My kids love to play games. From bingo to Zingo, we have a wide variety to choose from. I think game nights are a great way to save money while spending quality time with my family. Here are my 10 best choices for a family game night.
Monopoly is a must-have game for all families. I love the little houses, play money and “buying Boardwalk.” This game isn’t for little kids. In fact, it is recommended for ages eight and up. While the competition can go on for a long time, it’s an engaging game. If you have children between the ages of five and eight, there is also a Monopoly Jr. game.
2. Chutes and Ladders
This was one of the first games I purchased for my daughter. Recommended for ages three to seven, Chutes and Ladders is a basic board game with fun pictures. It doesn’t take a long time to play and the rules are easy to understand. Thus, it’s perfect for kids who are learning how to play board games. When you land on a space with a ladder, players can climb up. However, beware of the slides!
3. Spot It
This fun game accommodates two to eight players. Thus, it can be ideal for bigger families. Coined as a “visual perception” game, Spot it challenges players to find the “one matching symbol” between two cards.
This game is a real nail biter. After making a tower, each family member takes turns pulling out blocks until the entire thing crashes down. Jenga is for kids eight years and up.
5. Chinese Checkers
Growing up, chinese checkers was one of my favorite games. Good for kids eight and older, chinese checkers can be played with two, four or six players. I like watching the marbles glide across the board in an elegant race to claim their spot at the other side.
6. Hungry Hungry Hippos
Hungry Hippos may not be much of a thinking game. However, it’s hilarious to see who can chomp up the most marbles. The hippo who eats the “golden marble” wins. This one has small parts and is recommended for ages 4 and up. This is a short game and a good way to end your night when the kids say, “just one more game!” Hungry Hippos is for two to four players.
7. Scrabble Slam
This fast-paced game is quite different than the original Scrabble. The objective is to change words and “get rid” of your cards. This game only takes about 15 minutes to play. Thus, it’s a good one when you want to fit in a couple of games into your family night.
I like this game because it gets everyone moving. It says it is for ages six and up but I have played it with younger children. Don’t forget to stretch before this game. After all, I have gotten into some pretty odd positions.
9. Go Fish
Go Fish is a simple game but one even very young kids can get involved in. Shuffle the cards, pass them out and then see who can come up with the most matches.
For ages 12 and up, Pictionary is ideal for families with older children and, hopefully, some who can draw. It’s always fun to see what family members will draw to represent certain words and phrases.
These games will make family game night a blast!