By Park and Sun

Reviewed for Middle School, 2009

Bocce Tournament Set

Long revered in Italy as the perfect way to pass a sunny afternoon, bocce is beginning to catch on as a low-key antidote to high-energy athletic pastimes. Possibly the only sport you can play with a drink in hand, the game of bocce consists of tossing or rolling the grapefruit-sized balls to get as close as possible to the smaller, target ball (or to knock away other players' balls). Great fun for kids who might not consider themselves athletic, as well as sporty kids (and even their achy parents!), bocce is a go-to game for birthdays and picnics, as well as summer afternoons in the park or the backyard. Bowling, be gone! (Park and Sun, $53.99)