23 Outdoor Games for Teenagers - Ultimate Guide 2023!
In today's increasingly digital age, it's becoming more common for teenagers to spend the majority of their free time inside the house, glued to their screens. While it is well known that playing outside is important for physical and social development, it can often be hard to motivate teenagers to get outside, where they are more likely to learn, play, create, exercise, and socialise.
For this reason, we have put together the ultimate guide to fun outdoor games for teenagers. This huge list of outdoor games for teens will get them excited about getting off the couch. Where possible we have tried to add some extra flair and excitement to classic outdoor games, to make them more appealing to a teenage audience.
In some circumstances the games will get a little crazy and a little messy, but sometimes you need to go the extra mile to get teens excited. I guarantee the games on this list will get teenagers outside making unforgettable memories.
The Ultimate List of Fun Outdoor Games for Teenagers
Below is a huge list of the best outdoor games for teens. You can scroll through them all, or click the names below to skip ahead.
- Slimageddon Slime Game
- Tug of War: into a pool of Jello
- Water Balloon Toss Games
- Slip and Slide Kickball
- Yard Pong - Slime Pong
- Water Fight
- Slime Fight
- Food Fight or Snowball Fight
- Backyard Obstacle Courses
- Spin the Bottle Water Balloon Game / Spin the Gun and Run
- Ultimate Frisbee
- Capture the Flag
- Outdoor Scavenger Hunt
- Ghostbusters Game
- Spike Ball
- Frisbee Golf
- Pass the water over your head
- Ladder Golf
- Color War
Top ten outdoor games for teenagers
While the whole list is in no particular order, the games at the top of the list are a little bit more wild, messy, fun, and memorable than the rest. Lets start with our top 10 teenager outdoor games.
1. SLIMAGEDDON - 20 HILARIOUS OUTDOOR GAMES FOR TEENS
The Slimageddon slime games pack contains more than 20 funny outdoor games for teenagers. Whether you are looking for fun outdoor games for large groups of teens, or games for small groups of teens, the Slimageddon games pack is a great start.
The package includes a variety of accessories used to play a large number of exciting games. It includes 12 slime buckets, 15 gallons of slime, 2 slime guns, 60 slime water balloons, a reusable slime grenade that explodes slime, and a bunch more cool accessories.
What sets these unique and exciting games apart from most other outdoor games, is the introduction of fun slime penalties. The stakes are raised with incredible excitement, as the loser of each of the games gets slimed in a variety of funny ways.
Watch the video for a quick snapsnop of some of the action possible with a Slimageddon game set.
Throughout the 23 outdoor games for teens listed in this article we will often reference Slimageddon again, as the Slimageddon games pack includes slime themed versions of so many classic outdoor games for teens. If you want outdoor activities for teenagers that will keep them entertained for many hours, look no further than Slimageddon.
Fun Party Games for Teenagers - Slimageddon!
Slimageddon is a must have for teens party games during the warmer months of the year. The combination of outdoor games included in this pack will be challenging, outrageously fun and incredibly exciting.
We guarantee hours of entertainment playing these great teenager party games.
2. TUG OF WAR INTO A POOL OF JELLO
Everyone is probably familiar with a classic game of tug of war but we have ways to make it more exciting for teenagers!
How to play Tug of War
All you need is a thick rope and some markers. Split the group into teams with relatively equal body strength. Position a team at either end of the rope and see which team can pull their opponent’s team across the marker first.
Chances are your teenage kids will have already played Tug of War at various events throughout their school lives, so to make it extra exciting you may need to raise the stakes. Rather than using a marker at each end we suggest filling a kiddie pool and placing it in the centre of the rope. The losing team gets pulled into the pool. This makes an old game new again and will be sure to add extra excitement and laughter, but wait, did we mention what you should fill the pool with? That’s right…bulk amounts of Jello!
With Party GOAT’s easy set Jello crystals, you can fill a pool with large chunks of Jello by simply adding water (don’t worry, it’s imitation jello, it looks and feels like real jello but without the food wastage). Once the Jello sets, the jello tug of war can begin!
