We have been seriously slacking on the family fun time around my house. As my kids get older, it seems we spend less time doing things as a family. My teenager is working now, and the not-so-little guy is getting busier and busier with his own interests, and I haven’t been doing a very good job planning activities to get us all together. So, I decided to make it a priority to corral the family on an at least bi-weekly basis for some sort of activity.
Board games are definitely on the top of my list for activities because they are so easy to just pop on the table right after dinner before the kids have a chance to scatter. I didn’t even realize we had such a big collection until I started pulling them all out and blowing off the dust, and since I love sharing all my fun time activities with you guys…I made a list of all the fantastic family games! Ready for a bonus? I partnered up with a few super cool ladies, and we are doing a giveaway for two of the awesome games on this list!!! You will find more information about how you can enter after all the game-y goodness 🙂
Let’s get started…
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Do you remember playing Oregon Trail in computer class way back when? Well, now you can reminisce with this fun little card game version…until you die of dysentery. My son LOVES to play, and the game is quick enough that we can usually get the teenager to sit through a round or two. Although the box says 12 and up, I really think you could play with kids as young as 8 or 9 especially if they know how to read fairly well.
Okay, so if you have never played Speed, you are in for a treat. This is one of my favorite card games to play because it is so fast…hence the name. I abhor slow games, so this one is right up my alley. All you need to play is a deck of cards and a pair of quick hands. Gameplay is very simple and can be taught to any kid that knows how to count. Here is a video tutorial to get you up to speed (I crack myself up!)
Bears vs Babies
This is a very silly monster building game recommended for ages 10 and up that comes in an amazing furry box. It is worth it to buy Bears vs Babies just for the box (it reminds me of the Monster Book of Monsters.) Gameplay is quick, and there are so many card combinations that the game stays fresh even after multiple rounds. I saw a NSFW version available on Amazon as well, so maybe read carefully when ordering.
Use Your Thinkball
I am so excited to tell you about the creative scavenger hunt game Use Your Thinkball for a couple of reasons. Number one because I know the creator of the game and number 2 because this is one of the games in the GIVEAWAY!!! Yep, my super awesome blogging buddy friend created this game herself, had it printed up, and is now selling it on Amazon. What?!? I didn’t even know you could make your own game like that! She is all cool and stuff, so she is letting me give away one of them to you guys! Woohoo!!! Bonus: This is one of those games that can also be played sans kids for a very different experience, that’s like getting two games for the price of one.
Harry Potter Trivial Pursuit
Okay, I’m gonna be honest: I am full of absolutely worthless knowledge, and I just like to show it off by playing trivia games. Plus, as far as obscure facts go, Harry Potter is my forte. I will gladly stomp my children in a fun HP trivial Pursuit match any day of the week. We usually just ask each other the questions as opposed to playing the actual game, but either way, it is tons of fun for all the Potterheads in your life. (fyi: POP figure not included in the game).
I have played Forbidden Island with my son many, many times, and it is surprisingly fun! He got the game for a birthday or Christmas gift, and I rather reluctantly agreed to play the first time. However, it was a lot more challenging and interesting than I thought it would be. We really like it because you get to work together as opposed to against one another. It says ages 10+ for this one, but we’ve been playing since he was 7ish.
Operation is a classic. I had it when I was a kid, my daughter had some version when she was younger, and my son currently owns a Spongebob version. It is just so fun to hear that buzzer go off which makes your opponent jump and drop their piece. Mwahahaha. This is a great game for families with a broader range of ages because pretty much everyone can participate.
Remeber up there where I said that I abhor slow games? Yeah…well, I just so happen to have a son and husband that frickin love to play Monopoly. *me crying a river of tears* Lucky for me, our version has a speedy play option or I don’t think I would survive it, but sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do…
Digital Escape Room
Escape rooms are all the rage, right? BUT did you know that you could have your very own escape room at home? Yep, PD Printables has created fun and challenging digital escape room games that you can download and play right in the comfort of your own home! They come in different difficulty levels which makes it easier to find one to fit your family’s age/skill set, AND I’m super excited to announce that the New Year’s Ball version is the other game in our GIVEAWAY!!! Woohoo! It is suitable for readers as young as 8. My friends over at Adventures of a Super 8 recently tried out one of PD Printables more difficult games, you can see how they fared here!
Need another irreverent card game? Exploding Kittens has got your back. It is complete nonsense but makes you feel so happy when you play. We will never get enough of it. It was created by the same people that did the bear game above…and it also comes with an NSFW version that we very recently acquired. It hasn’t even been open yet, but I will let you know how it goes later 🙂
That’s my list folks! Are you ready for the giveaway information now? Enter below for your chance to win a digital copy of the New Year’s Ball escape room game from PD Printables Etsy shop AND a non-digital copy of the Use Your Thinkball scavenger hunt game currently available on Amazon! Do as many of the entry tasks as you can for more chances to win!
What is your favorite game to play as a family?