Are you constantly searching for fun and interactive games to host wonderful family nights?
It’s really important to spend quality family time with your kids to enhance bonding and a healthy relationship.
Taking the entire family out for an evening of fun can be exciting and something all parents want to do on a regular basis.
Unfortunately, going out costs money and if you do it as a weekly ritual, it can cost more than the average family can afford.
But playing some family-friendly games at home is an inexpensive way to spend quality time together.
So, if you want to enjoy a wonderful evening with your family, take a look at 25 fun games for family nights where you can bond with the kids while saving money at the same time.
These family time games have not been arranged in any particular order so make sure you read to the end of the post to check out all the available options.
25 ABSOLUTELY FUN GAMES FOR FAMILY NIGHT
#1 Five Crowns Card Game
This award-winning, classic game is a quick favorite for both avid and casual card players. Five Crowns features a unique double deck that contains 5 suits: spades, clubs, hearts, diamonds, and stars.
The game begins with 3 cards and 3s are wild, the next round has 4 cards and 4s are wild and so on ‘til the Kings Go Wild. Be the first to go out, then watch players scramble as they get one last chance to cut their losses.
#2 Grandpa Beck’s Cover Your Assets
In Cover Your Assets, you amass a fortune by collecting and building an alternating tower of matching pairs of asset cards. Be careful though because the top set of assets on your stack can be stolen by other players if they hold a matching asset.
Every time a stack is stolen it increases in value. The best way to protect it is to cover those assets with a new set of assets. This game is fast-paced and competitive. Get ready for bouts of laughter and fun-filled family nights.
#3 Sleeping Queens Card Game
The Sleeping Queens is a royalty rousing card game that’s totally easy to understand and play. The Pancake Queen, The Ladybug Queen and ten of their closest friends have fallen under a sleeping spell and it’s your job to wake them up.
You will need a strategy, quick thinking and a little luck to wake these napping Queens from their royal slumbers. The player who wakes the most queens wins. It’s quite interesting and straightforward!
#4 Qwirkle Board Game
An engaging game with easy to follow rules, Qwirkle is great for younger players. The rules of the game are basic: simply build lines by matching tiles based on either color or shape and score points for doing so.
However, the ability to build complex combinations will keep children interested and engaged, and challenge them mentally. Qwirkle is a fantastic game for families.
#5 Codenames Word Game
Codenames is a social word game with challenging gameplay. Two rival spymasters know the secret identities of 25 agents. The teams compete to see who can make contact with all of their agents first.
Spymasters give one-word clues that can point to multiple words on the table. Their teammates try to guess words of their color while avoiding those that belong to the opposing team. It’s an intriguing game for family nights.
#6 Original Sequence Board Game
The Sequence Board Game is fun, challenging and exciting. All you have to do is play a card from your hand, and place a chip on a corresponding space on the game board. When you have five in a row, it’s a Sequence.
Learn to block your opponents or remove their chips, and watch out for the Jacks – they’re wild! With a little strategy and luck, you’ll be a winner. This game of strategy is great for both kids and adults. Prepare for a challenging yet fun family night!
#7 Monopoly Deal Card Game
The Monopoly Deal Game is the card version of the classic Monopoly game. Be the first to collect 3 full property sets of different colors, and you’ll win the Monopoly Deal Card Game.
Play action cards to charge players rent, steal their cards or demand money for your birthday. Build up property sets, gather piles of money and keep dealing until you’re the Monopoly Deal winner!
#8 SKIP BO Card Game
Skip-Bo is the ultimate sequencing card game from the makers of UNO! Players use skill and strategy to create stacks of sequentially numbered, ascending cards until they have no more left to play.
The Skip-Bo “wild” cards break up static situations and may be played as any number. Use these cards wisely, for they can really help you beat your opponents! The first player to deplete all of his Skip-Bo stockpile cards is the winner!
#9 SKYJO Card Game
In the card game SKYJO, the goal is to collect as few points as possible over the course of several turns. As soon as a player reaches 100 points or more the player with the fewest points wins.
Further excitement is added by several special rules, which for example make it possible to remove several cards from the game – this can lead to unexpected turns.
#10 Family Time: 50 Conversation Starters
This cute, compact tin is filled with 50 thoughtful and playful questions to inspire great family conversations. With a wide range of intriguing questions, this family-friendly party game leads to interesting conversations.
Bring this portable tin along on your next family road trip, or break the ice at the next family game night and learn new things about each other.
#11 Exploding Kittens Card Game
Exploding Kittens is a highly strategic card game for people who are into kittens, explosions and laser beams. In this game, players draw cards until someone draws an exploding kitten, at which point they explode, and they are out of the game.
Unless that player has a defuse card, which can defuse the kitten using things like laser pointers, belly rubs, and catnip sandwiches. All of the other cards in the deck are used to move, mitigate, or avoid the exploding kittens.
