Summer is the time for getting outdoors, spending time with family and enjoying some fabulous barbeque cooking. Family get togethers can be the perfect way to make memories fit to be enjoyed for years to come. If you have a big family, the summer barbeque can be the highlight of your whole season.
With life busier than ever, you may only have a few opportunities to gather the whole family together for some fun over the year. Why not make your summer gathering a party to remember? Have a family member host the event. If anyone has a great property or a pool that is perfect for the occasion, talk to them and set a date. Or, enjoy one of the many local parks with BBQ stations for families to use.
Although everyone loves the great flavors of a barbeque, it’s not only about the food. Serving the classic hamburgers and hotdogs with some delicious side dishes is all that you need to keep everyone happy. But the memories that happen when people have the chance to mingle freely are what makes these events worth it.
Gather some games and activities organized so that family members of all ages can participate. Get some inspiration by taking a look at some of the fun activity ideas that we have listed that are easy and cheap to organize for your big day!
Bean Bag Toss
This classic and fun game can be played by young and older alike. It’s easy and affordable to either build or buy your own bean bag board. Once you have one, it can be a permanent fixture for your yard all year round. Grab some bean bags from the local Dollar Store or outdoor center and see who has the best aim! If you are hosting a large crowd you can even organize a tournament with teams.
Potato Sack Race
Keep the kids busy painting and decorating their sacks during the day to get them ready for the race after you eat. Potato Sacks can be ordered online or picked up at most outdoor gardening store for a bargain. There is a reason that the Sack race has been so popular for over 200 years. It’s easy to do and will have the whole family enjoying the fun.
Three Legged Race
Match all the kids together or be creative and match moms and dads with their kids for some three legged fun. Use some old ties or scarves to tie your legs together and get ready to race at the starting line.
This classic game is a big hit for the adults in the crowd. Kids can play too with adult supervision. Flying horseshoes should generally be kept in an area where there are not a lot of little ones playing. All you need is a small sand pit, a stake and the shoes to throw.
This is a fairly new craze that can be played by the whole family. Set up “goals” around the property and see who can get their frisbee closest to the pin. You can play one-on-one or join up in family teams to get the whole crowd in on the fun.
Keep your younger guests busy hunting for a list of hidden treasures around the property. There are hundreds of fun and interesting Scavenger Hunt lists that are available to download online. Make it a nature-based hunt or hide items yourself for a more personal touch.
Squirt Gun Painting
This is a favorite with the kids. Gather up some cheap squirt guns from the Dollar Store and fill them with watercolor paints. Hang or place painting canvases out for the kids to aim at and let them go! The Kids can use different colors to “paint” their pictures with different guns. Once they are all dry you can host an art show and give out prizes for the most lovely pictures.