Top 10 Exciting Basketball Games for Kids!

Since James Naismith hung up those two peach baskets in 1891 to the present day NBA Finals, Basketball has been one of the most exciting and fun sports to play around the globe. Many parks, communities, and even homes have basketball hoops set up for prospective players to come and play. Even if you don’t have ten players to set up a traditional basketball game, there are many basketball games for kids or adults that just require a basketball hoop and a basketball. Here are our favorite driveway basketball games!

top basketball games for kids

Top Basketball Games for Kids

  • H-O-R-S-E: This classic driveway basketball game tests your shooting accuracy. Players take turns attempting shots from different spots on the court. If you make a shot and your opponent misses, they receive a letter. The first to spell out “H-O-R-S-E” loses. It is fun to take crazy no look shots or wild layups and see if your friends can match. Growing up we would lower the driveway basketball hoop and add dunking to the arsenal of shots we can take! Check out these amazing trick shots for some ideas here!
  • Around the World: Players take turns shooting from designated spots around the key or three-point line. Each successful shot allows the player to advance to the next spot. We would play you can take two shots, and if you missed the first one you can elect to stay on that spot until your next turn. If you missed both, you have to go back to the first spot. The first player to make a shot from all spots wins!
  • 1-on-1: A simple yet intense game where two players compete head-to-head. Players take turns on offense and defense, attempting to score while preventing their opponent from doing the same. Rules are make it – take it, so if you make the shot then you get the ball back. First player to a set number of points (e.g., 11 or 21) wins. If you have more than 2 players, then a good rule is to rotate out whoever loses.
  • Knockout: Probably the most popular basketball game for kids. Also known as “Bump” or “Lightning,” this fast-paced game involves multiple players shooting in a line from the free throw or three point line. Each player must make their shot before the player behind them does. If the player behind makes their shot first, the first player is “knocked out” of the game. Last player standing wins!
  • Dribble Knockout: Different than regular Knockout, everyone must dribble the ball while the other players try to make each other lost control of the ball. If a player loses control of the ball or travels, they’re out of the game. This game is great for kids to work on their dribbling handles.
  • 21: A popular basketball game for three or more players. Players take turns trying to score on one another. Each made shot counts as one point, except for shots made beyond the three-point line, which count for two points. If you make a basket then the player gets to shoot up to three free throws until they miss. The first player to reach 21 points wins. Bonus rule is when you get to 21 you have to hit a three pointer to “seal it.” If you miss than you go back to 13.
  • 3-Point Contest: This is the basketball game for kids to unleash their inner Stephen Curry. Set up a designated three-point line and compete to see who can make the most three-pointers within a set time limit or a certain amount of shots. Whoever makes the most shots wins!
  • Dunk Contest: If you have a hoop with an adjustable height, organize a dunk contest to showcase your best slams and creative dunks. Invite friends or family to judge and score each dunk!
  • Free Throw Challenge: Test your free throw shooting skills by seeing how many consecutive free throws you can make from the foul line. Set a personal goal or compete against friends to see who can make the most in a row!
  • Hot Shot: Set up multiple shooting spots around the driveway, each with a designated point value. Players take turns shooting from each spot, trying to accumulate as many points as possible within a set time limit. Have a layup be one point, free throw – two points, three pointer – three points and so on.
Around the world basketball game

Best Basketball Hoop for Driveway

Need help finding a great basketball hoop for your driveway or street? We love the FirstAsk basketball hoop here on Amazon. It is easily adjustable from 4.9ft to the standard 10ft with a handle anyone can use. Also the base has wheels to help make the hoop more portable for when it needs to be moved.

Now that you have read our favorite basketball games for kids, grab a ball and get outside! These games are not only fun but also great for improving your basketball skills and fostering friendly competition among players of all ages. Let us know if you know of any other great basketball games to add to this list!

If you enjoyed these games, make sure to check out the rest of our ultimate list of 63 outdoor games!

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