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Kids are getting outside less and less these days leaving many backyards empty. Getting your kids to play outside isn’t just fun — It’s good for them. It can sometimes be a challenge with easy access to video games, online chatting, etc, but experts report that getting kids outside has many benefits from improved attention span to reduced stress.
This summer, I’m encouraging my kids to head outside more often. It’s a great way to connect as a family. The problem is that we have a lot of mosquitos and I worry about ticks that carry lime disease in our area. I don’t want the kids to have to wear bug spray every time we try to play outside.
The folks at Mosquito Joe want to make outside fun again by helping families with mosquito control. That means we get to focus more on family barbecues, picnics, backyard games and more. Check out these ideas.
10 Super Cool Ideas for Awesome Backyard Fun
1. Dinosaur Hunt
This game is especially fun when we have younger cousins visiting, but my teens still get a kick out of it. It’s just like an egg hunt, but with toy dinosaurs. Kids get extra points if they can name the dinosaur type.
2. Side Walk Chalk Art Contest
I love that this simple and inexpensive activity is great for all ages. When relatives are visiting, we have an art contest with prizes given out for categories like most creative, most colorful, etc. This way, all ages can get a prize.
3. Water Balloon Fights
Especially during hot days, water balloon fights are so much fun. Divide into teams, fill up buckets with the water balloons and have at it! A twist on this idea is a water balloon toss where you see if you and your partner can get the farthest from one another before the balloon bursts.
4. Bocce Ball with a Twist
If you’re not familiar with Bocce Ball, it’s like a ball version of horseshoes. Players try to get their balls closest to the “pallino” or jack in one direction and then switch directions. Up the backyard fun with our version of “around the house” Bocce. We throw the jack to a new spot in our yard each time until we make it all the way around the house.
We love to play croquet. We’ve had mini sets from when the kids were young to a full set today. It’s an easy game to teach kids and provides backyard fun for the entire family.
6. Outdoor Movie Night
We love to pop popcorn and bring out the camping mattresses to create a fun outdoor movie night experience. My friend Kimberly showed us out to make a DIY movie screen. The projector was an investment, but it’s been worth every penny.
7. Rock painting
We have saved rocks from past years and I use them to decorate our garden. It can be a fun activity for a backyard birthday party as well. I think I’ll try this adorable rock caterpillar idea from Nellie Bellie this year.
Fun for the Grownups too!
Of course, the backyard is also a great for the grown ups to relax. I love making my outdoor spaces look beautiful. We set out the outdoor furniture with some throw pillows and plants. My husband and I enjoy evening cocktails together. I love this recipe for
Mosquito Joe walks the property to eliminate adult mosquitoes to break the life cycle of the mosquito. A hot spot is under our porch. Their mosquito control services also eliminate ticks and even fleas. That makes our dog very happy!
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