Temporarily Transform Your Backyard for Summer Fun

There’s still plenty of time to enjoy the summer with your kids. Even if they will soon be back at school, there are many longer days and weekends to take advantage of. I love spending time with the kids on a bright summer day. There are so many ways we can have fun together as a family. Packing up and going on a day trip can be great, but we don’t even have to leave home if we don’t want to. Anyone who has a backyard or front yard can have plenty of fun without going anywhere. Of course, not everyone has the space for a permanent pool or tennis net. If you need to save on space, I have several fantastic ways you can temporarily transform your yard.


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Water Slides

When it’s hot, any water-based activity goes down well with my kids. You can’t beat a slip and slide for plenty of summer fun. You don’t even need to buy anything special to set one up. Just a plain tarp and plenty of water will create a fun and slippery surface. If you already have a slide in your yard, that’s even better. But the tarp and your hose or sprinkler at the bottom of the slide and you get a splish-splashy landing pad. If you leave the sprinkler on the tarp, it will keep it wet. For extra silliness, you can buy a water slide that has inflatable floats for riding on.

Above-ground Pools

A permanent swimming pool isn’t achievable for everyone. They take up a lot of space, and they can be expensive to maintain. But if you want to stay cool during the summer, an above-ground swimming pool doesn’t have to be permanent. You can set it up for a few months and take it apart again when the weather cools down. Just don’t put off putting it away until next summer! You can get an inflatable pool or one with solid sides that you can take apart and pack away. Although adults can often only sit in them, many are large enough for kids to swim about.

Inflatable Hot Tubs

A hot tub is an alternative to a pool, and you could enjoy it all year. Even though you might think of hot tubs as being for adults, the whole family can have fun in them. You might wonder how easy it is to have a temporary hot tub. Fortunately, it’s pretty easy. Inflatable hot tubs make it much easier to set one up in your backyard and then pack it up when you want it out of the way. If you don’t know much about inflatable hot tubs and how to choose one, you’re not alone. You can find advice on websites like Hottubadvice.com, where you can read reviews and the advantages of an inflatable hot tub. There are some that you can even pack up and take on vacation with you.


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Hose Sprinklers

Some people have a sprinkler system installed on their lawn. However, if you don’t have one, it doesn’t mean the kids can’t have lots of sprinkler fun. All you need is a hose and a sprinkler attachment to start a spray of cooling water. Kids love running back and forth through the spray, and if you have a dog, they’ll have great fun too.

Set Up a Game on the Lawn

There are many games you can set up in your backyard without doing anything permanent. In fact, most things can be put away at the end of the day. You could use the lawn for croquet, football, or even tennis. A temporary net will allow you to play tennis and badminton, and you can fold it up when you’re finished with it. If you want to play a ballgame, you can use anything available to mark out any lines or goals you might need. You could even set up a mini golf course with a bit of DIY.

Have a Picnic Area

Eating outside in the summer is always better than staying inside. However, you don’t always have the space for permanent outdoor seating. Instead, you could set up something temporary for you to enjoy. A casual picnic area can be a great place for everyone to sit, and the kids will love it. You can still add in a table so that everyone has a solid surface for their food and drinks. Get a folding table that you can put away when you’re done with it, and use rugs to sit on.


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Create an Obstacle Course

One of the fun things you can do to get the kids running around is to set up an obstacle course. You can easily come up with some different things for them to jump over, crawl under, and balance along. Use what you can find in the house or perhaps buy a few cheap items that you can use again later. You could use ropes, chairs and tables, sheets and blankets, and much more. Use your imagination and get the kids to help out. If you have spare cardboard boxes, they can come in handy for creating various structures.

Camp Out

Camping in the summer is awesome, but you don’t have to go any further than your yard. Setting up a tent outside of the house is great practice for when you go on a real camping trip. You can do everything as you would if you were at a campsite but you get the safety of the house if anyone gets bored or scared. There’s also the advantage of being able to run inside for lemonade. If you don’t have a tent, you can make one. There are lots of things you can use from large sticks to sheets. All you need is something to create the structure and something to cover it. Of course, if there’s a risk of rain, make sure you choose a waterproof covering! Find some ideas for making a tent at craftionary.net.

You don’t need your garden to be a permanent amusement park to create fun for your kids in the summer. You can transform it temporarily and put it all back to normal in the fall.

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