15 Awesome Ideas for Backyard Summer Fun from Amazon

Summer fun in the backyard is easy with these family friendly ideas from Amazon.

Are you struggling to decide what this summer will look like? Take a trip or stay home? Get season passes to the waterpark, or sit this one out? You know the kids need something to get them outside and having fun, but what?

Well, I’m in the same boat. We have a neighborhood pool that will open soon and keep us entertained during the long, hot days of summer, but we need a bit more to draw the kids outside and off the screens.

It doesn’t take long before your think summer is a horrible idea. However, we all need a break from the daily grind of appointments, obligations, and demands. That time is summer and we can enjoy it at home!

So here are some backyard summer fun ideas that will instantly turn your yard into a place all the kids want to be, even on those dog days.

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Why You Need Some Backyard Summer Fun

Summer is the time to get outside and enjoy the sun. After the cold and dreariness of winter, you’re ready for a break and activity. Of course, my kids have been entertained by a simple water hose plenty of times; however, some days, it can be difficult to get them outside.

Luckily, it’s easy to grab a few things from Amazon and create backyard summer fun for young and old alike.

Kids Bow and Arrow Set

We had various bow and arrow sets over the years, but I love this one because it has a target stand! No setting up a makeshift target. This has everything you need:

  • handheld bow
  • blowing bow
  • 5 arrows
  • 5 blowing arrows
  • quiver with carrying strap
  • standing target set

Any kid will love using this for target practice.

OWNONE 1 Kids Bow and Arrow for Boys & Girls, 2 in 1 Toy Archery Set for Backyard & Outdoor with Stand Target, Quiver and 5 Suction Cup...
  • 【2 In 1 Archery Set】: Contain 2 different type of archery set, with a stable stand target and a quiver. Bring kids with a variety of gameplay and endless joy. Especially perfect for kids to play with their partners or friends for competitive Games
  • 【Easy to Use for Kids】: Tension adjustable bow will be easy to carry and use for both boys and girls. Strong and stable standing target will never move or fall down after playing a long time.


What kids wouldn’t want a zip line in their backyard? Now, of course, this one requires the proper trees or constructed supports, but it’s fun! We had one up for quite a while and the kids never tired of zipping across the yard.

Trsmima 98 Feet Zip Line Kit for Kids and Adult Up to 350 lb with Stainless Steel Ziplines Spring Brake and Safety Harness, Zip line...
  • 【304 Stainless Steel Cable】In outdoor activities and playground equipment,security is the most important consideration for parents.Therefore,our zip lines for backyards kids is made of 1/4 inch SUS304 stainless steel. With durability and weather resistance, it is the best choice. It can easily support 450 pounds! The service life is up to several years
  • 【zipline Kit Provides 2 Game Modes】Method 1: Thanks to the adjustable zipline harness and lanyard.The wire harness in the Trsmima zipline is made of high-strength polyester fiber. Wire harness weight limit: 300KG. This improved backyard zipline kit is perfect for teenagers and children. The security is much higher. The second way: the zipline kit with seats is more exciting and more suitable for adults

Splash Pad | Water Play Summer Fun

This splash pad is perfect for your younger kids. Even in a small space, everyone can cool off and have fun running through the water.

QPAU Splash Pad, 68" Sprinkler for Kids Dogs, Kiddie Baby Shallow Pool,Outside Toys Water Toys for Kids, Outdoor Toys for Toddlers Age...
  • 2021 New Sprinkler for Kids - Every kid loves playing with water. Especially during the hot weather, it is good to allow your kids to have this fun. All you have to do is hooked the kiddie pool with sprinkler to your outdoor garden hose and you are ready to go.
  • Bigger 68" Splash Play Mat - QPAU outside toy can be used as your mini swimming pool. The ring around the outside had small holes where the water comes up. It allows your 2-4 kids to play with their water toys in the circle of the kids pool with sprinkler.
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Web Swing Set

When my older girls were little I would peruse the Hearthsong catalog and long for one of the web, platform swings, but we didn’t have an appropriate tree. Either they were smaller, weak trees, or the branches were too high. Well, if only I could have found this!

This one has a stand!

So even if you have limited space or no trees, you can still have a platform swing.

