Quarantine Activities Your Family Can Do in the Backyard

You may be stuck at home…but that doesn’t mean you have to be stuck inside! There are plenty of ways to have fun with your entire family, right in your own backyard. Here are some of our favorites.

Lawn games

Lawn games, like lawn bowling, bocce, cornhole, horseshoes, and croquet, are easy to learn and easy to set up. The equipment is fairly inexpensive, and these games appeal to a wide range of ages. Basically, these types of games are perfect games to try in your backyard.

Water games

Water balloons, sprinklers, slip-n-slides, kiddie pools, and more make for great backyard fun, especially now that summer has arrived in Arizona. Bust out the swimsuits and sunscreen, and go have some backyard fun!

Water features

If you’re ready to invest a little more in your family’s backyard, there’s never been a better time to do it. Whether you’re finally ready to install that pool, or you want to set up a splash pad for the kids, there’s no time like the present! Depending on the project, you could be enjoying your new built-in water feature in just a few weeks.


Quarantine gives families an excellent opportunity to hone their sports skills. Soccer, basketball, and baseball can all easily be practiced in the backyard. Other sports like frisbee, badminton, or spikeball can also give families fun ways to pass the time.

No-equipment games

Some games don’t even require special equipment to play in your backyard, making them a great way to bust boredom during quarantine. Think: tag/freeze tag, capture the flag, hide and seek, red rover, duck duck goose, etc.

Backyard art

Let your family show their artistic side by having some colorful fun in the backyard. Sidewalk chalk is a great way to pass the time (you can use it on concrete/cinder block walls, too). Painting rocks is also a lot of fun and a great way to use any craft pain you have lying around. You could even try tie-dyeing shirts, or doing another activity that’s too messy to do indoors.


Everything is a little more fun outside—even lunch! Give yourself a chance to get out of the house, even for just a few minutes, by taking a meal outside. Whether you have a backyard dining table, or you go for the traditional picnic blanket, this will add some much-needed variety to your quarantine days.

Backyard camping

Pitch a tent in your own backyard. Set up sleeping bags, grab some flashlights, and spend the night outside. If you want to take this to the next level, get a backyard fire pit and roast hot dogs or make s’mores.


Arizona summer nights are still warm, but they’re much more bearable than the days! Roll out some blankets and spend some time stargazing. You could even invest in a small telescope, or learn about various constellations.

Your backyard can provide endless opportunities for family fun, even during quarantine. Get creative, get outside, and have fun!

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