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18 Outdoor Games & Activities That’ll Make Summer 2020 So Much More Fun

Now that many summer events and activities are cancelled due to Covid-19, we're left to find other reasons to spend time under the sun's rays (while being safe and socially distant). Here are some outdoor games and activities—some for you to do alone and some for you to do with your quarantine companions—that are sure to bring you joy.

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outdoor games and activities | table tennis

Table Tennis

Queue up your opponents for an outdoor table tennis match. Your patio table can turn into a ping pong table with this beachy set.

Table Tennis Game, $54, urbanoutfitters.com

(Also, not to be a downer—but you should be aware of the ways summer can make you sick.)

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outdoor activities | bike | beach cruiser

Cruiser

Take this nostalgic beach cruiser for an easy-breezy lake-or ocean-side ride.

Supercycle Classic Cruiser Women’s Retro Comfort Bike, 26-in, $190, canadiantire.ca

(Also, here are the reasons you should bike.)

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outdoor games and activities | weighted hoola hoop

Weighted Hula Hoop

Strengthen and tone your core while working on your balance and coordination with this weighted hula hoop.

Stamina Fitness Hoola Hoop, $43, canadiantire.ca

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outdoor games and activities | watermelon kit

Watermelon Kit

Grow your own organic mini watermelons with this simple biodegradable kit.

Garden Drop-In Kit – Watermelon, $11 USD, modsprout.com

(Have a green thumb? Here’s what you need to know about growing herbs and veggies indoors.)

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outdoor games and activities | ring toss

Ring Toss

Your much-loved summer game from childhood got a chic makeover with this set by Australian summer essentials brand Sunnylife.

Sunnylife Ring Toss Game, $30 USD, anthropologie.com

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outdoor games and activities | scavenger hunt

Kids’ Scavenger Hunt

Set the kids on a timed scavenger hunt outside. This one from the WainboughCo shop on Etsy encourages mindfulness and gratitude.

Things I Love Scavenger Hunt, $4, etsy.com/ca/

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outdoor games and activities | molkky

Mölkky

This Finnish game became popular in the 90s, and it’s still a hit today. It requires players to simply knock over pins by throwing another pin at them (but it’s not as quite easy as it sounds.)

Mölkky Game, $80, leevalley.com

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outdoor games and activities | cornhole

Cornhole

Set up a cornhole match in your yard with these portable cornhole boards.

1′ x 2′ Portable Cornhole Board, $60, wayfair.ca

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outdoor games and activities | smores

S’Mores Maker

Missing the campsite? Roast ‘mallows in your outdoor space—no matter its size—with this easy-to-use s’mores maker.

Nostalgia™ Electrics Lazy Susan S’ Mores Maker, $28, bedbathandbeyond.ca

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outdoor games and activities | horseshoe

Horseshoe

This classic lawn game can be easily packed up and brought to a local park for a match with your pandemic pal.

Budweiser Horseshoe Set with Carry Case, $60, homedepot.com

(Also, here’s what you need to know about places reopening during the pandemic.)

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outdoor games and activities | gardening

Gardening Tools

Go to work on your exterior and create a beautiful garden you can tend to every day (if you please) with these essential tools. (Also, learn the health benefits of gardening.)

Essential Gardening Tools, $22 USD, anthropologie.com

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outdoor games and activities | slip n slide

Slip’n Slide

No pool around? Cool off with the ultimate summer throwback, a Slip ‘N Slide. Just…be careful.

Slip’n Slide, $29, urbanoutfitters.com

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outdoor games and activities | connect four

Connect Four

This oversized game makes a fun après-al fresco activity.

Four in a Row Giant Game, $98, wayfair.ca

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outdoor games and activities | mega jenga

Mega Jenga

Take this oversized version of everyone’s favourite building-blocks game outside with this rainbow-coloured set.

Sunnylife 3′ Mega Jumbling Tower Game, $110 USD, anthropologie.com

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outdoor activities | projector | outdoor movie night

Projector for Outdoor Movie Night

Miss the movie theatre? Host an outdoor movie screening night with your nearest and dearest with this portable projector.

Vankyo Leisure Portable Movie Projector, $150, amazon.ca

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outdoor games and activities | bocce ball

Bocce Ball

This classic game can easily be transported to any outdoor space, thanks to a handy carrying case.

100mm Advanced Bocce with Carrying Case, $81, wayfair.ca

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outdoor games and activities | paddle board

Paddle Board

This travel-friendly paddle-board set offers an inflatable version, making it easier to hike to your destination and hop on the water.

NAUTICAL Board, $600, irockersup.ca

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outdoor games and activities | beer bong

Beer Pong

Whether with your bestie or all on your own, this little robot will put your beer pong skills to the test.

Pongbot Beer Pong Robot, $80, urbanoutfitters.com

Next, learn why you should consider organizing a summer camp for yourself.