Well August is coming to a close, but there is still plenty of time, in Seattle’s delayed summer season, to get outside and enjoy your lawn. After all, you didn’t spend so much thought and care on your Seattle hydroseeding just to watch it grow from indoors! Here are five unique ideas to get out there on the green and play:
Use cans of spray paint in red, blue, yellow, and green to create a twister board on the lawn. Use a string to keep the circles in straight lines. Cut a temple out of cardboard to create perfect circles. You can add more circles if there are going to be many people playing.
These can be as varied as your imagination can take you. One favorite is to toss a balloon between two people. After each toss the people take a step away from one another. Eventually it becomes a game of anticipating—who will be the one to catch the balloon when the distance of the toss is enough to make it break?
This old favorite goes all the way back to 1859 London. Croquet involves hitting balls with mallets through hoops, called wickets, placed in the lawn. The devilishly fun part is that the rules allow you to bump your competitors balls out of the way.
Everyone remembers how much fun these can be when you’re a kid—but adults love them too. Turn a party into an instant smash by creating teams for a scavenger hunt. Try having people find information about one another, rather than items. For example, “Find someone who knows at least one full sentence in sign language.” It’s a great icebreaker.
Skip a day of watering and let the kids do it for you. Create teams, bases, and obstacles to hide behind. The sky is the limit to creating a unique course for super soaker fun.
Of course the list goes on. From old-school slip-and-slides to high-tech laser tag games, there is no end to the ways a family can get out and enjoy their healthy, green turf. Don’t forget to relax and have a barbecue-style meal after working up an appetite. Now get out there and play!