As we plan to spend the next few social-distance months indoors, you may be interested in checking out a new board game to keep the kids, your significant others, or even your roommate occupied. Having a new board game is one of the simplest and most entertaining ways to involve the whole family. Maybe you’re a daily game night kind of family, or maybe you just want to play an occasional game or two together to turn an otherwise dull night into a fun activity night at home.
There’s no better way to spend quality time with family and friends than to add board games to your shindig holiday. While most homes have well-worn versions of Monopoly or Hint, you can build up your family party game by exposing everybody to new games that are easier to remember, more enjoyable, and a flattering look better than the dust-covered titles that try to turn your holiday into a snoozefest.
You may find it hard to imagine, but kids as young as 3 have the potential to play a board game, so you only have to choose the right one. So, scroll through our list of top board games for kids of all ages to find one that suits your peewee!
Here are a few family games that can make every holiday get-together a fun game night.
1. Exploding Kittens Card Game
Exploding Kittens is a highly competitive, kitty-powered variant of Russian roulette. It was the most-backed game in the history of Kickstarter and paved the way for harmony and tranquility in the real world. It also features cards represented in The Oatmeal.
- Exploding kittens is the perfect card game for adults, teens, and kids who are into kittens and explosions and laser beams and sometimes goats.
- More than 9 million copies sold, breaking records in kids games, adult games, and everything in-between.
- A highly strategic, kitty-powered version of Russian roulette, basically, if you draw an exploding kitten, you lose and you are full of loser sad-sauce.
- This “game of the year” award winner is the perfect holiday gift if you’re looking for board games for adults but want to be able to play fun games with your kids as well.
- It’s like UNO, except there are goats, magical enchiladas, and kittens that can kill you.
- This gift favorite takes 5 minutes to learn, 15 minutes to play, is for 2-5 players (ages 7+) and includes 56 cards, box, and instructions.
2. Monopoly Ultimate Banking Board Game
Challenge friends and family and enjoy the game of monopoly Supreme Banking! This game introduces a new banking variant of the monopoly game in which Monopoly money is no longer available! Featuring a touch technology Ultimate Banking device, players can quickly purchase houses, rent, and tap their way to fortune.
In the monopoly Ultimate Banking game, players will bid on auctioned assets. If a player lands on the available property but does not want to pay the price indicated, it’s time for an auction! The Ultimate Banking Unit will help players find out and make their bids, but they need to be swift and definitive! Auctions are timed and the last person to bid as the timer is running out has to buy the property at the price on the screen.
- Instant transactions and cashless gameplay.
- Introducing event cards for an exciting game.
- Property values rise and fall.
- Tap technology makes the game fast and funs.
- Bank cards track players’ wealth.
- Includes 1 gameboard, 1 Ultimate Banking unit, 4 plastic tokens, 22 houses, 49 cards [4 Bank, 22 Title Deed, 23 Event], 2 dice, and a game guide.
3. Spot It! (Color/Packaging May Vary)
Only spot it! Hones players’ analytical skills and lightning-fast reflexes as the whole family experiences five different game modes that test who’s the quickest to find matching symbols and call them out!
Players compete to collect the most cards in ‘The Castle’ game mode as they align their cards with a shared card stack on the table. ‘The Well’ game mode reverses this and forces players to try to get rid of all their cards.
- Award-winning game of visual perception for the whole family.
- Between any two cards, there is always one and only one matching symbol; Spot it fast to win.
- Five challenging ways to play for hours of frenzied fun for 2 to 8 players.
- Develops focus, visual perception skills, speech-language skills, and fine motor skills.
- Includes 55 cards and illustrated rules in a durable travel-size tin; Brands may vary.
- Color and packaging may vary.
4. Betrayal At House On The Hill
The creak of footsteps on the staircase, the scent of something disgusting and dead, the sight of something creeping down your back, and more can be found in this award-winning and critically acclaimed game of strategy and horror.
