The Top 5 Board Games for Families

Board games are a wonderful way to spend time together as a family. A little strategy, friendly competition, and teamwork can help build closer bonds between parents, children, and siblings and help you spend time together away from a screen. Learn more about our favorite family-friendly board games to help you pick one that will keep you all engaged and entertained for hours.

It’s in The Bag!

A Modern Take on Charades for Endless Fun

This board game is an innovative evolution of a game everyone knows and loves.
Best Overall

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This game is easy to set up and easy to play, making it perfect for family game night or as a big party activity. This three-round game is about teamwork and creativity and will help your team build a stronger relationship—while also having tons of fun. Whether your group is big or small, It’s in the Bag is works for as little as two or up to 20 players for diverse settings filled with lots of laughs.

Pros:

  • For 2-20 players
  • Builds teamwork and communication
  • 10% satisfaction guarantee

Cons:

  • For ages 10+

Hasbro Games Trivial Pursuit Family Edition

A Classic Game with a Twist

This family-friendly version of a board game classic will quickly become a household favorite.
Most Classic

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Trivial Pursuit has been upgraded to suit people of all ages, from children to adults. With 1,200 questions across a range of different categories, playing is a fun experience for the whole family. The game is designed to be played both individually or on teams to give you more set-up options, and it’s been made with child-friendly materials to make sure your game is safe and fun for many rounds of fun.

Pros:

  • Fast-paced, engaging game
  • Questions for both kids and adults
  • Includes 1,200 questions

Cons:

  • For ages 8+

Inspiration Play Double Ditto Family Party Board Game

Laughter and Fun for Your Whole Family

Try to match other players' answers in this hilarious and fast-paced game filled with fun.
Best for Groups

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To play this game, you only need 4 people to get started. Voted Creative Child Magazine’s 2016 Game of the Year Award, Double Ditto has 20-30 minute, fast-paced rounds so that you can keep playing over and over again for even more excitement. With over 400 category cards, score sheets, and more included in the box, you have everything you need to get started playing right away.

Pros:

  • For groups from 4-10
  • Fast-paced rounds
  • Only takes 5 minutes to learn

Cons:

  • For ages 10+

Watch Ya’ Mouth Family Edition

An Ingenious Game That Will Keep You Laughing

With cheek retractors, this game is the ultimate in silly family fun.
Best for All Ages

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This award-winning game is great for small groups of all kinds, including families. Easy to play with groups between 3-10 people, Watch Ya’ Mouth has hilarious cheek retractors that players wear while trying to say different words and phrases. The funny faces will deliver lots of laughs for players of any age. The game includes 143 family-safe phrases, and an adult expansion pack is also available for parents who want to play with a group of their own friends.

Pros:

  • Good for groups between 3-10 people
  • Family-friendly cards and phrases
  • Adult expansion pack also available

Cons:

  • For ages 8+

Trekking The National Parks: The Family Board Game

Celebrate the Outdoors in a New, Fun Way

Reminiscence about your National Park visits with this MENSA-award winning game.
Best for Outdoor Enthusiasts

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This unique board game was developed by parents who had traveled to every single National Park. The goal of the game is to celebrate the beauty of nature and inspire more people to share their experiences. The game is the perfect balance of fun and educational to help children learn, while also having fun with the family. The rules are easy to follow so that younger children and adults alike have an easy time learning to play.

Pros:

  • Winner of the MENSA Parent’s Choice Award
  • Mixes love for the outdoors with board games
  • Fun and educational

Cons:

  • For ages 10+

Frequently Asked Questions

Do board games make you smarter?

Board games are good for cognitive development. They help improve logical thinking skills, and in older adults, playing board games has been proven to reduce the risk of dementia.

How do board games work?

Each board game works a little differently. Typically, they include a board, a set of cards, or sometimes a timer, along with other game pieces. Each board game has a set of rules, and they almost always require players to take rotating turns.

What are the board game types?

Board games can be broken into different categories. For example, many games are war-based, like checkers or chess, where you are directly battling one other opponent. Other games are a race to the finish line, while some games are strategy-based. How a game is categorized depends on the objective of the game itself.

 

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