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List of Best Picnic Games to Play

Looking for a list of the best picnic games to play? In this post, we’re sharing our favorite, classic picnic games that everyone will love!

Spring is here; for many of us, that means the start of family picnics.

Heading to the park with the kids and family dog is a great way to bond as a family. Why not incorporate some fun and easy recreational sport into your next family picnic. 

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Everyone knows that fun in the sun is about the food you pack and the games you pack with it.

You’ve carefully planned your picnic and invited your guests. Now, it’s time to think about keeping them occupied between food and the afternoon nap.

With spring looming, its time to dust off your favorite games or take a look at a few you didn’t think of.

Here is a list of fun picnic games for everybody!

Picnic Games

Croquet, A Fun Outdoor Game

I used to list croquet as my favorite sport, but due to the ridicule my more athletic friends doled on me, I now list croquet as my “favorite outdoor game.”

You can purchase a wooden croquet set at many discounts or sporting good stores for a relatively small amount of money.

Croquet is a fun game for people of all ages, though small children will need some assistance when playing. Croquet doesn’t take up much space, and the setup is pretty simple.

Wiffle Ball A Classic American Picnic Game

A simple plastic wiffle ball bat and ball is all you need for a fun family picnic game.

If you have a small child under the age of five, you may want to purchase one of those thicker wiffle ball bats to make it easier for him or her to hit the ball. You can purchase a wiffle ball and bat set at any discount, sporting goods, or toy store.

Wiffle ball sets are available for less than $5.00. Wiffle ball is a great way to introduce small children to the joys of baseball.

A Simple Game Of Tag

We played freeze tag all the time when I was a child. I have introduced my children to the joys of playing this simple picnic game that requires no fancy equipment.

Simply select one person to be “it,” and that person has the job of chasing the other players until catching one. The one who is caught then takes over as the chaser.

Volleyball – Favorite Family Picnic Game

Many picnic sites already have a volleyball net up to allow you to play volleyball.

I can’t think back to the summer days of my childhood without thinking remembering the many family volleyball games we had at family picnics. If your park does not have a volleyball net, you can bring your own and set it up without too much difficulty.

Volleyball sets are available at most discount or sporting goods stores.

Games You Can Play With Children

It is relatively easy to plan picnic games for children for the most part. Most children relish a lot of activity, so plan games where they have a chance to run and jump and just plain be active. 

Even those who are not so active can find enjoyment playing or watching these games. 

In a place with lots of sand, with or without a net? Volleyball is a great team sport that gets kids up and active. Not to mention out of the picnic basket for at least an hour. 

No net? This group activity is done with a simple beach ball hit lightly in volleyball style to any person close by.

Do not forget a classic: Plain old kid ingenuity. Give a kid a few others to play with and the space to do it, and they will soon take care of themselves.

From Red Rover to T.V. Freeze Tag, it seems every kid has built-in instructions for fun and imagination. Spaces that have blacktops with or without nets will find themselves the target of kid activity.

Most places come with child-friendly activities or landscapes. Just be sure to let the parents know if they need to bring bathing suits or spare clothes for special activities.

Also, hit your nearest dollar store to grab extra items like buckets and shovels kids can take home as party gifts.

Games For Adults Only (Or Couples)

It’s nice to be able to go out and about without the company of children. Yours or anyone else’s, for that matter. 

Adults only is also a great way to create a friendly rivalry between groups or cement lasting friendships. Be sure to take into account the group’s age and activity levels. You will be hard-pressed to find a 65-year-old anyone willing to play more active (or bone breaker) games.

Games in which couples square off against each other and take on all challengers are a great way to prove that some people really are better together.

Activities such as tennis and volleyball are great games to play as either couples or a battle of the sexes.

Climbing is also a great activity that isn’t all that great for children especially considering what you may be climbing.

Grab your rucksack canteen, and head off in search of the nearest thing to a mountain you can get to. While you enjoy a well-deserved lunch break, the great view you get is worth the climb.

Guest not that spry? Maybe they would enjoy 9 holes of golf or croquet. Activities that are inviting to the majority are what you would like to achieve.

Even if you end up playing card games such as hearts or bridge, you want your guest to enjoy themselves ( and don’t forget the house takes 10%)

You might be short on ideas, but your guest is long on fun. 

Chances are they have a game or two or three that has been gathering dust in their basement that they would simply adore using again. 

Use the surrounding areas to your best advantage. You needn’t plan out every minute detail of the afternoon for your company to be happy. The sun is coming out with or without the kiddies, and you want to shine.

Family picnics are one of the best ways to bond as a family. Now that the weather is getting the warmer, head out with your family and friends and enjoy this simple, old-fashioned pleasure.

Make your picnic even more fun by including one of these family games.

Thanks for reading all about our best List of Best Picnic Games to Play! Have a great day!