15 Best Games for a Family Game Night

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My extended family is growing and we are always looking for fun things to do together. Especially with the holidays coming up it’s nice to have a few ideas up your sleeve that appeal to multiple age groups! The Kidlist team did some brainstorming and came up with a list of great games to play with big families, family reunions, and family parties. Do you have more ideas? We would love to hear them!

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Best Games to Play with Your Family

1. Taco vs Burrito

This game was created by a 7 year old and is sure to bring fun and laughter to your family.

2. Telestrations

We really enjoy playing this game because it incorporates drawing and interaction within your family while not requiring you to be an artist.

3. Pictionary

We have the classic version of Pictionary and if the younger players don’t know what one of the words means they just pick a new card. One of the perks of this game is that you are on teams, so if the kids need to ask a question it doesn’t disrupt the game to talk to another player on his or her team. Everyone can participate and since the drawings are quick, no one has to feel funny about their artistic ability.


4. Spoons

Our family gets really competitive with Spoons! It’s a simple game that levels the playing field so no one has the advantage, no matter how young you are. For those who have never played, you need a deck of cards and one less spoon than there are players. Spread out the spoons on the table so everyone has equal access to them. Deal four cards to each player and the goal is to get four of a kind. The dealer starts by picking up a card off the top of the deck and either takes it and passes their discard or simply passes it to the left. The last player places their discard into a pile. The first person to make four of a kind in their hand takes a spoon. As soon as the first spoon is taken, everyone else can take a spoon. The player left without a spoon gets a letter and when you spell out S-P-O-O-N, you are out. The last player in the game wins. Simple but so fun!


5. Charades

This specifically-designed game has a picture charade on every card so that non-readers can play along with older kids. It’s great fun as the whole family tries to guess the charades before time runs out. It’s really entertaining and interesting to see how everyone interprets the cards and figures out how to portray them so others can guess!


6. Reverse Charades

There’s also a version where the whole team acts out clues for one person instead of the opposite. In 60 seconds, teams attempt to guess as many words or phrases as they can and the team with the most correct guesses wins.


7. Wits & Wagers Family Edition

My son recently received this game for his birthday and we have been having so much fun playing together! You read a question and each person (or team) makes a guess as to what the numerical answer would be, like “In inches, what is the world record high jump for a pig?” Sometimes the questions are funny and sometimes they are just really interesting! Everyone then puts little wooden pieces, called meeples, on what they believe is the correct answer. Then the answer is read and points are awarded.


8. Jenga

Pull out a wooden brick without crashing the stack! This game is only limited by how many people can sit around the tower. Side note: I met the inventor of this game (Leslie Scott). She is so sweet and an awesome woman! I loved hearing the story of how she launched Jenga at the London Toy Fair in 1983 during a time when the toy and game field was male dominated.


9. Apples to Apples

There is a junior version of this game that is listed for ages 9+, but I disagree with that rating. If you play teams you can easily play with younger players and discuss what the words mean that are unfamiliar to them and come up with a fun comparison card. We have played and included our six year old without a problem and she had fun joining in. Since it’s all about word associations, it’s very entertaining to hear what everyone comes up with!


10. LCR (Left Right Center)

I can’t wait to play this game. You guys were holding out on me about this one! The set comes with dice that have either L (pass one chip to the left), C (put on int he center, which takes it out of play), R (pass one to the right) and black pips, which mean take no action. You can play this game with chips or coins. Each player takes a turn rolling as many dice as he or she has chips. Losing all your chips doesn’t mean you are out of the game because there is a chance another player can roll an L or an R. The winner is the last player with chips left and also wins all of the chips or money in the center pot.


11. Tenzi

The first player to have all ten dice to show the same number wins! You can adapt this game for really young players by giving them less dice, but since the concept is visual it’s an easy game to play with a wide range of ages. Click here to see other games that you can play with Tenzi dice.


12. Pie Face

This game has resulted in some pretty funny YouTube videos. Score a point every time you turn the handle without getting splatted, but watch out because you could get a pie in the face! All you need is this game and some whipped cream.


13. Uno

Up to 10 players can play this classic card game. Take turns matching a card in their hand with the current card shown on top of the deck either by color or number.

14. Rummikub

There is a standard edition for 2-4 players and another option for 6 players.

15. Code Names

We love this game for it’s endless possibilities and it’s fun for a big group.

Family Games that Include Young Kids

Count Your Chickens is a cooperative game in which everyone is working towards the same goal. Great for preschoolers!

Eye Found It is an I spy style trivia game with different versions such as Disney, Dreamworks, Star Wars, and Richard Scarry for ages 4 and up!

Charades and Charades for Kids is a classic game that you can buy or make on your own. Each word (or picture for non-readers) can be acted out for others to guess. Ages 4 and up.

Jenga is a fun game that works on strategy and luck as you try not to let the wooden tower come crashing down. There are indoor and outdoor versions of Jenga for all ages.

SET is fun card game of matching different sets of cards to win. For ages 4 and up!

