• Hailee Harris

Your Simple Guide to Family Board Game Night

Your Simple Guide to Family Board Game Night

Family game night is a classic way to bring your family together, relax, and just have fun with each other. Since the pandemic, you have likely found yourself and your family stuck inside more than desired. It is fairly easy to run out of things to do when stuck inside, especially with kids. However, you can’t give up on family game night! Some of my personal favorite games are Scrabble, Chess and Monopoly. Here are some classic and entertaining board games to keep the whole family entertained, whether it be for game night, the holidays, or just for fun:

The Classics

We all grew up playing board games, and as the years go by, we see these games discontinued or remade⁠—sometimes into ways we don't even recognize, like the tens of Monopoly variations, the updated Game of Life, and even Uno! But, there are classic games that will never lost their original form, which you should continue playing with your family and kids! These notorious games include: Clue, Battleship, Connect 4, Operation, and Trouble⁠—to name just a few! These games have lived on for years and are great for kids and adults of all ages.

For the Younger Ones

Not all classic games are suitable for the younger kids. Typically, ages four to six don’t do well with board games. But some great games to keep your littles ones entertained are: Don't Break the Ice, Hungry Hungry Hippos, Uno, Chutes and Ladders, and even Bingo! These games are simple for kids and still work their brain. They are even fun for parents and adults too! Who doesn't love Hungry Hungry Hippos?

For the Older Kids

As the kids get older, family game night gets more intense, more competitive, and more fun! Some games that are great for kids ages 8 and up are: The Game of Life, Monopoly, Checkers, Pictionary, Apples to Apples and, Scrabble. These games will likely keep family game night going for at least a few hours. I would not recommend Monopoly unless you have at least 3 spare hours to play.

For the Adults

Sometimes, family game night turn into friends game night. There is nothing more fun than goofing around with friends and turning on your competitive side! Or maybe your kids are older now and in high school, meaning you can officially pull out the more intense games with a lot of strategy. Another classic game is Catan⁠—a game built around deal making and strategy. Similar to Monopoly, don’t plan on playing unless you have a few spare hours. Last but not least, there is Cards Against Humanity. Although it isn't a board game, you really cant have a party or family get together without whipping out the inappropriate stack of cards.

The New Games

Looking for some new games to play on your game nights? There seems to be games created out of anything and everything these days. My personal favorites include the ones based around food. There is Sushi Go!, which is a card game based on strategy and skill. Then there is Throw Throw Burrito, which is a game where you must dodge a foam burrito being thrown at the players. And perhaps the most fitting game of the year: Pandemic. Your goal of this game is to keep outbreaks under control and develop a cure for the new disease. With all of these games in mind, you will never be bored with your family or friends ever again!

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