Playing board games is a great way to bond as a family. You’ll find that your kids learn how to be patient as they wait for their turn, how to help other family members and how to play by the rules. With the right kinds of games, your kids can learn other valuable skills such as spelling, reading, counting, addition and subtraction, and strategy. Make it a point to have a family game night once a week. Pop some popcorn or make a pan of brownies and settle in around the kitchen table for a few hours of laughter, fun and games.
Best Rated Board Games for Families
1. Hi Ho Cherry-O by Hasbro – For Families with Young Children
2. Wordplay for Kids! by Game Development Group
The board consists of various advisers of the King and the King himself. The intriguing mechanism of the game is that after all players roll dice, each places a combination of dice on any of these advisers numbered 1-18. Each adviser helps players buy providing resources and soldiers to help defend the kingdom.
We love the variety of the game and the combination of the luck of the dice and the skill to manage your resources property.
4. Kids on Stage by University Games
5. Rory’s Story Cubes by Gamewright
6. Settlers of Catan
In this engaging social game 3-4 players ages 10+ compete with each other to settle and develop the Island of Catan. Players build roads, settlements and cities while managing, trading, competing for and acquiring various resources to support their own settlements. The game is competitive but trade and diplomacy are important elements of the game. Everyone who plays Settlers of Catan loves it. This is one of the best family board games on the market.
The popularity of Settlers has spawned several expansion board games including: Seafarers of Catan, Cities and Knights of Catan and Traders and Builders of Catan. In addition, there are many Catan themed games out there including: Settlers of America Trails to Rails, Elasund the First City and Catan: Histories of Germany.
Grab your medical bag saddle up. In Pandemic you are working for the CDC. Choose what department you want to work for. Do you want to be a scientist? Perhaps your skills are better suited to operations and infrastructure? All players choose specialization skills and work as a team. Choosing complimentary skill sets is important. Once your team is in place its time to get out there and fight diseases and plagues and epidemics. Doesn’t sound hilarious, challenging, engaging and fun. But it is!! Save your frequent flyer miles you will be traveling all over the world. Its a Pandemic! 1-4 players. This is one of our favorite family board games.
8. Ticket to Ride
This game is easy to play, easy to learn and always a challenge to win. No two games are the same. All this makes for a fantastic gaming experience. Ticket to ride like many other incredibly popular family board games of our day has released theme based board games based on the original. For example there is a Ticket to Ride Europe.
9. No stress Chess
10. Forbidden Island
1-4 players work together to recover four treasures from a sinking island. If players manage to collect all four treasures and escape before the island sinks, they win. This game is similar to Pandemic but plays quicker and has a theme better suited for some families.
Every game offers a different island set up and different roles players take on, ensuring that every game will be a fun and unique experience.
Each player starts with a fountain title and works to build their own personalized Alhambra. Each turn, players can either get money, spend money or buy a building tile or alternately, do a redesign to their Alhambra. Each time players buy a building tile with exact change they get an extra turn! This is one of the more engaging family board games on the market.
This is another one of those family board games that is easy to learn, yet offers a great deal of variety since the money and buildings that are available each round will vary. Released in 2003, the popularity of this game has been followed by numerous expansions and continues to be one of the worlds favorite family board games.
In Dominion, 2-4 players ages 12+ work to buy and use action cards called Kingdom cards from a stack of 10 types of cards. Players can also buy victory point and treasure cards. The player who has the most victory point cards at the end of the game wins.
This game comes with 500 cards, including 25 Kingdom Cards. Since you only use 10 each game, there is an incredible amount of variety to the game. The massive popularity of this game has been followed by four Dominion sequels and has inspired many other deck building games.
Fun theme, simple yet involving game play. This game is terrific for people of all ages. There are many expansions available including “Aquaretto” and “Zooloretto Exotic”.
14. Apples to Apples Party Box – The Game of Hilarious Comparisons by Mattel
The base game comes with 72 tiles but there are numerous expansions which add tiles and new ways to play the game. This game is recommended for families that like puzzles as well as a fun, social gaming experience.
16. Ravensburger Labyrinth Anniversary Edition Family Game
This is a moving maze where you must obtain certain treasures. There are many routes to take to beat your opponents. Each player has a mission and the person who completes theirs first is the one to win. This is a 25th anniversary edition game that will entertain for 25 more years. With the maze that moves, you will rarely play the same game twice.
17. UNO Roboto Game
UNO has been a classic game for decades. Find fun with this new kind of game. The Wild Card will bring the robot to life that speaks and makes unique house rules. As you play, the robot will call out different directions so the way you play will change periodically. This robot puts a whole new spin on the old classic card game. But don’t worry, the same rule applies that you have to yell “Uno!” when you have one card left!
18. Tivial Pursuit Ultimate Disney Edition
Many people have a hard time playing trivial pursuit, but almost anyone can play this game with ease! And everyone loves Disney, so brush up on your Disney info and get the game going. The whole family gets involved as you must think of answers from the famous stories and movies. There are three question types, Take 2 Trivia, My Disney and Disney List. This game is recommended for ages 8 and up.
19. Cooking Scrabble
This is yet another classic game with a new spin. This cooking edition game is just like the favorite word game we have all come to love. You can earn bonus points and there are recipe cards to follow as you try to beat the other players with your creative cooking words. And for your tiles, a miniature grocery bag keeps them all tucked away. Make sure to have some snacks on hand as you play because it is sure to work up your appetite!
20. Beat The Parents
With this game, the kids can be the rulers! The questions are geared to stump both kids and parents alike. Parents are asked questions that their kids should certainly know and vice versa. Do the parents know who stars in their favorite blockbuster movies? Can the kids spell cappuccino? Avoid the wild card spaces or you will go back and that is a sure way to lose the game. The first person to make it to the end with all their tokens wins!
21. Table Topics Family
It is proven that families who eat meals together talk more and have closer relationships in general and with this game you can do it without a meal. This game is sure to get the conversations going with all kinds of topics. You will have fun getting to know what your kids think about topics you would never have thought to ask them about and they will learn more from you as you apply your wealth of knowledge with this game. Your kids will also learn conversation skills so they will be able to talk to anyone of any age confidently. This game comes with 135 questions so the fun will go on for a long, long time.