Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Franklin Sports Classic Games: Soft Tip Target Toss, CHUX! Bean Bag Toss and Advanced Badminton Set {Review & Giveaway}

Franklin logo
While I have long believed that my children's imaginations can keep them entertained with nothing more than a cardboard box or a handful of sticks and rocks, that doesn't mean that I'm not always keeping an eye out for convenient, portable, entertaining additions to our game collection.

After all, often the best memories are made when we spend an afternoon laughing and playing with our family and friends!

Which is why I was happy to realize that Franklin Sports, a name that I have always associated with baseball gloves and bats, also offers a wide variety of classic games that can bring together all ages for a great time out in the sunshine.

yard games

As the top choice of baseball stars young and old (as well as the Official Batting Glove of Major League Baseball), Franklin Sports also produces a wide variety of entertaining games — everything from bocce to tetherball to croquet. You just can't go wrong with the fun that these traditional games can bring to your backyard barbeque or next tailgate!

Considering how much we enjoy the ability to spice up our gatherings with a little friendly competition, we were excited to get to try out the Franklin Soft Tip Target Toss, Franklin CHUX! Bean Bag Toss and Franklin Advanced Badminton Set.

Franklin yard games

Designed for quick and easy backyard fun, Soft Tip Target Toss is an updated, safe version of the classic lawn darts. With four soft tip target tosses (two red and two blue), two scoring rings, and a handy storage/carry bag, this game can be pulled out just about anywhere, anytime.

Franklin Soft Tip Target Toss

While we found the scoring rings to be a bit too light and loose to stay laid out on their own, we added two of our own small stakes on either end to hold them in place without problem.

After that, this game was great for playing competitively (by keeping score) or more casually (by just seeing if we could hit the target) and we found that even though the box states that it is for ages 12+, that Soft Tip Target Toss could provide a safe afternoon of fun for the whole family.

Afterward, I love the convenience of being able to rinse off the parts if needed and that the storage bag is just the right size to keep all of the pieces together. There is no problem stashing this in the garage and having it ready to pull out for in the yard or to bring along to a park, the beach and more.

plastic lawn darts

Retailing for $19.99, Soft Tip Target Toss can be purchased directly from Franklin Sports or on Amazon.

When we're looking to show off our aiming skills even further, the CHUX! Bean Bag Toss game has proven to be another simple, portable, entertaining way for everyone to get in on the action.

CHUX Bean Bag Toss

After a minute or two of assembly, we had the frame together and the target in place. All that was left to do was take aim with the blue and yellow bean bags and hope to rack up the points!

Franklin Bean Bag Toss game

As with Soft Tip Target Toss, CHUX! Bean Bag Toss is easy to adapt based on skill level — changing the distance between the player and the target, how many attempts each player receives, etc.

We found that no matter how competitively we opted to play, that the concept was simple and straightforward and led to plenty of laughter, cheers and groans. All in all, a great time!

When we are done for the day, Franklin has made CHUX! Bean Bag Toss easy to clean, if necessary, as everything from the bean bags to the target can be wiped down or hosed off. After pulling apart the frame, the pieces all store easily in the carry bag so that it can be hung for later or tossed over your shoulder with the comfortable strap. Just grab it and go for your next backyard party, block party or more!

bean bag toss

Retailing for $29.99, CHUX! Bean Bag Toss can be purchased directly from Franklin Sports or on Amazon.

Finally, for those with slightly more skill and hand-eye coordination, the Advanced Badminton Set provides all of the necessities for four people to get in on the action of sending a shuttlecock soaring through the air.

badminton game

We did encounter assembly issues with this set, as the included instructions didn't seem to actually match up with the pieces included. Eventually giving up trying to follow along, my husband went ahead and connected the poles and net and stuck the ground stakes into the ground at what seemed like an angle that would hold tight.

badminton set

Fortunately, we guessed right! The PVC poles stood strong and the net held plenty of tension so that we were able to play round after round of badminton. And who doesn't love this classic game?

The padded grip on the rackets made them easy to hold and they were lightweight enough that both of the girls were eager to try again and again (even though they had a bit of a hard time actually getting the racket to connect with the shuttlecock). Although we again didn't keep score, I have no doubt that we'll pull this set out for our next party in the yard or park!

As Franklin included a messenger carry bag to store all of the pieces, there's no reason that the Advanced Badminton Set can't come along with you the next time you're joining friends and are looking to have some friendly competition.

badminton

Retailing for $39.99, the Advanced Badminton Set can be purchased directly from Franklin Sports or on Amazon.

