Family Game Nights: Board Games and Beyond

Welcome to another post in our summer series, where we bring you exciting family activities to make the most of your time together. Today, we’re focusing on Family Game Nights with a mix of classic board games, fun activities, and delicious snack ideas!

Family Game Nights are a great way to bond, have fun, and create lasting memories. Whether you’re a fan of traditional board games or looking for new ways to entertain the family, we’ve got you covered. Here are some fantastic ideas to make your next game night a hit.

5 Family-Friendly Board Games

Catan Junior

Age Range: 6+

Description: This simplified version of the classic game “Catan” is perfect for introducing younger players to strategy and resource management. Sail the seas, build pirate lairs, and collect resources in this engaging adventure.

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Ticket to Ride: First Journey

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Age Range: 6+

Description: A child-friendly version of the popular “Ticket to Ride” game. Players collect train cards to claim railway routes across a map, perfect for teaching planning and strategic thinking.

Uno!

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Age Range: 7+

Description: A timeless card game that’s easy to learn and always fun. Match colors and numbers, and use action cards to change the game’s direction.

The Game of Life Junior

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Age Range: 5+

Description: A simpler, faster version of “The Game of Life,” where kids choose their own adventures, earn stars, and enjoy various surprises along the way.

Guess Who?

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Age Range: 6+

Description: A classic game of deduction and mystery. Players take turns asking yes-or-no questions to figure out the identity of the opponent’s character.

5 Family-Friendly Game Activities

Charades

Description: Act out words or phrases without speaking while the rest of the family tries to guess. This game always brings laughter and helps improve communication skills.

Pictionary

Description: Draw clues while your team tries to guess the word or phrase. Perfect for artists and non-artists alike, Pictionary encourages creativity and teamwork.

Scavenger Hunt

Description: Create a list of items for family members to find around the house or yard. Add clues and challenges to make it more exciting.

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Balloon Volleyball

Description: Use a balloon instead of a volleyball for a safe, indoor-friendly game. Set up a makeshift net with a string or tape, and enjoy hours of fun.

Treasure Hunt

Description: Hide small treasures or treats around the house and create a map or set of clues for the kids to follow. It’s an adventure right at home!

5 Other Suggestions for Family Game Night

Themed Nights

Description: Choose a theme for your game night, like “Pirates,” “Space Adventure,” or “Under the Sea.” Decorate accordingly and choose games that fit the theme.

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Costume Contest

Description: Dress up as characters from your favorite games or movies. Have a mini runway show and let everyone vote for the best costume.

DIY Game Creation

Description: Create your own board game or card game. Use materials from around the house and let everyone contribute ideas.

Karaoke

Description: Sing your favorite songs and have a karaoke contest. It’s a fun way to let loose and enjoy music together.

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Puzzle Night

Description: Work on a big puzzle together. It’s a relaxing activity that promotes teamwork and patience.

Fun Snack Ideas for Kids

DIY Mini Pizzas

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Ingredients: 

  • English muffins
  • pizza sauce
  • shredded cheese
  • Pepperoni
  • other toppings

Instructions:

  •  Preheat oven to 400*
  • Let kids assemble their own mini pizzas with their favorite toppings.
  • Bake until the cheese is melted. About 10 to 12 minutes.

Fruit Kabobs

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Ingredients: Various fruits like strawberries, grapes, pineapple, and melon.

Instructions: Thread the fruit onto skewers for a colorful and healthy snack.

Popcorn Mix

Ingredients:

  • Popcorn
  • Pretzels
  • M&Ms
  • Nuts
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Instructions:

  • Mix all ingredients together for a sweet and salty treat.

Veggies and Dip

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Ingredients:

  • Carrot sticks
  • Celery
  • cucumber slices
  • Bell peppers
  • broccoli
  • ranch dip

Instructions: Arrange the veggies on a platter with a bowl of ranch dip (or any other dip you prefer) in the center.

Cookie Decorating

Ingredients:

  • Sugar cookies
  • Frosting
  • Sprinkles

Instructions: 

  • Let the kids decorate their cookies with frosting and sprinkles.

Bonus Tips

Set a Regular Schedule: Choose a consistent night each week for family game night to build anticipation and make it a cherished tradition.

Involve Everyone: Let each family member take turns choosing the games and activities.

Create a Comfortable Space: Set up a cozy area with plenty of seating and good lighting. Make sure everyone has a comfortable spot to play.

Capture the Moments: Take photos or videos of your game nights to create lasting memories. You can even create a family game night scrapbook!

Family Game Nights are a wonderful way to bond and make the most of your time together. With these ideas, you’ll have everything you need to create a fun, memorable, and delicious evening for everyone.

Stay tuned for more posts in our summer series, where we continue to share fantastic family activities!

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By Kristen

Hi, I'm a 40-year-old stay-at-home mom who is passionate about my family, my hobbies, and my dreams. My daughter, who is 9 years old, is the light of my life, and I've made the choice to homeschool her to ensure she receives a customized education that aligns with our family values. As a hopeful small business owner, I'm always on the lookout for new opportunities to turn my interests into a profitable venture. I've found my spot in the world of online resale, using platforms like eBay and Poshmark to sell carefully curated items. My business sense and eye for unique pieces have helped me begin to turn my hobby into a thriving enterprise. Crafting is another passion of mine, and I enjoy spending my time creating beautiful items with my hands. I'm always looking for new techniques and materials to experiment with, and my creativity and attention to detail are evident in every project I undertake. Along with my love of crafting, I'm also a blogger. I share my experiences and insights on motherhood, entrepreneurship, homeschooling and creativity with my readers. Writing is a therapeutic outlet for me, and I love being able to connect with others who share similar interests and experiences. Overall, I'm proud of the life I've built for myself and my family. I'm committed to following my passions and turning my dreams into a reality. I hope to inspire others to do the same and live a life filled with purpose and fulfillment.

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