Fun & Games

With just a few weeks back before ‘life as we know it’ resumes – i.e. the cold weather sets in and the kids head back to school – I thought it’d be fun to round up some easy ways to have some family fun and enjoy the weather this August.

Coleman Ladder BallColeman Ladder Ball – $89.99 @ Canadian Tire
This head-to-head sport involves tossing bolos onto rungs for points – sort of like bocce ball but in the air. The good news is you can play it virtually everywhere (especially since this kit includes a bag for easy transport) – whether the beach or your backyard. With two wooden ladders and matching sets of bolos, this is an old fashioned way to have a good ol’ time with the whole family.

cacoonCacoon – From $340
The conceit behind these colourful and whimsical outdoor seating spaces is to essentially function as a hanging hammock. The ‘single’ can hold a couple of kids or one adult comfortably, while the ‘double’ (pricier at $500) hosts two adults. These are a great pick if whoever you’re buying for has one sturdy tree in their yard or at the lake, but maybe doesn’t have two (which you’d require to string up a hammock). Comfortable and cozy, pick up some magazines or books for your giftee to wile their remaining summer days away.

Airhead Hot Dog 3-Person Towable FloatieAirhead Hot Dog 3-Person Towable Inflatable – $269.99 @ Bed, Bath & Beyond
Up to three people can fit comfortably in this sturdy inflatable floatie. What you do from there is up to you. It can be hooked up to a boat for a thrilling tow ride, or you can give the passengers some paddles and use it as a pseudo-canoe. Or simply drift about and enjoy the rays on your face.

Gibbon SlacklineGibbon Slackline – $76 @ MEC
For the daredevils and balance maestros comes slacklining – a unique way to work out those muscles while channeling your inner tightrope walker. This reputable brand is known for having a wide webbing, making it easier for newbie slackliners to get the ‘hang’ of things, and expert toe jammers to show off their crazy skills. At 15 meters long, it’s easy to set up in anyone’s backyard too.

Sureshot Disc GameSureshot Disc Game – $38.99 @ Costco
Start up a friendly family competition with this carnival-inspired Frisbee game. Including a plastic and vinyl frame plus two discs, the aim is simple: get the disc into one of the four slots for points. Whatever parameters you want to set from there to make it extra fun is up to you – from taking a drink everytime you miss or a classic game of D-O-N-K-E-Y.

Trainor Sports 14 trampolineTrainor Sports 14′ Trampoline & Enclosure Combo – $336 @ Walmart
Get the kids to burn off that excess energy with this super-sized trampoline, complete with a safety enclousre to ensure no one tumbles off mid-backflip. While I wouldn’t necessarily represent the adults take a go on this one, you can always bring in a tumbler of wine and some packaged eats for a lazy night under the stars.

Coleman Washer TossColeman, who I kicked off this post with, actually has a pretty cool range of lawn games this year, including croquet, bocce ball, bolo toss, and what I’m excited to give away – the washer toss game featured above, retailing at $54.99. Want to win this Coleman washer toss game? Here’s how to enter:

1) Tell me in the comments below by August 30, 2014 – which of these family fun & games gift ideas do you like the best?

2) Entries are limited to one per person / per email address / per household (or more if you score bonus entries). A random draw will be conducted on or around August 31, 2014 to select the winner(s), who will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen in their place.

3) Entries are limited to Canadians that have reached the age of majority in their province. Quebec is not eligible for this promotion.

4) Bonus Entry: Like Coleman Canada on Facebook and leave a comment sharing your favourite outdoor party game with the hashtag #GetOutside. Be sure to link back to your comment below to earn your extra entry.



94 Responses to “Fun & Games”
  1. Kimberley says:

    I am a big hammock fan, so I think that would be my pick. My son is loves slacklining and I think I just found him a Christmas gift.

  2. Julie G. says:

    I’ve played Ladder Ball before & it’s lots of fun. It would be my choice.

  3. Joan G. says:

    Our friends have a home made washer game and we really enjoy the game.

  4. Suzanne G says:

    I would choose the Cacoon as it looks like a great place to just relax.

  5. Jessica Lord says:

    i love the trampoline and enclosure combo

  6. Annie D says:

    We have a washer toss tournament every July 1st! It’s a homemade set so it would be cool to win this one.

  7. I’d love to try the cacoons!!!

  8. May says:

    I love the Cacoon. Looks very comfortable!

  9. I want the cacoon! Awesome!

  10. diane says:

    I really like the Gibbon Slackline.

  11. Dianne Arsenault says:

    Washer toss looks more my speed

  12. I love the Cacoon! What a great way to spend a lazy afternoon in the sun.

  13. Susan says:

    I like the Cacoon the best as it looks like a great place to read and relax!

  14. Theresa Jones says:

    Cacoon, what a great place to relax and read the summer afternoon away

  15. I would love to win the trampoline with enclosure – it would be great for my granddaughter -thanks.

  16. Dannah Davies says:

    The cacoon looks amazing! I have always wanted to have something comfortable and cozy to sit in while I read. It would be wonderful to win one of those!

  17. Irene says:

    I think the Airhead Hot Dog 3-Person Towable Inflatable is really cool and looks like a lot of fun.

  18. David says:

    The Cocoon would be awesome to relax and swing in.

  19. GARRY S says:


  20. Sadie says:

    The slackline looks awesome. I used to do gymnastics so it’d be neat to put my skills to th etest.

  21. Wanda Washington says:

    Definitely the ladder ball, although the washer toss game up for offer allso looks fun.

  22. Audrey Skinner says:

    All the games look like fun but I would choose the trampoline.

  23. Judy Williams says:

    I like the washer toss game – it’s great for the whole family and plenty of fun to play!

