled and ready to play out of the box. You’ll also receive an instructional card with information on care, setup, and play. Made from birch plywood (for the faces) and solid white spruce (for the frames), the boards feature six-inch holes made with a laser-cut template, and folding legs. They sport a fun theme in your choice of Mario or Luigi. Other available kid-friendly themes include Superman, bumblebees, and a juggling clown. This set is great for birthday parties, barbecues, or whenever you’re entertaining a group of kids. cornholeboards.us

Editor's Notes

October 28, 2019:

Getting the kids off their electronics and into the fresh air can be challenging, but not as much when you have a fun outdoor game to offer them. Our carefully curated list features options for a full range of ages (including some that adults will enjoy as well) and choices that will suit a variety of budgets. Many of the selections featured here are highly portable, making them well suited as camping games or ones that can be taken to Grandma’s with ease.

Joining the list today is the Pacific Play Tents Parachute, which is made of a colorful polyester taffeta fabric that’s flame retardant and measures 10 feet in diameter. Its 12 sturdy handles are spaced evenly apart to foster group play that’s cooperative and noncompetitive. It comes with a list of games that are great for strengthening shoulder, arm, and hand muscles. These include see-saw pull, making waves, ball rolling (ball sold separately), chute lift, mushroom effect, and so on. It’s great for classroom activities and family get-togethers, as well as any team-building activity. And once the fun is over, it’s conveniently machine washable.

Leaving the list today is the Hey! Play! Bocce Ball Set, amidst reports the balls tend to chip or crack with use.

No matter which game or games you decide to give your little ones, for safety's sake, always keep a close eye on them during play and be sure to follow manufacturers' age guidelines.


Karen Bennett
Last updated on November 11, 2019 by Karen Bennett

Karen Bennett lives in Chicago with her family, and when she’s not writing, she can usually be found practicing yoga or cheering on her kids at soccer games. She holds a master’s.degree in journalism and a bachelor’s in English, and her writing has been published in various local newspapers, as well as “The Cheat Sheet,” “Illinois Legal Times,” and “USA Today.” She has also written search engine news page headlines and worked as a product manager for a digital marketing company. Her expertise is in literature, nonfiction, textbooks, home products, kids' games and toys, hardware, teaching accessories, and art materials.


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