8 Great Family Board Games

Most of our family members love board games. There are two of us- whose names I won't mention- who aren't always such big fans. But, even they will join in an all family game every now and then. And Charles- the 13 year old, Rachel- the 9 year old, and myself are always "game" for a board game.

Over the years we've developed some family favorites. Here are a few of our favorites.

Family board games


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Ticket To Ride
Ticket To Ride There are several versions of this game. We only have the original US version, but we've played the Europe version with friends. In this game, you have to claim routes between various locations by laying down train cars along the routes. You'll learn a little geography in the process, and you can play the game nicely or become a little cutthroat stealing routes from other players.

Rummikub 8 Round Rummy Card GameRummikub 8 Round Rummy Card Game There is a Rummikub game that involves tiles. This is a version of that game but is played with a card deck. Charles and I especially like this one because we are both a fan of card games. In the card game version, there are eight rounds with a different goal for each round. Each round is worth a different number of points, so the player who wins that round takes the points.

The Greatest Day Ever Game This one is one of Ashlyne's (age 10) favorites. It's mostly a matching game with more luck than skill, but there is a little thought involved when it comes to making choices about what cards to keep and what cards to pass on. The object is to match up playing cards with the characters and toys on your game boards to make a perfect match. Then you have "The Greatest Day Ever" and you win the game.

Clue The Classic Edition Okay it makes me sad that a game I've loved for years is now considered the "classic edition" but there it is. I'm old. I still love Clue. And, yes, I prefer the "classic edition." Nothing beats the old Colonel Mustard did it in the drawing room with the rope. There are other versions, including a junior version that we own; but I still love to get out the old version.

Apples to Apples Junior - The Game of Crazy Combinations! This has got to be one of the silliest games of all time. I'm not sure there's much point to it except to laugh at each other. The idea is to pair up words to make silly combinations. We have the junior version because the words are easier to understand for the younger set.

Hasbro Games Monopoly Deal Card GameHasbro Games Monopoly Deal Card Game This is another board game turned card game that we enjoy. Original Monopoly takes forever to play, but we can finish a game of Monopoly Deal much more quickly. In the card game, players still work to collect property sets, but there are some interesting twists that involve stealing properties as well as creative ways to make players pay.

Scene It? Disney Edition DVD GameScene It? Disney Edition DVD Game Although we love this Scene It version, I have to admit that I wouldn't buy it for $120! I actually bought the card/DVD set at a yard sale for a couple of bucks and we play it with the Scene It board from an original game that I also think I got at a yard sale (or someone gave us). Anyway, we love the game. It's a definite favorite. It has questions based on movie clips and sound bites from original Disney movies. It's fun to play with the kids because some of the original movies are so old that they haven't seen them, and they learn about the old movies which often leads to watching them.

Timeline - AmericanaTimeline - Americana This is actually a new game for us that I reviewed for Amazon recently. But we really liked it, and I think it's quickly going to make the favorites list. It's a trivia game, and it's especially fun for a nut like me who loves all things history and timelines. But it's fun for the kids because it features events in American culture, including pop culture. So we'll get to share stories about events that we remember and sometimes look up events that we didn't know about. The game involves putting cards in chronological order- in a timeline. But you don't have to have a precise knowledge of the timing of events, and even the younger set can guess pretty well about most of the events.


Those are a few of our favorites. Does your family have any favorite board games?



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