This is the ultimate list of captivating, fun, and mentally stimulating family games that will keep everyone looking forward to game-nights!
The Importance of Family Game Night
If you’re looking for inexpensive ways to spend time with family, establishing a family game night is an excellent start.
Way back in time (pre-iPhone years) board and card game were a popular way to entertain at parties, with friends or after dinner. Hands up for everyone who remembers Yahtzee and Monopoly tournaments!
And there’s a reason we enjoyed them, interactive games create stronger bonds within the participants (family/friends) and provoke lots of laughter. Even better, kids who play interactive board games develop strong motor skills, are more successful in problem-solving and benefit in academic performance, and that’s research!
Don’t know where to start? I’ve got you covered with over 30 games to appeal to all ages and interest. So clear off that dining room table and make room for lots of fun!
Classic Family Games
It’s only appropriate we start with the classics! You’ll recognize these from your younger years, and I promise they are still just as fun.
A household classic game in which kids and adults can purchase property, go to jail, arrest, and make all of life’s big decisions. As long as your Monopoly games don’t end up in turned over tables and heated arguments, play on!
An interactive “battle” that appeals to both kids and adults for its strategic thinking and competitive energy. In addition to the classic battleships, this version ups the ante with additional aircraft carrier pieces.
Good for 2-5 players, ages 7 and up Carcassone is a game inspired by the medieval fortress in southern France. Followers can take on the roles of knights, monks, farmers, and thieves to score points and lay cities, roads, monasteries, and fields around Carcassone.
Or My First Carcassone for younger kids. The original remade for ages 2-4, so no one misses out on the fun.
An excellent game option on a rainy day because it takes 45 minutes or more to play. It’s easy to learn and can be set up virtually anywhere. Qwirkle teaches pattern creation and recognition, but it’s highly strategic and super-fun for adults too!
At the start of the game, each person will become a leader of one of the seven great cities in the ancient world. From there, you must carefully gather resources, affirm your military supremacy, and build an architectural wonder that will stand for ages. 7 Wonders is an epic game that your family will want to play again and again.
Ticket to Ride provides a fun option for kids to play and get schooled in American geography. Players must collect train cards to claim railroad territory and win points for connecting major cities and building railways across America. And when you’re done with the States, there’s a European version too!
Harbors, pastures, fields, mountains, forests, and desserts this one board game is can turn into a different game each time you play. The team will need tactical trading skills, luck, and a taste for adventure as they aim to settle the rich isle of Catan.
This game shows the possible paths history can take and the actual path it currently takes. In Temporum, players can change history, time travel, and visit historical points while scoring points to advance their power through history.
Each participant will utilize different rolls- mayor, captain, settler, trader, craftsman, or builder to score points and build their colony on the island of Puerto Rico.
Cooperative Family Games
Best way to build strong teamwork skills and have a blast? Any of these family games! Unlike regular competitive games, cooperative games require the participants to play as a whole and share the outcome, whether it’s a win or loss.
As members of a disease control team, you must keep deadly, world-threatening diseases at bay. In Pandemic, uou’ll work as a team to travel across the globe to treat infections and discover a cure for each condition.
For all your adventure loving kids, the Forbidden games will give them a thrilling fix. Your fearless team will embark on a mission to capture four sacred treasures from the ruins of a forbidden island.
Work together as a team to map out defense tactics, slay monsters, and protect your castle. Castle Panic be played with up to 6 people or solo if someone wants to sneak in some extra practice.
Interactive Family Games
While some games have your working on your own, these games keep everyone talking, playing and laughing together all night long! You’ll solve puzzles, give clues and race one another in these amazing interactive family games.
This word game involves two spymasters who know the secret identity of 25 agents; the rest of the team must compete to see who can discover all of their agents first using their Codenames. You’ll give cryptic but sometimes hilarious clues to one another to see who can discover their whole spy team first!
This game is perfect for older kids and larger parties. To play Taboo, players form two teams in which players must guess the hidden term on a card. If the guesser uses a forbidden word, they lose a turn. Players keep the cards that they guessed correctly and the team with the most cards wins the game.
Each player will attach an unidentified card to a headband adjusted around their head and ask the other players questions to help identify what the item is. What Am I is the perfect game for young kids and adults and plays up to 6 people.
This one’s super fun and fast-paced! All players are given seconds to rack their brain for items that fit the given category. Scattergories is perfect for anyone who loves a good challenge and hates slow-paced board games.
Fast-paced and energetic, PIT isn’t for the faint of heart, as players openly bid for commodities or raw materials. There are no turns in this game so it can get loud, but it’s lots of fun and keeps everyone thinking fast.
If you have experience playing rummy, you’ll find Phase 10 to be similar; however, the object of the game changes with each round. To be the winner, you’ll have to complete all 10 challenges (phases) before the other players. These challenges could be collecting multiple cards of the same value, cards of one color, or a combination.