Have the family put down the remote and head outside to savor this delicious southeast Michigan summertime weather – and, of course, play! Badminton and ladder golf are classic good times, but Metro Parent went on a mission to find some different spins on fun activities to play outdoors. Whether the goal is getting artsy or bouncing around (literally), these awesome backyard games let your kids stretch their muscles – and soak up a little natural Vitamin D (but don't forget the sunscreen!).
Grab a friend and roll this 52-inch inflatable ball down a hill – just make sure your friends aren't inside! For $59.98, it's perfect for playing in a large field. It's designed for kids ages 6 and up and 150 pounds or less. Purchase the electric air pump for an additional $29.98.
Make backyard races fun by taking your feet off the ground – and hopping across the finish line in style. Children 40 to 80 pounds can defy gravity on this foam-covered metal pogo stick by Flybar. The non-slip foot pads and handle grips make it great for exercise. Runs $29.99.
Sidewalk chalk is great – but how about paint? Cover your sidewalk with vivid colors and unleash the Picasso within. For $12.71, kids can spend hours on the concrete creating unique designs that can be easily washed away. This Crayola product is recommended for ages 4 and up.
Forget the wand. Get your "bubble" on – with a football. Dip the bottom bubble-wand portion of the easy-grip inflatable football in the solution, throw the ball – and watch as bubbles soar through the air. See who's got the best bubble-throwing arm among your friends. For kids ages 6 and up. It's just $4.98.
Want more adventure than the average water slide has to offer? Why not add a curve? Kids ages 5 years and up can cool off experiencing water blasting from all angles. This product sells for $24.99. The water slide attaches to any hose and comes with a repair patch.
Who said you couldn't learn from a beanbag game? Well, this version is fun and educational, too. This game includes 12 canvas beanbags and a guide for four versions. Made of vinyl, it is easy to carry and fold. Toddlers ages 3 and up can enjoy. Runs $39.78.
Get fit and show off your moves. Single jump with a friend – or add a second rope to form a Double Dutch competition. The low-density, shatterproof polyethylene handles fit hands comfortably. The beads are multi-colored and unbreakable. Kits are also available to customize your own rope! Costs $8.95.