#12 Zingo Bingo Board Game
Zingo is one of ThinkFun’s most popular and bestselling games. Zingo is built to improve language skills through fun and fast placed play.
This matching game encourages pre-readers and early readers alike to match the pictures and words to their challenge cards. Use family time games to teach your kids something valuable!
#13 Labyrinth Family Board Game
The Labyrinth Game uses a clever board design to create a series of ever-changing mazes that players must move through. It features mythical characters including a dragon, a princess, a ghost, a genie, and flying creatures.
The object of the game is for each player to collect all seven treasures shown on their individual treasure cards as quickly as possible. It’s perfect for family game nights!
#14 Blokus Game
Stake your claim and protect your territory with the Blokus game! Each player gets a set of 21 pieces – in red, blue, green, or yellow – then takes turns placing them on the board.
Each piece you play must touch at least one other piece of the same color, but only at the corners! The goal is to fit the most pieces on the board. It’s ideal for a quick game or an entire night of family fun.
#15 Dragonwood Board Game
Deep in the heart of this mythical Dragonwood forest, lurk angry ogres, giggling goblins, and even the famed and fearsome dragons! Collect sets of adventurer cards to earn dice, which you will use to roll against your foes.
Only the bravest will overcome the odds and emerge victoriously! It’s totally captivating and engaging. Your family nights will never be the same with it and your kids will adore spending time with you.
#16 Play Nine Card Game
Play Nine, the card game of golf, is a fun and exciting twist of the classic game of golf. Just like the actual game, the person with the lowest score wins!
It’s perfect for family game nights, holiday parties, or as a downtime activity, Play Nine is just the thing to keep everyone entertained.
#17 Kingdomino Strategy Board Game
In the Kingdomino Board Game, players take on the role of Lords seeking new lands to expand their kingdom. As with ‘Dominoes’, these new lands must match the landscape tiles that have already been played.
The game ends when each player has completed a 5 x 5 grid, and then points are counted based on the number of connecting tiles and crowns.
#18 Super Mario Card Game
If you are up for some family night fun, Super Mario is the game you need. Join Mario, Luigi, and all their friends for a special game of UNO!
It’s the classic UNO you love, but this version includes a special Mario Super Star Card that makes your character invincible! When you’re down to one card, don’t forget to yell “UNO!”
#19 Azul Board Game
Azul is a tile-placement game in which players compete for the highest score by claiming tiles and arranging them on their board to score points.
As a tile-laying artist, you have been challenged to decorate the walls of the Royal Palace of Dvora. Get ready for some creative family nights with this game!
#20 Minecraft Card Game
If you want to be the coolest parent ever, get this game for nonstop family night fun; your kids will love it.
UNO Minecraft gameplay involves players racing to get rid of all their cards, but this version features cards with Minecraft characters and images and a special rule!
#21 5 Second Rule Game
If an unstoppable family night of fun and laughter is your agenda, try the 5 Second Rule Game; it won’t disappoint. You’ve got five seconds to name three things in a category…can you do it?
It should be a piece of cake to name things but with the other players staring, waiting for you to get flustered? Time’s not on your side, so just say what comes to mind and risk ridiculous answers slipping out, and in turn, laughter!
#22 Spot It! Classic Game
Test your observational skills with the gameplay of Spot It!, a game of lightning-fast choices for a group of two to eight players. With dozens of possible versions, Spot it! has become a favorite for family night entertainment.
The first thing to know about Spot it! is that there is always one matching symbol between any two cards. Got it? Now all you need is a sharp eye and a quick hand to play all five party games packed into the grab and go tin.
#23 Watch Ya’ Mouth Family Edition
Are you ready for fun game nights filled with much laughter and amusement? At Watch Ya’ Mouth, the goal is to provide people with a source of hilarious entertainment that brings them closer together.
The Watch Ya’ Mouth Game is a hilarious, competitive card-based game in which teams of players, hampered by cheek retractors, attempt to speak out and interpret phrases.
#24 Guess Who Classic Game
With the Guess Who? Game, Each player chooses a mystery character card and then using Yes or no questions, they try to figure out the other player’s mystery person.
#25 Clue Junior Game
It’s the case of the missing cake in this classic “whodunit” game for kids. In this Clue Junior Game, players are on a mission to discover who took a piece of cake, when they took it, and what they drank with it.
The game features classic Clue characters such as Miss Scarlett, Mrs. Peacock, Col. Mustard, Mr. Green, and Prof. Plum, and also Dr. Orchid, a genius biologist with a sweet tooth.
I’ve made a comprehensive list of family time games that will help you connect with your kids while having fun.
Spending quality family time with your kids should be a priority if you want them to grow into confident and loving adults.
A stable family is one of the most important aspects of a well-adjusted individual. Give your children a quality family time by playing fun games with them regularly.
If you’re looking for more family night ideas, take a look at this category of family night activities on Amazon. I’m sure you will find something worthy!
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