Want to make the most out of your yard or patio space? Why not invest in a few giant yard games that your guests are sure to love.
Giant yard games have become some of the most popular and entertaining game options at bars, breweries, weddings, BBQs and other outdoor events.
And it’s easy to see why.
These are typically supersized versions of indoor games that are known and loved, adapted for outdoor use – a new twist on a proven classic.
Giant yard games just look fun, and sometimes a little ridiculous. Which explains why kids love these games too.
In this post, we’ve gathered up 10 of our favorite giant yard games that will entertain your guests and supercharge your backyard fun.
Keep reading to learn more.
You could also go in the opposite direction: how about some of these miniaturized bar games for tabletop and desktop fun?
1. Giant Connect Four
When it comes to classic giant yard games, one of the most popular options is usually giant connect four.
One of the great strategy games for all ages, this is a fun and simple game that becomes even better when you see it in giant form.
Most people already know how to play Connect Four, so you’re not going to have to worry about spending hours teaching someone a bunch of complicated rules before you get started.
Look for a kit that has a sturdy enough construction to handle plenty of use – that means sticking to wood or high-quality plastic if you can find it.
Trust us, this is a game your entire family will love!
2. Giant Jenga
If you’re giving giant connect four a go, then you’re probably drawn to the idea of giant Jenga too.
This is another one of those family favorite games that anyone can enjoy – just make sure that there are no small kids or animals around when the tower falls, or you could end up with an upset toddler and some grazed knees!
Jenga has grown so popular in the giant yard games category that people have started to make their own versions of the game out of discarded blocks of wood.
Whichever route you take, make sure that you’re getting high-quality lightweight wood that will withstand plenty of games.
3. Giant Beer Pong
Okay, so you might not want to play giant beer pong with the kids, but it’s still worth a look if you’re looking for giant yard games to enjoy with your adult friends.
You can always ignore the booze side of this game and stick to the non-alcoholic rules if you want to play with youngsters too. After all, this game is actually great for teaching hand-eye coordination.
Giant yard pong comes with 12 giant buckets in the shape of red solo cups, and 2 heavy-duty plastic balls that are strong enough to withstand the occasional gust of wind.
This is an excellent game to bring out at BBQs with friends, just make sure that there’s plenty of space in your garden first!
Sick of crouching over dice on a table or your living room floor whenever you want to play Yahtzee?
Take the fun outside with the giant yard games version instead.
Yardzee follows the same rules as a traditional game of Yahtzee.
The only difference is that you get 6 huge wooden dice to roll around outside, rather than the standard set.
This massive set also comes with a super-sized double-sided scoreboard to help you keep track of who’s winning too.
All you need is a dry erase pen to fill out the sections of the score card for each person who’s playing.
This is another great game to break the ice at BBQs, or just get the kids outside for a little fun and sunshine.
5. Giant Bowling
A list of the best giant yard games just wouldn’t be complete without some mention of supersized 10-pin bowling.
Whether you choose an inflatable set of pins and a ball that’s more like a balloon than a bowling ball, or you opt for the wooden version, this outdoor game is plenty of fun.
It’s a great way to get the kids engaged in an outdoor activity, and you’re sure to have some fun with your friends at BBQs too.
Just make sure that you get equipment that’s been properly weighted if you go for the blow-up options.
The last thing you want is for your entire game to just fly away when the weather starts acting up.
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6. Giant Checkers
Like giant Connect Four, Giant checkers is one of those yard games that everyone can play with relative ease.
You can even find kits made out of fabric that you can roll out on the floor indoors if it starts raining.
A set of giant checkers is a great way to teach your kids about things like strategy, while still getting them involved and invested in the game.
Like the other titles on this list, this board is also a great option for those times where you’re worried that people might get restless or bored while they’re waiting for the food to cook.
7. Giant Floor Darts
We happen to think that mounting a dartboard outside makes for a great yard game. But it’s not for everyone.
If you like this concept, but are looking for something a little safer and more family friendly, check out giant floor darts.
This game is still a great way to stay on top of your aim and throwing technique strategy skills, while getting the kids involved with one of your favorite games.
Unlike a standard dart set, you won’t have to worry about any dangerous flying needles injuring your loved ones.
The great thing about a set of giant floor darts (aka “Flarts..”) is that you can literally play wherever you like – whether it’s indoors, outdoors, or at the beach.
Most of the best kits on the market even come with a carry bag so you can take your game with you on the go.
8. Giant Uno
Have you ever wanted to play a game of Uno outside, without having to worry about the cards flying everywhere when the wind picks up? We’ve got you covered.
This excellent set of giant Uno cards is sure to delight and impress any visitors that you have coming over for a weekend party or cookout.
What’s more, the great thing about giant yard games like this one, is that they’re great for bigger groups.
While you can only have 2 people playing giant connect four at any given time, you can get up to ten players into a game of giant Uno.
These weighted cards are durable enough to stand up to any kind of weather challenge. Although we do recommend keeping them locked away in your garage when you’re not using them.
9. Giant Playing Cards
If you love the idea of bringing cards into your giant yard games, but you’re not a huge Uno fan, then how about a set of standard playing cards that have been supersized instead?
These high-quality cards are great for bringing a bit of silliness to your games of poker with friends when you invite people over for drinks in the fresh air.
There are so many different games to play with a set of cards that you’ll never get bored – even if you’re just playing snap with the kids.
What’s more, this kit would definitely be a great choice for any casino-themed yard parties you might decide to throw.
10. Giant Chess
Finally, we can’t ignore the draw of giant chess when it comes to mega-sized games for your yard.
Although a supersized chess set might cost you a little more than something like a giant connect four set, it’s one of the best ways to engage and entertain guests in an outdoor setting.
You can get giant chess sets in a bunch of different shapes and sizes – including stone or marble options for those of you who want to look particularly fancy.
Whichever giant chess set you choose, make sure that it’s strong enough to withstand the weather.
You might want to leave your game set up overnight so you can continue it over a couple of weekends, after all.