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BBQ Party Games Ideas for All Ages

Summertime means plenty of BBQs and parties with family and friends in your back garden. And no BBQ is complete without outdoor games!

Party activities are great for getting everyone involved in the fun and provide a bit of healthy competition amongst the group. Dive into our list of fun outdoor game ideas for hours of fun with the family.

1. Giant jenga

An all-time classic, there’s now a bigger version of Jenga for the whole family to enjoy at your BBQ.

Father and daughter playing giant jenga outdoors

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2. Giant connect four

Another enlarged version of a classic game, connect four is perfect for playing with both kids and adults.

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DIY giant connect four

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3. 4-legged race bands

It’s all about teamwork and balance! See who can get to the finish line the quickest. 

Teenagers playing 4-legged race bands

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4. Tug of war

Tug-of-war is a traditional team game where you pull the rope to your side to get the flag over. You could add some difficulty to it by having the kids stand on top of a box or crate.

Children playing tug of war in the backyard

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5. Human pinata

What if the pinata is running around in the garden and you have to catch it to get some sweets? 

A man playing human pinata while wearing a shirt with prizes on it

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6. Human ring toss

A twist on the standard ring toss game! Use inflated rubber rings with humans as the poles, and whoever catches the most is the winner!

A kid as a human ring toss

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7. Balloon keep it up

Simple setup, simple gameplay. All you need is balloons and pool noodles!

You don’t need a large garden to play this game.

Children trying to keep up the balloon into the air

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8. Bean bag toss

Bean bag toss is another easy one to set up but you don’t need the official equipment, you can use simple buckets for the catchers.

DIY giant bean bag toss made of timber material

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9. Ladder golf toss game

You can easily craft a ladder golf toss game yourself with some plastic pipes, string and plastic balls. It’s a great game to play as a family.

DIY ladder golf toss made with some plastic pipes, string and plastic balls

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10. Human football

A giant version of table football, the laughs are guaranteed with human foosball. 

A giant version of table football in the form of inflatable playground

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11. Giant noughts and crosses

Another enlarged version of an all-time classic, noughts and crosses is perfect to keep the smallest ones in the group occupied for a while.

An enlarged version of an all-time classic, noughts and crosses

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12. Potato sack race

Sack races are another great choice for kids (or grown ups, if you’re feeling up for it).

Kids having fun while playing potato sack race

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13. Horseshoes

Horseshoes can be played either between two individuals or teams of two people. You toss four horseshoes towards a stake in the ground to score points. 

The players take turns to either throw a “ringer” circling around the stake or get it as close as possible to score.

Horseshoes ring toss game

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14. Washer toss

Somewhat close to horseshoes and the bean bag toss, this game requires aim and technique. Simply toss the washers into the target.

DIY washer toss game

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15. Lawn darts

This easy lawn darts game is simple. Set your target hoop and take turns throwing your darts to see who can get closest to the centre. 

Lawn darts with a target hoop

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16. Kan jam

Similar to a regular frisbee game, but instead of throwing it to other people, you aim at a target in a can and your friend tries to help you score.

Teenagers playing kan jam in the backyard

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17. Pong golf

You can use empty cups for golf practice, or add some liquor and instantly get a fun drinking game.

DIY pong golf placed on the garden lawn

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18. Bottle bash

Two teams play and try to knock a bottle off the top of a pole using a Frisbee. Try using plastic bottles to avoid accidents.

A family playing bottle bash in the yard

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19. Kubb

This one is actually older than golf or croquet. Take turns throwing a number of sticks to your opponent’s blocks. 

Takes concentration and practice but brings lots of fun.

A man playing Kkub by throwing sticks to his opponent’s blocks

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20. Giant bowling

Every giant version of a game is bound to give you hours of fun at a BBQ or party.

A bowling bowl and pins

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21. Yardzee

A giant yard version of Yardzee for the whole family to have some fun.

A giant yard version of Yardzee

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22. Giant checkers

If it’s a sunny day, you could host a BBQ for your friends and play some board (or lawn) games.

A massive lawn board game

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23. Kickball

Kickball, also known as football rounders, combines elements of football and baseball. If you’ve got a big group and space in the garden, go for it!

A woman rolling a pitch during a kickball game

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24. Bocce ball

This game is a ball sport belonging to the boules family. Several countries have their own version and names for it, but it’s fun to play anywhere.