ZENY 48 Inch Web Swing Set Spider Nest Tree Swing and Heavy Duty A Frame Swing Stand Kids Play Swing Set for Outdoor Backyard...
  • PLAY SWING SET - This swing set comes with a 48 inch diameter web rope swing and a metal A frame swing stand.Adjustable rings, eye hooks, and adjustable hanging ropes
  • SAFE AND DURABLE - Our thick steel swing frame is securely wrapped in durable 7mm PE rope to give your swing a long life. With a safety rating at least 2 kids, this play swing set is amazing and safest choice for backyard fun! Our unique anti-abrasion rope casings create a safe, scratch-free playing. This round web swing is uniquely designed with eye hook hanging-connections to provide the highest quality safety

Ninja Obstacle Course

This is what got the whole ball rolling with this post, a Ninja Obstacle Course! This is amazing. What I particularly love are the rock climbing grips you can wrap around the tree. Your kids will love this as much, or more than the $3,000 play structure.

An added benefit is that it’s movable. If you’re renting or move frequently, this is easy to pack up and take with you to a new house.

hooroor Ninja Warrior Obstacle Course for Kids-66FT Ninja Line Slackline with Tree Climbing Rock Holds, Swing Seat, Monkey Bars, Ring...
  • 🌴Easy Setup & Safety: clear user manual and video instruction takes you minutes to set up all the things. Choosing the premium material with superb craftsmanship and repeated rigorous testing, just in order to provide the high quality and safe products to our kids. The ninja line can be maximum load: 250 LBS and suitable for the age above 3 years old with adult’s supervision.
  • 🌴Adjustable Obstacles and Distance: 66 feet ninja line can be fit 37 to 56 feet tree distance. Choose obstacles match and distance as your will and use the ratchet to tighten the slackline. You can install it on your backyard, playground, outdoor, home gym, basement, pool, fitness class, camping trip, beach park, beach trips indoor games, etc.

Playground Net

If you have the right trees or structure, this playground net is sure to be well-loved. We’ve been talking about building a treehouse, but that’s a big, expensive commitment.

However, now we think that the ninja course and this net will be perfect for significantly less cost and time invested.

Aoneky Polyester 6.5' x 9.8' Playground Net - Kids Safety Net for Climbing Monkey Bar
  • Safety net under climbing bar or others
  • Walking net for playground, indoor, etc.

Hanging Tree Tent

Another treehouse alternative is this hanging tree tent. If you have the right tree or structure, this is another affordable and movable option in lieu of a permanent treehouse.

INWAVE Hanging Tree Tent Blue Hanging Tent for Kids Hanging Space Capsule Swing & Hammock , Hanging Tree House Tent Waterproof...
  • 🎨[MAIN PARAMETER] ~ Material: Heavy-Duty 600D Polyester Canvas ; Color: Blue ; Suit For Ages: 4 and up ; Weight Capacity: 220 lbs ; Upper: 27.6 inch ; Bottom: 43.3 inch ; Height: 47.2 inch ; Metal Tube Diameter: 0.98 inch ; Air Cushion: 2.2 lbs (include a pump) ; Adjustable rope: 3.28 ft.
  • 🎨[HIGH-QUALITY MATERIAL] ~ The hanging tree tent is made of heavy-duty 600D polyester canvas , which is waterproof and UV-resistant. It comes with three porthole-style windows, a velcro flap door, and a plump removable PVC cushion. In addition, it is equipped with a reinforced metal ring for suspension that can carry a weight of 220 lbs, enough to accommodate 2-3 children at the same time.

Trampoline Sprinkler

Water play is always fun, but add this sprinkler to the trampoline for the best time ever. If you already have a trampoline, this is a quick and affordable option for water play for the older kids. I’m not sure they’ll ever get off.

This is flexible and is attached by ties to any trampoline shape.

Bobor Trampoline Sprinkler for Kids, Outdoor Trampoline Backyard Water Park Sprinkler Fun Summer Outdoor Water Toys for Boys Girls...
  • Now it's time for outdoor games in the hot summer. Imagine preparing this gift for the children's party. Children are going to love you so much. This Water Play Sprinklers will also reduce the temperature on the trampoline by 25 degrees! Let your children have a great time.
  • Easy to install - Ties band to suit any trampoline shell size! It is directly connected to the net. Fully assembled systems take less than fewer minutes to install(ties can be Disassembly and reused)In addition they can be used for many other purposes as well.

Trampoline Lights

Water in the day and lights at night will have your kids on the trampoline all summer long. Will they will ever come inside?

LED Trampoline Lights,Remote Control Trampoline Rim LED Light for 12Ft Trampoline, 16 Color Change by Yourself, Waterproof,Super...
  • 【LIGHT UP AT NIGHT】: Our LED Strip Light can light up the rim of the Trampoline hoop and have up to sixteen unique light patterns. It allows you to enjoy the fun of playing Trampoline at night.
  • 【FREE TO CHANGE COLOR WITH REMOTE CONTROL】: You can select up to 4 modes( FADE, JUMP, ASYN FADE, ASYN JUMP) and 16 colors (WHITE, RED, BLUE, GREEN, PINK, etc.) with remote control, change the rim light color as you like, control distance up to 16 ft.

