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Picnic games are a great source of entertainment for adults as well as kids. Here are a few picnic games that are ideal for older participants.

Think picnic games are just for kids? Think again. Every good picnic needs entertainment for adults as well. Here are a few good picnic games that work well for teenagers and adults.


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Twister is a great picnic game

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.


One of the world’s most popular board games, Twister is played on a large plastic mat spread on the ground. The mat has four rows of colored circles, usually red, yellow, blue and green. A spinner is attached to a square board, which is divided into four sections: right foot, left foot, right hand and left hand. Each of these sections is divided into the four colors on the board. The game is initiated when someone spins a combination, such as left-hand, green, and players must move the matching hand or foot to that colored circle.

Eventually, due to the limit of squares, players will have to assume difficult positions. If a player’s elbows or knees touch the mat, they are eliminated. The last player remaining wins.

Disc Golf

Disc Golf or Frisbee golf has become enormously popular over the last decade. In fact, there are currently over 3,000 disc golf courses in the U.S. However, you don’t need an official course to play this fun-filled game. Making your own disc golf course is easy, as long as you have ample space and a little imagination. Instead of baskets, stake your picnic spot out for trees that can serve as holes and that progress across the landscape. Just make sure you steer clear of any water hazards where you might lose your disc!


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.


No picnic game is more popular among adults than horseshoes. The objective of horseshoes is to toss a metal horseshoe at a stake and either ring around it or be the closest out all competitors to the stake. Teams are generally composed of two players. The standard length between the person pitching the horseshoe and the stake is 37 feet, though it can be adjusted depending upon players’ expertise.