We love Family Nights. We usually keep family nights every week on Thursday so that we all spend some time together playing fun games, bonding and order in food such as pizza and have loads of fun. Here are some of our go to games for a family night:
Scrabble – This is a timeless classic game that will never go out of style. Our family can sometimes get quite competitive playing this. It is recommended for kids from at least 6 years old. We usually put a time limit to come up with a word so that an adult doesn’t take too much time pondering over what word to put. I sometimes help the kids if they are stuck, and as adults we sometimes let them win the game as well!
Monopoly – This, again, is a timeless classic. There are so many different versions out there these days that you can pick up a version your family can relate to. There is a Despicable Me 2 edition where the tokens are shaped as minions and everything related to minions and Gru. Classic Monopoly is recommended for kids from ages 8 plus, but this version is recommended for kids from age 6 onwards.
Family puzzles – We love puzzles that we can put together as a family, especially the ones with large number of pieces that we as a family can sit together and put it. We involve even our youngest in helping with puzzles. She just loves to pick up those pieces and put it where we tell her to.
Jenga Tetris – Who doesn’t love Jenga or Tetris? Both are classic games and are even more fun with put together! You can push, pull and stack the Tetris shapes into a Jenga tower. This game is recommended for kids from ages 6 and up.
Bop It – We love our Bop It game. The electronic hand held device calls out commands and you react fast. We just love it and our kids love it even more. I think it can be played from kids as young as 4-5 years old.
Battleship – The classic battleship is a type of board game where you try to sink 5 ships of your opponent by playing blind. Once you arrange your ships on your board, you call out coordinates on your opponent’s board, trying to figure out the locations and eventually sink their ships. My son used to play this when he was as young as 5 years old. It is fun and entertaining game but only drawback is that only two people can play at any given time.
Just Dance Wii – We often play Wii games as part of family night. The Just Dance series is pure fun where we get to belt out dance moves for popular songs while still competing. Our youngest also gets to belt out dance moves though she isn’t really playing!
Pictionary – For this, we usually split such that one kid is paired with an adult. We play the classic way, where one person draws pictures using which the other person tries to guess what it is. It is super exciting and gets competitive sometimes.
Uno – This is a classic cards game for the kids. It is quite simple to play and kids can easily follow the rules to play and win. We also sometimes play Crazy Eights cards game.
Connect 4 game – We have a board game for this, which is played the way this game is supposed to be played. The first person to put four dots in a row wins while the opponent has to stop or block them from putting the four dots in a row.
Whatever games you pick to play during your family night, choose one that is age appropriate and that you feel will be well received by your family.