Jello Tug of War is an awesome outdoor game for groups of teenagers. If you have large numbers you can play in a knock out style competition, with winning teams advancing to the next round.
The beauty of it is that watching a Jello Tug of War is almost as much fun as playing, so team’s that have been knocked out of the competition will still have a great time watching, laughing and cheering for their friends.
Jello tug of war is a fun party game for teens, and a fantastic addition to youth group games, school reward days, and summer camp games for teens.
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3. WATER BALLOON TOSS GAME
Water balloon tossing is a quick and simple outdoor game that can entertain large or small groups of teenagers. It's an excellent teenage party game or backyard summer activity.
How to play Water Balloon Toss
Fill a bunch of water balloons and place them in a large bucket. Have players select a partner and hand one player on each team a water balloon. Players stand a couple of feet apart facing their teammate.
The aim of the game is to toss the balloon back and forth to your teammate without it busting. After each successful catch the player that made the catch takes one small step backwards. Players will gradually get further and further apart, making it much harder to catch a balloon without it busting.
Slime Balloon Toss
Want to make it more fun for teenagers? The Slimageddon slime games pack includes water balloons as well as two slime guns that can be used as water balloon pumps. Using the slime guns and the slime mix you can fill the water balloons full of slime. This way not only will a busted balloon result in a team dropping out of the round, but it may also result in a very funny slime explosion! Watch the video for a demonstration of slime balloon catching.
4. SLIP AND SLIDE KICKBALL
Slip and slide kickball adds a very fun and exciting twist to the classic game of kickball. The field is set up with tarps or plastic sheeting in between the bases. The bases are often made using small inflatable kiddie pools. The tarps are made slippery using suds and water, or for an even more fun challenge we recommend using
Party GOAT slime (it’s super slippery!!).
Rather than running the bases as you would in a regular game of kickball or baseball, the players get to slide to the bases across the slippery surface and finish by diving into the kiddie pools. The slime will create an extra slippery surface that is perfect for sliding. You can even fill the pools with slime so that players are required to dive into a slime pool to remain safe on their base. Check out our slime slide video to see just how awesome it is to add slime to your slides.
Slip and Slide Kickball Rules
The rules of slip and slide kickball are similar to traditional kickball. The pitcher rolls the ball towards the kicker, who then tries to kick it as far as possible. They then attempt to make it around the bases without being tagged out by the ball. The fielders try to catch the player out, tag the player with the ball, or return the ball to a base before the kicker can get there.
Overall, slip and slide kickball is a fun and unique way to enjoy a classic game. With the right equipment and a little bit of water, soap, or slime, you can set up a slip and slide kickball field and enjoy hours of fun with your friends and family.
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5. YARD PONG
When planning your teens outdoor games you need to remember that teenagers are only one step away from being young adults. They have probably watched older relatives playing outdoor games such as Beerpong and wished they could join. While they are still too young for drinking, there are fun alternatives that can allow them to join in the fun of this classic party game and show them that you don’t need to drink to have a good time.
Yard Pong is an alternative to Beerpong that kids will love. Rather than using solo cups, the game is played with buckets. The larger targets are great for teenagers as they develop their throwing accuracy skills. Click here for detailed Yard Pong Rules.
5. A) SLIME PONG
Usually in the adult version of the game each time someone lands a ball in the cup the opposing team must have a drink. To keep this fun concept of the opposing team incurring a penalty each time there is a winning shot you can play yard slime pong with your teenagers. Fill each of the buckets with a small amount of slime. Each time a team lands a ball in a bucket the opposing team must tip the bucket over their head and slime themselves. This is a funny alternative to drinking that teenagers are sure to love. Click here to learn how to play slime pong.
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6. WATER FIGHT
A water fight is the perfect outdoor activity for teenagers to cool off on a hot day and get some physical exercise. You can have a water fight using water guns, water balloons or simply buckets of water.
A water fight game can be played as every man for himself, or you can split your group into teams that can strategize on the best way to sneak up on their opponents and splash them with water.
