Believe it or not, there is more fun to be had than just Cornhole when it comes to backyard games. With a summer like no other and people spending more time at home, we thought we’d help you shake it up a bit with these five games you should consider. Of course, if you want to up the fun, make sure to have a Backyard Soda cocktail by your side.
Crossnet is a combination of four-square and volleyball. It gets its name from the two volleyball nets that cross each other to make four quadrants, one per player. The goal of the game is to move up in ranking from the first square to the fourth and then gain points for how long you stay at the top. This game will remind you of the good ol’ days playing Four Square on the pavement when you were a kiddo as you battle your way up to the fourth position to win.
Crossnet is a new game that has sold 20,000 units since the start of quarantine and can make any beach, lake, or backyard occasion into an all-out war to be king of the net. The Original Crossnet starts at $149.99 or you can get pool version, Crossnet H2O, for $99.99. Purchase here.
2. Beer Die
Beer Die is a drinking game that is on the rise with college students around the country. If you’ve ever played beer pong (and c’mon, we know you have) then Beer Die is the game that’ll either enhance any party or make you feel like you’re 21 again. All you need is four players, a die, four cups, beer, and a table to set it all up. Opposing players sit or stand at opposite ends of an 8ft x 4ft table and throw a die over a certain height with the goal of either landing the die in their opponent's cup or having the die hit the table and bounce over the scoring area to the floor. The defending team attempts to catch the die one-handed after it hits the table, but before it touches a non-table surface. The game typically consists of two two-player teams with each of the four players having a designated cup on the table, but can also be played one-vs-one.
Winning is determined by the first team to reach 11 points (quick games can be less points) and points are scored based on your die throw. This also determines who drinks and when. Find the official rules here.
Don’t drink? You can play with water or Backyard Soda CBD Sodas. They might not impair the team, but it’ll make sure everyone is refreshed, relaxed, and ready to win.
You’ve likely seen people playing this in the park and we know first-hand how much fun Spikeball is with friends or family. My family bought one off an impulse buy and it has been the cause of many hours of evening entertainment for us. Spikeball is a 360-degree game where you and a teammate pass and spike the ball into a small circular net to score points against an opposing team. The players can move around the net however they want, which makes for a very entertaining game. We play as a family and I haven’t seen my dad move like that in years and I had no idea that my mom could jump that high. Spikeball is easy to set up and easy to play; it has become such a fan favorite that ESPN has held Spikeball tournaments.
You can buy a basic starter set of Spikeball for $59.99 here, Amazon, or Target.
4. Wits and Wagers
So going to Vegas is probably out of the question for awhile which is why we love Wits and Wagers. It’s easy to teach and easy to play on an outdoor table. The best part is you truly don’t really need any type of knowledge to answer the questions. You’ll place bets on other players’ guesses to questions like "How many Pringles come in a standard-size can?" or "What percent of American adults make their own bed every day?". It’s more about betting strategy than what you actually know. It’s super fast and super fun. Grab the Vegas version exclusively at Target.
5. Personal Trivia
Money tight right now? We get it and we have a game that takes nothing but notecards or you can download Kahoot on your phone. Everyone writes 5-10 questions about themselves and everyone else has to guess the correct answer. If you are playing without technology you can have the answers be a free response or use multiple-choice to try and trick your friends. Players try and guess the answer and whoever has most correct answer wins! Take turns creating questions and see who is truly the best at being a friend (or just has the best memory).
6. DIY Backyard Bowling
Have some pent up DIY energy getting ready to explode and a few empty Backyard Soda bottles? All you need is 10 empties and any sort of ball to make your own backyard bowling. Set up the bottles like pins, or in your own fun combinations, and see who in your group is the best at knockin’ em’ down. If you want to get extra crafty, paint over the bottles to look like pins, or just have a fun time decorating them.
Use a basketball or a kickball if you just want to see all those pins get satisfyingly knocked down or test your skills as a pro with a tennis ball or baseball This DIY challenge is a great way to reuse bottles (environmental guilt be gone) and have some childish fun. Try to do it all without breaking bottles.