Fun Cottage Games

A getaway with family is a time to put away the electronics and reconnect.


Conversations, coffee on the deck, and games are a great way to spend time with the ones you love. Nearly every family has at one time played the old standbys like Monopoly or charades…and these are still great for rainy days or when the weather is cold outside.

Since our friends at CanadaStays can help you find the perfect cottage or vacation rental, we thought we’d ask them for some suggestions for games to play while on vacation at the cottage.

Summer games can be different, adding more excitement and entertainment to the cottage adventure. Getting the family out in the sun instead of cooped up indoors is a great way to make to this the best summer ever.  

If your family stays on the water, why not try some water games to play. Water volleyball (played with a beach ball) is always good for laughs and bonding between family members. For younger children, allow them to shoot beach balls with water guns. Imagination is key. If you would rather stay out of the lake, water balloon fights are always a wonderful way to cool off and spend time together.  

Don’t want to get wet? Blow up balloons, give each person a paper plate stapled to a stick and see who can hit the balloon the farthest. Vary it with ‘who can keep it in the air the longest’ or make teams and see which team can keep the balloon in the air. Again, imagination is key.

Another great game is magical chairs, but on the lawn with patio chairs. Set one fewer chair than the number of players in a circle arranged facing outward with the players standing in a circle just outside the chairs. Get the iPod dock or CD player and play your favourite music while the players in the circle walk in unison around the chairs. When the music stops each player attempts to sit down in one of the chairs. The player who is left without a chair is eliminated from the game.


If the weather forces you indoors, hold a scavenger hunt. Verbal or written clues can lead the family members to hidden items. When someone finds all of the items on the list, they win. It is then their turn to hide items. Holding a dance-off will surely bring on the laughs as well. Be creative. Take pictures. Make memories to last. After all, isn’t that the reason you take a vacation?

CanadaStays can help you find the perfect cottage rental or vacation rental to best suit the needs for your family. Browse through tons of vacation rentals throughout Canada and plan your family vacation today!

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