The weather warms up and the Holiday season is nearly upon us, the family picnics, the corporate fun days, the end of school year family picnics all become a feature in best weekend plans. If you need help planning an event such as these.
Whether your family picnic is small and intimate or a reunion of many generations, there is always that time after the eating is over when both kids and adults become fidgety and yearn for playful diversions. Planning a variety of outdoor games and entertainment that everyone can enjoy adds an extra element of pleasure to the event.A family picnic needs more than sandwiches, chips and soda; it needs an entertaining activity. Boredom can quickly cut a picnic short, but preparing outdoor games that kids and teens enjoy will keep the young people occupied and out of trouble. If there is a diverse age range and a big group, separate the big kids and the little kids so the competition stays fair.
When the eating’s all done, make use of those family picnic blankets. Set up two teams of four or two people, each with their own blanket, and with one team member holding one or two corners of their team’s blanket. Have one team serve the volleyball by placing the ball in the middle of the blanket, lowering it then raising it quickly as a team, to allow the ball to become airborne. The opposing team must catch the volleyball in their blanket and toss it back again.
All you need for this outdoor game are two stakes about 20 inches high and four metal horseshoes. You can get the horseshoes from a local blacksmith or buy a horseshoe game set at a sporting goods or toy store. Pound the stakes into the ground so about 14 inches are visible. Regulation horseshoe stakes are 40 feet apart, but you can adjust the distance to meet the skill levels of the players.
Galaxy Ball Players form a large circle or square. Place 1 or more players in the center who try to avoid being hit by thrown balls. Players on the perimeter throw balls trying to hit the inner circle player(s) at or below the waist. The player who hits someone gets to take his or her place in the center.
Soccer Ball Bowling
Have the kids set up about 10 empty plastic 2-liter pop bottles on a flat surface. Each player gets two tries at knocking the cans down at about 20 feet away. If one player knocks all the bottles down within his two shots he gets another turn to add to his score. The total amount of bottles they knock down gets added to their score. You can go up to 10 complete turns and the person with the highest score wins. This is a great outdoor game for kids to practice addition in their heads.
Hunting memory game
The game for kids starts with the first participant saying something like, “I’m going hunting and I’m taking ammunition.” The second one repeats what the first one says, but adds a second item to take, that starts with the next letter in the alphabet. Each person down the line needs to remember everything that was said before him and add one thing more. Anyone who fails to remember the proper sequence, loses.