5 Fun Family Picnic Games Everyone Will Love

Summer is here, and I’ve been looking for fun family picnic games that a mix of ages can play. Check out 5 of my favorites!

Summer is here, and I’ve been looking for fun family picnic games that a mix of ages can play. Luckily there are so many outdoor games that are fun! Whether you are planning a backyard BBQ or a picnic at a park, I’ve got a list of family picnic games you’re going to want to have in your back pocket this summer. My kiddo and nieces were laughing so hard when we played these games, and even the adults were getting in on the fun. Check out our favorite family picnic games below!

5 Family Picnic Games Perfect For Every Age

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Blanket Volleyball

All you need for this fun game is two picnic blankets and a ball. Divide your group into two teams. Each team grabs a blanket, and all team members must hold onto the edge of the blanket. You take turns playing volleyball, but the only way to catch and throw the ball is by using the blanket together as a group. If you have access to a volleyball net, it can be fun for older groups to try to get the ball over the net, but it does make the game tougher and is not essential to play!

Switcheroo Hide And Seek

Start the game by picking someone who is it, and giving them a small item such as a bright bandana that they must hold. All of the other players must then hide while the person who is “it” counts. (count until at least 10!) The person who is it must then find the others. Once they find someone they hand over the bandana and hide in the spot where they found the person. The new “it” person must now look for someone hiding and must have the bandana visible, so everyone know they are now “it.” This game can go as long or s short as you want it to be! This is one of my fav family picnic games because you can pay it almost anywhere!

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Baby Pool Search

On hot summer days, sometimes getting a little wet is more fun. Fill a baby pool full of water and play items such as balls, pool toys or other toys that are safe to get wet. You want the entire surface of the baby pool covered as much as possible. Now throw in a mix of small prizes spread out on the bottom of the pool. Pick chunky and water safe prizes such as small figurines, bouncy balls, and Mardi Gras beads. Most dollar stores have a nice selection of items that will work! You can also throw in a bunch of marbles and have the players try to collect the most marbles. Game contestants must then jump in the pool and pick up the prizes (or marbles) only with their toes, no hands allowed!

Bean Bag Ladder Toss

Put your step ladder to good use! This game works best for a backyard BBQ. Put up your step ladder then assign point values to the spaces between the ladder rungs. Usually, the spaces at the top of the ladder are the hardest to hit, and at the bottom of the ladder are the easiest to hit. Take turns throwing bean bags at the ladder trying to score points. The highest score wins!

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Balloon Pop

Start each person off with a balloon and a long string. Inflate the balloons, then tie the string to the balloon. Tie the other end of the string around the players ankle, so the balloon is now following along behind you like a puppy. Once everyone has a balloon, it’s time to play! Define what your game area is, for example, “Everyone must stay in the backyard but not on the deck. ”When someone says go, players try to pop each other’s balloons by stomping on them, no hands!

So are you planning any fun family picnics this year? Which of these fun picnic games would you play? Tell me down in the comments!


7 thoughts on “5 Fun Family Picnic Games Everyone Will Love”

  1. I love this! I have 20-month-old twin grandchildren and every Friday we pick them up and take them to the park for a picnic.(much better than trying to keep them together at a restaurant). We have a blast and we wear them out before the stay all night with grandma and grandpa.

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