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November 10, 2023

Best Family Board Games

You can’t go wrong with these classics!

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Board game for kids and adults

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This holiday, why not bring out some of the old familiar favorites? Board games are a great way to connect with loved ones and this list will help take the guesswork out of what to play. Whether you’re waiting for your guests to arrive, entertaining some of the younger kids, or just having a night in, we found some classic family games that everyone will love.

Scrabble: Unleash Your Word Wizardry

Scrabble Board Game
Scrabble Board Game
Amazon

If you’re looking to play something with an older crowd, Scrabble has rules that are easy to explain and even easier to get back into. Between stretching your vocabulary knowledge and schooling your family members on syllables, you could also introduce some fun house rules! Maybe something like “bonus points for any Christmas-related words or no words that start with the letter A.”

Buy Scrabble on Amazon

Risk: Conquer the World

Risk Board Game
Risk Board Game
Amazon

The best board game of strategy and world domination, Risk is great for older kids and adults who have enough time to complete one full campaign to control the world. There are different versions of Risk, but the original game’s rules have been the same for decades and are easy to pick up. Why not add a little Christmas twist, like naming your armies after Reindeer?

Buy Risk on Amazon

Trouble: Great for Younger Kids

Trouble Board Game
Trouble Board Game
Amazon

If you’re looking for a simpler family board game for a younger set of kids, it’s alright to let them get in a little bit of Trouble! Hitting that dice-roller never gets old, and the quick setup should make clean-up easy for when guests arrive, or for when you want to switch to movie watching.

Buy Trouble on Amazon

Cats vs Pickles Mayhem: Perfect for Parties

Cats vs Pickles: Mayhem family board game.
Cats vs Pickles: Mayhem family board game.
Amazon

Laughter and fun are the two main goals of this board game, which is why it’s recommended for players ages 8 and up. The cards are created with the goal of getting you moving and being goofy, which makes this a great party activity!

Buy Cats vs Pickles: Mayhem on Amazon

Battleship: Sink That Ship

Battleship Board Game
Battleship Board Game
Amazon

It might just be an evening with a couple of players, but just because there are fewer people, doesn’t mean less fun. Battleship is the quintessential two-player game of deduction and naval combat. Who doesn’t want to shout, “You Sunk My Battleship!” at the top of their voice? The game’s helpful storage and fun setup will make it easy to launch your missiles while watching a holiday favorite.

Buy Battleship on Amazon

Monopoly: The Classic Wealth-Building Game

Monopoly board game.
Monopoly board game.
Amazon

Monopoly, a staple in every family board game collection, takes you on a journey to build your real estate empire. Whether you're securing Park Place or hoping to pass "Go" for that sweet $200, Monopoly guarantees hours of family fun.

Buy Monopoly: USPS Edition on Amazon

Buy Monopoly on Amazon

Clue: A Whodunit Adventure for Everyone

Clue board game.
Clue board game.
Amazon

Enter the mysterious world of Clue, where players become detectives solving a murder mystery. With cunning strategies and deductive skills, discover who committed the crime, where, and with what weapon.

Buy Clue on Amazon

Sorry!: A Lively Race to the Finish Line

Sorry board game.
Sorry board game.
Amazon

Sorry! is not just a word; it's a family board game of excitement and unpredictability. Navigate your pawns through the colorful path, and be ready to send opponents back to the start with a polite "Sorry!"

Buy Sorry on Amazon

Catan: Build, Trade, and Conquer

Catan board game.
Catan board game.
Amazon

Catan, a modern classic, combines strategy and negotiation as players build settlements, trade resources, and vie for control of the island. It's a family game that keeps everyone engaged from start to finish.

Buy Catan on Amazon

Wingspan: A Birdwatching Extravaganza

Wingspan board game.
Wingspan board game.
Amazon

For a unique experience, dive into Wingspan, a family board game celebrating the world of birds. With stunning artwork and engaging gameplay, it's a delightful choice for families with a penchant for nature.

Buy Wingspan on Amazon

Ticket to Ride: Journey Across the Board

Ticket to Ride board game.
Ticket to Ride board game.
Amazon

Embark on a railway adventure with Ticket to Ride. Connect cities, complete destination tickets, and outsmart opponents in this fast-paced family board game that's easy to learn but offers endless strategic possibilities.

Buy Ticket to Ride on Amazon

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