Giant Connect Four Game

We love the game Connect Four, and this outdoor version will be a big winner this summer. This is fun for the whole family.

Giant 4 in a Row Connect Game – 4 Feet Wide by 3.5 Feet Tall Oversized Floor Activity for Kids and Adults – Jumbo Sized for Outdoor...
  • Giant size 4-in-a-row: bigger is always better with this Super-Size Link 4 game. This giant version of a classic measures 3 and half feet tall, and four feet wide. Kids and adults will love it!
  • Great for parties: make any event a blast with a game that no one can resist getting in on the action. It is perfect for birthdays, beach days, sleepovers, backyard BBQs, and more!

Classic Cornhole

Cornhole is another game that gets everyone in the backyard up and moving. We have a cornhole game, and it never fails that when we pull it out, everyone wants to play mom and dad. It’s also perfect for taking to the beach.

Disc Toss Game

This would be such a big winner with the kids that love to toss a water bottle. This is a great way to get the older, too cool kids out and active.

YEEBAY Outdoor Game Set - Lawn Games Yard Games - New Fun Disc Toss Game for Family Adult & Kids, Play at Beach, Grass, Sand, Concrete
  • Hours of outdoor excitement - Flying Disc Target game is great for sports and outdoor play. Ideal for endless fun for the whole family, friends, camping trips, the beach, the backyard, and more.
  • Knock the target - All players active, throw the disc to knock the stick or its target/bottle to score. Points are awarded if the guarding team fails to catch the flying disc and bottle (full game rules included).

Ring Toss Game

This ring toss game is perfect for fun on the go. It’s small size makes it easy to take to the park for a playdate or to the beach for your vacation.

Elite Sportz Ring Toss Games for Kids - Indoor Holiday Fun or Outdoor Yard Game for Adults & Family - Easy to Set Up with Compact Carry...
  • Fun For All Ages: You can entertain anyone with the indoor and outdoor games for adults and family!
  • All Occasions: Perfect on a boring, rainy day or as backyard games for kids at a BBQ!

Lawn Bowling

What kid (or adult) wouldn’t love this extra-large bowling game. When the weather isn’t as great, you could even move this inside to the basement or playroom for some rainy day fun.

Outdoor Giant Lawn Bowling Games for Family Kids and Adults Backyard Skittles Wooden Yard Game Hardwood Set with 10 Pins 8.9 inches 2...
  • Lawn Bowling Game Material: hardwood. It’s a kind of nature hardwood and resistant not easy to crack,Allow for proper wear and tear.360-Degree polished by hand and smooth without burr.
  • Product details :10 bowling pins,2 bowling balls,and 1 black carry bag.

Toss and Catch Ball Set

A fun game to take to the playground, park, or beach, but is also a great game for some backyard fun. What makes this game great is that everyone can play, from the youngest to the oldest.

Toss and Catch Ball Set, Catch Game Toys for Kids, Beach Toys Paddle Ball Game Set with 6 Paddles and 3 Balls, Perfect Outdoor Games...
  • Hight Quality Ball Set: Our catch and toss ball set was maded by 100% high quality material, not fragile, softer balls keep the racket from being damaged again.
  • Funny Toss and Catch Ball Games: Our catch ball set includes 6 balls and 3 paddles, 1 exquisite storage. It is easy to play, one side throws the ball and the other catch the ball. This game can be played by 2-6 peoples, which is flexible and funny to bring both kids and adults together to play game.

Plan Your Backyard Summer Fun

So get started creating the perfect summertime fun at home. It just takes one or two new things to pull the kids off the screens and into the sun this summer.

It’s also a good idea to get a new game and hide it away for a day when nothing seems to be going right. If everyone is grumpy and arguing, it never fails that a new activity will change the atmosphere and bring everyone together.

Enjoy the summer, even if you’re staying home or planning a staycation. Summer fun can be affordable, easy, and right outside your backdoor.

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About Bethany Ishee

Bethany is the mom of six, always-homeschooled children, who one day realized she'd lost herself in the process, probably under a pile of laundry. Her eclectic style of homeschooling draws upon Classical to Unschooling and everything in between.  While homeschooling her children and writing about learning outside of school, she tries to find time to read a book, drink coffee, and pay the bills.

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