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A Guide to Lawn Games

Have a blast at your next cookout or tailgate party with these lawn games from Blain’s Farm & Fleet.

While food, family and friends are great parts of any cookout or tailgate party, lawn games can add another element of fun! From bean bag toss to lawn darts to ladder ball, there are games for anyone and everyone. Blain’s Farm & Fleet is here to help you choose your next favorite lawn game, just in time for summer.

A Guide to Lawn Games
Hosting a cookout or tailgate party? Discover fun for the whole family with the Blain’s Farm & Fleet Guide to Lawn Games.

Ladder Ball

Ladder ball, also known as ladder toss or ladder golf, is a game that’s easy to learn. It consists of two targets in the form of ladders, and six bolas (a thick piece of string with a ball at each end). The object of the game is to toss a bola at the target and have it wrap around or hang on one of the rungs on the target ladder. The first team or player to reach exactly 21 points wins. To learn more about the fun game, read through our how-to article.

Bean Bag Toss

You might know it as tailgate toss, corn hole, bags or bean bag toss, but it’s all the same fun game. The object of the game is to pitch the bean bags into the target holes. Similar to ladder ball, the player or team that reaches exactly 21 points first after all the bags have been thrown in the round wins. Visit our bean bag toss article to learn more about the classic tailgating game.

Bocce Ball

Bocce ball is another fun lawn game. The object of the game is to roll the bocce balls (the big, colorful balls) closer to the pallino ball (the small ball) than your opponents. Bocce ball is a great lawn game, as you can play it on a variety of surfaces – grass, sand, dirt, etc. To learn more about scoring and setting up the game, visit our how-to article on bocce ball.


Another fun game for kids and adults to play is badminton. Just like tennis, badminton can be played in singles or doubles. The object of the game is to hit the shuttlecock over the net and have it land in your opponent’s court before they can return it.


Croquet is a bit more complicated than other lawn games, but it’s still fun. The object of the game is to race your opponents around the course of wickets (wire gates) and hit the finishing stake first. You can play with 2-6 people in an area that is large enough to make two diamond shapes out of the wickets. To learn more about mastering the wickets, read through our easy how-to article.


Horseshoes is a timeless game that can easily be played in any backyard. Two stakes are set up, and the object of the game is to toss the horseshoes at the stakes. You can either score by wrapping the horseshoe around the stake – called a “ringer” – or getting your horseshoe nearest to the stake. You can play to any number agreed upon, but most people play to 21 points.

Lawn Darts

Lawn darts is similar to both horseshoes and darts. The plastic darts have weighted bottoms, and plastic fins on the end. Players toss the weighted darts underhand into a plastic ring. A point is scored for each dart that makes it into the plastic ring. Opponents can cancel out points by also getting their dart in the ring. Like most lawn games, 21 points is the standard to determine the winning team.


Pickleball is very similar to badminton and tennis, except it’s played with wooden paddles and a plastic ball. It can be played as singles or doubles – it’s a game for everyone to enjoy.

Whether you’re hitting the road or having a staycation, lawn games are a fun activity for the whole family. At Blain’s Farm & Fleet, you’ll find all the lawn games your family could want. Visit our the Blain’s Farm & Fleet Blog for more summer fun.


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