A water fight is a great way for teenagers to bond with their friends and create great memories. To make a water fight game more exciting for teenagers read the next section on adding slime to your water guns, balloons and buckets.
7. SLIME FIGHT or PAINT FIGHT
If you want to add even more excitement to a water fight you can add colorful slime. A Slimageddon set comes with green and purple slime (just add water to the powder to make a huge 15 gallons of liquid slime), 2 slime guns, 12 buckets and 60 water balloons that can be easily filled with slime using the slime guns.
The best part about a water fight with slime is you can easily tell which team has won based on the amount of color splatted on each team’s clothes (we highly recommend wearing white shirts to see the splatters).
A slime fight using Party GOAT slime, is similar to a paint fight, but unlike paint, or other types of sticky, stretchy, putty slime, Party GOAT slime is easy to clean up and won’t stain your clothes or get stuck in your hair.
Party GOAT slime comes in 6 different colors, so you can have up to 6 teams each with their own slime color. The slime will spray from all suck and spray style water guns, so if you already have a bunch of water guns, all you need are the slime packs.
A slime war is sure to be an unforgettable birthday party game for teenagers or an epic youth group game.
8. FOOD FIGHT
I’ll never forget the scene in the movie Hook, where Peter Pan and the lost boys have an epic food fight (with imaginary food).
As kids we are always taught not to play with our food or waste food. While this is a valuable lesson to learn at a young age, there is nothing quite like the thrill of a good food fight for teenagers.
This is an outdoor game that is probably best suited for youth groups or camp activities. It needs to be played in a large open space as it will get very messy.
We recommend you be selective in the food you choose to use so as not to encourage food wastage. If you want to use actual food, try to use food that would otherwise go to waste, such as left over table scraps, or soft rotten vegetables (such as rotten tomatoes).
To avoid food wastage all together you can make up large tubs of our imitation Jello and have the teens throw large chunks of colorful Jello at one another. Or with a little bit of imagination you could have bowls of Instant slime and Instant Mud that kids can fling at each other using spoons (tell them it is chocolate pudding, mud pies, or slushie mix).
8. A) SNOWBALL FIGHT
Want to amaze your teenagers with a cool outdoor activity? Why not plan a snowball fight in the summer! With Party GOAT Instant Snow hot weather is no longer a limiting factor for snowball battles.
Simply add water to this awesome powder product and it will instantly transform into a white fluffy snow, that is perfect for compacting into snowballs. Set up some barricades to hide behind and split your group into teams for an epic snow fight any time of the year.
This is an extra cool activity for teens that are living in areas that rarely get snow.
9. BACKYARD OBSTACLE COURSE
An obstacle course race is a challenging physical activity that usually involves running, climbing, crawling, balancing, jumping and other obstacles that participants must navigate through to complete the course.
It is a popular activity among teenagers and adults, as it tests their endurance, strength, and agility. You can set up the obstacle course for your teenagers, or better yet, to make it a longer outdoor activity, get them involved in the creation of their own course before they get to run it.
How to set up a backyard obstacle course race
Arrange the obstacles in a way that creates a logical flow and sequence. Make sure that the course is safe and that the obstacles are secure and sturdy. Use cones, flags, or other markers to clearly define the boundaries of the course and direct the participants.
9. A) BACKYARD MUD RUN
Obstacle course challenges are so popular that many companies and not for profits groups organise large fun run events that are attended by thousands of people.
Some of the most popular challenges are those involving mud pits that competitors have to jump into and crawl through. If you have a large inflatable pool you can make your own mud pit in no time at all with the use of Party GOAT Instant Mud packages.
Simply add water to your pool and stir in the mud powder to make 60 gallons of mud per pack. Put some ropes across the pool so that the teens have to get down low and crawl through the mud. It is a great way to bring the excitemet of a mud run event into your own backyard. Click here to learn more about organising your own mud run.
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10. SPIN THE BOTTLE WATER BALLOON GAME
The spin the bottle water balloon game is an outdoor game for teens that is easy to set up and super fun to play. All you need is a bucket full of water balloons and an empty plastic bottle.
