10 Outdoor Activity Ideas For The Backyard

BY MARLA R. MILLER ON MAY 4TH, 2017

blog-image Tree swings are a fun, stylish trend for the summer. If you can afford the \$5,000+ price tag, the Kodama Zome’s geometric design is eye-catching, and can hold up to four adults.

There are some easy ways, and more costly ones, to create active play spaces. From pools to outdoor art areas, gardens, clubhouses and zip lines, these unique ideas for backyard fun will have your family up and running all summer long. Gather the kids and their friends and get ready to be the envy of the neighborhood. – Marla R. Miller

1. Create a chalkboard wall on a fence panel

2. Fashion a DIY treehouse, zip line or climbing wall.

3. Build a backyard teepee or tent out of old sheets or a fort from sticks.

4. Attach hanging chairs or a tire or chair swing to a tree; if money isn’t an issue, a Kodama Zome (kodamazomes.com) retails for $5,400 and can hold up to four adults. This hanging lounger has a cool geometric design, swings from a single overhead point and plenty of cushions to kick back and relax.

5. Create a beach scene with a sandbox, play toys and plastic pool.

6. Build a musical fence with old pots and pans, wooden bowls and spoons and zylophones.

7. Install a fountain, waterfall or pond and decorate with stepping stones or an old-fashioned water hand-pump

8. Cool off with a sprinkler, splash pad, slip-n-slide or water balloon toss.

9. Host a dance party or set up an outdoor movie area with a projector (or flat-screen TV), pillows, blankets and popcorn.

10. Bring out the yard games! Bean bag toss and cornhole can be played by all ages. Or, set up badminton, a volleyball net or a challenging croquet course to burn some calories.

Bonus: Climb a tree and daydream or lay a blanket on the grass to watch the stars.

Top five in-ground pool design trends for 2017:

1. Modest Minimalism, focusing on symmetry and harmony with the home and exterior elements.

2. Old-World Influence, featuring old-world architecture and stone-covered steps.

3. Shades of Blue, using ceramic and glass tiles and interior finishes, to create different blue hues.

4. Light the Night, incorporating fire features and LED colored lights for enhanced nighttime swimming and entertaining.

5. Take a Seat and Relax, creating inviting sitting areas with wet decks, submerged platforms, pony wall and raised walls for added seating from various vantage points.

Source: Joseph M. Vassallo, CBP, president of Paragon Pools Las Vegas

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