So many of us have wonderful memories playing Monopoly with our families, fighting with our older brothers about who gets to go first during Battleship, or solving a suspenseful murder mystery during a game of Clue. Without a doubt, a favorite family tradition is family game night.
It’s Saturday night. The house smells like a large pie from Nick’s, and you can hear more voices than usual in the living room. It’s game time! These fun-filled family game night ideas blend modern games and old traditions to create new memories with your family. Game night is one of those times where you don’t have to call the kids seventeen times to come downstairs. They’ll be calling you!
Surely Candy Land will conjure up fond childhood memories for a lot of us. The sweet, whimsical board game is easy to play, so even the youngest family members can enjoy it. See who can make it through the candy cane forest and gumdrop mountain first to find King Kandy and win the game. Get your candy fix without any of the calories by playing this game!
Fun Fact: Did you know Candy Land was invented in 1948 by a retired schoolteacher?
Plan a Scavenger Hunt
While it may take a little planning, kids love a good scavenger hunt. You can customize any scavenger hunt and plan it in the house or the backyard. If you have toddlers, try using picture-based hunts with familiar objects like toys, snacks, or balloons. If you have older kids, you can get really creative and think of some tricky, riddle-like clues.
Play Heads Up!
You may recognize this fun and hilarious game from the Ellen DeGeneres Show. Now you can play with your friends and family. The cool thing about Heads Up! is that it’s all on your smartphone. You can pick from a variety of topics that everyone is good at from trivia to animal noises or even celebrities.
Host a Lego Challenge
Do something better with your kid’s Legos than step on them in the middle of the night. If you have lots lying around, gather them up, and invite your family to play in a Lego competition. Lego building challenges like “build a car” or “build a house” are a fun contest for your family members. Who can build it first? Rotate who gets to be the judge and who creates the builds to keep everything fair and square.
All you need is a large piece of paper and an imagination. Split the family into teams and see who can guess what their teammate is trying to draw. You can use a whiteboard, chalkboard, or paper to have a free, fun-filled game night at home.
American Idol Night
Or America’s Got Talent, The Voice, whatever your favorite singing show is. To play, have two people in your family be the judges (bonus if someone speaks in a British accent like Simon Cowell), and the rest can be the contestants. If you have a karaoke machine, it’s a fun way to spice up the night. Belt your favorite tunes, and maybe you’ll get the two yeses from the judges, a ticket to Hollywood, or the golden buzzer.