June 7, 2016
The Summer Games are coming August 5 to August 21, 2016! Are you getting ready to celebrate this festive time? Need some new ideas to energize your friends and family? We’ve got lots of terrific ideas for you to take your summer games celebration to the next level. With our ideas and a little creativity, you can create loads of fun in your own backyard for kids and adults of all ages.
Summer Games Ideas
- Archery: Set up a dart board area with Velcro darts (they’re safer)
- Badminton: This is a fun game for all ages.
- Baseball: Have ‘em trying their pitching arm with a baseball corner
- Basketball: If you’ve got a hoop in the driveway, have free throw contests
- Cycling: Set up a small course in a large parking lot or have an endurance race around the neighborhood.
- Football: Set up an Inflatable Goal Post for field goals
- Golf: Tee up a unique golf corner with a mini-golf type course
- Gymnastics: Create a balance beam with a long piece of tape on the driveway
- Handball: Have contests using fun Paddle Balls
- Sailing: Use a small “boat” and rope on a pool and have people pull themselves along.
- Table Tennis: Bring the ping pong table outside for fun in the sun.
- Volleyball: Pick a corner of the yard for beach ball volleyball.
- Potato Sack Races
- Use frisbees as a discus alternative
- For non-athletic game ideas try Giant Dominoes or a Checkerboard Rug Set
- Include a Bean Bag Game, Horse Shoes, or a Limbo
- Don’t forget traditional outdoor games like running contests, long jumps, an obstacle course and tug-of-war
- Set up concessions machines for larger Summer Games, like popcorn, hot dogs, sno cones, and more
- Offer quick bites for quick fuel like fresh fruit, nuts, or pumpkin seeds
- Make sure there is lots of water for to everyone hydrated
- Check out our recipe for Red, White, and Blue Fruit Cups below
- Don’t forget to have people wait a while after eating before any water sports!
Got a pool? Take advantage of it for your version of the summer games. Organize swimming races, diving competitions, or even a floating ring toss. Don’t forget to have a lifeguard around to keep an eye on the kids. And make sure everyone knows how to swim or has easy access to floaties.
After all the fun, hand out award medals to all your contenders!
Red, White, and Blue Fruit Cups
Recipe courtesy of foodnetwork.com
10 min. prep time; yields 4 servings
1 pint fresh strawberries
1 pint fresh blueberries
1 pint fresh blackberries
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 pint heavy whipping cream
Slice strawberries and combine in a bowl with blue and/or blackberries. Sprinkle two teaspoons sugar over berries. Whip cream until soft peaks form and sweeten with remaining sugar. Serve berries in small cups with generous spoonfuls of fresh whipped cream.