Like many Texans, my parents shipped me off to camp every summer when I was a kid. For years, I spent my summer days in 50-year-old cabins on stilts above Lake LBJ. Evening activities ranged from dances to fishing night, and somewhere in the middle were my favorite and most memorable nights, the “county fair” and the Fourth of July. On these special nights, colorful games, booths, and activities adorned a field of dry, Hill Country grass. Needless to say, we were entertained for hours.
In an era of decreasing face time and increasing screen time, outdoor games are a rare escape, especially for kids. So for your next event, instead of video games, why not bring out real games? For adults, a chance to compete can be a great opportunity to break the ice, reminisce about their childhood, network and meet new people. For kids, games are great for entertainment, a way to introduce a little competition, and a way to get the giggles going. You too can bring summer camp to your backyard by renting a few outdoor games like croquet, corn hole, or even a dunking booth.
If you have a large flat grassy area, try your hand at croquet. This croquet rental includes equipment for 6 players and setup of the croquet course. Croquet is great for all ages and can range from mildly competitive to a high stakes team competition.
Bring a backyard classic to your party or event with corn hole. This rental is super portable and includes 8 bean bags and a carrying case.
When the summer heat is too much to bear, channel an old school arcade and bring the party inside with arcade games, an air hockey table, or shuffleboard.
Air hockey is a staple of any arcade worth its salt. The game uses air piped through tiny holes in its surface to create a near frictionless playing area in which players use paddles to knock a puck into the opposing goal.
Shuffleboard is a classic bar game in which guests slide weighted pucks across a low-friction table in order to land within point boundaries without going over the edge. This indoor table is a perfect alternative to more traditional Air Hockey and Foosball tables and will provide hours of fun!
If none of these are quite what you are looking for, check out Loanables for other game ideas, or, let us know what you are looking for and we will find it for you. And remember, whatever you choose, beware, your family and guests are sure to have such a great time they will be begging for another summer camp game night soon!