12 Picnic and Outdoor Party Game Ideas for Seniors
Picnics and outdoor parties are a great way for seniors to socialize with friends and family. Planning a get-together this summer? Here are some games that everyone will enjoy.
- Giant Jenga
Normally, Jenga involves stacking small wood blocks on top of each other. Each player must then remove one block at a time from the inside of the pile and place it at the very top. The goal is to keep removing blocks without knocking the pile over.
With giant Jenga the rules are exactly the same, the only difference is the size of the blocks. Young children love playing this game with their grandparents. Challenge them to see how high they can reach!
People of all ages love playing with bubbles. Even teenagers, who sometimes act like they’re too old to have some fun, quickly become interested when you whip out the bubble wands. Since there are no rules involved, it’s a great game to play with younger children, too.
- Musical Spaces
This game is an improved version of musical chairs. You start by dropping multiple hoops in a circle. When the music starts, everyone walks around the circle. As soon as the music stops, everyone has to get inside a hoop. The person who doesn’t have a hoop is out.
Because this version of the game doesn’t use chairs, seniors won’t risk getting hurt by standing and sitting over and over again.
This outdoor game is great for seniors. Because it doesn’t involve a lot of twisting or physical activity, anyone can play it. All you need is some stakes and horseshoes, which can easily be found online or in toy stores.
- Metal Detecting
The Moorings at Lewes is near some of the most stunning beaches in Delaware – what better place to search for treasure with a metal detector? In fact, Coin Beach in Delaware is one of the best destinations for metal detecting in the United States.
Why not try it out? Who knows, you might find some pennies dating back to the 1700s.
Once the weather heats up, croquet is a wonderful outdoor activity. To play you need balls, mallets, and wickets. You have to hit the ball through a series of wickets in order to complete the course. You can lengthen or shorten the course, depending on your overall level of fitness.
- Scavenger Hunts
If you want the kids to have a great time, scavenger hunts are one of the best activities you can organize. To get started, hide items in different spots at a set location. The children must then try to find everything on the list. At the end of the scavenger hunt, they can get a surprise.
Pickleball is similar to tennis, but it uses light balls and paddles. In recent years it has become an especially popular game among older adults. Because of this, you can find pickleball courts in an increasing number of cities.
- Water Balloon Toss
Water balloons are easy to fill and fairly inexpensive. More importantly, this game is good for people of different ages and fitness levels. On extremely hot days, tossing a water balloon back and forth is a great way to cool off. The winner of the toss is the person who doesn’t break the balloon.
- Lawn Darts
Lawn darts are great for warm or hot days. The game is similar to horseshoes. The goal is to get your dart as close to the bullseye as possible. Traditional lawn darts are harder to find nowadays because of how dangerous they can be. Because of this, modern lawn darts are generally made of plastic.
- Giant Chess
If you are lucky enough to own a giant chessboard, this is a great way to spend the afternoon. The giant version of the game is the same as the normal version. The only difference is that players tend to move slower and more casually when they’re enjoying the hot summer sun!
- Nerf Guns
Children will love shooting Nerf guns with their grandparents. Because this game can quickly spiral out of control, it’s important to cover the ground rules before you begin. On hot days you can use squirt guns instead if you want to cool off.