Eight of the Best Backyard Games to Enjoy at Home

Enjoy hours of fun outside with the best backyard games for 2020. Check out top picks like cornhole, Spikeball, KanJam and more.

Make the most of your outdoor space with the best backyard games available at DICK’S Sporting Goods. Whether you need activities for your next get-together or boredom-busting ideas for the kids, you’ll find plenty of awesome options on this list. Check out our top picks and get ready for hours of fun in your own yard.

Spikeball

If you’re looking for a backyard game with action and excitement, Spikeball may be your best choice. The game centers around a circular net that sits eight inches off the ground and acts like a mini trampoline. To start, teams of two line up on opposite sides of the net. The serving team initiates play by tossing and “spiking” the ball into the net so that it bounces toward the other team. The receiving team will then have up to three chances to return the ball — just like a bump-set-spike sequence in volleyball. The crazy part is, once the ball is served, players are free to move around the net in any direction, which can make for fast-paced, heart-pumping volleys.

Spikeball comes with everything you need to play, including the frame, net, three balls, an inflating needle and a carry bag. For full rules and tips, check out our article on how to play Spikeball.

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KanJam

Put your Frisbee skills to the test with KanJam. How does it work? You’ll set up the two black “kans” at opposite ends of the yard – the regulation distance is 50 feet, but do whatever works for you. You and a teammate will stand at opposite kans. One player will throw the disc while the other can try to deflect it to hit the kan (one point) or, better yet, land inside of the kan (two points). If the disc hits the kan without any assistance from a teammate, you get three points, and if you can manage to throw the disc through the slot on the front of the kan, you win instantly.

The official KanJam game comes complete with two durable kans and an official 168-gram KanJam disc. Find out everything you need to know to get started with our article on how to play KanJam.

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Cornhole

Cornhole has arguably become the most popular yard game in the country. To play, you just need two cornhole boards and eight bean bags (four of one color and four of another). You’ll set up the boards at opposite ends of your yard — the regulation distance is 27 feet between the front of each board, but that’s just a suggestion. Get three points for each bag you toss in the hole and one point for each bag that lands on the board. Cornhole is most commonly played with four people (teams of two), but it’s also fun to play one-on-one.

DICK’S carries a great selection of cornhole sets that include everything you need to play. Check out our article on how to play cornhole for rules, tips and more.

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Washer Toss

People have been playing variations of washer toss for centuries – maybe longer! A traditional washer toss set will come with two target boxes and six or eight washers (yes, the washers resemble the washers you’ll find at your local hardware store, thus the name of the game). To start, you’ll set up the boxes on opposite ends of the yard about 20 feet apart, though the distance is totally up to you. You’ll stand next to one box and toss your washers toward the opposite box — you typically get one point for washers that land in the box and three points for washers that land in the cup in the middle. Games can be played two-on-two or one-on-one, usually to 21 points.

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Hooking Halos

Quest Hooking Halos blends elements of cornhole and washer toss to create a game all ages can enjoy. The game features two slanted boards with three rows of pegs as well as eight donut-shaped bean bags. The goal, as you can guess, is to toss your bean bags so that they hook onto the pegs. However, there are various ways to set up the pegs to keep the game exciting and challenging — popular options include four corners, diamond, I-shape or even just a single peg left in the middle. You can also play “elimination style,” where you remove each peg you hook — whoever gets the most pegs wins. Learn more with our full guide on how to play Hooking Halos.

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Bocce Ball

If you’ve never played bocce, you’re missing out. Bocce is one of the oldest-known lawn games in the world, and it can be enjoyed with up to eight players of all ages. A bocce ball set will include everything you need to play – eight bocce balls and a smaller ball called the pallino. To start the game, a team will toss out the pallino which then becomes the target. Teams will then alternate tossing bocce balls toward the pallino, trying to get as close as possible.

You can also try to knock your opponents’ balls away from the pallino, which adds a level of competitive fun. Whichever team is closest to the pallino at the end of the frame gets a point — if a team has multiple balls closer to the pallino than the opponent’s closest ball, they will receive a point for each one. Whichever team scores in the frame throws out the pallino to start the next frame. Play continues in this manner until one side reaches 12 points (or whatever amount you decide).

At DICK’S, you’ll find a great selection of bocce ball sets from top brands. Learn more about this classic yard game with our guide on how to play bocce.

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Ladderball

Ladderball is an absolute blast. It’s simple to set up, easy to play and tons of fun for all ages. A ladderball set will come with two ladder-like stands and six bolas. The game can be played one-on-one or with teammates alternating turns. From about 15 feet away, you’ll toss each of your bolas toward the opposing ladder, trying to get them to hang on one of the three rungs — you’ll get three points for the top rung, two points for the middle rung, and one point for the bottom rung. Traditionally, the first player/team to reach 21 points wins.

Check out our article on how to play ladderball for everything you need to know.

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Bounce Back

Quest Bounce Back puts a unique twist on the lawn toss game. In this game, you toss bean bags at a mesh rebounder, trying to get the bags to “bounce back” toward scoring targets on the opposite side.  The game sets up quickly in the backyard, and the folding, portable design is easy to transport to tailgate parties, family picnics, the beach or practically anywhere you want to play.

Learn more with our full Bounce Back guide.

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Need ideas for a rainy day? Check out our list of the best indoor games.