Fear grows with every new room found in a house full of horrific creatures and dangerous secrets. With 50 fictional scenarios and hundreds of danger-filled rooms, a new haunted house is being built room by room, making a new story every time you play. Suspension and suspense rapidly build up as players experience ghosts and terrifying omens that forecast their destiny.
- Tile by tile, terror by terror, build your own haunted mansion, and then try to escape it alive.
- With 50 blood-curdling scenarios, each trip to the house on the hill promises fresh horrors.
- Players must work together to survive the nightmare.
- Except for one player who becomes the traitor.
- 3–6 players, ages 12+, 60 min per game (high reliability).
5. Spontuneous – The Song Game – Sing It or Shout It
This is one of the best board games for family gaming nights and gatherings with friends. Some people also convert it into an adult party game. Anyway, you’re going to get to laugh for hours, and you’re guaranteed to be an encore for more.
One player says a word, and the race continues on with the players to sing a song containing that word. Play starts with the Tunesmith spinning the timer and announcing the Trigger-Word from its Hit-List. The first player to start singing scores but must sing a minimum of 5 words containing the word Trigger. For eg, if the Trigger-Word was dawn, the first player to start singing a 5-word portion of the lyrics from any song containing the word dawn scores.
How to play:
If you’ve ever heard a term that prompted you to randomly burst into a song, Spontaneous is for you! The rules are quite plain. Each player can write multiple Trigger Terms on their Hit List. When it’s your turn, you’re going to declare a word from your list and flip the timer. The first player to sing at least 5 words from every song that includes Trigger Word would be taken to the board. Keep tuned for those extra-musical challenge spaces spread around the floor!
- Spontaneous is fun for the entire family! Because of the simple gameplay and the 30-minute average playtime, this game draws the interest of even the most cynical night party goer.
- Anyone who knows a few songs is going to thrive at Spontaneous, whether it’s a child, a teenager, or an adult. It’s sure to be the next classic family game night.
- Feel shy or awkward about singing? No worries! Spontuneous brings out the star in everyone.
- Spontuneous is a fantastic way for large or small groups of families, friends, and more to come together without electronics and spend quality time together.
- Nothing is better than unplugging and laughing with a group of your favorite people over a board game and making new memories.
6. Czech Games Codenames
- The two rival spymasters know the secret identities of 25 agents. Their teammates know the agents only by their Codenames.
- The teams compete to see who can make contact with all of their agents first.
- Spymasters give one-word clues that can point to multiple words on the board.
- Their teammates try to guess words of the right color while avoiding those that belong to the opposing team. And everyone wants to avoid the assassin.
- The game works very well with 4 players if you prefer to guess without help. Or you can add more players if you prefer lively discussion.
- There is also a cooperative variant where a single team tries to achieve the highest score they can by playing against the game itself.
- Codenames: win or lose, it’s fun to figure out the clues.
7. Inspiration Play Double Ditto Family Party Board Game
Double Ditto is a fun family party game that will challenge players to be smart and quick. The purpose of the game is to write down the responses you think other players are going to write. Match an answer with another player in order to score a “ditto!” match all responses to score a “double ditto!”
Each round is fast-paced and full of amusing surprises. Answers can be as obnoxious or imaginative as the wish of a player, making this game flexible and ideal for any meeting of family or friends. Recommended for ages 10 and upwards.
Double Ditto takes just 5 min to master, and every round is just 20-30 min. Start playing right away and waste time having fun, not reading instructions! Ranked one of the best family board games. Loved by girls, preteens, teenagers, friends, uncles, grandparents, and more!
- Play with as few as 4 players, or as many as 10 or more.
- Take turns being the Ditto Master by reading a card out loud to the group. Example cards may say: “Commands You Teach Your Dog,” “Parts of the Human Body,” “Things You Put on Your Head.”
- Next, players then have 15 seconds to write down two answers that come to mind. For “Things You Put on Your Head,” players’ answers might include: headband, visor, sunglasses, shampoo, ice pack, stocking, hoodie, helmet, baseball cap, curlers, and more.
- Once the time is up, take turns reading the answers out loud, crossing off each answer that matches another player’s answer.