Left Right Center is a dice games for ages 5 and up that is easy to pick up on and fun for a diverse age group.

Qwirkle is a great game for ages 6 and up as you match tiles based on color and shape. You develop strategy and is a great game for a wide range of ages in your house.

Sorry is a board game for ages 6 and up in which players scoot, bump, and slide their pieces around the board as they try to get their pieces home.

Wits and Wagers is a guessing game for ages 6 and over. A question is asked and everyone guesses their answer. The closest wins!

Uno is a classic card game or matching and ordering based on colors and numbers, with a few wild cards thrown in. This game is suitable for ages 7 and up. Uno also made a spinoff called Phase 10!

Tenzi is a dice game with many different variations that is easy to learn and play as you roll ten dice as fast as you can. Tenzi is best for ages 7 and up.

Exploding Kittens is a game of chance to keep your cards and not pick up the exploding kitten card. It involved some strategy and some luck, similar to Uno. Another version of this games includes Unstable Unicorns. This games is geared for ages 7 and up.

Blockus is for ages 7 and up for up to 4 players. Blockus is good for strategy and spatial awareness.

Pictopia is a picture trivia game with many different versions available, such as Disney and Star Wars. This picture games is suitable for ages 7 and up!

Bananagrams challenges players to create a crossword puzzle of words with letter tiles. Great for spelling and vocabulary, this game is for ages 7 and up.

Family Games that Include Elementary Schoolers

Rummikub is a number tile game that involves strategy and luck in grouping numbers together as theme board constantly changes. This game is suitable for ages 8 and up.

Five Crowns is a rummy style card game with wild cards for ages 8 and up.

Scrabble is a vocabulary building game trying to score the highest points for each word played. Even as adults, my husband and I play this on date nights! Scrabble is a great game for ages 8 and up.

Just One is a great cooperative party game for ages 8 and over in which you have to give clues to guess as many mystery words as you can.

Farkle is an easy dice game for ages 8 and up that involves counting, and scoring the most per roll. This game is great for travel!

Monopoly Deal is a card game version of the Monopoly boardgames that you can play in less then 15 mins! Ages 8 and up.

Pass the Pigs Dice Game A fun dice game that uses pigs instead of traditional dice. Toss the little pigs and see if you can be the first to get 100 points. Pass the pigs is geared towards ages 8 and up.

One Night Werewolf has a strange name, but is a fast paced group card/solve it/strategy games. Each person gets role and tries to find the werewolf. Suitable for ages 8 and up.

Yahtzee always makes for a family games night easy choice. It’s a dice games for ages 8 and up based on casino hands like a full house or a straight.

Blank Slate is a word association game for ages 8 and up that is easy to learn and play.

Catchphrase is an electronic timing game to try to get your team to guess the word on the display. There is also an app for that called Outburst!

Carcasonne is a tile playing board game in which you build a countryside around a fortified city. For ages 8 and up.

Quiddler word game is geared towards ages 8 and up creating words based on the letter cards drawn.

Taco Cat Goat Cheese Pizza a matching card game of random words to have you laughing and playing over and over. For ages 8 and up.

Pictionary and Pictionary Air are hilarious drawing games to get your team to guess what you have drawn. For ages 8 and up.

Mexican Train (Dominoes) This game of dominoes is for ages 8 and up that my family has played many holidays when I was a kid.

Family Games that Include Ages 10 and Up

Hellapagos is a cooperative game trying to escape an island as you run low on food and supplies. The game is played as a team, until the end! This game is for ages 10 and up.

Ticket to Ride is a board game with a trip, by train, around North America. You collect cards and train routes to get to your destination cities throughout the country. This game is for ages 14 and up.

Telestrations is a pictionary-style telephone game for ages 12 and up that is sure to get everyone laughing at the crazy pictures your family draws.

Settlers of Catan is a great board game for ages 10 and up involving strategy as you build, trade, settle your own civilization. Make sure you have plenty of time to play this game!

Exit: The Game is an escape room game that has many variations. They are a one time use, but you can choose different versions and then swap games with friends. Ages 10 and up.

Forbidden Island is a cooperative strategy game to survive on an island together. This game is for ages 10 and up.

Local Toy Stores in Chicago’s West Suburbs

The games we have suggested have links to purchase on Amazon (and if you do, we’ll earn a small commission). But we’d love you to support our community’s local businesses! Some are open for delivery or curbside pick-up as well. Call or email ahead to order and check the options.

Anderson’s Toy Shop
111 W Jefferson Avenue
Naperville, IL 60540
(630) 355-2665

Fair Game
5147 Main Street
Downers Grove, IL 60515

Fair Game
19 South La Grange Road
La Grange, IL 60525

Learning Express
900 Roosevelt Road
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137

Learning Express
2863 W. 95th Street
Naperville, IL 60564

Learning Express
19 S. Prospect Avenue
Clarendon Hills, IL 60521

The Wandering Dragon
15032 S. Des Plaines Street
Plainfield, IL 60544

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