Players stand in a circle around the bottle. Someone spins the bottle, whoever it points at gets to grab a water balloon from the bucket and throw it at the other players. Whoever the bottle doesn’t point at should turn and run away as fast as possible to avoid being hit.
This is a game that is full of surprises and excitement as you quickly find out if you're the bomber or the one that might get bombed.
SPIN THE GUN AND RUN GAME
Spin the gun and run is the slime themed alternative to the spin the bottle water balloon game. The Slimageddon Slime Games set can be used to turn water balloons in slime bombs, and the slime guns are a great alternative to using a plastic bottle.
Someone spins the gun and whoever the nozzle is pointing at gets to grab a slime balloon and throw it at their opponents. Watch the video for more details.
11. ULTIMATE FRISBEE
Ultimate Frisbee is a popular game that combines elements of football and Frisbee. Two teams of seven players try to score points by passing the Frisbee to teammates and catching it in the opposing team's end zone. All you need to play this game is a Frisbee and some space to run around.
12. CAPTURE THE FLAG
Capture the Flag is a classic outdoor game that's been enjoyed by generations. The game is played with two teams, and each team has a flag that they need to defend while trying to capture the other team's flag.
Depending on the rules you decide to play, tagged players may be out of the game, sent back to their own base, or frozen in place until a teammate unfreezes them. Players can be tagged out by simply touching another player like in a game of tag, or you can have each player tuck a bandana into their pants, that hangs out at least ½ foot. To tag a player you must pull the bandana out.
The game can also be fun to play with water guns and water balloons where getting hit with water is classed as a tag. Or you could use Instant Slime and tag each other out with slime guns or slime balloons.
13. OUTDOOR SCAVENGER HUNT
An outdoor scavenger hunt is a great way to get teenagers outside and exploring their surroundings. You can create a list of items for them to find, such as a flower, a certain type of tree, or a rock of a certain shape. The first team to find all the items on the list wins. All you need to play this game is a list of items and some outdoor space to search.
14. GHOST BUSTERS THEMED GAME
Ghost busting is a fun variation to an outdoor scavenger hunt and is one of the secret bonus games included in a Slimageddon set.
Someone prints and hides ghosts and monsters all over the yard using the printable ghost template. They can sticky tape them to trees, bushes, the back of chairs etc. Two players are given slime guns with different colors of slime. When they ghosts are in place the players must search them out and shoot them down with their slime guns. After a pre-determined amount of time, or once all the ghosts have been found, whichever player slimed the most ghosts in their colored slime is the winner.
15. SPIKE BALL
Spikeball is a new backyard sports game that is similar to volleyball, but suitable for small groups and lots of fun. It's played with a small circular net and a ball. Two teams of two players try to keep the ball in play by bouncing the ball off the net. Once the ball bounces off the net the other team has to try and return it. Like in volleyball they can hit the ball into the air three times before it is required to hit the net again. Play continues until a team is unable to return the ball into the net. The first team to score 21 points wins. All you need to play this game is a Spikeball set. There are many options available but the official Spikeball set is likely to last much longer than the cheaper plastic alternatives.
16. FRISBEE GOLF
Similar to traditional golf, Frisbee golf involves throwing a Frisbee into a series of targets, such as baskets or poles, with the fewest number of throws possible. There are official frisbee golf baskets for those that want to play the correct way, that have chains to help catch the frisbee. In some areas, public frisbee golf courses are available free of charge in local parks. Frisbee golf courses are usually set up in wooded areas over lengthy courses making it the perfect game to get teens outdoors walking and breathing fresh air in nature.
Sardines is a game where one person hides while the others search for them, and as each person finds the hidden person they join them in hiding until only one person is left searching. While this game can be played indoors or outside, it can be fun for teenagers to play in a larger outdoor space with more places to hide. It is also a fun game to play at night time to make it extra challenging.