- Each Round is Filled with Hilarious Surprises.
8. Hasbro Gaming Mouse Trap Board Game
Snap the trap and win the mousetrap! Race around the labyrinth as Shoes Mouse, Nacho Mouse, or Pepper Mouse turns on the cheesy spinner. When one of your friends’ mouse is in the cheesy trap area and you land in the right space, you’ve got a chance to catch them in the zany trap of Hungry Hippo and Girafalaff. Keep scurrying and scampering before someone is hit. If you’re the first to catch a mouse, you’re going to win!
- Scurry to the finish. This fun kids’ board game challenges players to get their mouse around the game board without getting trapped.
- Take turns building the Mouse Trap while moving around the gameboard. Use the trap to capture opponents’ mice.
- Try to be the last uncaptured mouse on the Mouse Trap gameboard to win.
- This fun board game is for 2 to 4 players; it’s a great game for boys and girls ages 6 and up.
9. USAOPOLY Telestrations Family Board Game
Telestrations, an extremely enjoyable party game, would keep the family and friends amused and laughed! Draw what you saw then guess what you see for funny and unexpected performances.
- Telestrations “The Original” for 8 players is what got the party started!
- Over 1,700 words, 8 erasable sketch books, 8 dry erase markers, 8 clean-up cloths.
- Perfect for families, small parties, or friends; LOL fun for everyone!
- Award-Winning Party Game – great ice breaker. Playing time – 30 to 60 minutes.
- No Drawing Skills Required; Stick figures & sense of humor welcome!
10. SKYJO, by Magilano
This is the name of the latest and exciting Magilano Publisher game, which promises fun and excitement for many nights to come. In the SKYJO card game, the aim is to accumulate as few points as possible over the course of many rounds as any player’s points are counted and added to his score. As soon as the player has passed 100 points or more, the player with the fewest points wins.
Collecting the fewest points involves searching for poor or even negative percentages. A variety of special rules are applied to the excitement, which, for example, make it possible to delete many cards (and points) from the game this will lead to unpredictable turns. This is what motivates bold decisions that could also come back to bite if the other players are able to counter faster than anticipated.
- Work to get as few points as possible by tossing, exchanging, and gathering cards in a few rounds. This is only true as long as the player has not uncovered all his cards, since then the round is over. So look out, keep a close eye on the game and be alert and cautious of the actions of the other player!
- LOTS OF FUN for your friends and family. SKYJO is an entertaining card game that is lots of fun for kids and even older game enthusiasts (adults).
- Simple to understand the rules of the game! Includes a short textbook with images. Ideal for a short game between other tasks and a staple game for exciting evenings. A turn-based and time-flexible game.
- Adding up to 100 two-digit numbers. Estimate – Get used to chances. Concentration – Follow the course of the game and other player’s turns.
- Game duration: About 30 minutes.
- English, Spanish, German, French, Italian. Contents: 150 game cards, 1 game notepad, 1 manual. Made in Germany.
11. Tsuro – The Game of The Path – A Family Strategy Board Game
- An award-winning game that is fun for any experience level, easy to learn & quick to play. Use strategy & luck to stay on the path to victory in this light & entertaining game.
- The board changes every time you play the game, making it unique and fun for adults and kids. Players are challenged to create and travel the Path as it builds before them.
- The Path is an ever-changing mystery. With each turn, the maze grows and you must anticipate other players’ next moves. The wisest player will remain on their Path.
- Sure to become a classic, this game is perfect for families, teens, adults & children. The faster play and simple rules make it a great filler for parties & game night.
- Tsuro is a family game for 2-8 players ages 8 and up. Have fun creating your Path in this visually stunning game. Includes 35 Path Tiles, 1 Dragon Tile, 8 Dragon Pawns, and Game Board.
12. Jenga Classic Game
Want a game experience that blends mates, talent, excitement, laughter, and maybe a little bit of luck? Get the Jenga Classic online! Carefully take the wooden block out of the tower and position it on top of it. It’s quick at first, but when more blocks are taken out, the tower begins to become unsteady.
