One of my goals here at the Surly Housewife is to encourage families to spend time together. Family time does not have to be as elaborate as a family vacation. It can be as simple as a family movie night or a night at the drive-in. Simple, inexpensive, and fun!
That’s why I love family game night. Playing games together as a family is as simple as it gets. Plus it’s a great way to bond, learn, and have fun.
If you have a super competitive child, game night can be down right awful. Which is why I suggest classic board and card games. One, because they are usually quick. Even if a child loses there is plenty of time to play another round and give others a chance to win. And two, parents more than likely know how to play the game so explaining the rules is a breeze.
But if you are anything like me, you have a hard time remembering the games you grew up with. Or maybe you didn’t play a lot of board games as a child, but would love to start with your own family. Don’t fret. I have listed 10 games that our family loves to play together AND we haven’t had a thrown game board so even the most competitive child will have fun 😉
As an extra note, at the time of this post our daughters are 7 and 9. The perfect ages for all the games listed below.
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Games for Family Game Night
For an added bonus, watch the classic Sorry sketch from the Carol Burnett show. It’s guaranteed to have your family in stitches!
My cousins and I spent hours playing this growing up.
What I love most about playing dominoes is there are tons of different versions of this game to play.
Go Fish is a quick and easy game all kids love. Plus they usually come in a pack with some other card games like Old Maid and Crazy 8s.
My kids love Uno Attack!
I recommend buying two decks so you don’t run out of cards.
2 player games are a great way for you and your spouse to spend one-on-one time with your kids. Set up several 2 person games and rotate through spending time with each member of your family.
We have the new version of Guess Who, but I have to say, I think I like the old one better!
The best part about checkers is you can usually get a combo set like the one I have linked to below.
Any games I left off? What games does your family love to play?