For the remainder of summer, tailgating in the fall, warm weather winter vacations and more, Franklin Sports has a huge collection of classic games that are sure to help bring your family and friends together and provide the laughter and memories that will be treasured for years to come.

And, thanks to their generosity, one person will be prepared to entertain outdoors for quite some time, because...

One lucky person will win a Soft Tip Target Toss, a CHUX! Bean Bag Toss and an Advanced Badminton Set from Franklin Sports (total ARV $90)!


(Enter with the Rafflecopter form below. If you have any questions or problems entering, there is a video tutorial found here that can help.)

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A big thank you to Franklin Sports for providing these three games for me to review as well as for one lucky giveaway winner. The opinions shared are my own and honest and if you really need to see more, click here to see how I roll.

208 comments:

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Leilani said...

These games look great. Would be a good way to end the summer!

Country Cookin' Mama said...

My boys would love the pitching machine.
countrycookinmama at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

The pitching machine is something we could really use with the kids.

cgentry1952@yahoo.com

SueZH said...

I would love a bocce set

Sylvia said...

We would like the Franklin Golf Toss
sylviawhit@gmail.com

wigget said...

i'd also like to own the Deluxe Boxing Set with Authentic Sounds

Janet W. said...

I like the Recreational Horseshoe Set.
janet3rdgrade@yahoo.com

Ann Fantom said...

I would like to get Franklin Sports' Classic Badminton Set

abfantom at yahoo dot com

skbaron said...

I'd love to have the hoops to go pro for my family!

Shilo Beedy said...

My family would love the Deluxe Boxing Set with Authentic Sounds

shilobeedy@gmail.com

mommy2luke2008 said...

I would love to have this:
http://www.franklinsportsgear.com/14178.html

VJ ~ vantalee said...

I like the Glow in the Dark Flipper Hockey Table Top Game. That looks like fun!

Wild N Mild $$$ said...

My son would like the Electronic Bounce-A-Bucket.

Jennifer Rote
wildnmild4u at yahoo dot com

Chrissy Nestor said...

I like the Chux Toss game.

chrissylea1979 (at)gmail(dot) com

Frugalista Mama said...

Badmiton would be fun!

Serenap95 said...

Recreational Tetherball Set sounds fun

peg42 said...

The Field Master Pitching Machine would be great.
Thanks so much.
rickpeggysmith(at)aol(dot)com

pamela kline said...

The croquet set would be so much fun.

mummytotwoboys said...

Really like 5-A-Side Flag Football Set

mummytotwoboys@yahoo.com

sherylssg said...

We would love to play the Fold n Go Golf Toss.

sflickinger at rocketmail dot com

jessica said...

the bocce set looks great!

jek9880 at gmail dot com

Finamoon said...

Love a LITE UPZ™ Foam Soccer Ball!

latanya said...

5-A-Side Flag Football Set

Kathy said...

A pitching machine would be fun... to help my son get better for his little league team.

MELINA said...

Franklin MLB 3-Position Batting Tee to Go my son likes baseball

nicole / Twitter: BTHM1 said...

we'd love a bocce set as well

Anonymous said...

pitching machine

Bethany C. said...

I like the nhl indoor sport 2 in 1 set.

Rebecca O said...

We also enjoy Horseshoes as well! bekki1820cb at gmail dot com

amy beth marantino said...

i like the MLB® SuperStar Batter & Fielder Multi-Function 4-in-1 Pitching Machine

nickieisis3 said...

My family would love the Deluxe Boxing Set with Authentic Sounds

Carrie Phelps said...

I would love to have the Intermediate Horseshoe Set.

FireRunner2379 said...

We could really use the MLB Professional Multi-Sport Return Trainer

Anonymous said...

pitching machine

Tracey said...

My family would enjoy the FOLD-N-GO® Magnetic Dart Toss Set
traymona[at]aol.com

kellyr78 said...

I like the Field Master Pitching Machine
kellywcuATyahooDOTcom

mywildcrazylife said...

Croket is another set we would love!
masugr at yahoo dot com

Ledford Land said...

My family would love the LITE UPZ™ Foam Bowling Set!

cherriesjessilee at gmail dot com

wildcat32 said...

I would like the MLS® Light Up Soccer Goal Set.

chris z said...

i like the Classic Horseshoe SetHome

Space Monkey said...

I would like to get their Lite Upz foam bowling kit! I could REALLY use this with my pre-school church group.

Katie Rose said...

Honestly, I'd like a plain old frisbee! But I think my kids want some baseball mitts and balls

mogrill said...