  24. The kids would love a trampoline

  25. beewbedard says:

    I like the Sureshot Disc Game

  26. Deanna Barkley says:

    I like the Coleman ladder ball.

  27. Alison K says:

    Of these family fun & games gift ideas, I like the Cacoon best for just being lazy & the Gibbon Slackline ‘cos I’ve always wanted to learn how to do that! Thanks

  28. Pat B says:

    the washer toss game looks fun

  29. Laura says:

    I like the ladder ball game best. I’ve played it at friends’ houses, and it’s always fun.

  30. Linda B says:

    I would love the washer toss game. We go to friends every year on Canada Day and play this game. They have a tournament and last yr I won 2nd place against my hubby who won 1st !!!
    So much fun….

  31. I like the cocoon. Looks like lots of fun.

  32. glen marr says:

    washer toss game would be my choice

  33. CLC says:

    I love the washer and the disc game. We already play bolo and bocce and have lots of fun. I was looking for the washer game and didn’t know where to find it.

  34. Linda Woolridge says:

    We have a large family and we love playing the washer toss game, a similar version to this game.

  35. andrea4444 says:

    The Coleman Washer Toss game. My grandfather loves washer toss!

  36. Michelle says:

    I like the Cacoon…I can see a relaxing afternoon in a tree in my future.

  37. Pam says:

    those cocoons look so fun

  38. carrie says:

    airbed hot dog 3 person towable inflatable would be soo cool!

  39. Karen Petrychko says:

    This is such a great line up of summer fun. But… For my age the Coleman Washer Toss looks like a great back yard game.

  40. nancy wyley says:

    I like the washer toss game

  41. Anne Derkat says:

    My family would love the Airhead Hot Dog 3-Person Towable Inflatable.

  42. intensev5 says:

    My kids would love the Airhead Hot Dog 3-Person Towable Inflatable – $269.99 @ Bed, Bath & Beyond

  43. laura says:

    I w
    I really like the Cacoon looks like a lot of fun for kids or adults. THe price tag is high but still looks like fun.

  44. Holly Wright says:

    I like the sureshot disc game it looks like fun!

  45. Randy Guisso says:

    The ladder ball game is great fun. Washer toss is good too.

  46. Frank says:

    washer toss looks like fun

  47. Margie says:

    the ring toss looked like everyone could playit

  48. Bill says:

    Our kids love the washer toss and ladder ball. Don’t exactly know why but they will play them for hours.

  49. Edmond says:

    OMG, I would choose the Cacoon. Fab. & splendid . 2 fingers snap. Need R&R. Thanks for the awesomeness, the contest, & generosity

  50. George Meek says:

    I know a child who would love the washer toss game..

  51. Nicole Judge says:

    The cacoon looks really cool!

  52. Morgan says:

    Gosh, it’s hard to decide between the Hot Dog and the Cacoon, but since I don’t own a boat, I think I should go for the Cacoon. It’s just more practical right? Yes, I’d like the Cacoon please.

  53. I love the tramploine,,and I want one! lol..looks like a ball of fun!!!

  54. I like colemans canada on facebook and commented

  55. Ashley O says:

    Trainor Sports 14′ Trampoline & Enclosure Combo would be a Fantastic Time!
    Thanks Canadian Gift Guide 🙂

  56. Victoria Ess says:

    I love the trampoline most!

  57. Athena says:

    washers 🙂

  58. Janet Fredericks says:

    Love the washer toss game. friends have it and we play it every time we’re there. also love the ladder ball-we have that one and enjoy it with friends on a regular basis.

  59. lorna says:

    the cocoon is the coolest thing ever!

  60. Elaine Buonsante says:

    I love the trampoline especially with the safety net.

  61. Jennifer C. says:

    I like the “Airhead Hot Dog 3-Person Towable Inflatable!” Not only does it look hilarious, but it looks like fun!

  62. Josh S says:

    I have played the ladder ball game and it was a lot of fun!

  63. janicour says:

    The Coleman Ladder Ball is my choice. I have been looking for this but it has been sold out.

  64. Cheryl says:

    Oh my that Cacoon looks AWESOME! Although, you really need a good tree in your yard. And I imagine the kids poking each other from the bottom…LOL

  65. mousecat says:

    The trampoline is the best ever!

  66. truckerofbc says:

    The Trampoline since I have 2 young kids who would use it consistently.

  67. Burcu says:

    I love cacoon

  68. Lori says:

    The cacoon looks amazing!

  69. Anne says:

    The coleman games sound great fun!

  70. Washer toss! My Hubby’s BIL made as set and we played years ago in Nova Scotia

  71. Sarah N. says:

    The Airhead Hot Dog 3-Person Towable Inflatable looks really cool.

  72. talah says:

    the trampoline

  73. Angela Mitchell says:

    I love the Cacoon!. It looks so fun and my daughter would love it!

  74. Betty S says:

    I really like the Coleman ladder ball game

  75. Maegan Morin says:

    I would love to have the Trainor Sports 14′ Trampoline and Enclosure Combo!

  76. Melanie F. says:

    The Cacoon is pretty cool. We just moved to a house that boasts a pretty awesome backyard with tons of trees!

  77. Justin says:

    The trampoline!

  78. Heather A says:

    I love the Cacoons. Would be so much fun to hang one of two from the backyard trees for the kids to chill out in with a book.

  79. Robyn Bellefleur says:

    I really like the Airhead Hot Dog 3-Person Towable Inflatable .

  80. Robyn Bellefleur says:

    here’s my link for bonus entry! :

  81. cookie3 says:

    I love the Sureshot disc game as well as the Coleman washer toss game.

  82. Taps says:

    I would love the Cacoon.

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