Players are also trying to prevent the tower from crashing on the edge of their seats. The Classic Jenga game is simple to set up, and it’s an easy game to play at any time, almost anywhere.
- Pull out a block without crashing the stack to win at Jenga.
- Includes 54 Jenga hardwood blocks, stacking sleeve with instructions.
- Simple, solid, and timeless.
- It takes skill, strategy, and luck. Challenge yourself or play with friends.
- Win by being the last player to remove a block without causing the stack to crash.
13. Ravensburger Labyrinth Family Board
Ravensburger has been binding families for generations to come. Since 1883, Ravensburger has been a family business selling high-quality, age-appropriate toys, puzzles, arts and crafts, and science activity kits that promote fun, education, and family togetherness. Ravensburger’s philosophy is that beginning children early by activating their brains and hands helps not only develop fine motor skills, creative skills, and creativity but also fosters a sense of achievement.
- In Labyrinth, Ravensburger’s hugely popular board game for boys and girls and their parents, you have to find the shortest route through the Labyrinth to win! The game is for 2-4 players aged 7 and up, and the aim is to reach all your treasures and targets as you move through the Labyrinth.
- High-quality components – Contains a playing board, 34 maze cards, 24 treasure cards, 4 playing pieces.
- Easy to understand instructions – High quality, Easy to understand instructions make it easy to start playing right away.
- Great replay value – Playing time is 20-30 minutes for 2-4 players age 7 and up. The labyrinth can be played over and over again and makes a great gift for kids and families.
- For ages 7 and up, players learn cause and effect, planning, association, recognition, and taking turns.
14. Hasbro Games Trivial Pursuit Family Edition
With cards for children and adults, the entire family will get a kick out of this fun-filled Trivial Pursuit Family Version! Family members of all ages will measure their smarts by the question in 6 categories.
The game’s fresh questions and quicker tempo make for a quick-play trivia, and with 1,200 questions (600 for adults, 600 for children) you’ll never run out of learning, laughing at the Trivial Pursuit Family Version!
- High-quality toys for children of all ages.
- Tested for quality and durability.
- Trivial Pursuit Family Edition game has questions for kids and for adults.
- Includes gameboard, 100 blue cards for adults, 100 yellow cards for kids, 2 cardholders, 6 scoring tokens, 36 scoring wedges, die, and instructions.
Four viruses have broken out in the world, and it is up to a team of experts in diverse disciplines to discover treatments for these diseases before civilization is wiped out. Players must work together to draw on the abilities of their characters and to prepare their eradication campaign before viruses overwhelm the world with ever-increasing outbreaks.
For example, an operation specialist may set up test stations that are required to find solutions for diseases. The Scientist requires only 4 cards of a certain illness to treat it instead of the usual 5 cards. But the infections are spreading out quickly and time is running out: the team must try to stop the flow of contamination in the diseased regions as well as the cures. A genuinely cooperative game where both of you win or all of you fail.
- As skilled members of a disease-fighting team, you and the other players work together to keep the world safe from outbreaks and epidemics.
- Pandemic is a cooperative board game in which players work as a team to treat infections around the world while gathering resources for cures.
What to Consider in the Family Board Game?
Players – How many players do you want to play your game at once? Some games require more players to be fun, while others may get overwhelmed with large crowds. If you have a huge family, consider a game that supports a bigger number of players or can be played quickly in teams.
Time – Playing time is a different aspect to remember. Our collection includes both shorter games that involve your quick-thinking skills and those that test your problem-solving skills over a period of hours, remember your kids’ attention span as you select a game.
Difficulty Level – Some games involve more logical thought than others, which could be a difficulty for younger players. Plenty of choices can be interesting to people of all ages, but just pay attention to a game’s age rating to decide if its difficulty level is going to match your scenario. When in question, select a game where players can work together to create a more enjoyable playing experience for all.
We hope this Family boards Games Buying Guide has ignited your interest in the world of board games! Your family and friends are going to enjoy their new board game for their next birthday or an upcoming holiday.