It’s family game night and you want to have fun with the kiddos but you’re afraid that another game of Candyland or Chutes and Ladders will have your brain slowly melting away.
Don’t underestimate your kids though. Kids even as young as 6 or 7 can have great tactical skills and enjoy a game that requires a little more from them.
You can enjoy family game night again with these amazing games. I list a myriad of fun strategy games, trivia games, card games, and more. And for good measure, I added a couple of fantastic games from overseas that you poor Americans have been missing all your life.
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Family Game Night Strategy Games
Number of Players: 2-5 | Recommended age: 8+ | Game time: 60 minutes
In Ticket to Ride the goal is to build the longest railway course. Players choose destination tickets and try to build a railway connecting those cities while attempting to block the routes that their opponents appear to be creating. If you’re just not up for another loud, wild game this is a good choice. Bottlenecks on the board teach players that not prioritizing can really have consequences. It’s also a fantastic way to teach your kids geography. Ticket to Ride offers the full blown game for Europe and the US and offers “map extensions”, the board and appropriate destination tickets, for Africa, the UK, Asia, France, Germany, and the Nordic countries.
Number of Players: 2-8+ | Recommended age: 14+ (Kids much younger can play this game) | Game time: 30 minutes
Code Name is a very enjoyable game that requires communication and the ability to make some unusual connections. You get a one word clue from your partner and you have to try to figure out which card, or which several cards, that clue is supposed to describe. A great game of reasoning and lateral thinking.
Number of Players: 2-4 | Recommended age: 10+ (My 8-year-old niece is really good at this game) | Game time: 30 Minutes
Splendor‘s set up is easy enough, collect gems and buy enough cards to get 15 points to win the game. But this is one of those situations where simple and easy are NOT the same. You’re working with two currencies simultaneously and your opponent can pretty easily guess what you’re trying to do. A true game of strategy where it can really pay off to sabotage each other.
We were just recently introduced to this game and one afternoon my husband and daughter played until they literally ran out of pieces.
Number of Players: 3-6 | Recommended age: 8+ | Game time: 45-60 Minutes
Become a detective with Clue and travel from room to be the first one to uncover the murder mystery. I’m a sucker for the classic game but you can choose from a myriad of themes like Harry Potter or Star Wars.
Family Game Night Trivia games
Number of Players: 2+ | Recommended age: 6+ | Game time: 30-60 Minutes
Number of Players: 3+ | Recommended age: 6+ | Game time: 25 Minutes
Number of Players: 2-4 | Recommended age: 8+ | Game time: 20 Minutes
Family Game Night Card Games
Number of Players:2-4 (Up to 8 with the expansion pack) | Recommended age: 8+ | Game time: 10 Minutes
Number of Players: 2-10 | Recommended age: 7+ (great for younger kids too) | Game time: 10-20 Minutes
Number of Players: 3+ | Recommended age: 6+ | Game time: 10-20 Minutes (depending on the number of players)
Spoons is a fast paced game played with a regular deck of cards and spoons. You lay out 1 less spoon in the middle of the table than you have players (so 4 spoons for 5 players). Each player starts with 4 random cards. The dealer picks a card from the top of the deck and decides to keep or discard the card by passing it to his or her right. Cards go around the table and the object is to find 4 of a kind. You may only keep 4 cards in your hand at a time. The first player to get 4 of a kind grabs a spoon. Once one person has grabbed a spoon the cards can be ignored and now everyone must grab a spoon as fast as they can. The player left without a spoon gets one letter in the word S.P.O.O.N.S. The first player to have all the letters loses.
Our family plays this at a speed that might be described as hyper-rocket-turbo with as much trash talking as can be manged while your keeping one eye on a blur of cards and the other on little collection of utensils.
It’s also fun to change up the position of the spoons (spoke style, fanned out, nested together, stacked like and asterisk) to make the collection of a single spoon a little tougher.
It’s a wild, loud, fun game that the kids love and the grandparents hate. And be sure to use a deck of cards you don’t care about. It’s going to be beat up.
Number of Players: 2+ | Recommended age: 8+ | Game time: 15 Minutes
Jungle speed is a true game of concentration and paying attention to detail. When 2 identical cards are on the table, the owners of the matching cards race to grab the wooden totem between them. But the designs on the cards are incredibly detailed and many look very similar. Pause too long and you may pay the price but make a mistake and grab the totem accidentally and you may pay an even higher price.
More Great Family Game Night Board Games
Number of Players: 2-4 | Recommended age: 6+ | Game time: 30 Minutes
Number of Players: 2-6 | Recommended age: 8+ (can be played by much younger like 5) | Game time: 15-20 Minutes
Number of Players: 4-8 | Recommended age: 9+ for junior edition 12+ for party edition | Game time: 20 Minutes
In Apples to Apples, players try to match nouns to an adjective chosen by a “Judge”. Whatever cards you have in your hand, you must choose one to match. You’ll laugh out loud from the crazy and hilarious combinations.
2 Great Family Games from Overseas
Number of Players: 2-4 | Recommended age: 6+ | Game time: 20 Minutes
Number of Players: 2-4 | Recommended age: 3+ | Game time: 15 Minutes
I hope you find a great family game on this list.
I tried to go a little deeper than the classics and list games you may have never heard of but should.
My husband and I truly enjoy playing all of these games with our kids.
If you have a larger party check out my post on the best games for large parties of 10 or more.
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