15 Outdoor Family Fun Ideas for Summer

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15 Outdoor Family Fun Ideas for Summer

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June 18 2021


Set the stage for outdoor family fun this summer with help from Hy-Vee. Here are 15 ideas to get you started. Shop all your backyard essentials on Aisles Online!

Looking for more ways to get kids active and healthy this summer? Check out KidsFit at Hy-Vee!

  1. Outdoor Movie Night

    Bring the cinema home this summer! A projector, white bedsheet, and loads of Hy-Vee snacks and drinks are all you need to create a night at the theater.

  2. Popcorn Bar

    Sprinkle seasonings to create new flavors or mix in candy, dried fruit, nuts, pretzels—nothing is off limits! Make it extra sweet by drizzling chocolate or caramel syrup on top.

  3. Cozy Seating

    Grab a front-row seat with outdoor furniture options from Hy-Vee. Comfort is key for movie night, so pile on blankets and pillows for the best seat outside the house.

  4. Backyard Water Park

    No pool? No problem! Transform your yard into a private water park. 

  5. Frog Pond Water Table

    The small ones can splash, play, and use their imaginations to create endless frog-launching games at this Little Tikes water table.

  6. Water Guns

    Get active with a friendly and fun water gun fight! Split up into teams and choose a prize for the winners.

  7. Pool Time

    Cool off in an inflatable or plastic kiddie pool from Hy-Vee. Enjoy being outside, even on the hottest summer days.

  8. Water Slide

    Race down the double-lane Zuro Water Slide Wipeout. It includes a package of Bunch O Balloons for even more fun.

  9. Backyard Cooler Snacks

    Cut down on trips in and out of the house when you pack a cooler with fresh fruits, veggies, cheese snacks, beverages, and other favorites.

  10. Fire Up the Grill

    Hy-Vee sells gas, charcoal, and smoker grill options to heat things up this summer. Learn more about which grill is best for you.

  11. Bug Protection

    Keep pests from making you run for cover! We recommend Off! Bug Spray and a citronella bucket candle.

  12. Light-Up Jump Rope

    The fun doesn't have to stop when the light goes down. Light up the night with these jump ropes. See who can jump the longest to win this event at the backyard field-day festivities!

  13. Lawn Darts

    This game has gotten a few upgrades over the years to make it safe for kids of all ages. The rules are simple: Land the dart within the target to earn points or cancel out the other team's points.

  14. Croquet

    Kids can learn to strategize with this traditional lawn game. Or, set it up for backyard picnics to get everyone on their feet—adults can have a little fun, too!

  15. Easy Picnic

    A Hy-Vee picnic makes delicious mealtime memories. With a full menu of ready-to-enjoy foods, finding the right dish for every picnic-goer is super easy and oh so tasty.

    • Kitchen sides: Pick from cold side dishes like potato salad, coleslaw, macaroni salad, and more.
    • Fried chicken: Crispy on the outside, tender and juicy on the inside. It doesn’t get much better than that!
    • Angel food cake: This light and spongy treat is a sweet way to finish any summer meal.

    Hot tip: Order buckets of chicken from Mealtime To Go for fast curbside pickup.