Fun Family Activities for Your Outdoor Space

Outdoor living spaces are great for summer barbecues, backyard football and slip-n-slides, but many other creative ways exist to enjoy your lawn and landscape.

From yard games to outdoor kitchen features to relaxing landscape additions, these activities are an ideal way to get the whole family to spend some quality time together outside.

Lawn Games
Lawn games are an excellent way to entertain family and friends, and you have many creative options for small patio games or large lawn activities.

Supersized Games
Some of the most popular outdoor games are giant versions of indoor games. And why not? These games are classics for a reason.
Lawn Dominoes

These fun, larger-than-life domino tiles are fun for kids and adults alike. You can purchase lawn domino sets, or make your own from 2-by-6-inch wood and some paint.

Lawn Dominoes
These fun, larger-than-life domino tiles are fun for kids and adults alike. You can purchase lawn domino sets, or make your own from 2-by-6-inch wood and some paint.

Lawn Dice
Like most lawn games, these dice are giant versions of their indoor counterparts. Lawn dice can be used in a myriad of games, but the most common is Yahtzee. Buy a set or make your own, and have fun with this laid-back lawn/patio game.

Lawn Jenga
Yes, this is just a giant Jenga set. But who doesn’t love building a toppling tower while standing on a ladder? Buy giant Jenga sets or make your own from two-by-fours, and be prepared for hours of gravity-defying fun.

Lawn Checkers/Chess
These supersized strategy games can be played on a patterned carpet, a wooden board or a patterned section built into a deck or patio. Use one of the many options in materials to make your oversized chess and checker pieces, but for a tried-and-true DIYer, this is a fun weekend project.

Lawn Connect-4
Yes, even this classic battle of the minds is available in giant form. This game is perfect for patio play, and the larger size makes it a perfect team game. This game is available in plastic or wood.


Traditional Lawn Games

These family favorites have passed the test of time, and each provides hours of outdoor fun for families and friends.


Cornhole

This outdoor game is basically an adult version of a bean-bag toss. The best thing about this game is that you can move the boards closer together or further apart, depending on the age of the players.

Horseshoes
Horseshoes is an easy game to add to your outdoor entertainment collection, and it could even become a permanent backyard fixture. You can pack and store portable games or create a horseshoe pit with sand, rebar and real horseshoes.

How ever you decide to play, this game is a winner with kids and adults alike.

Darts
Play one of the two outdoor versions of this game: lawn darts or traditional darts. In lawn darts, you have to toss an object onto a target to make points. Traditional darts is a more relaxed game that can be played on the deck or patio, and it’s a more mature form of entertainment.

Badminton/Volleyball
Both of these sports require a net and a fair amount of youthful energy. Badminton is a relaxed racquet game that involves passing a small birdie back and forth over the net. Volleyball is an intense game that can incorporate more players, and it requires a larger playing area. Either way, these two games help active kids burn off some energy.

Putt-Putt Golf
Portable putt-putt golf is available, but this game could become a permanent fixture in your backyard. Whether you want to install a small putting green or an entire 18-hole mini golf course, all you need is some Astroturf, a lot of wood, several tools, a fair amount of woodworking experience, and an imagination (yes, it’s a lot of work, but it’s worth it).

Outdoor Living Features
Outdoor activities aren’t limited to games. Incorporate cooking, eating and relaxing into your outdoor space to expand your living area and enjoy time outside with loved ones.

Fire Pit
What outdoor living space is complete without a fire pit? You can incorporate a fire pit into a deck or patio or create an entire outdoor space around a chimney. Create a welcoming outdoor space with benches or hanging chairs, so you can relax by the fire with loved ones.

Outdoor Kitchen
An outdoor kitchen can be as elaborate or as simple as you want it to be, as long as you have a way to grill a decent hot dog.

Purchase pre-made kitchen units, or create your own area with outdoor appliances. Outdoor kitchens are complex, so contact a local landscape designer if you want to install or upgrade your outdoor cooking space.

