Kid-Friendly BBQ Ideas: 10 Super Fun Outdoor Games & Activities to Enjoy with Your Little Ones

Kid-Friendly BBQ Ideas: 10 Super Fun Outdoor Games & Activities to Enjoy with Your Little Ones - The California Beach Co.

Hey, fellow parents! Summertime calls for backyard barbecues, where the air fills with delicious smells and laughter echoes through the neighborhood. But let's not forget, a BBQ is more than just food – it's a chance to bond with your kids and create unforgettable memories. In this blog post, we've got ten exciting activities that'll keep your little ones entertained while you work your magic on the grill. Get ready for a day of backyard bliss filled with games, crafts, and yummy treats!

Build a Lemonade Stand that Rocks

Why not kick-start your BBQ with a burst of creativity? Grab your pint-sized entrepreneurs and set up a DIY lemonade stand. Let them go wild decorating signs, squeezing lemons, and mixing up their tangy concoctions. They can play shopkeepers and serve refreshing drinks to family and friends – it's a cool way to beat the heat and teach them about running a business.

kids having a lemonade stand

Backyard Scavenger Hunt Adventure

Get your kiddos exploring the great outdoors with a backyard scavenger hunt. Make a list of common backyard treasures like pinecones, flowers, rocks, or spy a special bird. Hand them their treasure-hunting list and watch them embark on an epic adventure. You can even offer small prizes or have them create their own scavenger hunt lists for added excitement!

Arts & Crafts Time at the Crafts Station

Set up an arts and crafts station with all the essentials – colored pencils, markers, paper, and glitter galore! Encourage your little Picassos to make BBQ-themed masterpieces or design their own personalized aprons. Their artistic creations will also double as unique decorations for your BBQ, adding that extra pizzazz.

Backyard Games & Obstacle Course

Transform your backyard into an obstacle course using items you already have lying around – hula hoops, cones, jump ropes, you name it! Set up challenges like crawling under tables, jumping through hoops, or hopping from one end of the yard to the other. Time your little athletes as they conquer the course, turning it into a friendly competition. Who will be crowned the backyard champion? If an elaborate competition isn’t your jam, there’s countless outdoor party games and toys to keep kids moving, entertained, and having an absolute blast!

kids playing in a backyard obstacle course

It's Grillin' Time, Miniature Style

Invest in a pint-sized, kid-friendly grill for your little ones to work their grilling magic. Provide them with marshmallows and hot dogs on skewers, and let them experience the joy of cooking, just like the grown-ups. It's a deliciously fun way for them to learn their way around the grill while enjoying tasty snacks. Be sure to have a kid approved menu that includes other dishes that kids love, such as mac and cheese, fruit skewers, and corn on the cob. These options ensure there's something for even the pickiest eaters.

DIY Ice Cream Bar Extravaganza

What's a summer BBQ without ice cream? Create an epic DIY ice cream bar filled with mouthwatering toppings like sprinkles, chocolate chips, caramel, and whipped cream. Let your kids unleash their creativity as they build their custom ice cream sundaes. It's a treat that'll tickle their taste buds and fill them with a sense of accomplishment. Just be ready with some of the fun activities below as your kiddos are likely about to experience a roller coaster of a sugar rush!

Water Balloon Frenzy

Get ready to make a splash with a classic outdoor summer activity – the water balloon toss! Fill 'em up, designate a tossing area, and watch the laughter unfold. Kids can pair up and toss balloons back and forth, trying their best not to get soaked. It's a guaranteed way to cool off and keep everyone entertained all day long.

water balloons being filled up

Have A Magical Movie Night Under the Stars

An often overlooked BBQ party idea if you’re ready to wind down for the evening is family movie night under the stars! As the sun begins to set, turn your backyard into a magical outdoor movie theater. Hang a white sheet, set up a projector, and enjoy a family-friendly flick. Grab an extra large outdoor blanket, pillows, and popcorn for a cozy and entertaining outdoor movie night. Don't forget the bug spray or a bug-proof tent – we don't want any uninvited critters stealing the show!

outdoor movie theater with popcorn

Tie-Dye Extravaganza

Get ready for a colorful mess with a DIY tie-dye station. Let your kids unleash their creativity on plain white t-shirts or old clothes, transforming them into vibrant works of wearable art. It may be messy, but hey, the best things in life usually are!

Campfire Tales and S'more Fun

As the evening settles in, gather 'round the campfire or fire pit for some good old-fashioned storytelling. Roast marshmallows to perfection and take turns sharing spooky stories or making up wild adventures. Encourage your kids to let their imaginations run wild as they spin their tales. This cozy fireside activity is perfect for bonding and creating memories that'll last a lifetime. 

Pro Tip: For any night time activities make sure to have extra bug protection handy like citronella candles, deet-free kid-safe bug spray like Ranger Ready, or a tent with mosquito netting like the Pop ‘N Go Playpen.

making smores by a firepit

Your backyard BBQ is about to level up to a whole new level of awesomeness! With these ten fun activities, you'll transform your BBQ day into an adventure-packed extravaganza. From scavenger hunts and crafts to mouthwatering treats, your backyard will become the ultimate playground of endless joy for the whole family. So get that grill fired up, set the stage for an unforgettable day, and let the good times roll!

Kid-Friendly Backyard BBQ FAQs

Q1. How can I make sure my backyard BBQ is safe for kids?

Safety is a priority. Ensure your grill is supervised, set up a designated play area, and provide adult supervision during games and activities.

Q2. What are some vegetarian options for a kid-friendly BBQ menu?

Consider options like grilled veggie skewers, corn on the cob, stuffed mushrooms, and veggie burgers.

Q3. What if the weather doesn't cooperate for an outdoor BBQ?

Have a backup plan with indoor activities like board games, crafts, and a movie marathon.

Q4. What's a creative craft idea for kids at a BBQ?

Let kids create personalized aprons for the BBQ by providing fabric markers and plain white aprons.

Q5. How can I make s'mores if I don't have a campfire?

You can make s'mores using a microwave or stovetop. Just be sure to follow safety guidelines when melting marshmallows.