Id love the Bocce set.Thanks for the chance.
mogrill12@gmail.com

llinda29 said...

I want Advanced 113MM Bocce Set

Marie said...

Well I would love to learn how to play Bocce but my son would rather have the pitching machine :-)

marielay@gmail.com

Helen Keeler said...

We'd love the Hoops to Go Pro.

Desi H said...

The Recreational Horseshoe Set.

Danielle Davis/Grady said...

Franklin 5-in-1 Sports Center! :)
Thank you!
Suchaproudmama @ yahoo.com

freddie said...

I would love to have the 6 in 1 Table Top Arcade. dwelchert@yahoo.com

Frugal Tumbleweed Acres said...

The Lite UPZ foam Football would be perfect for my great grand.
gourdsrmylife(at)yahoo(dot)com

Kendal said...

The Light Ups Foam Basketball Set looks awesome http://www.franklinsportsgear.com/14181.html

Sherry Conrad said...

MLB Three Strikes

Linda said...

We would enjoy playing t Bocce Ball.
mintstatesportswear(at)juno(dot)com

Anonymous said...

Disney Cars Hoops to Go
marypopmom@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

A Bocce Set rkmarsh at aol dot com

Katy~The Country Blossom said...

Classic Horseshoe Set

Trevor C. said...

classic horseshoe set

Kim said...

Love their pop up mini soccer goal
kimberlysummer40@aol.com

Anonymous said...

The Badmitton Set

Larry Kroesing said...

I would like the Advanced 113M Bocce Set. It would round out the options provided with the sets being given away. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

Anonymous said...

The NHL Shoot-Out Pop-Up Target 54" x 44" would be great fun...smthepas@gmail.com

Daisy said...

i like the Premier 5' x 10' Steel Soccer Goal

ape2016 said...

classic bocce set

april yedinak

scottsgal said...

pitching machine
msboatgal at aol.com

Anonymous said...

A Bocce set would be wonderful!

Diana Stanhope said...

I think they would love the classic bocce set.

Trasina said...

We would also love the Field Master Pitching Machine with Auto feed Combo Set

Kelly Grant said...

the liteupz bowling balls

Nikki said...

My family would also enjoy their Franklin Golf Toss (PVC) :) ngiraldi at gmail dot com

Karen F said...

would love to have a pitching machine for the boys

Tamra said...

Our family would love the Field Master Pitching Machine with Auto feed Combo Set

Karen said...

My boys would like to have the Trac Tec Breakaway Hoop.
Thanks, Karen
lemontart5kb at gmail dot com

janetfaye said...

We would like Classic Horseshoe Set.

janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

myfolly said...

I'd love the Classic Croquet Set

Wanda McHenry
wbailey113 at hotmail dot com

pammmywooo said...

the Junior Deluxe Multi-Sport Return Trainer would be great.

katychick said...

my son would love the mlb pitching machine
tcogbill at live dot com

Robert Pyszk said...

Adjust-A-Sport® Youth Golf Set

Selinda said...

I'd love the Hoops to Go Pro!

Thanks,

selinda_mccumbers at yahoo.com

r said...

I've always wanted to try bocce!

KD { Mom of 3 Dolls } said...

Light Up Soccer Goal Set

Felicia R said...

The Classic Bocce set looks fun to have!

Tanya M said...

My boys would love Light Strike Hockey.

Kate Guinn said...

I would like the recreational tetherball set or a croquet set.

Maria said...

bocce set. thanks!

Tabitha said...

i'd love the LITE UPZ™ Foam Bowling Set
kayleefaith1228@aol.com

MichelleS said...

The golf toss.

apple blossom said...

6 in 1 Table Top Arcade

ChristopherRR said...

a bocce set would be awesome ! thx !

marymichelotti said...

My nephew loves soccer! I'd love to get him a soccer net!

marymichelotti(at)gmail(dot)com

polly said...

would love a croquet set

Mandy B said...

My husband would love the horseshoes set!!

2u3mommy at gmail dot com

Colleen M said...

I would also like to have their Franklin Golf Toss.

colljerr at comcast dot net

Elizabeth G said...

I would like to own the Classic Volleyball Set

Dave said...

the Lite UPs foam bowling set looks fun

Cassandra Eastman said...

I'd love the Adjust A Sport Youth Golf set for my son!

Meghan said...

Bocce would be neat!

Whitney said...

classic horseshoe set

Linda W. said...

Love tetherball!

Julie P. said...

Bean bag toss!

Tracy said...

I would like the Pop Up Junior Goald so I could play soccer with my kids in the yard.

LeeAnn said...

