Bringing Back Family Game Night


By Rachel Wells

What’s old is new again! After full packed days of school and working, everyone is ready to relax, have fun, and zone out – so why not get back to your roots with the unplugged thrill of family game night.

Before everyone in the family had technology at their fingertips (and more ways than ever to stay entertained), game nights were the go-to family activity to let off some steam together. Research has shown that time spent playing board games had a lot of benefits to us old folks when we were kids including:

  • Improved hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills
  • Improved counting skills, number recognition, reading skills, and vocabulary
  • Improved ability to think critically and solve problems
  • Strengthening family relationships
  • Gaining a larger vocabulary
  • Having better relationships with peers
  • Improved emotional well being
  • Improved confidence

Board games, dance games, card games, you name it – they are all great ways to bond as a family and do something constructive during the winter when we are all spending more time indoors. Grab some snacks, pour some drinks, and clear the dining room table – because game night is back with some old classics and some new thrills too!  

Card Games

Minimal set up along with quick rounds that keep play moving along, are two of the best reasons to break out a card game.

Classic Card games for the whole family:
  • Old Maid
  • Uno
  • Go Fish
  • Crazy 8’s
Some newbies to add to your collection:
  • Sleeping Queens
  • Spoons (all you need is a regular deck of cards)
  • Taco Cat Goat Cheese Pizza (yes, this is really the name of this super fun game!)

Active Games

These movement games will have you laughing out loud during your time together!

Classic active games for the whole family:
  • Twister
  • Charades
Some newbies to add to your collection:  

Strategy Games

Work together to solve clues, mysteries, problems, or challenges with these strategy games that will engage each member of the family. Don’t be deterred by a game marked for children older than the ones you have at home. If you think your child is too young for one of these games, you can always work as teams instead.

Classic strategy games for the whole family:
  • Guess Who
  • Monopoly
  • Scrabble
  • Connect 4
  • Battleship
Some newbies to add to your collection:
  • Water Works
  • Outfoxed
  • Quixx
  • Gobblet Gobblers
  • Headbands
  • Azul
  • Ticket to Ride
  As long as your family is spending more time hanging out together at home – grab some games and make some amazing memories!

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