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PLAYING LADDER BALL – Fun Outdoor Games for Families

Posted on January 25, 2019  in Home & Garden

In trying to review things that will keep a young girl active and be fun for the whole family, Stay-At-Home Dad Reviews has no problems calling this one of the most fun outdoor games for families.

Playing ladder ball has been a family favourite of ours for probably 15 years now. As you’ll see through many upcoming reviews/posts on this site our extended family is big into the outdoors. We camp every summer, all summer out at Kookanusa Lake in B.C. Grandma, Parents, Sisters, Aunts, Uncles, Cousins – everybody…every weekend.

And we all like to pass the time by playing games – card games, board games, activity games you name it. Check out our Favourite Board Games review for some Top 10 lists of our favourites.

Playing ladder ball is by far the most popular among everyone when out at the lake. To the point where my uncle and dad just built a permanent one between my uncles and my grandmas trailers.

This summer my daughter is at the age where she finally got the playing ladder ball addiction the rest of us have, and needed one for our place back home in Calgary as well. Of course I was all over that and purchased one ASAP. The best gifts are the ones she thinks are a present for her but really I’m just buying it for me. Haha!

With all of this extra practice, she’s going to be tough to beat at playing ladder ball when we go back out to the lake with the rest of the family now!

Playing ladder ball is similar in nature to playing bean bag toss or even playing bocce. It some times gets called Ladder Toss or even Golf Toss because of the use of heavier golf balls on string as opposed to the lighter bolas.

Best suited for 2-4 players at a time and great for building tournaments around with multiple two person teams.

A full layout of the rules can be found here.

They vary in price anywhere from $40 – $175. There’s even awesome NFL Licensed ones! You can buy sturdy metal ones, ones made from PVC pipe or plastic ones. Even fold-able ones so the weight would vary accordingly. The average dimensions are approximately 22 x 22 x 38 inches.


DAUGHTERS REVIEW: “I think its a really good fun game. Nice to play with people like your friends and family. Playing ladder ball takes lots of practice but if you keep playing you can get really good.”

DADS REVIEW: “So many family memories have been built on the back of playing ladder ball with my dad, uncles, and even grandma. Absolutely buy one for your family.”