The ZERO GRAVITY SPORTS 32" Hockey Table looks pretty cool!

Penny B W said...

My family would love the LITE UPZ™ Foam Football!

michelle r said...

the Electronic Bounce-A-Bucket looks fun! heinzmom at hotmail dot com

smilekisses said...

I love the horseshoe set.
dolniaks at consolidated dot net

Elena said...

I like the LITE UPZ Foam Bowling Set.
elena.cacahuete(at)gmail(dot)com

Shauna said...

The golf set looks cool. Thanks

alisa said...

the FOLD-N-GO® Magnetic Dart Toss

Christine Jensen said...

we would love the Pop UP Junior Goal

sweetsue said...

I like the Franklin Expert Volley Ball Set.
Susan Chester

dario moniz said...

I like the Disney Cars 3-in-1 Arcade Center

yanktheese@yahoo.com

Rgarden7 said...

The horseshoes or the bocce set would be fun to own.

Anonymous said...

My son would love the Lite Upz soccer and football
Kristina.Glidewell@gmail.com

Tamar said...

The Advanced Tetherball set.

rookieabh said...

Classic Horseshoe Set :)

Christine Jessamine said...

i like the NEO CLASSIC® II Batting Gloves (Adult & Youth)

christinejessamine at hotmail dot com

Terra H. said...

My boys would like the Franklin Value Pack Baseballs 12-Pack. Thanks.
partymix25(at)hotmail(dot)com

Anonymous said...

boccee mamotts

Tiffany Overton said...

We would love to have the Badminton set!
tiffoverton77@yahoo.com

Julie said...

the horseshoe set

hebb dot julie at gmail dot com

aaltw_515 said...

http://www.franklinsportsgear.com/1087.html
My husband wants one so bad lol to play with the boys.

Erika P. said...

I like the Intermediate 5 Game Set.

Christina said...

I want to play Badminton right now!

Pickled Pandas said...

Fold and go golf toss, we love playing this game when we visit family

Les Galloway said...

My son would love to have the Pop-Up Crossfire Trainer for practice.

Leslie Galloway (LesGalloway //at// hotmail //dot// com) www.facebook.com/GallowayLeslie

Caryn said...

My daughter would love the Mini Dora the Explorer Pop-Up Goal

caryn9802 at yahoo dot com

Mellanhead said...

the Official GRIP RITE® Football

Diane Zielinski said...

We'd love to get the Cars Flipper Hockey, Glow in the Dark.

Brooke Adametz said...

I'd love the classic bocce set!

Hotsnotty2 said...

We would like the Franklin Golf Toss

Hotsnotty2@hotmail.com

jules said...

i like the classic horseshoe set.

imisstx at comcast dot net

Randominities said...

Classic Horsehoes look like fun, too.

Angela H said...

I would love the Franklin Golf Toss.

tamtam said...

classic horseshoes

natalia ryjova said...

the bocce looks cool
rusik76@hotmail.com

Hoa said...

We would like the Recreational Tetherball Set.

alittlepieceofheaven777(at)yahoo(dot)com

Familyof5 said...

We love the the horseshoe set

xuanthaohkus(at)yahoo(dot)com

brich2222 said...

would like to have their Mini SpongeBob SquarePants Pop-Up Goal


brich22 at earthlink dot net

Chip said...

The ZERO GRAVITY SPORTS 32" Hockey Table would be fun for winter.

Entered under the name of Jill L

Anonymous said...

disney cars hoops to go

micheal dale grim said...

i would love to have the bocce set!!

kathy pease said...

i like the GRIP-RITE® 100 Basketball (Intermediate - 28.5")

Carolyn said...

Adjust-A-Sport® Youth Golf Set because we are a golfing family!

Thanks for the giveaway!

Becky said...

I would love to get the boys the MLB Professional Multi-Sport Return Trainer. They would use it continuously.

Thanks so much!

Mommy 2 Monkeys said...

I like the classic Bocce set.

tavernie said...

The Toy Story 3 Ball Pack!
ptavernie at yahoo dot com

Leigha Kelsey said...

MLB Professional Multi-Sport Return Trainer

LMB419@aol.com

Teresa H. said...

The Lite UPZ Foam Bowling Set would be great!

Kendra Warstler said...

The MLB multi-sport return trainer looks super fun!! :)

JENNi said...

Im loving the Cars Flipper Hockey (Glow in the Dark)

Thanks!!
Jenni

Anonymous said...

neo classic 2 batting glove

lowville04@yahoo.com

coriwestphal said...

