Summer is a few months away (hey, I'm still getting excited about Christmas) but I am always thinking about our future home. We will be purchasing soon.
Purchasing a minimum of five acres. Five acres to find fun stuff to do with for my friends and family. Here are some ideas my husband and I have found.
Fun Backyard Activies
If you are looking for something a bit smaller than a volleyball court but one that might keep people of any age busy this tetherball creation would be a great way to get everyone active.
2. Race Track
This race car track idea my husband would definitely love, as would my nephews and even my daughters and nieces too. We might make ours a bit bigger though, so it could accommodate a remote control car.
3. Outdoor Movie Night
a. Seating = Air Mattress
I absolutely have to have an air mattress if we go camping. But what a cute idea to use them as seating for an outdoor movie night! I know my teen and her friends would love and it sure beats sitting on the ground!
b. The Movie Screen
Using plastic pipes together and a sheet makes an outdoor movie night that much easier. Need a projector? The author over at My Frugal Adventures found a way to use her phone. Fun movie night solved!
4. Sand Pit
Heidi over at Stately Kitsch came up with this cute idea using an Anna White design. If you are or have a handyman, Anna White has so many cute ideas for families!
5. Stone Feet
After you step out of the sand pit, having a place to clean off your feet is a wonderful idea. This way you are not standing on the grass and can slip into your shoes immediately.
6. Rock Climbing Wall
Hunker has a great tutorial on how to make an outdoor rock climbing wall. I have seen these on the sides of decks and think it is such a cute idea for little ones! Bigger ones want one too? Make a bigger one. It's your backyard!
7. Stay Cool, Get Wet
I love the idea of a cool off area. So much fun for kids and you don't have to worry about them drowning. To find out more, check it out over at Babble.
8. Add a Pop
Add a pop of color, that is! Even though the link just sends you to the kids' section of Apartment Therapy, this whole website is worth looking into. After all, who wouldn't want to see a website that came up with a cute idea like this?
9. It Doesn't Take Much
Sometimes just cleaning up and adding a little paint to something can make all the difference in the world. Look at the house after all. Check out garage sales and, if you're daring, look for stuff going out for trash. One man's junk is another man's treasure!
10. Not Quite As Permanent
If you are looking to do something fun but don't want it to be in your backyard forever, why not try lawn twister? It could be fun for hours and only takes a little bit of paint!
11. In-Ground Trampoline
My husband won't let our girls have a trampoline because his brother broke his arm when they were playing on one. Having a trampoline in the ground at least eliminates the height factor of the fall. Plus, it looks super fun!
12. Slide on Down
Another fun one for a deck with a higher level on it. Want to go down? Well, there's a slide for that!
13. Giant Jenga
This looks like a fun and fairly easy activity to build. The author over at Creative Green Living shows you exactly how to pull it off. You could also add a splash of color to it as well! My only concern is where will you put it when you are done?
14. Consider Your Lighting
The author over at Table and Hearth posted this picture of how they decorated their backyard for the holiday season. I do think the decor is nice but I am in love with the string lights most of all. Added bonus? There is no need to plug in. To learn more, head over to the blog.
15. Build a Fire Pit
I love the cuteness of how this fire pit was built. Definitely a way to keep memories for years to come. No matter how you choose to do it though, having a fire pit can be a great idea because what better thing to do outside than roast S'mores?
16. Stay Organized
I was wondering how to keep up with the Jenga thing and while I think this would be too small, it still is a great idea for smaller items little kids will likely want to have with them when they are outside. Big shout out to One Good Thing By Jillee for coming up with this cute idea.
17. Outdoor Kitchen
This layout for an outdoor kitchen is absolutely perfect for anyone who likes that rustic look. I want mine to be a bit bigger and have a pizza oven but otherwise, this one is very nice. I love the corrigated steal and the fact that there is a roof overhead in case it gets rainy!
18. A Tee-Pee
Maybe you are not that great at painting but have the greenest thumb of anyone on the block. Why not give your little one's a tee-pee like this? My girls are almost teenagers but I have some neices and nephews that are little and I could see hours and hours of summer fun in a teepee like this!
19. Tiny Greenhouse
These tiny greenhouses are perfect for a number of reasons. One, they use recycled products such as the windows. Also, they are near your house so they can absorb some of the heat from the house. This greenhouse is ideal for spinach, lettuce, carrots and potatoes during the winter. There is a good chance it might not even get noticed as anything more than another part of your home!
