Staying home tonight? Plan an awesome family game night! It will get your kids off electronics and playing fun family games at home together. There are tons of different types of family game night ideas your whole family is sure to love.
Find out the best games for families to play together to get you laughing and having a great time. Cool family game night ideas like Minute to Win It games, best family board games, card games, Would You Rather, Scavenger Hunts, and more.
Plus tips on how to make a family game night fun so you’re ready to host your first game night and many more to come.
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Best Family Game Night Ideas & Tips
Before you pick your family game night ideas you’ll need to know how to plan your night. So start here and then check out our favorite games.
How to Host a Family Game Night
Pick a Date
Choose a date once a month to have a family game night.
Decide on Game
Figure out what type of games you want to play for this game night. You can pick a theme or just the type of game such as board game night or Minute to Win it game night.
Not sure what to play? Get our Family Game Night Printable with 12 Pre-Planned family game nights so you’re set for a full year of games. Just print it out and you’re ready to play.
Make the night special with a fun dinner, snacks, or desserts. The kids will love taking breaks in-between games to eat.
Some dinner ideas are, make your own pizza night, taco bar, or chili bar for dinner. At desert time try decorating cookies, making an ice cream bar, or fondue.
Turn off Electronics
Ditch your phone and devices for the night and just focus on having fun with kids.
Game nights can get pretty silly with younger kids so have some patience and just enjoy the time together.
Do You Want to Be Competitive
Decide if you want the game to be competitive or not. If you have younger kids I would skip being competitive and just have fun playing together. But if you have older kids they might enjoy a little competition.
Set up the rules before you start so that everyone knows and there won’t be any fighting.
If you decide to be competitive have a prize for the end of the game. It can be something as simple as the winner picks the next game or the dessert for the next game night.
Another idea is to get a trophy or medal and each game night the winner gets to keep the trophy until the next game night.
Best Games for Families to Play Together
To find the best games for families to play together you want to find entertaining group games. Here are some of our favorite family game night ideas.
Get Even More ideas in our Family Game Night Printables. 30 Pages of family game Night ideas, prizes, party food & more.
Minute to Win It Games
A fun way to spend the night is playing a bunch of quick Minute to Win It Games. Players try and finish each task before the clock hits one minute.
The games are perfect for kids who might not have a long attention span and it keeps the night going. Plus they’re pretty funny to watch.
Need some game ideas? Visit our 20 Favorite Minute to Win It Games.
Would You Rather
This hilarious game is a series of funny Would You Rather questions to ask your kids. You’ll love hearing their answers!
Families can play this while eating dinner or make it their whole game night. Get our Free Printable Would You Rather questions to print and your set for the game.
Virtual Game Night
If you can’t be with all your family or friends consider doing a virtual game night. It’s a great way to still connect with family that live far away.
Find tons of Games to play on Zoom with kids such as Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader, Pictionary, Heads UP, Scattegories, and more. There is even a cool Zoom Scavenger Hunt to keep your kids active while on Zoom.
It’s really easy to set up a virtual game night and it’s a great way to spend a night with the family.
When you’re doing a family night with nice weather get outside by doing a family scavenger hunt. You can break up into teams and see who can complete their list first.
Use our free printable Neighborhood Scavenger Hunts so you can just step out your door and head on a hunt. When your done head home for dessert and compare what you found on your list.
Nerf Game Night
If it’s nice weather go outside and have a Nerf War or play Capture the Flag on teams. Add to the fun by making cardboard Nerf bases too.
Fun Family Board Games
A classic way to spend a Family Game Night is with board games. There are tons of fun family board games out there but here are some of our favorite group games.
Candyland (Age 3 and Up) – Great game for younger kids to play.
Watch Ya Mouth ( age 8 and up) This hilarious game has players putting a mouthguard in while trying to talk. It will have everyone rolling on the floor laughing.
Kids Against Maturity (age 9 and Up) Silly fill in the blank questions for the whole family to answer that your kids will love. There is some toilet humor and funny innuendos for parents.
What Do You Meme? -Family Addition (Age 8 & Up) Compete to create the best captions on Memes. Tweens and Teens will like this game.
Do You Really Know Your Family – (Age 8 & Up) Hilarious game with questions to see how much your really know your family. Great game for those hard-to-please tweens & teens too.
5 Second Rule (age 10 and Up) A player picks up a card and reads the topic and then has 5 seconds to name 3 things that fit the topic. The quick answers will be hilarious to hear.
Lego Game Night
If your kids love Legos make it into a fun family game night idea. Put a bin out with all different sizes of lego pieces. Then give everyone 10-15 to make a lego creation from that box.
You can add a theme for each Lego round such as animals, build a fort, create a garden, or make a car. For older kids challenge them to make a Lego marble run or something with Technic Legos.
Best Card Games
Another fun way to spend the evening is playing card games with your kids. Here are a few great choice for all different ages.
Go Fish ( preschool or younger) – Find matching fish by asking other players for the cards you need. If they don’t have it they’ll say Go Fish.
Guess in 10 (age 6 & up) My kids love this game! Each card has animal clues and players need to guess which animal is on the card.
It’s also a great game to bring on road trips or play at restaurants with the kids.
Taco Vs Burrito (age 6 & Up) Quick card game with a medium level of strategy that’s pretty funny.
Spot It (age 7 and Up) Round cards with symbols and pictures. Players need to quickly spot the matching symbol or picture on each card. It’s a fast paced game and really fun.
Tip: We love to bring this on vacation with us as a family hotel game too.
Sushi Go (age 8 and Up) A fast card game trying to find the best combination of a sushi dinner. Score different points for each type of sushi roll created with you’re cards. This fun game takes a round or two to understand it but after that it’s a blast.
Goat Lords (age 8 and Up) A crazy card game with strategy, luck, drama, and fun for older kids to play. It’s more of a mythical game with fairy goats, flying goats, dragon goats, escaped goats, and more. Put them all together for a hilarious family game night.
If you need an easy game night plan make sure to print out our 12 Pre-Planned Family Game Night Ideas. It’s everything you need to create an unforgettable game night with your kids.
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