Family nights are some of my most cherished memories growing up. Now that I have a daughter of my own, family nights will be filled with many more great laughs and memories. Games are just one of the many things that can make family night extra special. Here are 10 games that are great for parents and children of all ages.
1) Monopoly- This game might be one of the most played of all time. It’s easy to learn, teaches kids the value of money and basic business concepts, and it doesn’t require you to have an extensive knowledge of common or obscure trivia. This game is a classic, and this game is sure to make family game night great.
2) Scavenger Hunt- This will take a little bit of creativity. But setting up a scavenger hunt can be LOTS of fun for people of all ages. There are different kinds of scavenger hunts: photo scavenger hunts, find the next clue scavenger hunts, and find different location scavenger hunts. There are lots of great resources online to help you create a perfect scavenger hunt for your family.
3) Boggle- Boggle is the speed game where you try and make as many words as possible from the board of scrambled letters. You can make words upwards, across, backwards, and in any direction possible. This is a great game to help kids build vocabulary, form words, and think quickly. Challenge your young children, encourage them, don’t humiliate them, but don’t let them win either in Boggle.
4) Croquet- This is the classic lawn game for people of all ages, which involves hitting a ball through metal wickets. This great backyard game encourages team work, hand-eye coordination, and even allows people to lose gracefully. This would be a great game for your next barbecue.
5) Risk – This game of world conquest needs to be played when you are not in a time crunch. It provides a great geography lesson, opportunity to demonstrate strategy, and lots of thrills and excitement. The only downside for the game is that it is not suited well for younger children.
6) Candyland- This game is typically suited for younger players, allows children to learn their colors, and it is a game that is great in teaching children the basics of game playing: winning and losing, taking turns, etc. The older crowd might get bored with this game, but it is sure to be a hit with the little crowd.
7) Flashlight Tag- This is a game that you can really set your own rules and parameters for the ages of your family and your back yard. You can play with as many or few people as you’d like. Be very careful and make sure that the back yard is safe before you play.
8) Apples to Apples- This very entertaining/humorous game is a perfect game for people of all ages. It builds vocabulary, encourages and solidifies knowledge of nouns and adjectives, and plus it brings about some fun bantering and persuading. This game is great for all ages.
9) Charades/Catch Phrase- They are similar games with a similar goal (guess the word), in charades you do it with silent acting and Catch Phrase you accomplish it by describing the word without saying the word. Both games are great for large families or parties. They are definitely crowd pleasers, provide some down time for the people who don’t want to be invested in 100% of the game, and are easy to learn and play.
10) Bowling- This is a great game that promotes hand-eye coordination, gets everyone up and active, and can be made competitive for all skills levels (put bumpers up). Bowling is always a family favorite, and can produce lots of great memories. Be careful about getting slammed with high prices, so look for coupons or try to go during the week.
This list is not exhaustive at all, but these ten games will make any family night extra special.