Playing table and board games have become a popular entertainment source for family and friends who want to have fun and friendly competition during social gatherings. Many people not only see game tables as a great conversation starter during social events. Instead, they also consider these as a great asset to have at home as unique furniture or a family heirloom, as most tables are made with durable materials, allowing the tables to remain sturdy for as long as it can.
A lot of people think the table and board games are only for indoor entertainment, but these games are also great outdoor leisure activities. Over the years, there has been a high demand for outdoor game tables. Like playing indoors, outdoor tables are useful during social gatherings, such as a family get-together, a reunion, or a barbeque in the backyard. Playing outdoor table games is also beneficial for a person’s health as they can enjoy the fresh air, sunshine, and natural environment, helping reduce stress and anxiety.
Here are five outdoor game tables that can improve relationships with family and friends by engaging in a face-to-face friendly competition.
- Foosball Table
Table football, or widely known as foosball, is invented in the United Kingdom in 1921. Foosball can be played by up to four people and has become a popular table game played at pubs, bars, workplaces, schools, and clubs. However, what increased foosball’s popularity worldwide, including in the United States, is its compatibility for homes.
Foosball is a perfect table game for family and friends looking for fun and entertainment activities as it is a violence-free football game simulation. The game’s objective is to drive the ball towards the goal by controlling 13 player figures stuck in four rods.
- Pool Table
The game of pool has become one of the most popular games played all over the world. Though there are many different game varieties, all with distinctly different sets of rules and regulations, the most common game variation is the eight-ball. The game’s objective is for the players to pot all their designated balls (either stripes or solids) before potting the number 8 ball.
The pool is considered an excellent recreational exercise and a sport that requires ability and technique. Many people play it as a hobby, professionally, or in leagues. Meanwhile, others play it for leisure, having competitive matches with their friends and families during social gatherings. Besides providing fun and improving people’s socializing skills, the game also offers other benefits for players, including building focus and control, burning calories, and improving cognitive skills.
- Shuffleboard Table
Shuffleboard is another table game that is believed to have originated from England. The game was invented around the 1400s, with players calling the game “Shoffe-Groat.” During the game, players would slide a large 4-pence coin down a long table and score points for getting the coin as close to the edge of the playing table without falling off. Now, the shuffleboard gameplay is still the same, but players are now using weighted pucks instead of coins.
Playing shuffleboard is excellent for social engagements as it requires at least two players during a match. Accordingly, the game allows any age group to play as the shuffleboard’s gameplay is easy to understand. Since it provides inclusivity, families and friends can quickly bond together while playing shuffleboard.
- Table Tennis Table
Table tennis is another popular fast-paced competitive Olympic sport played by two players (singles) or four players (doubles). Its gameplay is simple: hit a ball back and forth over the net, using table tennis rackets, and score 11 points.
Although table tennis is an Olympic sport that is played indoors, it can also be played outdoors as a recreational sport. Many people play table tennis because of various reasons: (1) it is a non-contact sport making it safe for any age group to play; (2) it can be played anywhere and at any time; (3) like other sports, it has health benefits (improve balance, reflexes, hand-eye coordination, and cognitive skills).
- Cornhole Board
The cornhole game is believed to have originated in Germany in the 14th century. Consequently, it was rediscovered in Kentucky over 100 years ago. With time, the game has been called many names, including Corn Toss, Bean Bag, and Bean Toss. Cornhole has also been called Indiana Horseshoes and Soft Horseshoes because of the gameplay’s similarity to the horseshoes game, which is generally played by pitching horseshoes and metal stakes. In cornhole, contestants take turns to throw their corn bags at the cornhole platform and race to reach 21 points.
Like shuffleboard, corn toss’s gameplay is simple and easy to understand. It also does not involve the use of metal or pointed objects. Thus, the game is perfect for families with children looking for entertainment activities that can be both done inside and outside the house.
Playing table games offer a healthy and fun way of spending time with family and friends. Like other types of games, table games also challenge, strengthen, and enhance mental abilities, and provide physical exercise, toning the muscles.
Various types and styles of table games are available in the market, including all-weather outdoor table games. Outdoor game tables are perfect for families and friends who like to gather in the backyard, whether to celebrate an event or have a barbecue. It provides friendly competition that encourages relationships and helps family and friends unplug from their smartphones and other electronic gadgets and spend quality time together. Many people, particularly teenagers, are becoming too much invested in the digital world and less interested in face-to-face communication.
Investing in outdoor game tables improves a family’s home life, relationship with one another, quality of time, and health. As game tables placed outdoors are exposed to weather elements, including wind, rain, and snow, homeowners must select products that are durable and weather resistant.
R&R Outdoors is an outdoor pool table company in Naples, Florida that produces outstanding all-weather billiards and games for residential and commercial play. Our game table products can enhance indoor entertainment and outdoor living areas and provide timeless and fun for any age.
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