Today I’ll be sharing 15 awesome games for your next family game night. These are all games we have played and really enjoyed! I hope you find a new one to try!
I’m going to let you in on a little secret. I’m just a tad bit competitive when it comes to games and other organized sports. Clint gets mad because I never let our kids win when we play games. I believe that after they’ve learned how to play a game, they also need to learn how to lose because it’s just a fact of life. You don’t always win. Don’t get me started on participation trophies. We’d be here all day. I don’t like to lose, and it seems like my kids take after me, so our family game nights can get pretty heated. Some of the games, below, are more competitive than others, but they are all good family fun!
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It seems like nowadays, kids only know how to play games that involve computers or some type of gaming console. And forget about trying to get them outside to play a game! I put Bucket Blast as the first game on this list because it gets kids moving and has games to play inside and outside. With 15 game suggestions included, there is sure to be one your family will love. Our favorite is the one where you balance a bean bag on your head and then try to drop it in the bucket. It’s a lot harder than it sounds! Our kids definitely have an advantage over us, because the bean bags didn’t have as far to fall, at least that’s what I’m telling myself.
Trouble is a classic game that you probably remember playing as a child. I seem to always lose this game and Clint always wins. I’m pretty sure he cheats. If your little one can count, this is a great beginners game. The rules are simple and the game is a lot of fun!
We played this game, for the first time, at our neighbor’s house. At one point, I was laughing so hard I could hardly breathe! During the game, you wear a pair of vision altering glasses and have to draw the item you picked, and your team has to guess it before the time runs out. Depending on where you land on the board, you use either the easy, medium or hard lenses. If your team guesses correctly, before time runs out, you get to go again. Don’t worry if you aren’t an artist because no one is when they play Goggly Eyes!
Everett received this game for Christmas. This game is a lot of fun, but it can get confusing, so I would stick with the suggested age guidelines. The player in the “hot seat” draws a card and has 5 seconds to name three things (reasons to stay in bed, things that are black, things grandparents say, vehicles, etc). If they are able to name three things in 5 seconds, it goes to the next person, and they have to try. The catch is that they can’t repeat anything someone else has already said. There were a couple of rounds where everyone had to name three things for one specific category and it gets really hard to keep track of things that have already been said!
This is another classic game that is fun for all ages. This game seems simple enough, but if you plan out your strategy the right way, you can get sweet revenge on someone that has sent one of your game pieces back to the starting point. This is another game that Clint always seems to win, so the kids and I team up to try to send his pieces back to start as much as possible. It usually backfires on us, but that’s part of the fun.
This is a game that I thought would be easy because it’s a kids’ game, but it’s not! The concept is simple; you pick a card, put it into your headband (without looking at it) and then you ask the other players “yes” or “no” questions to try to figure out what’s on your card. The timer runs for one minute, and if you can guess your card correctly before time runs out, you get rid of one of your tokens. The first one to get rid of all of their tokens wins. It’s pretty funny to play with younger kids, who might not really know what the item on the card is, and they give you all kinds of wrong answers. We always end up laughing when we play this game.
I haven’t actually played this game, but my kids have and they love it. This game is pretty straight forward. You spin and whatever number you land on is the amount of times you have to turn the handle and hope that you don’t get pie in your face before you quit spinning. I’d like to see Clint play this game, just so I can see him get creamed. As much fun as this game seems I can’t believe it sold out, at Christmas, two years ago, and was selling on eBay for crazy amounts of money.
This is one of my favorite games. The goal is to get to 10,000 points. Each time you roll, you hope you get points and then you can choose to keep rolling and get even more points. But watch out! If you don’t get a scoring combo, you lose all the points from that roll. So, you have to decide if you want to risk the points you already have, so that you can get even more points, or if you want to play it safe and hope you win in the end. A word of advice, to make the sound of the dice less annoying, line the inside of the cup with fabric or something so it’s not so loud!
This is another one of my favorite games and it will make you laugh out loud! You draw a card and you have to try to get your team to guess the word or phrase before the timer runs out. Sounds easy enough right? Well, words you would normally use to describe that item are usually forbidden. For example, you have to get your team to guess the word snore, but you can’t say sleep, night, noise or nose in your description. If you do, the other team can buzz you and you have to move to the next word. This game can be hard, but if you are teamed up with people that know each other well, you can use inside stories to make things easier to figure out. This is a great game to play with your teenage children!
This is one of Jordan’s favorite games. It’s the classic game of “Who did it?” Clue has been around forever, so I’m sure you don’t need a run down of how to play. If you don’t already own this game, add it to your game closet today. They have new updated versions, with new characters and rooms where the murder takes place. They even have a double sided board for double the fun!
This is a twist on the classic Uno game. All the normal commands still apply (skip, reverse, draw 2, etc) but watch out if you aren’t able to play a card! If you aren’t able to play a card, you have to hit the attack button. Will cards come shooting out or won’t they? You never know and that’s part of the fun!
Everyone in our family loves Monopoly! This is another game that Clint always wins. He likes to make dirty deals. Deals that always work out in his favor and screw the other person in the end. We’ve tried teaming up against him, but once again, it doesn’t work. I’ve heard stories of him cheating, at games, when he was younger and I believe it. How can one person always be the one that wins? Smells fishy to me!
How high can you stack it without the tower tumbling? You could make this game even more fun, and add a little exercise by writing prompts on some of the blocks (do 20 jumping jacks, do 10 push-ups, etc). Want some adult fun? Check out this Tipsy Tower Drinking Game.
Skip-Bo is a card sequence game that involves a little bit of strategy to become the winner. It’s hard to describe how to play, but once you get the hang of it, it’s fun for hours. When I was in 6th grade and broke my leg, my mom and I would play this for hours.
Everyone should own a deck or two of cards. There are so many different things you can play with them, but a family favorite of ours is War. War is an easy game to play. All you have to do is divide the deck between two players (face down) and then you each flip your top card over. The highest card wins and that player adds the cards to their deck. If you both put down the same card, you declare war and each of you place three cards face down, with a fourth card placed face up. Whoever card’s higher wins all those cards. We’ve played War where we have declared a War on top of another a few times! That’s always fun. You never know how long a game of War will take. We’ve had games that are over in 10 minutes and somewhere we have to take a break because it’s lasting so long. Don’t worry if you need to take a break. It’s an easy game to pause and come back to later.