Adults playing bocce ball in a courtyard

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25. Trac ball

Trac Ball is essentially a game of catch using racquets or gloves. It’s fun to play amongst friends while waiting for the BBQ to be ready.

A man who cacted the ball while playing trac ball

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26. Croquet

A legendary yard game that you can easily set up in your garden and have hours of fun.

Croquet balls lying on a well-trimmed garden lawn

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27. Spikeball

Basically a combination of volleyball and foursquare. Provides great exercise and it may get really competitive, so keep it in mind if you’re throwing a BBQ with some friends.

Teens playing spikeball game

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28. Badminton

All you need is a net (or something similar)to transform your backyard into a badminton court. Adding a badminton net to your garden is also a great children’s play garden idea!

Children playing badminton with a big net installed in a courtyard

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29. Battlechip

Assign points to every hole and give each player 6 balls. The loser serves the next round of drinks!

A man playing battlechip in the garden

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30. Giant kerplunk

Another giant version of a classic that you can craft yourself with low cost materials.

DIY giant kerplunk made of wooden and mesh materials

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31. Giant dominoes

Dominoes is a great game for all the family. Grab some giant ones to play on a big scale!

DIY giant dominoes lying on a garden lawn

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32. Backyard mini golf

You don’t need a trip to your local golf course, you can build your own mini golf course to play the day away in your backyard.

Backyard mini gold pieces

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33. Lawn twister

Twister definitely has no age, and you can set up a “mat” in your garden with some spray paint. Just cut a simple circle out of some card to create a template.

A garden lawn with circle paints on for a lawn twister game

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34. Pool noodle racket game

Perfect to play in the pool if you’re waiting for the BBQ to be ready.

Poodle noodle rocket game set

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35. Milk jug water balloon toss

Another game that has no age. Be careful not to drop any if you’re not wearing a swimsuit!

Children playing milk jug water balloon toss in the garden

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36. Water gun ping pong

Set up simple target practice for your water guns using golf tees and ping pong balls. Try and see who hits more balls in a short time or how far you can shoot them.

Water gun ping pong game setup

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37. Pool noodle targets

Perfect for summer, try making your own targets out of pool noodles and then throwing another noodle or a ball at them. You can assign every target some points to make it more competitive.

Blue and green pool noodle targets

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38. Outdoor angry birds

Set up your own Angry Birds course. It’s way better than playing it on your phone! 

A massive size DIY angry bird game setup in the backyard

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39. Pool noodle gladiators

Gladiators is a great game for the youngsters (or those young at heart!). Use pool noodles to create your ‘bashers’ to try and knock the other person off their perch! 

Two players playing pool noodle gladiators while stepping on log stepping stones

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40. Water balloon baseball

Not much science on this one! Basically, if everybody gets wet you’re playing it right.

A player getting splashed during a water balloon fight

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41. Crossnet

Similar to volleyball, but every player gets their own space and they need to protect it.

A garden version of Crossnet

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42. Slip & slide

A slip and slide is great fun for everyone on a hot summer’s day, plus it will help you cool down.

Children playing slip and slid in the garden with a big blue DIY slide

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43. Tiki toss

The goal is to aim and swing the metal ring and catch it on the hook. Each player gets 10 throws to try and hook it!

A tiki toss

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44. Limbo

This one needs no introduction. See who’s the most flexible!

DIY wooden limbo setup in the yard

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45. Cards against humanity

You can create your own custom card set. There aren’t many games that will make people laugh like this one! 

Someone reads a statement on a black card and everybody chooses the best answer from their white cards. Maybe save it for the adults!

A set of of custom playing cards

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46. Unstable unicorns

Unstable Unicorns is a strategic card game about destruction and unicorns. Don’t let the cute artwork fool you, this game is about building your own army… of unicorns!

Unstable unicorn cards

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47. Exploding kittens

Another great family-friendly card game, Exploding Kittens is a game of chance with many possible outcomes and lots of laughs guaranteed.

A box of exploding kittens card

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Round-up

It can be difficult keeping your guests entertained whilst you’re cooking on the BBQ and refreshing everyone’s drinks, so party games provide the perfect distraction!

We hope you’ve found some party game ideas in our list to liven up your next family get together and bring some healthy rivalry amongst your guests!

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