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Got kids? Then you’ll want to take a peek at the latest and greatest backyard play ideas for your children, both young and old. From artsy outdoor chalkboard walls to speedy zip lines and supercool swings, today’s outdoor fun is anything but old school.

1. Create an outdoor art space

Have a creative child? If your young Frida Kahlo is turning your driveway purple, designate a spot for her outdoor art by hanging a chalkboard on a backyard fence or near a patio.

Large built-in chalkboards can be installed as part of a fence or you can use chalkboard paint on an outdoor wall to create mural-worthy spot just for them. If you have a thespian in your clan, why not create an outdoor playhouse for him with a stage for putting on al fresco theatrical performances under the stars.

Or circle up a few teepees for a group of best buds to make an exciting overnight outdoor adventure. Just don’t forget the s’mores! If you don’t have the yard space, look up and build a tree house as simple or as grand as you desire. The sky’s the limit!

2. Reimagine game days

Got gamers? Get them away from the Xbox and out into nature by moving the games into the backyard. Classic board games such as checkers, chess, Jengo, and Twister have all been reimagined on a large scale and can be used outdoors on the lawn. (For Twister, all you need is paint to make the circles right on the grass.)

Older kids will love a simple game of corn hole, croquet, KanJam, and good old badminton, too. Even a plain old balloon for a game of “keep it up” in the backyard will be surprisingly satisfying for kids of all ages (and the dog, too!). Fill them with water and you’ve got even more summer fun on your hands. Water balloon fight, anyone?

3. Athletics outdoors

For on-the-go athletic kids who are always looking for more adventure, consider installing a zip line in your yard. If you’ve got the space and the engineering know-how you can create an outdoor arena the whole neighborhood will envy.

While you’re at it, try installing a small climbing wall to keep everyone active at once. And don’t forget the perennial favorite: a swing. Today’s swings come in all shapes and sizes, from round spinning wheels to surfboard and reclining hammock styles and even cozy hideaway cocoons.

Ahhh, don’t you just love summer? Try one of these DIY activities to keep your kids entertained all season.

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