Check out the 25 Best Board Games for Family Night with both new favorites and classic family board games that are actually fun for all ages!
25 Best Board Games for Family Night
Does your family love to play board games together? In our house playing board games together is one of our family’s favorite activities for family night, and over the years we’ve acquired quite the list of fun board games that we love to play again and again.
In case you’re looking for the best family board games of all time, today I’m sharing the 25 Best Board Games for Family Night that are actually fun and everyone will love! From classic board games like Monopoly, vocabulary building board games like Scrabble, and fun, hands-on games like Spot It, this list has something fun for both kids and adults alike.
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25 Best Family Board Games to Play Together
To keep it simple, I’ve even organized all the board games in today’s post by category and included the recommended playing ages. Save this list of fun family board games for later and plan out a fun game night with your family ASAP!
Board Games For Younger Kids
Pop the Pig (Ages 4+)
Kids will love this fun game where you feed the pig as many cheeseburgers as you can before he pops. This game is perfect for teaching younger kids their colors and how to count. It was always one of our favorites with my boys.
Candy Land (Ages 4+)
Who doesn’t love a fun game of Candy Land?! In this classic family game, players race to the pink-frosted Home Sweet Home, while navigating through candy and food-themed villages. Not only is this one an easy game for young children to learn but it only takes about 15-20 minutes to play – perfect for a quick game.
Operation (Ages 6+)
In this classic game, players get to play doctor to patient Sam by removing ailments from his body with tweezers. But steady hands is the name of the game, as a buzzer sound will play if you hit something wrong. This fun games makes for lots of laughs for both kids and adults alike.
Hungry Hungry Hippo (Ages 4+)
Young kids will love this fun counting game where they chomp as hippos to eat as many marbles as they can. The player with the most marbles at the end wins the game!
Chutes & Ladders (Ages 3+)
This classic game is one of the easiest games to play and it helps teach young kids counting skills and cause and effect. I think this was actually the first board game we ever played with our boys when they were little and they loved it!
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Hands On Fun Board Games
Jenga (Ages 6+)
If you’re looking for a game that combines skill, suspense, and laughter in one then Jenga is for you! Players carefully pull wood blocks out of a tower and place them on top, working to ensure the tower stays steady. It starts out easy but gets harder the more blocks you pull out. The object is to not be the one to make it all tumble.
Spot It (Ages 7+)
This game is my boys absolute favorite game for family game night and one of my favorites too! It’s a game of speed as players race to spot similar objects on their card and the middle card. This one is great for traveling too!
Kerplunk (Ages 5+)
Another game from my childhood that I absolutely love is Kerplunk! Players place sticks through a translucent tube, place marbles on top, and take turns removing sticks while trying to ensure marbles don’t drop through. The player with the least number of marbles at the end of the game wins.
Throw Throw Burrito (Ages 7+)
This ridiculously cute and fun game is like playing cards and dodge ball in one! Collect cards, play your hand, and have soft burrito throwing fights with your family and friends. Our boys are always requesting to play this game and it’s a fun one to bring out with the grandparents.
Pie Face (Ages 3+)
This hilarious game is filled with fun and suspense as players take turns placing their heads through a mask and spinning a spinner to see who will get hit in the face with whipped cream. Our family always has lots of laughs every time we play this game!
Strategy Board Games
Life (Ages 8+)
Ahh the Game of Life takes me straight back to my childhood and having a blast choosing the best home, car, job, and vacation I could. In this fun game players move through all the twists and turns of life and learn how to make smart choices to manage their money and families. The player with the most money at the end of the game wins!
Trouble (Ages 5+)
Another favorite classic game is Trouble! Players roll the die to move spaces along the board with the object to get all 4 pieces around the board first. But beware, as players will “make trouble” by bumping you back to the beginning. If you’ve never played this one, I highly recommend it – it’s a lot of fun!
Sorry (Ages 6+)
This fun (yet playfully frustrating) game has been around since the 1930s and the object of the game is simple – get all 4 of your colored pawns to your base. Watch out though! Players are in it to win it for themselves and if you hear the words “sorry”, it’s back to the beginning you go.
Uno (Ages 7+)
This classic card game is all about strategy and so much fun to play! The object of the game is to get rid of all your cards first, but with fun skip, reverse, and wild cards you never know who just might win.
Stuff Happens (Ages 13+)
This fun card game is one of our family’s newest favorites. Each player is given scenarios of bad life moments such as your car breaks down or you get a zit on prom day, and each must guess how those life scenarios rank on a scale of 1-100 (100 being the worst) according to experts. Our boys have a blast with it and we love laughing at the funny card illustrations.
Numbers/Math Board Games
Monopoly (Ages 8+)
Monopoly is THE king of all board games and such a fun choice for family game night. In this property trading game, players buy, sell, dream, and scheme to come out on top as the winner. Monopoly is definitely played regularly in our house and if I’m being honest, I’ve yet to win a game against my husband or boys. (I’ll keep trying, though – haha!)
Yahtzee (Ages 8+)
This classic 1950s game is another family game night favorite. Players roll 5 dice to achieve the highest scores in specific scoring categories. And of course if you roll the same number with all 5 dice you achieve a YAHTZEE!
Rummikub (Ages 8+)
Rummikub is one of the most popular games around the world and a great choice for playing with your family and friends. It’s easy to learn, fast-paced, and played differently every single time as players take turns placing number tiles in runs and groups (just like rummy). The first player to play every tile on their rack wins the game!
Connect 4 (Ages 6+)
Challenge your friends or family to a game of Connect 4, where you race to line up 4 discs of the same color first. It seems simple enough, but this fun game can quickly turn into a heated competition and is sure to keep you entertained.
Vocabulary Building Board Games
Scrabble (Ages 8+)
Scrabble is my absolute favorite board game and I especially enjoy having fun while schooling my husband! 2-4 players play to score the highest points by creating words and strategically placing letters together. Great for building up your vocabulary and strategy building!
Nab It (Ages 8+)
Nab It is a fun, more competitive variation of Scrabble where players are challenged to create as many words as they can with the tiles they have. Unlike scrabble though, players can stack and link tiles together to steal points from other players, making it more challenging and a lot of fun.
Bananagrams (Ages 7+)
Up to 16 players can play this super fun game where you must spell as many linked words as you can with your tiles. Kids will love this competitive game where they can show off their spelling skills, and it’s a lot of fun for adults too!
Mystery/Guessing Board Games
Clue (Ages 8+)
This classic mystery game of whodunit is a fun way to challenge your critical thinking skills, and is one of our family’s favorites. To win, players must carefully pay attention to guesses of other players (and their own) to figure out who committed the murder, what room it happened in, and what weapon was used. The first who correctly guesses all three wins the game!
Guess Who (Ages 6+)
This two player game challenges players to guess which character (out of 24 possibilities) their opponent has picked. Players take turns asking yes or no questions and the first to correctly guess the character wins.
Hedbanz (Ages 7+)
Hedbanz is a great game for playing with a large group and will keep you on your toes. In this fast-paced game, you wear Hedbanz and ask “yes” or “no” questions to figure out if the cartoon card on your headband is an animal, food, or object. The first player to earn 3 points wins!
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I hope you enjoyed today’s roundup of the 25 Best Board Games for Family Night! Which of these fun family board games will you be adding to your board game collection? Let me know in the comments!
Thanks for stopping by! – Cara
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