I'd love to be able to get my kids the NHL HX Pro 72" Championship Steel Goal! Fun!

coriwestphal at msn dot com

The Busy Mom said...

My family would love the Advanced Tetherball Set. Thank you for the lovely giveaway!
Erin E
busymom369 at gmail dot com

channallocks said...

the Classic Croquet Set

Valeen said...

Wow! So many great things to choose from! I think we'd like the Advanced Tetherball Set first!

Jenni Fabry said...

The fold and go shooters!

Karen said...

The Adjustable Rebounder for soccer.

Krista Fowles said...

Volleyball

Anonymous said...

I would like the horseshoe.
shawnac68@hotmail.com

ltlbitone said...

we like the Classic Horseshoe Set

ltlbit1@hotmail dot com

Brenda said...

I like the Franklin Golf Toss.

Brigette Streeper said...

I would like the volleyball set.
brigettestreeper@yahoo.com

Carole Ingram said...

Intermediate 5 Game Set - it has many different games,I like that !!

Annie said...

would like to own the bocce set

pansyadams@gmail.com

Storm, The Psychotic Housewife said...

We'd like to have the 5-A-Side Flag Football Set.

Carolyn Daley said...

I like the Recreational Tetherball Set

noreen said...

The horse shoe recreation set

Vera said...

the pitching machine

Cheryl Reinhardt said...

Franklin Sports' Classic Badminton Set and the horse shoe set!

Zak said...

We'd like to own the Franklin Advanced Volleyball Set!

willdebbie said...

My daughter picked the GRIP-RITE® 100 Basketball (Official - 29.5")
christal c w
willdebbie97 at yahoo dot com

Laurie Nemeth said...

THIS WOULD BE SO GREAT.. LOVE THE HORSE SHOES AND VOLLEYBALL

STF said...

Their Trac Tec Breakaway Hoop
Franklin Trac Tec Breakaway Hoop.

sheilatf52 at yahoo dot com

susansmoaks said...

we would love to get the grip-rite 100 basketball intermediate 28.5"

susansmoaks at gmail dot com

peppersalt said...

We like the volley ball set. saltpepper1_2000@yahoo.com

Sarah Yurga said...

my nephew would love a MLB® SuperStar Batter & Fielder Multi-Function 4-in-1 Pitching Machine
sarahyurga@yahoo.com

Joan Troche said...

I like the Fold-N-Go 10-Cup

Teresa Thompson said...

MLB® 360 Degree Auto Batting Tee

schueler1 said...

I like the NFL Foot Locker - New York Giants
schueler.jessica@yahoo.com

Heidi said...

I like the Pop Up Mini Soccer Goal!

Jenny18286 said...

I like the MLB Professional Multi-Sport Return Trainer

Nicole C. said...

I would love to own the LITE UPZ™ Foam Soccer Ball.

choateorama(at)gmail(dot)com

Jennifer Reed said...

My kids would also enjoy the 3D Electronic Pinball game for our long winters.
reejen at comcast dot net

sue said...

My son would love the soccer lease kick trainer

Caitlin McClure said...

We'd love horseshoe

cassandra said...

We would love to own the competition steel soccer goal!
cassandraashleym at yahoo dot com
fb: rab pom

Casey Hart said...

Glow in the Dark Flipper Hockey Table Top Game I think i found a Christmas gift

Jim Cabaj said...

We would love to get the NHL® Goal, Stick and Ball Set

Candice said...

I like the 6 in 1 table top arcade
thank you

Peggy Rydzewski said...

5-A-Side Flag Football Set

Trisha McKee said...

My daughter would love and use the Field Master Pitching Machine with Auto feed Combo Set.

tridingermckee at gmail dot com

Bakersdozen said...

I would love the Field Master Pitching Machine with Auto feed Combo Set. I just noticed the previous poster posted this. But, I really want one of these. vidomich(at)yahoo(dot)com

Beth Palacios said...

The glow in the dark hockey table top looks awesome!

Heather said...

I thionk the FOLD-N-GO® 10-Cup.

Breanne said...

Elite Volleyball Set

Gianna said...

Franklin MLB® 3-Position Batting Tee to Go.

sumn said...

The 3-D electronic pinball would be fun to have and play.

amy16323 said...

a soccer net!
amy16323(at)gmail(dot)com

Laura Unger said...

I'd love to own the elite volleyball set.

Dawn Reid said...

The GRIP RITE® 100 Basketball Team Pack (6) with Pump
mightynaynay(at)cs.com

AEKZ2 said...

We'd also like to own the Franklin MLB® 3-Position Batting Tee To Go

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