For quite some time now, board games have been popular with families, including many a pharaoh and his crew. Luckily, game night has gotten better because there are so many more options available to the modern family. Whether it’s real dice or a digital set, you can’t get cozier than a bowl of popcorn and a family game. Dust off those classic board games or invest in family fun with these new ideas.
A fast-paced guessing game with a “beat the clock” element, this activity is plain silly. Kids will especially love seeing parents sporting a headband. To play, you wear a headband that holds a playing card that everyone can see but you. Each player must figure out who-or what they are. It’s advertised for ages 8 and up.
Hasbro Family Game Night 3
Got a Wii? Then you’ve got game! Family Game Night 3 is actually five games in one: Life, Clue, Twister, Yahtzee and a kid favorite, Mouse Trap. Exciting graphics and audio make it truly an exciting experience. This Wii game is a good game option for all ages.
Candy Land Game
Need a game with some magic and plenty of sweet surprises? The answer is Candy Land. Choose a character and make your way down the rainbow path to King Kandy’s Castle. This game is geared toward the little ones but adults will enjoy it too!
For ages 5 and up, Trouble is a game of peg-popping fun. Press the Pop-O-Matic, then move your pegs. Go to the Finish space first to win. It’s a simple game that you can play over and over again.
Want to stir up a little healthy competition? The object of this game is to finish first, (of course) and you get to bump other players’ pawns and then run to safety in the Safety Zone. You can earn special powers too! This game is great for kids 3 and up–and parents!
Buy and sell property like a mogul with a Monopoly game. Toss the dice to move or opt for the speed die for an even faster game. The only downside is that players need to know some simple math to participate. Some versions of this game give players a “credit card” to use instead of the paper cash.
Who would believe that pulling out blocks of wood from a tower would be so much fun? How do you win? Be the last player to remove a block without causing the tower to crash. Here’s a plus-this game is inexpensive.
Operation Despicable Me 2
Similar to the classic Operation game, the Despicable Me 2 version has players remove Minions using tweezers. Don’t make the game buzz or you could lose! Because this game has small parts, you have to monitor little ones during game play. Recommended for kids 3 and up!
Don’t Break the Ice
This game board is an arrangement of plastic tiles that you knock with a hammer. What’s the goal? Don’t let the Polar Bear fall through the ice. Perfect game for families with little kids.
Who dunnit? That’s a question everyone will be asking in this mystery game. It’s not just the traditional Clue game, you can play the digital or Boardwalk version too. Choose your character, roll the dice and put your family’s detective skills to work. This game is for kids 8 and up.
Got a family night planned? Pick up a few of these games and make some memories.