15 Family-Friendly Backyard Designs

Put down the video games and soak up the fresh air. Give kids an outdoor play space they can enjoy with these fun backyard design ideas, from trampolines to a life-sized chess board.

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Seesaws

On one end of the backyard, parents can relax on the dining deck under a curtained pergola. On the other end, kids can play for hours on handmade seesaws. Design by Chris Lambton

Trampoline

A padded and pillowed trampoline is not only perfect for sky-high jumping, but also for lounging and laughing with friends when it's time for some R&R. Design by Chip Wade

Cool + Colorful Lounge

When it's time to take the party outside, this outdoor deck can accommodate the whole crew. Built-in benches and wooden stools ensure everyone has a place to sit, while string lights and a flat-screen TV add to the ambience and entertainment factors. Design by Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri

Game Lawn With Horseshoes

Licensed contractor Chip Wade transformed this suburban backyard into a tiered entertaining space with a fire pit, game lawn, grilling area, lounging cabanas and mobile, indoor-outdoor couch.

Kids' Play Area

This "kids only" backyard space features a hammock, hopscotch steps and a pint-sized chalkboard for endless hours of fun. Design by Chris Lambton

Outdoor Chess

Licensed contractor Chip Wade created an outdoor deck and patio that's fully equipped for warm-weather entertaining. This family-friendly space includes a fire pit, dining area, kitchen, outdoor chess and places to play basketball and volleyball.

Outdoor Movie Screen

When the sun sets, nothing is better than an outdoor flick on a huge projector screen. Gather friends and family for a movie everyone can enjoy. And don't forget the popcorn! Design by Chris Lambton

Tumble Mat

An outdoor tumble mat gives the homeowners' three daughters the perfect place to play and exercise in the backyard, while the parents can sit back on the nearby entertainment deck. Design by Chip Wade

Yard Games

This tiny backyard isn't just kid-friendly, it's pet-friendly, too. Landscape designer Chris Lambton created a space devoted to competitive yard games and fetch with Fido.

Picnicking + Croquet

An open grassy area near an outdoor fire pit is ideal for spreading out a picnic lunch and starting up a game of croquet. Design by Betty Lou Phillips

Mini Golf

Creating a backyard putting green is much cheaper than going out for mini golf. Plus, you can pick up the putter anytime you want. Design by Scott Cohen

Rowboat Sandbox

Bring new life to an old wooden rowboat by letting your child become captain of the backyard. In just half a day, you can create your own rowboat sandbox. Follow the step-by-step instructions.

Playhouse

Ignite your child's imagination by building a fun backyard playhouse that's all their own. Try these low-cost, high-impact ways to dress up a playhouse for your little one.

Hammock

Landscape designer Jamie Durie created the perfect spot for lazy outdoor lounging with this mesh hammock. Hanging high between two trees, the hammock can only be accessed by a wooden ladder.

Basketball Court

This fun and functional outdoor space is ready to play. Landscape designer Scott Cohen created a half-size basketball court next to an outdoor living space, sun deck and swimming pool.