From Bored to Excited: 9 Games That Will Transform Your Park Trip With Kids

Afternoon in the park? Here are nine fun games to play at the park with kids.
An outing to the park can bring smiles, laughter, and anticipation for an afternoon of family fun. Here are some fun games to play!

9 Fun Games To Play at the Park With Kids

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We love the park, but my kids can get bored after a few minutes of playing. That is why it is always a great idea to have some fun games to play at the park so you can keep them outside a little longer.

Being outside is great for kids. Just 20 minutes in the sun can boost energy levels and provide everyone with a good dose of vitamin D – the natural way. Nature can indeed invigorate and nourish your soul. The key is to have fun while being outdoors. Playing games in the park is a great way to stimulate physical and mental activity while being outside.

So if you want to go to the park, check out these fun games that your children can play at the park.

Have a Ball

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Because of the wide-open spaces a park offers, it is a great place to bring an assortment of balls to toss, kick and throw. On the basketball courts, you can rouse up a friendly game of HORSE, where participants take aim at the basket and compete for the best shots.

Players take turns trying to make a basket. The next player tries to mimic the same shot when the player makes a basket. If this player should miss the basket, they receive a letter (“H,” for example). Likewise, when a player spells out the word “horse,” that player is out.

A pick-up game of basketball, soccer, football, or kickball are all fun games to play at the park- grab a ball and have fun. 

Four Square

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Four Square is another fun game that you can play at the park. Many parks have four square courts sprayed in paint on the asphalt or concrete surfaces of the park. If yours does not, bring some sidewalk chalk and make your four-square court.

The four-square court is a large square divided into four equal boxes. If you are drawing your court with sidewalk chalk, a recommended size would be 5 feet x 5 feet.

Four players stand in each square, and one player begins by bouncing the ball once in his square and serving it to another player, being careful to keep the ball within the boundary lines of that square.

The player that receives the ball then hits it back to any other player, making sure the ball is within the boundary lines of that player’s square. The ball is not allowed to bounce more than once. Players are “out” when the ball bounces twice in a player’s square or goes outside a boundary line.

Monkey in the Middle

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You can play this game with a ball or a frisbee. First, players assemble in a circle, choosing one player to be the “monkey.” The players then toss a ball (or frisbee) back and forth across the circle to other players on the opposite side.

Next, the “monkey” tries to intercept the ball. If the “monkey” succeeds in catching the ball, he joins the outer circle. The player who threw the ball (before the interception) becomes the “monkey” in the middle.

Hop Scotch

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It’s an old-fashioned game that has been around for centuries. Likely a favorite from your childhood, your kids will enjoy a game of hopscotch at your local park.

Chances are your park has several hopscotch courses already painted on the ground. If not, you can bring sidewalk chalk and draw your own. You can use stones or pennies to toss as “markers.”

Take note, parents: if you are playing this game with your kids, be aware that your balance may not be as steady as it used to be!

Water Tag

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All you need to bring is a few water pistols (or super soakers) to the park, and get ready for a game of tag with a new, wet twist! Most parks and playgrounds have public water fountains or restroom facilities where you can easily get water.

Being near water will conveniently allow players to “reload” their arsenal. This game is played just like regular tag, but players take aim and try to tag one another with squirts of water. Players that get wet are then “out” and can either exit the game or stand frozen in their position (as in freeze tag). The last player to get blasted with water wins.

Water Balloons

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Playing with water balloons is super fun. Playing with water balloons in a park is even more fun! Most parks have more room to run around than your average backyard, making the playing field even more fun!

Remember to bring a large supply of balloons to make this game last a long time. Of course, don’t forget to clean up all the balloons after playing this fun game in the park!

Obstacle Courses

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If you know the park well, you can use the things at the park and make an obstacle course for your children. This game is a lot of fun for a party for your children. Take a few hula hoops and set them up too.

Make this as fun as possible. Other children at the park will want to join in, too, when they see the other children having so much fun!

Scavenger Hunt

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This game may take a few minutes of pre-planning, but it is likely to be one of the favorite activities of the afternoon. Don’t forget to consider the ages of your children before putting your list together. 

You may want to give each child a list of things to find, or if your kids are not yet able to read, include a list of pictures of items that you want them to search for. Some ideas to have on the search list are:

– Leaf

– An acorn

– Butterfly

– Bird

– Feather

– Caterpillar

– Squirrel

– Branch

– Flower

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It also helps to create a prize for the scavenger hunt winner. The prize could be something simple. Perhaps the winner gets to decide where to go for ice cream at the end of the park outing.

This prize makes a smooth exit strategy when it comes time to leave the park. Who would argue with going out for a scoop of their favorite flavor of ice cream to cap off a satisfying afternoon at the park?

Every Kind of Tag

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Tag is the quintessential game for kids. Everyone knows how to play it, and everyone has fun. There are so many variations to the game of tag, and you can play all of them (not all at once!).

There you have it – a collection of children’s games and activities you can enjoy while playing outdoors at your local park. Your children will have a great time playing these fun park games and will hopefully have some fantastic memories of these fun games!

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