Fun Board and Card Games Every Family Should Own
These lighthearted activities will take game night to the next level.
If you're looking to switch up family night—beyond your go-to popcorn-and-a-movie routine—consider working a board game into the mix. There's good reason for this: Games can help to loosen everyone up (teenagers included), and even serve as a friendly way to satisfy your loved ones' competitive streaks.
According to Jamie Chang, owner and event planning expert at Mango Muse Events, board and card games can help get conversations started by encouraging communication—something that is critical for a family unit. "People start to show a different side of themselves when their competitiveness takes over, voices get raised, and laughter fills the room," Chang says. "It's welcomed, organized chaos."
Even better than creating a sense of camaraderie or providing your kids or spouse with plenty of subject matter, adding a game to your next family night also gives it some levity—and allows the parents an opportunity to feel like kids again, which ultimately makes them feel more connected to their kids. Plus, today's offerings give players a wide variety of options, which means that there's something for just about everyone. Want to impress your children and show off your smarts with trivia, or would you prefer to test your luck at a game of chance? No matter what type of fun you're searching for, you can find the best of the best on this list (we can be competitive, too!). Better yet, each of these selections is just a few clicks away. To invite some of that good-natured organized chaos into your family's home, consider ordering one of these crowd-pleasing board or card games.
Here's another tried-and-true option for you: Trivial Pursuit. With a myriad of versions to chose from (there are entire games dedicated to Game of Thrones, Harry Potter, and the 2000s), it's easy to pick one that works for you and your family. Each game is designed with a series of trivia questions that each player must answer before they can move around the board. The player with the most trivia knowledge wins.
Shop Now: Hasbro Gaming Trivial Pursuit, The Classic Edition, $15.69, target.com.
Looking for an active game that gets you and your loved one out of your seats? You've found it—Quelf requires you to perform stunts or act out scenes. Players perform the tasks assigned to them, while emulating the personality traits of the character pieces they selected at the beginning of the game. The winner is the one who makes it all the way to the end of the board and successfully answers the final question.
Shop Now: Quelf, $15.99, walmart.com.
Any mind readers in your bunch (besides Mom)? Kidding aside, this interactive game involves predicting what others are thinking—everyone secretly writes a word that completes a phrase on the cue card. The winner is able to repeatedly identify the other players' fill-ins.
Shop Now: Blank Slate, $22.49, target.com.
If your family is a mix of adults and kids (or maybe a mix of grown-ups and grown-ups who act like kids), Qwirkle might be your best bet. You'll race against the clock as you build matching rows or columns of tiles (either in the same color or shape, but sans duplicates). For every group of six you match and complete, you score a "qwirkle." The player with the greatest number of these wins.
Shop Now: Qwirkle, $14.99, kohls.com.
This one is like the ever-popular Cards Against Humanity, but with pictures. The gist? Complete a comic strip based off the cards in your possession. The first card is randomly laid out on the table, and the second is chosen by the "judge," who decides which panel wins. It's up to you to throw down the third and final card, which will complete your comic strip. Remember, this game is intended for people ages 17 and older, so skip it if you have little ones in the house.
Shop Now: Joking Hazard, $53.99, walmart.com.
Want to test how well you really know your fellow family members? This game is for you. There are 66 cards with a total of 232 "loaded questions" on them. Players anonymously pen responses to these queries and then take turns trying to determine which answers belong to the others.
Shop Now: Loaded Questions, The Friends and Family Version, $18.49, walmart.com.
What Do You Meme?
Here's another card game that requires players to craft the winning hand by throwing down answers that best pair with an image. For each round, you have seven "caption" cards to pair with a chosen photo card. The judge then chooses the best combination. This game is intended for older players, so break it out after younger family members have gone to bed.
Shop Now: What Do You Meme?, $29.99, target.com.
Inspired by the comic strip from The Oatmeal, this card game asks players to draw a series of photo cards until one draws an "exploding kitten." The kitten card signifies the players elimination from the game (unless they have any of the cards that can be used to "defuse" the kitten, in which case they live to draw again). The winner is the last person standing at the end of each hand.
Shop Now: Exploding Kittens, $19.95, target.com.