Spotlight is a thrilling outdoor game that's played at night with flashlights. The game is similar to hide-and-seek, but with an added twist. One person is designated as the "spotter" and holds a flashlight, while the other players hide in the dark. The spotter must find the hidden players by shining their flashlight on them, while the hidden players try to avoid being caught. If a player is spotted, they are out of the game, or they can join the spotter in helping to spot the other players. The game ends when all the players are found or when a predetermined time limit is reached.
19. PASS THE WATER OVER YOUR HEAD
Pass the water over the head is a fun team building game for teenagers. It involves passing water from one person to another using a cup or a bucket.
The objective of the game is to have the most water left in the last person's container at the end. To play, participants form a line and each person is blindfolded. The first person is given a bucket filled with water and they pour it over their head. The second person tries to catch as much water as they can in their container before passing it over to the third person, and so on. The last person in the line pours whatever water is left in their container into a measuring cup to determine the amount of water their team managed to save.
The game requires good coordination and communication within the team as well as a bit of luck, as water can easily spill if not caught properly. It's a great game to play on a hot day as their is a very good chance you will accidentally splash your teammates. The game can be adapted for different group sizes. To add even more intensity to the game try playing with Instant Slime in your buckets. If you misjudge the pour you will accidentally slime your teammate. Click here for more information on playing this game with slime.
Dodgeball is a popular and fast-paced game that involves two teams of players trying to eliminate each other by hitting opponents with balls while avoiding being hit themselves. The game can be played indoors or outdoors on a court divided by a center line.
Players start on their respective sides of the court and try to throw balls at their opponents, while also dodging incoming throws. If a player is hit by a ball, they are out, but if they catch a ball thrown at them, the person who threw the ball is out. The game continues until one team has eliminated all the players on the opposing team. Dodgeball requires agility, strategy, and teamwork to be successful making it a competitive and fun indoor or outdoor teenage game.
21. LADDER GOLF
Ladder Golf is an outdoor game that has become increasingly popular with teenagers. The game is played using a ladder-shaped structure with three rungs and a set of bolas, which are two golf balls attached by a string.
The object of the game is to toss the bolas towards the ladder, trying to get them to wrap around one of the rungs. The higher the rung, the more points the player scores. The game is played in teams, with each team alternating turns. Ladder Golf is a fun game for teenagers because it combines elements of strategy, skill, and luck, making it an exciting and challenging game that can be played outdoors with friends.
Molkky is an outdoor game that originated in Finland and has gained popularity around the world, especially among teenagers. The game is played with a set of wooden pins numbered 1 to 12 and a throwing pin called the "molkky."
Players take turns throwing the molkky at the numbered pins, trying to knock them down. The number of pins knocked down determines the score, with the first player to score exactly 50 points being declared the winner. Molkky is a fun game for teenagers because it requires strategy, skill, and coordination, making it a challenging and engaging game to play with friends outdoors. It's also a great way to improve hand-eye coordination and concentration while enjoying the great outdoors.
23. COLOR WAR
A color powder war is a popular activity among teenagers that involves throwing colored powder at each other while wearing white clothes. The powder is made from colored corn starch so it is safe to use in outdoor games. Participants are divided into two or more teams, and the object of the game is to cover members of the opposing team with as much powder as possible. The team with the most members covered in their color powder is declared the winner. The bright colors and playful nature of the game make it a fun and memorable experience for teenagers and allows them to engage in physical activity with their friends.
A color powder war can be made even more fun with the addition of Instant Slime. Instant slime is a powder that can be mixed with water to create a slimy and colorful substance that can be poured on participants. It can also be used in suck and spray style water guns and water balloon pumps. The slime adds an extra layer of excitement and messiness to a color war game, making it even more enjoyable for teenagers. A combination of colorful powder and colorful slime is a great option as the wet slime will make the colored powder more likely to stick to participants, thus creating a truly unique, colorful and unforgettable experience that teenagers are sure to enjoy.
Indoor Games for Teenagers
That completes our list of the best games for teens to play outside. If you want more party game ideas for teens and indoor games for teens, check out our other blogs that are full of extra indoor and outdoor game ideas - best indoor games for summer camps, best indoor games for youth groups.