Spoiler alert: If your kids aren’t already addicted to SpikeBall, they probably will be as soon as they try it. This fun and addicting game is great on spikes, drops and jumps. The rules are a bit like volleyball except the goal is to hit the ball on the net and not over it. The ball then bounces off the net to give the other team a chance to return it. Great for all skill levels, it keeps you on the move so you can sweat while you play. It’s also small enough to take to the beach, use in the yard, or inside the house (20ft by 20ft is a good amount of room to play, but my son and his friends did. operate with less space in our basement).
SpikeBall Standard 3-Ball Kit, $ 69
This amazingly versatile gift with over 500 5 star ratings on Amazon can be used by all family members. Founded by inventor Erik Olsen who grew up in Minocqua, WI and enjoys the outdoors and board sports, the Whirly Board allows you to turn 360˚ and engage the core muscles of your body. It can be used as a fitness tool regardless of your skill level. Children can use it around the house to burn energy while working their motor skills. Teens and adults can use it for basic training at home. An indoor training tool compact enough to store, the Whirly Board can be used for strength, balance and agility.
Skateboarding fans can also use it to practice spinning and tricks they would try outdoors on a traditional skateboard. Whether kids use it to release energy during a break from homework or you use it as a break from the work day, the Whirly Board is also widely used at home and in the office while working while standing for stay active during the working day. It’s also a great gift for kids who rely on a little extra movement to stay focused.
Whirly Board Spinning Balance Board and Agility Trainer, $ 139.95
This fun variation of a bean bag comes complete with a play tower with 7 buckets, 16 bean bags and a carry bag. There are so many ways to play, but the main idea is to throw the bags in the buckets for a 1-4 point range. You will need a minimum of two to play, but you can also play with a large group. The first team to score 21 points wins the game. The set is portable, lightweight, and easy to pack and take with you to the beach, tailgating, camping, and college. It’s also a great backyard game.
Bucketz pouf, $ 59.99
Pickleball has exploded in popularity over the past two years and for good reason. The sport of paddling combines elements of tennis, badminton and table tennis and quickly makes you sweat. It is also easy to learn if you are new to the sport and gentler on the body than tennis. If you have a pickleball fan in your life, this gorgeous Georgie & Lou pickleball bag is as cute as it is functional. Pockets securely hold your paddle, balls and pickleball essentials. We love that the bag is light and cute enough to carry around even if you’re not going to pickleball. The bag also has interior pockets which hold 3 pickle scoops and keep your water in the shade while you play and a front pocket for paddles which don’t take up space inside.
Parker Pickleball bag, Georgie & Lou, $ 148
If you want to play golf but don’t have any experience on the green, a FlingStick will make it easier and more fun to hit a ball down the fairway. You can even shape your shot from tee to putting on the green. First spotted on Shark Tank, FlingGolf has since become a popular way to play golf, regardless of your skill level. As a person with a golf loving husband and son, the FlingStick gives me the chance to play alongside them on the course or at the pit. You will only need one Flingstick for all your shots. When putting, use the Striker Pad at the bottom of the stick by positioning the ball next to it. When trying long-range shots, The Channel on the Flingstick will help you hit the ball about 100 yards within 5 minutes of using your FlingStick (it’s really easier than you might think) and again further after a little practice. Bring a stick rather than all of your clubs the next time you go out on the course to try it out.
The Launch Flingstick, $ 109 (sale price); The Stinger starts at $ 159 and the Junior (for kids) is $ 89 (see site for more variations)
Who doesn’t love a game of cornhole? This version of the classic will have you playing after dark with LED lights that will transform your lawn. This durable version of the classic lawn game also has a colorful retro platform design that makes a statement during the day before being lit up at night.
Illuminated Cornhole Throwing Set, Garden Candy, $ 150
A scooter for all ages
Having your own scooter not only helps you keep up with the kids, but also makes riding their scooters more fun for your kids. They are also a great form of exercise and became more popular during COVID when families spent more time together outdoors. This scooter is designed for children and adults (ages 9 and up) and is designed for even rough roads. It’s easy to fold up and compact enough to take with you on a trip.
McLaren MCS03 scooter, chic baby and kids, $ 229
Retro roller skates
Roller skates have made a big comeback and these skates are as trendy and stylish as they are durable and fun. Channeling the ’70s with a disco vibe, these retro skates feature a moon-shaped cutout on the boot and a wider toe to aid in the break-in process. Use them year round on an indoor rink or take them outside on a warmer day as an alternative to inline skating the whole family will love. Returning versions include Flashdance, Night Fever, Peridot, Sapphire, and more.
Moonlight roller skates, $ 250
The pétanque ball is another classic that you can play with without the kids, and makes a great gift for anyone on your list. This set includes 4 official size red and 4 blue heavy resin petanque balls, 1 white ball and a tape measure for very competitive players.
Pétanque game with storage bag, garden sweets, $ 60