The Best Family Games

 Best for Young Kids

The Sneaky Snacky Squirrel Game (Educational Insights)

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  • Box acts as part of the game board.
  • Adults seem to enjoy the game too, so it’s fun for the whole family.
  • Helps kids develop social skills, fine motor skills, and matching skills.
 Best Cooperative Game

Hoot, Owl, Hoot! (Peaceable Kingdom)

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  • Game teaches cooperation and builds on social skills.
  • Parents love how the game teaches counting, cooperation and teamwork.
  • Bright, colorful and well-constructed game.
 Best Strategy Game

Jax Jumbo Sequence Tube Game (Jax)

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  • Adults, teens and older children loved the game and said it provided many hours of fun.
  • Sturdy mat and game pieces that last a long time.
  • Portable.
  • The jumbo version offers a large enough board space for six to 10 players to compete at once.

5 Best Family Games

  • The Sneaky Snacky Squirrel Game

    Best for Young Kids

  • Hoot, Owl, Hoot!

    Best Cooperative Game

  • Jax Jumbo Sequence Tube Game

    Best Strategy Game

  • Ticket to Ride

    Safety.com Top Pick

  • Telestrations

    Safety.com Top Pick

Fun Games for the Whole Family

The family that plays together stays together – or at least until someone wins that game of Monopoly, Parchesi, Life or Sorry! Traditional board games as well as new, electronic games provide hours of family fun time. Best of all, everyone in the family can play some games. Grandma, grandpa, aunts, uncles, parents and children can all gather around the table to enjoy fun times together. The next time you and your family gets together or after your next big holiday meal, pull out one of the 10 best family games, and let the good times roll!

Why Play Family Games?

With so many kids clamoring for every type of digital game under the sun, why include traditional board games? Board games actually teach children many valuable lessons. Parenting Science states that traditional board games provide good opportunities for children to model behaviors from adults. Think about it, if you’re playing a game as a family, the older adults around the table are modeling how to follow rules, how to be a good sport, how to take turns, and how to share. Depending on your family situation and lifestyle, that may be a valuable and unique opportunity indeed, especially if the older family members live far away and don’t interact frequently with the youngsters.

Traditional board games do not rely on electricity, and they’re inexpensive. Grandparents who may be intimidated by digital games can immediately immerse themselves in traditional games such as checkers, chess, Monopoly, Life, and many others.

Keep this in mind as you’re shopping for games for your family. With so many things moving to digital platforms, traditional board games may still have a place in your family’s life.

The 10 Best Family Games

Best for Young Kids

1. The Sneaky Snacky Squirrel Game (Educational Insights)

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Children ages 3 and up love playing this active game that helps to educate and entertain. You’ll even enjoy joining in and playing alongside your children and watch as they have fun while learning.

Stand-out features include

  • Box acts as part of the game board.
  • Adults seem to enjoy the game too, so it’s fun for the whole family.
  • Helps kids develop social skills, fine motor skills, and matching skills.
Best Cooperative Game

2. Hoot, Owl, Hoot! (Peaceable Kingdom)

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Hoot Owl Hoot is the award winning color-coded cooperative matching game with two play levels so it will grow with your child. Children will  learn simple strategy and social development skills while playing this game which is the winner of seven awards including Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award and Dr. Toy Best Green Product Award.

Stand-out features include

  • Game teaches cooperation and builds on social skills.
  • Parents love how the game teaches counting, cooperation and teamwork.
  • Bright, colorful and well-constructed game.
Best Strategy Game

3. Jax Jumbo Sequence Tube Game (Jax)

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This challenging game for older children and adults was a huge favorite among reviewers. Players use a board game printed with cards and poker-like chips to create five-card sequences. The winner is the one who creates the most five card sequences in one game session. The sturdy vinyl mat rolls up into a portable tube, making this a great game both for family nights and vacation trips.

Stand-out features include

  • Adults, teens and older children loved the game and said it provided many hours of fun.
  • Sturdy mat and game pieces that last a long time.
  • Portable.
  • The jumbo version offers a large enough board space for six to 10 players to compete at once.

4. Ticket to Ride (Original Version) (Days of Wonder)

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All aboard! Grab your ticket to ride and hop aboard this fun take off on “Around the World in 80 Days.”

Stand-out features include

  • There are so many possible combinations in this game that kids can play it many times without growing bored with it.
  • Scores can be close, which makes the game exciting.

5. Telestrations (Usapoly)

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From the makers of Yahtzee! and many other popular games comes Telestrations. This fun party game will provide your family and friends with entertainment and laughs as you draw what you see then guess what you saw for hilarious and unpredictable outcomes.

Stand-out features include

  • Combines the best of Pictionary and Telephone.
  • Leads to some unpredictable, very funny outcomes.
  • Up to 8 people can play at once.

6. Carcassonne (Z-Man Games)

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Carcassonne is a game that seems simple at first, but the more you play it, the more it will grow on you. Players ages 8 and up draw tiles, and use the tiles to build out the Medieval city of Carssonne. Part luck and part strategy, the game appeals to both children and adults. This is the original game, which many recommend over newer editions.

Stand-out features include

  • Rules were easy to learn but the game was challenging to play.
  • Game pieces well constructed.
  • Good for the whole family.

7. Ravensburger Labyrinth (Ravensburger)

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Labyrinth is considered to be THE classic Ravensburger game. This clever sliding path game with its unique game play, has been delighting players of all ages for generations, and never fails to lure the whole family to the table for a game or two.

Stand-out features include

  • Games rules are simple and can be learned quickly, yet playing is challenging.
  • Because the game changes a lot each time you play it, it’s fun to play it again and again.

8. Set: The Family Game of Visual Perceptions (Set Enterprises)

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Unlike many family games were players take turns, Set players all play simultaneously. The dealer arranges 12 cards, each with various symbols and colors on them, in front of the players. Players must quickly create sets, each competing with each other to grab cards from the 12 to create a set. Players ages 10 and up will find this game fast-paced and challenging.

Stand-out features include

  • Easy game to learn.
  • Challenging enough for adults to play alongside kids.
  • Game isn’t dependent on age or reading ability, so if younger children aren’t frustrated by the pace or skills, they can play alongside the adults.

9. The Settlers of Catan (MayFair Games)

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Settlers of Catan has transformed from being a niche game enjoyed by a select few, to a mainstream hit. The combination of simplicity and strategy makes this game a hit and brings out the competitive spirit in anyone. Catan becomes even more fun when you add in the themed expansion packs.

Stand-out features include

  • Game board comes with special places to store pieces.
  • Both luck and skill are needed to win the game.
  • Expansions and add-ons (additional purchases) can be used to enhance the original game.

10. Seven Wonders (Asmodee)

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Build your civilization, and build the seven wonders of the ancient world in this fast-paced card and board game. Players ages 8 and up will enjoy the quick action and strategy that goes into this game. Players choose cards that let them build onto a civilization, passing the cards to the next player as the game advances. Players ages 10 and up may enjoy Seven Wonders.

Stand-out features include

  • Colorful board game.
  • Expansion packets enable players to build upon the base game.
  • Good for 3 to 7 players.

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