At this point, there’s a good chance that you and your family are getting pretty stir-crazy. If you’ve already gone through your Netflix binge-watching and every conceivable at-home project to keep everyone entertained, it’s definitely time to look at getting a new game (or five!) that everyone will enjoy.
We’ve pulled together 8 of the best games available for families of all stages to help you keep the fun and laughter in your home despite the close quarters.
Games for Families with Preschool to Early Elementary Children
Finding a game that entertains both young children and adults can be hard. However, you’ll all enjoy Qwirkle, an easy-to-learn strategy game that also teaches planning, problem-solving skills, and shape and color recognition! Players work to match lines with either all the same shape or all the same color to make a Qwirkle and score. It only takes a few minutes to learn the game, and children as young as 5 can play on their own, which frees you up to enjoy the experience, too.
Do you remember the classic card games you used to play as a kid? With the Hoyle Fun Pack, you can introduce them to your children as well! This fun pack has six classic card games inside for plenty of fun options. Bring back the nostalgia as you teach your little ones to play Old Maid, Go Fish, Memory, Crazy Eights, Slap Jack, and Matching. Each game can be played by a child as young as three years old, but older children will also enjoy them.
Additionally, the games help encourage learning in areas like matching, counting, the alphabet, planets, colors, and more! This fun pack is a great option to keep you all entertained for hours.
Games for Families with Mid to Late Elementary Children
Your whole family will enjoy this kid-friendly version of Cards Against Humanity. Perfect for families with children over 8 years old, the game’s simple concept will keep everyone’s attention and bring out the laughter. Each round starts with a fill-in-the-blank card. Choose from a hand of whacky and silly object cards to fill in the blank with the funniest answer. The cards are intended to let your children be a bit mischievous, but in a controlled environment with clean humor. Not Parent Approved is a game you’re certain to return to time and again for family night.
For a guaranteed-to-please gaming experience, check out Taco vs. Burrito, an incredibly fun game designed by a 7-year-old! In this card game, players compete to create the weirdest food combination by picking up ingredient cards, stealing them from other players, and sabotaging other meals. The gameplay is addicting but straightforward for everyone, from children to adults. Plus, each round only takes about 10-15 minutes, so it’s perfect for several rounds or just one here and there.
Games for Families with Tweens to Teens
Tweens and Teens can be hard to please when it comes to games. But few can resist the excitement of this kitten-themed game of Russian Roulette. Exploding Kittens received the Game of the Year award for its addicting concept, and you’ll certainly see why when you play. Take turns drawing cards, but don’t get an Exploding Kitten, or you’re out of the game! Avoid exploding by keeping a few Defuse cards on hand or diverting the kittens to other players. It’s rather cut-throat, but with quick rounds of 15 minutes, everyone will be able to get their revenge sooner or later.
Get your whole family active and involved with the crazy challenges in Beat That! Players compete in a series of dexterity-based activities and bet on their success to earn points. Move dice with chopsticks, bounce balls into cups, flip cards, and have a paper airplane race! The challenge cards are full of great activities that are safe to perform indoors but will still have everyone excited and laughing. The game comes with 160 challenge cards, betting tokens, plastic cups, balls, dice, chopsticks, and more so you have everything you need to perform your tasks. It’s a fantastic way to keep everyone happy for hours at a time.
If you’d like to spice things up with your partner during all this alone time, check out Talk, Flirt, Dare. This three-in-one game offers three levels of gameplay to encourage different degrees of closeness. Talk cards introduce thought-provoking questions about your partner that promote conversation. Flirt cards entice you to share secrets and bring back those butterflies from when your relationship started. Finally, the Dare cards instigate you to complete fun and flirty tasks with your special someone to awaken that spark. All three levels offer a fantastic way to use the quarantine as bonding time.
Are you craving a bit of excitement and brain exercise? Identity Games has the perfect solution with a two-player escape room experience: Escape Room The Game! This boxed set includes two 60-minute games and an introductory mystery that will have your heart racing by the end. You’ll have to work together to escape on time, or you’ll find yourselves stuck in an asylum or on a prison island.
Are you ready for game night yet? All of these amazing quarantine games are available on Amazon Prime, so you can have them on your front doorstep within a day or two to help break up the quarantine boredom! Be sure to stock up, because many of them are great to take on trips, and you’ll undoubtedly be enjoying them long after the quarantine ends!