Who doesn’t love a picnic?  Picnics are a great way to enjoy time with family.  After all the sandwiches and potato salad are gone play some games to make the day even more memorable.

Truth or Dare Human Ring Toss

While any size gathering can play this game it is better with larger groups and families.  Each player should be given one hula hoop.  Divide the group into two equal-sized teams.  One person volunteers to be the human ring toss stake.  Family members take turns trying to throw the hula hoop around the human ring toss stake.  The first group that successfully gets all their hula hoops around the human stake gets to ask the other group truth or dare questions.  Each member of the group has to answer or complete a safe dare.


Red Light, Green Light Family Trivia

Before heading out on the picnic prepare three to five trivia cards for each participant in this family game, questions should not be overly tricky so that all members stand a chance of answering.  Include some family trivia in the questions.  Some like what was Grandma Johnson’s middle name.

One person is selected as the traffic light and says “red light” for stop and “green light” for go.

Other participants face the traffic light in a horizontal line a good distance from the traffic light.

The traffic light says green light and the line advances trying to reach the traffic light.  When the traffic light says red light, all players must stop.  Anyone that does not stop goes back to the starting line.

The first person that tags the traffic light is asked a question from one of the trivia cards.  If they answer correctly, they become the traffic light and the game starts again, If they answer incorrectly they go back to the starting line and the game continues.


Would You Rather

Before heading on the picnic blow up a beach ball and with a permanent maker write 25 to 50 would you rather questions on the ball.

Examples: Would you rather give up ice cream or candy?

Would you rather walk in the rain or ride a bike in the rain?

Would you rather watch a comedy or a scary movie?

Set a timer.  Most smartphones have one.  Toss the ball to each family member, trying to make sure everyone gets a turn.  You can play regular catch or hot potato.  This game can be played by those who are less mobile as well.  Whoever has the ball when time runs out or drops the ball must answer one of the questions on the ball.


Scavenger Hunt

A good scavenger hunt can be a lot of fun and a learning experience for those playing.  Before your picnic prepares a scavenger list for each team. Depending on the ages of your group that scavenger list can be hard or easy.

Spit the group into as even teams as possible.

The goal is for one team to gather all the items on the list before the other team. Even groups as small as four can have a great time playing this game team