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Backyard games for the best summer ever

We dare you to say you're bored, even once.

We dare you to say you're bored, even once.

If your backyard is just an empty lawn with a of couple patio chairs off to the side, you're doing it all wrong. The summer is already fleeting (don't you feel it?), so make use of that backyard space. If you have some active kids or active adults in your home, a bevy of backyard games can turn your lawn into the best (fun, affordable, social) space to spend sunny days or long summer nights. Put away that dusty badminton set, we scoured the internet for better ways to get your summer game in gear.

Hockey sauce kit

What is hockey sauce, you say? Think air hockey meets trick-shot pool. The goal is to knock the saucer up your opponent's ramp into their net, but it's all about style. Multiple saucers, angles and game variations make this a non-stop sprint to make the fanciest shots you never could on the rink. The kit comes with an instruction book explaining not just the rules, but how to practice your trick shots.

Hockey Sauce Kit, $199.97, amazon.ca

Bottle smash

Bottle smash can be played one-on-one or in team of two. The object of the game is to throw a disc at your opponent's bottle (perched on a stand) in an attempt to knock it over for a point. However, if you knock it over and the opposing team catches both the bottle and the disc, they block your point, making it a game of skill, speed, accuracy and hand/eye coordination. The game sets up in one minute and allows you to play at 20, 30 and 40 foot distances.

Bottle Smash, $60.99, amazon.ca

Kan Jam

In other frisbee fare, this game inverts the aim, by getting you to score on your own net. At a 50-foot distance, players throw the discs at each other and the object is to deflect the frisbee into your own goal. There is a smaller slot in the front of your goal and, if you deflect it in there, it's an instant win. This game is ideal for bigger backyard lawns, so players can run, jump, dive and probably fail.

Kan Jam, $50, amazon.ca

Inflatable water slide

Water slides have come a long way since just throwing dish soap on a tarp. This inflatable slide measures 18 feet, hooks up directly to your hose for perpetual slipperiness, and has 3 different slides that can all be used simultaneously. The front inflates into a speed ramp, allowing you to take off instantly. It's designed for ages 5-12, but how can an adult not attempt this at least once?

Inflatable Water Slide, $142.81, amazon.ca

Pool Golf Green

If you have a pool in your backyard, you don't have to just use it for laps. This aqua golf chipping kit comes with a floating green (with 2 holes), a chipping green and marked balls so you can even get competitive with friends.

Pool Golf Green, $75.98, amazon.ca

Water balloon pack

No summer is complete without a good old-fashioned water fight. This entire pack of specifically-designed water balloons, attaches directly to your hose, simultaneously allowing you to fill up 100 balloons in 60 seconds. It also comes with a sling launcher, that will allow you to drench foes up to 18 metres away.

Water Balloon Pack, $19.99, amazon.ca

Glow-in-the-dark lawn darts

A classic game with a much-needed modern update. The rounded tip makes these lawn darts a lot safer than the obscenely dangerous ones you played with as kids. But, most importantly, each dart has its own colourized glow-in-the-dark wings, so you can continue your marathon game long after the sun goes down.

Glow-in-the-dark Lawn Darts, $24.99, amazon.ca

Hanging obstacle course

Perfect for those kids that just have so much… energy! This hanging obstacle course comes with a 40-foot slackline that secures between to anchors (like trees), four monkey bars and three gymnastics rings. Though they are secure, supporting up to 250 pounds, the bars and rings can be quickly and easily detached so you can customize the actual course, making it harder for your ninja to complete.

Hanging Obstacle Course, $205.48, amazon.ca

Backyard Ballistics book

Games are nice and all, but sometimes, you just want to blow things up. This handbook instructs you on how to DIY 16 different gadgets (potato cannons, match-powered rockets and even tabletop catapults) using household and inexpensive hardware items, so your summer can end with a bang.

Backyard Ballistics Book, $18.19, amazon.ca