I’ve found that the best games for family game night are the ones that require physical involvement and concentration. With some help from Facebook friends I compiled a list of interactive games guaranteed to create fun-filled family memories.
Apples to Apples
This comparison card game received the most recommendations from my FB friends. This game is easy to learn, best for 12 & up, and requires a quick response. It also encourages the skill of persuasion.
This classic is an all-time favorite that promotes physical movement and infectious laughter while players contort their bodies into some entertaining positions. It takes 2 or more players ages 6 & up. The game is over when all but the last player falls.
Wii Sports Resort: Bowling
This virtual bowling game promotes physical activity by getting you on your feet as you replicate bowling motions using a game remote. One of my favorite aspects of this game is developing the characters to represent each family member. These characters can be created to resemble the players or can take on some fun and silly traits. Enjoy this with children 5 & up.
This is a super fun board game that incorporates drawing. This game brings out some unique art skills with equally hilarious guesses as to the name of the items being drawn. Player age recommended as 12 & up. There is a junior version for kids 7-11.
This word game may not help burn many calories, but it definitely exercises your brain. I love that it can help improve vocabulary skills especially when you have your trusty dictionary by your side. The recommended age is 8 & up. The junior version is appropriate for ages 5 & up.
This is another fun and challenging word game that forces players to utilize their vocabulary skills while thinking fast on their feet. The recommended player age for Scattergories is 12 & up while the junior version recommends player age of 8-11.
This electronic hand-held game reminds me of an intellectual version of “musical chairs” or “hot potato” because of the pressure to not be the one holding the game when the buzzer goes off. The recommended age is 12 & up.
For the adults, this game provides a sense of familiarity and childhood memories. For the kids, it’s a great introduction into capitalism, but they need to have basic math skills (or have a parent nearby to help manage the money). For younger children who are age 5-8, they can play the junior version.
This is a family favorite of mine. It is a dice game that mimics “poker.” When you get five of a kind you get to shout out “Yahtzee” which is the best part! The game requires counting skills, so player age 6 & up is recommended.
There are numerous memory card games to choose from. Many cater to preschoolers, and provide an array of educational benefits for the little ones such as recognizing colors, shapes, and numbers. These games also help all ages test and exercise their short-term memory.
Family game night is the perfect solution when you have the right game. It is a great way to relax and connect with one another while having some good old-fashioned fun!