Staying in with the Family can be terrible if you are all sitting around looking at each other. But staying in with the family when you have games, good food and music is a blast!
Sometimes it can be hard to find activities that your whole family can enjoy. Board games are a great idea that have been providing entertainment to families for decades. They are a cheaper alternative than going out to see a movie, show or sporting event, which can easily cost your whole clan well over $50 and the best thing is that family board games can be used over and over again!
There are literally thousands of different family board games out on the market these days, from old favorites to brand new titles you’ve probably never heard of. Whether you’re looking for strategy, trivia, or card games, there will definitely be something out there that will fulfill your family’s needs and provide hours and hours of fun.
Here are some Board Games that the whole family can enjoy! Some of our favorites are:
This website had great ideas on how/what games would be best for your family:
Classics The advantage to these is that everyone knows them, or almost — and they’ve stood the test of time. Check age gradings, but some suggestions are: Monopoly, Clue, Sorry, Othello, Battleship, Boggle, Parcheesi, Operation, Chutes and Ladders, Candyland, Trouble, Sorry, Pictionary, Trivial Pursuit. Many of these have special interest editions now.
Strategy Games These games are great for families that like a little more substance to their games. Often story-based, one of the best we’ve seen this year is Parthenon from Z-Man Games where players race to build their civilizations.
Multi-Faceted Games These are games that combine different kinds of skills. Great for diverse families where everyone gets a chance to shine. For older kids and adults, check out Cranium. Cranium Family Fun, Hoopla and Whonu? work for the whole family.
DVD Games Definitely one of the hottest trends in the whole game business Our favorite is Scene It? from Mattel in different versions that cover movies, TV, music, sports and Harry Potter. Pop in the DVD and you simply play along. Choose the version that’s right for the group you’re playing with.
Skill and Action Games For when you just want to have some silly fun. Try Captain Bones Gold from Spin Master, and Ker-Plunk from Mattel. These are great for kids with tons of energy, and the different outcomes keep families engaged.