Ten Family Game Night Ideas

As the days are getting shorter and the air is getting cooler, we are slowly moving from outdoor activities to indoor activities. For our family, that means the return to game nights! We have a standard weekly game night, but usually wind up playing games together several nights during the week and weekends.

Andrew is six, so the games we play are  for the younger crowd; however, I must confess that I enjoy playing them as much as he does! Here are some of our favorites:

1. Scrabble, Jr. I’m so happy that my son is carrying on my tradition of loving Scrabble® – even if it is the junior version!

2. Candyland. Who hasn’t played this classic game?! Candyland was a great game when Andrew was smaller and learning his colors and it still continues to be one of his favorites.

3. Chutes and Ladders. Another classic game. I can’t tell you how annoying it is to get close to the end of the game only to land on one of the slides that brings you back to the beginning of the game!

4. Trouble. Oh, watch out with this game, it can get a little loud AND frustrating. 🙂

5. Silly Sentences. Not only does this game teach reading and grammar (almost without the children realizing it), it’s fun!

6. Hungry, Hungry, Hippo. This is a loud game, so I personally can’t play this game for too long; but, Andrew loves it!

7. Don’t Break the Ice. My son totally has this game backward. The object of the game is to NOT let the little polar bear fall; but Andrew always wants to make it fall! Ha!

8. Connect Four. When I was growing up, I only knew of one version of this game; but, now apparently there are three – and all of them are fun.

9. Operation. The version of this game that I remember is a little different than the one that is out now. However, it’s still just as fun. (Although I don’t get the same kick out of having to retrieve the “runny nose” as much as Andrew does!)

10. Twister. I can’t play this game because of physical limitations; but, I do get to spin the board and call out the colors and placement (and laugh at everyone else trying to contort their bodies to get into the right position!). This is definitely a HILARIOUS game for the whole family.

What about you? Does your family have a regular game night? What games do your family enjoy playing?

(Linked to Top Ten Tuesday and Works for me Wednesday.)


  1. We don’t have a regular game night, but we do play games often, and we also have a six-year-old son. One of our favorites is Aquarius or (same game, different art) Seven Dragons. Here is a review. Another new favorite for us is The aMAZEing Labyrinth–it says age 8 and up, but my son and his friends have learned it easily.
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  2. Another suggestion might be doing a jigsaw puzzle as a family. This site http://www.alljigsawpuzzles.co.uk/ has a ton of good puzzle to choose from.

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