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Top 10 Backyard Party Games for All Ages

by Erin Dower

Looking for some fun outdoor games to play at your next barbecue or family party? Good ol' fashioned group games — from sack races to cornhole and other toss games — are all the rage these days! So check out this list of our favorite old and new outdoor games (to buy or DIY) that will make your backyard the ultimate kid-friendly party spot this summer. Many of these games are also great for the beach!

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kids potato sack race

Potato Sack Race


Sack races, aka "gunny races," became popular at carnivals in the 1800s, and they're still a hoot today. All you need is a burlap sack or large, sturdy pillow case for each participant (it should reach their waist), and plenty of space for them to hop to the finish line. If you don't have sacks on hand, a three-legged race is a fun and easy alternative. Try pairing kids with adults!

Buy burlap sacks on Amazon

Next: Cornhole or Beanbag Toss

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