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The Best Backyard Games for Summer

When summer finally arrives again in Minnesota, we get excited. The cold-weather dwellers of the midwest seem to start making plans for road trips, the beach, or vacation travels as soon as the ground thaws. Some of the best moments of summer aren’t spent at some fancy resort; they take place right in our own backyards with friends and family. 

Next time you find yourself grilling in the backyard or planning a relaxing sunday at home, explore (or rediscover) some of these classic yard games.

 Bag Toss

Bean Bag Toss

Also known as corn hole, this classic graduation party game can be played in doubles or one-on-one. The goal of this game is to be the first team to reach a score of 21 by tossing the bags at the target. This game can be a fun one for little ones to learn hand eye coordination or a casual game for all your cabin weekends this summer! Refresh your memory with the official rules here


Also known as Vikings’ Chess, this traditional Swedish game can be described as a combination of lawn bowling and horseshoes. The objective of Kubb is to knock down the opposing team’s “kubbs” and “king kubb” before they knock down yours. For a fun summer afternoon project, learn how to make your own set of Kubb at



This seemingly simple game can quickly become a thrilling one-on-one competition to test your agility, stamina, reflexes, and precision. With one net, two rackets, and a shuttlecock, you can easily spend the afternoon volleying back and forth. Get the family to master the basic skills, and develop a badminton tournament for some late summer competitive fun.

Kan Jam

Hammer, kans, dingers, and deuces—this yard game comes with its own lingo! KanJam is a simple disc game developed by two friends in upstate New York. This newer yard game can be played using equipment you may already own: two frisbees and a trash can. The simple objective of this game is to be the first player or team to reach 21 points by tossing and deflecting a flying disc towards the goal, also known as the “kans.” Watch this video for a tutorial about the game. 

Boccee Ball

Bocce Ball

Bocce ball may remind you of warm summer afternoons in the park, but this classic yard game is steadily popping up at outdoor patios and rooftop bars around the cities! You can play one-on-one or in teams, and all you need are a set of Bocce balls. Learn the basic rules of this classic game here

To enjoy these yard games all summer long, get your yard ready with Ehlinger Lawn Service. From spring cleanup to landscape maintenance, we’ll get your yard in tip-top shape for the summer.