In honor of the summer Olympics season it’s time to start planning the next backyard olympic games for the whole family! Get out your gold medals, battle faces, and be ready for a crazy day of fun with your kids. Don’t know where to start? Keep reading for our favorite family olympic ideas this summer.
How did the Olympics start?
The Olympics started over 2700 years ago in Ancient Greece and were held as a sacred truce for people from all over the neighboring lands to compete in various sporting events. Today, the Olympics are held every four years, honoring the sacred tradition of the ancient Olympians. Professional athletes gather from all over the world to compete in the games, and the modern Olympics are an event of true global unity.
What sports are in the 2021 Olympics?
A wide variety of sports will be held at the 2021 Summer Olympics in Japan, including some new ones! Team events such as football, baseball, basketball, softball, sailing, surfing, and cycling will be held outside of Tokyo.
The traditional summer events like synchronized swimming, diving, swimming, water polo, and open water swimming will be held throughout the Games. Keep an eye out for archery, track and field, badminton, and gymnastics. There’s even Olympic kayaking and canoeing!
How to cheer on our American Olympians
Athletes who qualify for the Olympics have the honor of representing their country and making their citizens proud. There are ways you can directly show your support to Team USA through donations and letters.
If you don’t have the means to donate, supporting the team by tuning in television and social media is just as great! Hold Olympic Games viewing parties for your friends and family, or host your own summer olympic games right in the backyard.
Things to wear for your Olympic Games watch party and Kids Olympics
Olympic Games watch parties are the best way to show off your American pride and support the athletes! Get dressed up in your best USA gear and add on some face paint for an extra flare. Need some outfit ideas for your little one? Here are our favorite USA kids outfit ideas at Sparkle in Pink:
Mom & Me - USA Tie Top W/ Flag Embroidered Patch
Show off your USA pride with your little one in this adorable mommy and me matching set! Featuring a short sleeve jersey top with a tie bottom, this outfit is perfect for warm weather fun. Wear some white denim cutoffs to complete your matching look! Made with lightweight and breathable fabric, these USA tie tops will keep you and your girl comfortable all day long.
"USA" Glitter American Flag Pom Pom Short Set
Get her cheer on with the Glitter American Flag Pom Pom set! Featuring easy pull-on shorts with an allover sequin design, and a matching white tank with USA embossed on the front. The cute pom pom details make this an adorably festive outfit, and perfect for any summer Olympic celebration!
"USA" Fringe Tank Top Sequin Skirt Set
Did someone say sparkle? Introducing the USA Fringe Tank Sequin Skirt Set! This little number is full of bling and flare, featuring a red-white-blue sequin skirt. The fringe tank is a great top for summer and is versatile and comfortable. Pair with some accessories and sandals and she’ll be ready for any Olympic backyard games!
"America" Tie Dye Skirt Set
Flaunt her patriotic colors in the classic America Tie Dye Skirt Set! Featuring a cute red-white-blue skirt with a versatile white “America” tie tank. Made with ultra-soft material for any outdoor summer adventure, she’ll stay comfy AND stylish!
"USA" Popsicle Denim Short Set
Every girl needs a classic pair of denim cutoffs, and the USA Popsicle Denim Short set has exactly that! Featuring an adorable tank with tie straps and a pair of adjustable waistband denim shorts, this outfit is great for running around outside all day long!
Mom & Me - "USA" Glitter Star Tank Top
The Mommy and Me Glitter Star Tank matching set is trendy, stylish, and so comfortable for summer! Featuring a white star pattern on soft navy fabric and “USA” embossed in red sparkly letters on the front, this shirt will make you and your little one feel like true Olympians. These Mommy and Me shirts are perfect for any Olympic watching party. Let the compliments come rolling in!
How to Host Your Own Kids Olympics: 6 Easy Steps
‘Tis the season for the long-awaited backyard olympic games. Can someone start a drum roll please? In six easy steps you can turn your backyard into the next Olympic ring (maybe without the giant torch!).
1. Pick your sports
Some favorites include:
- Table Tennis
Some less conventional options:
- Water-balloon toss
- Over-and-under race with a wet sponge
- Blow out a candle with a water-gun competition
- Egg on a spoon/Egg toss
- Three-legged race
- Frisbee golf
- Eating contests
- Flip cup
2. Create the medals
Use some cardboard, ribbon, and glitter glue to create some quick and flashy medals for the winners!
3. Create your country flags
The flags are the best part of any backyard olympic games! Use paper or fabric and some markers to create each participant’s flag. Have your little ones make up their own country or choose one of their favorite places to visit!
4. Hold your opening ceremony
Belt your national anthems, wave your flags, and give a good round of high fives to all participants. The opening ceremony is the perfect time to show off your nation’s colors.
5. Play ball!
Let the games begin! Get ready to rumble with all of your favorite backyard games you picked out.
6. Hold your closing ceremony!
There are winners, there are losers, and there are those that would rather sit and eat watermelon and spectate. Whatever the outcome was, everyone will have had a blast!
Host the Best Kids Olympic Games With Sparkle in PinkYou have the history, the outfits, and all the games necessary to plan a festive day of fun for your kids! If you don’t have time to hold the backyard Olympic games, no worries. You can still tune into the summer Olympics this year wearing your best Team USA gear!
Get your little ones inspired this summer. Need more fun summer activity and outfit ideas? Visit our blog to learn more about kids summer clothing and outfit ideas!