Mini Bar
What living space is complete without a mini bar? This is a perfect addition to an outdoor kitchen or near the fire pit for adult hangouts. You can also incorporate your herb garden into the outdoor kitchen/bar area for fresh seasoning and drink flavorings.

Hot Tub
Yes, a hot tub is a common outdoor feature, but for good reason. Hot tubs are an excellent way to relax and enjoy your outdoor space, especially after a long day of lawn games and grilling.
A hot tub should be installed by a professional, but don’t pass up the opportunity to dress it up with landscape features. A landscape designer can create an outdoor oasis for your hot tub to create the perfect relaxation area.

Swings
No, not playsets (although that’s also a great outdoor activity). We’re talking about hanging chairs and porch swings. Spruce up your outdoor space with hanging chairs or swings instead of benches or stools. Hang them from a sturdy pergola covered in a blooming vine. Hanging seating is an elegant way to create a relaxing outdoor space that easily integrates into the landscape.

Part of enjoying your landscape is finding ways to interact with your outdoor space. Outdoor games and living features help incorporate your lawn and landscape into your everyday life.

Contact us for more information about creating the perfect outdoor living space.

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Landscaping 101: Keeping Your Yard Cool During The Summer

PlantsKeep your backyard cool Hidden Crek Landscaping June 2017 may not have ears, eyes, hands or an ability to speak, but they suffer from the heat as well as humans. So, as the summer heat bears down on you, you devise all sorts of ingenious ways to stave off dehydration. You alternate between wearing caps and carrying umbrellas. You even invest in a swimming pool and air-conditioning, all because you can’t stand it. But have you ever considered the plight of your budding petunias. Are they safe?

Just as we sweat, plants transpire through their pores as well. Dehydration can lead to your rosebush and other shrubbery to run dry. To avoid this, you need to figure out ways to keep your yard cool in the summer.

Landscaping doesn’t have to be unpredictable. There are a few quick fixes you can implement immediately with amazing results.

  • Canopies and umbrellas. A reasonable investment or rental option, they have the added benefit of great flexibility, as they can be placed wherever it suits you.
  • Sprinkling regularly. This works wonders, but is usually recommended for home owners who have a certain degree of permanency. You don’t want to overdo the sprinkling, as you’ll have to deal with humidity.
  • Misting. As an additive to sprinkling or a product on its own, a misting system produces instant, cool steam at preset intervals. These units are cheap and easy to install.

Staying cool in the summer is the best way to enjoy the season and have some backyard fun. Don’t let the heat be a barrier to your summer; follow these hints and contact Hidden Creek Landscaping today for more suggestions.

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How To: Create The Ultimate Space For Backyard Games

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When creating the ultimate outdoor area on your property, don’t forget to include a space that is suitable for backyard games. This can be an area where kids and adults alike will want to spend time when the weather is nice. Here are some tips for how to turn your backyard into a fun place that the whole family can enjoy together.

A Shady Spot. In order to be able to enjoy the play area even when it’s sunny and warm outside, you need to provide some shade. If you already have a naturally shady area due to trees, then consider leaving that spot as open space. You could set up any number of fun backyard games in that spot, like horseshoes, croquet, or even a volleyball net. Work with the size of the space, and get creative.

Play Structures. If you have young children in the home, adding a play structure is a great way to make use of space. There are a variety of structures that you can choose from, in a range of sizes. With an awesome swing set, sliding board, and even a playhouse right in your own backyard, you won’t need to leave home to keep the kids entertained for hours. A sandbox is another fun option for young children. Kids love forts and playhouses, so consider building one, or setting a pre-made playhouse. You can really get creative when going the DIY route. Creating a fun space just for kids will let their imaginations run wild and give them hours of fun.

Versatility. An important backyard tip to keep in mind is that you want to make it a versatile space. Make a plan for each area of your yard before you begin a makeover project. You can create spots to serve different purposes, such as an entertaining area with seating, a play area with lots of open space, and a dining area with a table. Consider adding a fire pit, which will add warmth on those chilly nights. You can enjoy your outdoor living space with fun backyard games in every season when you include the right elements.

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