Tienken’s Take – June 2023

The Best Backyard Games for Summer

With the official start of summer just around the corner, you’ll soon have plenty of warm days to kick back and relax. On those days we hope you’re ready to enjoy some good old-fashioned backyard fun with friends, family, and neighbors. To make your backyard the ultimate summer hangout spot, check out our top yard game recommendations below!

Ladder Golf

While alternating throws, you’ll score points by throwing bolas onto the rungs of the ladder.

Two or more players or teams


Use mallets to hit balls through a series of hoops. The first to clear all hoops and hit the peg wins.

Two, four, or six players


Players take turns throwing bean bags and aiming to make it on the board or in the hole.

Two teams of two players

Spike Ball

Hit the ball off the net with the goal of the opposing team unsuccessfully returning it.

Two teams of two players

Bocce Ball

Throw weighted balls toward a smaller target ball. Score points by getting closest to the target.

Two teams of one, two, or four players

Axe Throwing

Each player throws one axe at a time and scores points if their axe sticks onto the target.

Two teams of one, two, or four players


Around Town

June 16: Zoo Nights – Kick off summer with good food and live entertainment at the Oregon Zoo! Zoo Nights takes place on five Fridays, from June 16th through August 18th. They will have local music, food carts, activities for all ages, and showings of animals active during twilight hours. Tickets are $24.

Location: Oregon Zoo, 4001 SW Canyon Road Portland, OR 97221

June 23-25: Festival of Balloons – Celebrate the Tigard community with an impressive display of more than a dozen brightly colored hot-air balloons that you can enjoy with the entire family! There will also be shopping at craft and vendor booths, local food vendors, carnival rides, games, and entertainment. Tickets are $15.

Location: Cook Park, 17005 SW 92nd Avenue Tigard, OR 97224

June 23-25: Lake Oswego’s Festival of the Arts – Enjoy a free arts education festival with unique art exhibits, live music, performances, kids’ activities, artist demos, and food! Come and celebrate the event’s 60th anniversary. It will be taking place at both the Lakewood Center for the Arts and George Rogers Park.

Location: Lakewood Center368 S State Street Lake Oswego, OR 97034


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