School may be just a few weeks away, but that doesn’t mean that Summer as we know it is almost over. Just a reminder… Summer doesn’t end until September 23 this year. That means we have just over a month to enjoy and make the most of those Summer days that seem to be slipping right on by.


Each Summer my family loves to host a Summer Barbecue. It is a great way to reconnect with family and friends that we may not see all that often over good food. Gone are the days when hosting a Summer Barbecue meant playing games like beer pong, darts and chugging contests. With kids now in the picture, things are a heck of a lot different, and needless to say I love the change.

Today, I’m sharing with you 8 family-friendly games to play at outdoor summer barbecues.

Bandanna Tag: Give each player 4 flags all in the same colour. Ensure each player has a different coloured flag than the other players. Players run around stealing each others flags. As soon as a player loses all their flags they are eliminated from the game. Last player standing wins.

Three-Legged Race: Players team up in teams of two. Each team has their inside legs tied to their partners using two ropes. The object of the game is to race to the finish.

Limbo: Break out the store, get the tunes pumping, grab a decent size stick, choose two people to hold the stick and asking all participants to line up behind them. Participants must then take turns walking forwards while bending backwards to get under the stick. The ultimate goal? To find out how low can you go without falling or touching the stick. Every round the stick will move lower and lower until there is only one player left standing.

Bean Bag Toss: This game is best played with 2 to 4 players. Players from two teams. Each team takes turn trying to toss a bean bag through the cornhole. For ever bean bag that passes through the hole that team earns 3 points. If it lands on the board, the team earns 1 point. The game continues until the first team scores 21 points. Not sure how to build a beanbag toss board? Watch this quick tutorial:

Potato Sack Race: Who doesn’t love a good old-fashioned potato sack race. Grab some yard waste bags. Have participants climb into their bags and race each other to the finish line.

Neighbourhood Scavenger Hunt: Hosting a neighbourhood street party or BBQ? Plan a neighbourhood scavenger hunt for the kids to complete. The scavenger hunt list can have the kids scouring from house to house to search for the items on their list.

Bobbing For Apples: An age old favourite. Who doesn’t love bobbing for apples? Too be honest, I hated it as a kid, but that’s besides the point. To play this game, grab a bucket and fill it with water and apples. Players can take turns bobbing for apples and removing them from the bucket with only their teeth. Hands must remain behind the players back at all times.

Obstacle Course: Using haystack, slides, ladders, spare tires and other obstacles… Set up an obstacle course in your backyard for the kids to work their way through. You can make this a timed race, and the individual with the best time completing the course wins.


Be sure to have ample Kandoo Kids Foaming Handsoap and Flushable Wipes on hand for quick clean-up after all the activities.

Disclosure: I am a Kandoo Kids Ambassador. Compensation has been received in exchange for this post. All opinions are those of my own.

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