Hosting a family game night is a traditional in many homes, including ours! If you’re looking for new or classic board game ideas, check out this list!
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Board games were such a huge part of my family life growing up. On holidays, my entire family would gather around the table and play. My cousins and I would stay up until the wee hours of the morning playing board games together. Those are some of my best childhood memories.
So when I became a mom myself, I always knew that I wanted to play board games with my daughters. From a young age, we have been playing games together, and they have grown to love it as much as I do.
Now all four of us play board games together pretty regularly. And anytime the girls have a friend over, you can be assured a board game of some type will be played! It’s in their blood 😉
We’ve accrued quite a collection of board games over the years. Some of them were purchased or gifted, and some were sent to us by brands hoping we’d love their games too!
After trying out many, many games, here are some of my favorite games to play with my tween daughters. I’m also including some of their favorites they like to play on their own.
Board Games for Family Game Night Fun
If you’ve been looking for the best board games for family game night with tweens, here are some of our favorites! We hope you discover a new favorite game!
1. Clue Game
Clue very quickly became one of Kaylee’s favorite board games. She’s always watching YouTube videos with riddles and mysteries, so we thought she’d like playing Clue and we were right! Its’a great game for helping kids learn how to work out mysteries.
2. Monopoly Classic Game
Monopoly is the classic board game, and it’s one every family should own. At 9 and 11, my daughters are starting to get really good at Monopoly! I love that it teaches them the basics of managing money and it’s fun at the same time!
3. Hedbanz Second Edition
We reviewed this game on Happy Mothering a few years ago and the girls loved it from day one. They have so much fun guessing what card they have on their head!
It’s a silly game that’s a great icebreaker for getting everyone to have fun and interact with each other.
4. Pie Face Showdown Game
This game can be a bit messy, especially if you use whipped cream, so it’s best played on the kitchen floor or outside! It’s not my favorite game to play with the girls, but it’s hilarious to watch them play! It would be a really fun choice for a slumber party!
5. Trouble Game
One of my favorite things about Trouble is that the dice are enclosed in a bubble, so little ones can’t lose them! This was one of my favorite board games when I was a girl, and my daughters love it every bit as much as I did!
6. Sorry! Game
Sorry! is another board game that I enjoyed as a kid that my daughters love as well. It takes a little more strategy than Trouble, but it still has all of the competitive fun of knocking your opponents off the board.
7. Game Of Life
My girls are just now getting to the age where they’re showing more interest in Life. When I was a kid, Life was probably my second favorite game (next to Monopoly).
I like how it gives kids a little taste of what real life is like for their parents!
8. Jenga Classic Game
Jenga is a more active game than most board games, which is one of the reasons I love it. It gets everyone up, interacting and moving around.
There’s always a lot of anticipation when playing Jenga, and the Giant version really takes the fun up a notch!
9. Hasbro Connect 4 Game
While the whole family can’t play Connect 4 together since it’s a two-player game, it makes the list because the girls will still sit and play it for quite a while. It’s fun and uses strategies to tic-tac-toe, but with more complexity. It’s a classic game every family should have.
10. Classic Operation Game
Think you have a steady hand? Give Operation a try! I loved this game as a kid because my hand was steady and I’d usually win. My hands aren’t so steady these days, so the girls stomp me every time, but it’s still a fun choice for family game night!
11. Scrabble Game
Scrabble is one board game we play for fun, and we use in our homeschool. As the girls get more into reading, they also get more into playing Scrabble. I love watching their vocabulary expand, so we usually let them use a dictionary so they can discover new words while playing!
12. Hasbro Risk Game
Brian and I owned Risk before we had kids, but sold it during one of our moving sales. Now that the girls are a bit older, we’ve talked about buying this game again since they really love strategy type games. If your tween needs something with a more strategic focus than some of the other games on this list, give Risk a try!
I don’t think my kids have actually played Yahtzee yet, but it’s definitely on my list of board games to buy next! It’s a super affordable game, and it’s a lot of fun. There’s a mix of luck of the draw and skill, making it a lot of fun to play together.
There are so many fun board games out there for family game night. These are just a handful of the best ones to have in your game storage.