20. Hammock in the Shade
Stephanie Lynn did such a great job with this hammock area. Obviously, I love the lights but it really makes you think that one could sleep out there. And this is for people like my brother who really could sleep in a hammock all night. Now he, and you, can sleep under the stars in style.
21. Get Creative with What You Already Have
I think these plates turned flowers are so cute. The website that shows this offers several more ways to use up old kitchen items you don't want anymore. It is definately worth looking at!
22. Fairy Garden
How cute is this fairy garden? Even better that it uses broken terra cotta pots to make it. I could see kids joining in on the fun of making it and then spending hours with their little dolls at the scene as well. Even my older daughter, who is quickly approaching her teen years, would love to make this.
23. Glow in the Dark Steps
The tile idea from Hobby Lobby would go over even better than the fairy garden with my tween. It looks fairly simple too- take a concrete stone, add a pre- or self-made stensil and paint over it with glow in the dark paint. It's beautiful and at least you know where to step when it's dark outside!
24. Table Top Fire Pit
Maybe you don't have the space for a fire pit but want something similar. Or maybe you are having an S'mores roasting party and want to keep it contained to the table. Either way, here is a great tutorial by The Garden Glove on how to make a table top fire pit.
25. Build Your Own Swimming Pond
A swimming pond is such a fun idea. I fully intend to have one on our property. You can choose the look- it can be from a regular pool or you can have a natural swimming pond. The thing that makes it a pond is the filter- it is filtered by natural plants in a pond nearby with movement between the two keeping the water from going stale. To learn more, check out our post from earlier this year.
26. Gate Door Galore
I saved this gate because I thought it was beautiful but then when I found out what it was made out of I had even more respect for the artist who made this. The garden gate is made out of a pallet and some garden hoses. Stunning.
Find the guide here.
The pergola is something my husband has been wanting to make since we thought we were purchasing our last home. He wants one to string lights across and put a hot tub underneath. And you wonder why I love that man. This blog post by My Frugal Adventures shows you exactly how to make one in a weekend. Leave for work with a boring backyard on Friday, show off to your friends on Monday!
27. Lazy River
In case you haven't noticed- we live where it is warm so I am always thinking about different water features to put in our backyard. Maybe I will just open a water park on the five acres. I'm sure my kids won't mind, though my husband might get tired of the noise.
Haha, just kidding. This lazy river is so much fun. They have an island, a swimming area, waterfalls, and even tubes. Consider me sold!
28. Ninja Warrior
Back in the day when we had cable, I would find my girls watching Ninja Warrior. Sometimes when we go over to the grandparents house they still do. This would allow any kid or adult to feel like they were on their own episode and helps build happy and healthy families. What could be better? Head over to Remodelaholic to see exactly how they built their own Ninja Warrior playground.
29. A Home for the Cluckers
When you have chickens in your backyard, having a place for them to get in from the weather and any preditors is a must. No matter if you live in the city or the country, this chicken coop lacks the eye sore effect and will have your guests saying “Awww, how cute!”
I think the banner over the screened in area adds to the effect and I love the blue. To see exactly how it's made and get more great ideas, head over to Backyard Chickens.
30. Pallet Sectional
One of the most important parts of having an outdoor area that's made for fun is making sure there is room for everyone. Part of that is making sure that people can sit down- to eat, to rest, or even for socializing. This pallet sectional is a perfect way to do just that and keep prices low.
I love the mix of color on the side of the sectional and the pop of blue on this design. To see more, head over to pallet wood projects.
31. Sliding on Down
The author of the website Camping Livez wrote about this slide, stating that they would continue sliding down it even when they are seventy. I love their youthfulness and the idea of having a slide built in. If you have a hilly area, how fun would this be? A child, or an adult's dream for sure!
32. Slip n' Slide
This is a cheaper way to do it and is a lot of fun. Just don't plan on your grass being this perfect by the time you are finished. I did this at camp as a teenager and we spent hours going down the slide. We were a muddy mess but made some great memories that I am thankful for. Something I definitely want to pass on to my girls. And I'm thankful for websites like Digital Misery who show me how to have some fun in life.
No matter if you have a small area or a large backyard, it would be great to have some things to keep everyone happy. From the chickens to your long lost friend who happens to show up. I hope you found something here that inspires you.