Remember when you were a kid and you would wake up on a Saturday morning with that excitement of the new weekend? It was a T-shirt and jeans kind of life. Maybe you'd go play with the neighborhood kids, or watch a marathon of cartoons before going out to run some errands with Mom or Dad. Maybe you'd do your homework? (No. Definitely no.) Later on, you'd come home and play outside a bit more until the mac and cheese dinner was served and soon you'd snooze all night and into a Sunday morning. Best weekend of your life, every week … for years.
It was a limitless time and you knew that you were going to do something fun or at least interesting. Now that you're an adult (ugh...) you can still bring it all back home and have a great fun weekend with your family. Grab the whole crew, send out a huge group text to your friends and neighbors, and get a bucket of games ready to have a great day. Here are ten classic games to get started!
All you need is two basketballs, a bunch of friends, a Super T, your best jersey shorts, and maybe a basketball hoop. Actually, yes the basketball hoop is also essential.
Here's an activity that everybody can take part in. Use some cardboard boxes as the canvas. Put newspapers down on the ground to avoid any spills. Everybody has 10 minutes to paint their masterpiece. Here are some ideas of what to paint:
Don't forget to get some good smocks so that the paint doesn't get on your tee shirts or sneakers! If 10 minutes isn't enough time, add 10 more. Have each person go around and say what their favorite part about each painting is.
Ideally a game for a larger group, but if it's just you and the kids it can be fun to do too.
Have each person write down the name of a fictional character on a notecard. Shuffle them and then tape them to the back of each person. Everybody goes around and tries to guess who their name is by asking yes or no questions.
If it's nice outside, get the kids together and try to draw your favorite dinosaurs on the driveway. Roll up those pants or throw on a pair of leggings because this is an activity for those who can sit on their heels for hours at a time (aka, anybody under the age of 21).
Try to tell a story with each of the drawings.
The ultimate family activity. I mean come on, look at the back of any board game and there's a family playing together, having a blast. Wait a minute, you have the same sweater as them. Hold the phone, this nineties family looks EXACTLY like yours. That polo shirt?! Spot on. But to be honest you're definitely wearing it better. Try out that board game you got as a holiday gift 8 years ago…you know the one. It's still in the plastic wrap. Give it a spin! When it's not your turn, quickly pop some popcorn: you're going to be here for a while.
There are a thousand different iterations of tag, but if you love the original feel free to do what you love. Why freeze tag? Everybody is involved and it's a game full of heroes.
This is a take on dodgeball but you don't need a court to play. Just a backyard or a field in a park. Throw on your comfy sweats and head outside.
Cornhole is a traditional American game that is enjoyed by people of all ages. It can be played outdoors or indoors, and is perfect for parties and get-togethers. The exact origins of Cornhole are unknown, but the game has been around for centuries. It is thought to have originated in Germany or Austria and was brought over to America by settlers in the early 1800s. Over time, the game has evolved and changed, but it remains popular today thanks to its simple gameplay and fun atmosphere.
Cornhole is a very simple game to play. The objective is to throw bean bags into the opposing team's cornhole board, and score points based on how close the bag lands to the hole. The first team to reach 21 points wins the game. Here are some basic rules:
Make sure you're standing in the right place when you throw your beanbag. If possible, try to have one foot on either side of the foul line. This will help keep your body balanced and make it easier to aim correctly at the end target board.