Yay! It’s time for another awesome outdoor glow game. This week we’re playing glow balloon tennis and it is just as much fun to play during the day as it is at night. You will want to have a lot of balloons prepped before you play. As players get more into the game and play rougher, the balloons will start breaking. If it becomes a problem, pull out the wiffle balls from your DIY Giant Backyard Glow Pong game. Change out your balloons for the wiffle balls and players can go nuts.
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- 2 Ladybug Fly Swatters
- 2 Frog Fly Swatters
- Packs of Latex Balloons – the thicker the latex, the better they will hold up
- Glow Sticks
- Duct Tape
- Craft Foam Sheets
Take all of the tags off of your fly swatters.
Step 2 (Optional)
If you are worried about the metal handles popping the balloons during game play, wrap a foam sheet around the top half of each handle and secure it with tape.
Break glow sticks for the number of balloons you want to prepare.
Place a glow stick in each balloon and blow the balloon up around it.
- Do not blow the balloon up to full capacity. Only make it large enough to hold the glow stick.
How to Play Glow Balloon Tennis
Start by breaking into 2 teams of 2 players. One team is frogs and the other team is ladybugs. Next, determine the center line and have one team on either side of it. You can mark the center with a chair if you need a visual representation. To play, one team serves the balloon across the center line. This doesn’t need to be done any certain distance from the center. The receiving team must get the balloon back across the center in 3 hits. Additionally, the same player cannot hit the balloon twice in a row. A point is scored any time the returning team fails to get the balloon back over the center in 3 hits. The first team to score 10 points wins.
Who doesn’t love batting a balloon around? Glow balloon tennis will have your family laughing and having a blast together this summer. Planning on a large party or gathering? You can easily add more players by adding more fly swatters. All of the same rules apply regardless of the number of players. That makes it a fantastically versatile game! I will see you back here next week for another awesome glow-in-the-dark idea. Until then, don’t forget to check out our other fun glow games by clicking on the photos below!
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