Family Game Night Recommendations

Updated on March 02, 2010
M.M. asks from Wheaton, IL
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My family which includes an 8 y/o and a 5 y/o (very early reader) enjoys regular family game nights. Our 5 year old adapts easily to games that you would otherwise think would be outside of her abilities. It's time for some new games. What are your family's favorites?

NOTE: We have the following games plus various card games (Go Fish, Memory, Crazy Eights etc)

Apples to Apples Jr
Big Boogle
Chutes and Ladders
Connect O Round by Cranium
Gnip Gnop
Hungry, Hungry Hippos
Ker Plunk
Littlest Pet Shop
Mille Bornes
Pretty, Pretty Princess
Scrabble Slam

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answers from Jacksonville on

Have you ever tried Farkle? It is a quick fun game. Costs about $5 at Target, comes in a little plastic "can"...

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answers from San Diego on

Clue, Dominos (especially 5-up), Zilch / Quirkle (dice), Ingenious, poker, pinochle, spades, black jack, boggle, cryptography

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answers from Honolulu on

Games by "Think Fun" are really great... and we have lots of them ourselves... even my 3 year old loves it even if it is geared for older kids/adults.

Barnes & Noble carries it and probably Amazon.

"Go" is also fun... and can be adapted for kids.
backgammon also is great fun... both my kids and us love to play it together... we have more than one board.

And then there is Charades which does not require you to buy anything.
and Pictionary.
And Bingo! Very fun!

All the best,

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answers from Chicago on

We just got In A Pickle. Great game! Also, Would You Rather is great. My son asks me to carry the cards in my purse for Would You Rather, in case we get stuck waiting somewhere....we pull them out and play!

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answers from Dallas on

My 2 boys are about the same ages as your kids. We just got Sorry Sliders and it is alot of fun ! Much more fun than regular Sorry. And there is 4 different ways to play. Dominos is another one we just got. I wasn't sure how that would go but it was fun. We still have some learning to do on that one. I looked at Blokus (another mom recommended this one) and it looks like fun. I think that's going to be the next one I get.

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answers from St. Cloud on

Definitely get CLUE! They have 2 new versions. Check them out onine. One has really good reveiews (we've played it and it's great) and the other one has mostly bad reviews. I can't remember which is which though.... The GOOD one has a pool in the middle and clock and special power cards......

Sorry was fun too.

Get SEQUENCE too! You can play in teams of 2. Pretty easy to catch on to.

And finally, BLOCKUS. Another really good game. A 5 year old should be able to play fairly easily (she just probably won't have the strategy down right away.) This is a 4 player game.

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answers from New York on

I am so happy to hear that you and your family love games and have family game nights. I gew up playing games and have continued the tradtion with my family. We love card games as well as strategy games. One your family would love is called Walk the Dogs by SimplyFun. Parenting magazine called this game the best all round family game. SimplyFun has a number of others you would love as well.

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answers from Houston on

My 8 and 6 year olds love to play Rummikub. They also like Connect4 but of course only 2 can play at a time. A lot of times we just make a game of charades on our own.

Good luck,

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answers from Chicago on

My kids loved 13 dead end drive. It is good for 4 or more players. although we have played it with as few as 2 players and as many as 6 The 8 year old will have no problem with it you may have to help the 5 year old the first couple times. We pulled it out recently to play with our grandchildren. they loved it. You can get it at toys r us. scattergories is also great. sequence is good and they make a sequence state capitals which is good for learning the state capitals. good luck

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answers from San Diego on

One person starts a story "and then..." next person adds on to the story, and so on and so on. Love doing that one in front of a fire roasting smores. Also, good ole charades. Love games! Great ideas: )




answers from Nashville on

Well, our kids (ages 3 1/2 and 6) love all of the games you have listed as well. However, their favorite thing to do with us is play Wii! LOL



answers from Seattle on

Growing up I loved playing Sorry and memory :)



answers from Boise on

20 questions, charades, puzzles, tag int he yard on summer nights, red light/ green light.



answers from Santa Barbara on

My son loves to play 20 questions. The rules are open to any character, alive, dead, cartoon, pet, family member, neighbor, friend and it can be such a blast to play. Sponge Bob was the one that stumped me, big time!


answers from Charlotte on

Oh, what fun! I have a 6 year olds, twin 4 year olds, and an 8mo. We like all your games, plus Checkers, Chess

Also try non-board games like I'm going on a picnic

Have fun!

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