10 Ways to Enjoy your Outside Space

10 Ways to Enjoy your Outside Space

Wherever you live, whether you have a house in Austin, TX, live in sunny Florida, or are buying property for sale in Irvine, CA, now is a great time to have some backyard fun. All it takes is some unplugged diversion for both kids and adults.

For the Kids

  1. Make a skateboard swing – Forget about installing a swing set. Try this homemade swing that uses a skateboard and some ropes.
  2. Build a fort – Use this downloadable template to build a backyard fort complete with built-in seats and a peephole to scope out visitors.
  3. Create a giant lawn Twister game – Keep the kids happy while the grownups fire up the grill with a super-sized Twister game board spray-painted on the lawn.
  4. Give them a backyard chalkboard – Put a big chalkboard out back and let the kids have at it. Use a real chalkboard or you can make one yourself.
  5. Make a fairy garden together – Build a fanciful fairy garden and watch your child’s imagination come alive.

Grownup Fun

  1. Have an outdoor movie party – Invite friends over for a night at the movies in your backyard. Create an outdoor living room with seating, add some comfy blankets and serve popcorn.
  2. Build a beer and wine cooler table – Make it from scratch or modify an existing picnic table to include a center tray for ice and beverage bottles of your choice.
  3. Chill in a backyard hammock – Relaxing in a hammock never goes out of style. Try one of these one- and two-person hammocks
  4. Play lawn games – There are several lawn game possibilities, from Ladder Golf to Spikeball to traditional Badminton. All are perfect for a party.
  5. Have a classic barbecue – There’s a reason the traditional barbecue never gets old. Here’s how to put together the ultimate ‘cue.


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