7 Fun Outdoor Picnic Games for Adults
fun outdoor picnic games for adults include croquet, charades, trivia, spoon racing and potato sack racing.
Most of us live busy lifestyles that don’t leave much time for leisure activities. Planning a picnic is a great way to get together with a group of friends to unwind, enjoy fresh air and sunshine, and participate in fun activities that will bring back childhood enthusiasm. The following ideas should spark your imagination so that you can create a relaxing, yet exciting picnic event.
Whether it is a company retreat or a social get-together with friends, adults-only picnics offer a different kind of outdoor experience than family picnics. However, adult picnics are not only about wine, beer, and serious conversations. Besides the picnic foods, drinks, and small talk, picnicking adults need games to keep their outdoor event entertaining. Picnic games for adults are usually more competitive than family picnic games and they can help adults rediscover the wonders of their childhood playgroups. Picnickers should be aware of seven games for adults.
Act the Part
This is a fun game where each player is out for himself. Silently, each player must choose a celebrity to give an impression of in under 15 seconds. He must act him or her out, whether as the celebrity or a character played by that celebrity. For example, Johnny Depp or the pirate he plays. A stop watch is required for this game but it’s worth the trinket. Every player can take as many turns as he wants to gain more points. The opposing players and by-standers must guess at which celebrity or character is being acted out. The player who succeeds in being guessed the most times, wins.
Photo Scavenger Hunt
A photo scavenger hunt with a digital camera or the camera on a cell phone is a good game for a pair of teens, a teen and child or an adult and child to play as partners. Before the day of the picnic, prepare cards that have a list of items for the participants to find, such as two types of seeds, three different leaves, something that feels rough, two pieces of litter or something that feels smooth. Tailor the scavenger hunt to the location that you’re visiting. For example, if you’re going to have a picnic at the beach, add a shell to the scavenger hunt list. Give prizes to the participants who find all the items on the list or grand prize to the first group that finds all the items.
A three-legged race is a fun game that teaches cooperation. It involves pairing off the picnic group. The players in each pair stand side-by-side and have one leg each tied together. With three legs between them, the pair races against similarly paired players to the finish line. To make the game even more challenging, the judge may place a balloon between the paired legs. Then the paired players have to race while keeping the balloons from slipping off.
Charades is a great picnic game for both adults and children. In its most common form, it’s a simple yet entertaining acting game, in which one player acts out a word, topic, or phrase, and other players attempt to guess the word or phrase. Players are usually divided up into equal teams. The secret phrase or word is chosen and then written on a piece of paper by the opposite team. In charades, players aren’t allowed to make any verbal sounds or cues, so decent acting skills are crucial. Also, make sure you agree on a time limit for reach round.
You will need Frisbees and brightly colored objects (hats, towels, etc.) to use as targets. You will also need plenty of room for this game so make sure that your picnic is occurring in a place that has a large outdoor area and that isn’t too crowded. As the name suggests, this game is similar to traditional golf. The brightly colored objects will serve as the golf “holes.” It is important to place the holes far apart to increase the difficulty. Each player will take turns teeing off at a predetermined place that is a good distance away from the first object. The number of throws it takes for that person to reach the target will be their score for the first “hole.” At the end of the game, the winner is the one with the lowest number on their score chart.
Croquet is another great picnic game. This lawn game involves hitting balls through wickets with mallets. It can be played with multiple players, and croquet sets, which include mallets, balls and wickets, are available for as low as $40.
Tug-of-war is a picnic game for all ages. It requires a strong rope and a marker. First, one of the picnickers stands as the referee. He or she then ties a knot in the middle of the rope and marks a line at the center and two boundary lines a few feet from the center. With the picnic group divided into two groups, each group grabs one end of the taut rope and tries to pull the other over the marked line.