Forget Cornhole – Play These 3 Fun, Alternative Backyard Games!

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By: Mike Dunn | Segun Odolowu Posted: 10:32 AM, Jun 29, 2018 Updated: 11:30 AM, Jun 29, 2018

Summer parties and barbecues aren’t complete without some sort of yard game to play. And unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve likely played cornhole a few thousand times. There’s something for every type of summertime grill-fest, so occupy your non-drinking hand with these three other yard games.

 

1. Spikeball

 

Spikeball is played a lot like beach volleyball, but its small size means you can play it anywhere. You play two against two, and instead of trying to hit over the net, you “use” the net. Each team can only touch the ball three times before spiking it off the net for the next team’s volley, and you can use any part of your body to pass or spike. Spikeball can be bought online for about $60 bucks.

 

2. Kanjam

 

Next on our list is Kanjam, which is like a cross between cornhole and frisbee-golf. You play with a team of two with each player having a can standing 50 feet apart. You take turns throwing and deflecting the disc. And you score the game like this: toss the disc at the goal. If your partner deflects the disc and it bounces off the side of the Kan, that’s a “dinger” worth one point. If you hit the side of the can unassisted, that’s a “deuce” – two points! Now, if you toss the disc and your partner jams it in the Kan you get three points. But, if you or your partner manage to get the disc to fly into the slit on the side, game over. The game is played up to 21, and you can buy Kanjam online for around $40.

 

3. Soak ‘N’ Wet

 

Our final game is Soak ‘N’ Wet. If you’re looking for a simple and safe alternative to a real dunk tank, this is it. The Soak ‘N’ Wet from KO Water Games is made of tough, durable PVC and comes ready to assemble. No tools required. You can find the Soak ‘N’ Wet online for around $250 dollars.

 

Let the summer games begin with these three alternative yard games!