Are you suddenly spending A LOT of time with your family? Need some ideas for family game night? Here is a list of over 17 fun family game night ideas.
The games on this list can be great indoor camping games too. For those rainy days inside your tent or RV.
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Table of Contents
- 1 Indoor Games for Family Game Night
- 1.1 1) Frank’s Zoo (Ages 10+)
- 1.2 2) Spot it! (Ages 7+)
- 1.3 3) 5 Second Rule (Age 10+)
- 1.4 4) Phase 10 Card Game (Age 7+)
- 1.5 5) Phase 10 DICE Game
- 1.6 6) Blokus (Ages 7+)
- 1.7 7) Trekking National Parks (Ages 10+)
- 1.8 8) Catan (Ages 10+) [formerly called “Settlers of Catan”]
- 1.9 9) Azul (Ages 8+)
- 1.10 10) Qwirkle (Ages 6+)
- 1.11 11) Codenames (Ages 10+)
- 1.12 12) Labyrinth (Ages 7+)
- 1.13 13) Mexican Train (Ages 8+) [popular dominoes game]
- 1.14 14) Sequence (Ages 7+)
- 1.15 15) Kings in the Corner (Ages 7+) [a card game]
- 1.16 16) Exploding Kittens: A Card Game (Ages 7+)
- 1.17 17) LCR – Left Center Right Dice Game (Ages 5+)
- 2 Other Family Game Night Ideas
Indoor Games for Family Game Night
Below is a list of fun indoor games that are great for the family game night.
1) Frank’s Zoo (Ages 10+)
This card game is for 4-7 players and ages 10 and up.
If you can’t find it at local retailer, here is a link to it on Amazon.
Below is a picture of the actual cards from “Frank’s Zoo.” (So cute.)
2) Spot it! (Ages 7+)
This unique game comes with small round cards and is good for family members aged 7 and up.
Because of its compact size it is a great game to bring with you camping.
It is available on Amazon if you want to see ratings and reviews.
3) 5 Second Rule (Age 10+)
This is one of Ellen’s favorite games. Check out this funny video below where she plays against Will Smith.
Here is a link to its product page on Amazon where you can read reviews and see its very high rating. (Currently at 4.6 stars out of 5 with over 4,600 customer ratings!)
4) Phase 10 Card Game (Age 7+)
Its a card game (similar to Rummy) that is for 2-6 players. (Plus you can get Phase 10 Dice game….more info further below.)
Here is a link to the game on Amazon if you want to check it out.
5) Phase 10 DICE Game
There is also a Phase 10 Dice game. My sister’s family really likes this one.
You can see it in the picture below.
Unfortunately the only one I could find on Amazon was almost $90…so check your local stores.
6) Blokus (Ages 7+)
This easy to learn, block-based game can be enjoyed by the family.
Each game session is fairly quick, yet can be repeated over and over for hours of fun.
Below is a photo from the Amazon product page so you can see the game in action.
7) Trekking National Parks (Ages 10+)
This board game is for ages 10+ and has won Parent’s Choice awards for board games.
It is very well-rated on Amazon (currently 4.7 stars out of 5) and has lots of customer ratings and reviews.
8) Catan (Ages 10+) [formerly called “Settlers of Catan”]
This popular board games about building up civilizations is for ages 10+ and for 3 to 4 players.
In this 5th edition (or version) of the game, the name was changed from “Settlers of Catan” to simply “Catan”.
If your local toy store doesn’t have this, you can click here to check it out on Amazon.
Are you wondering how to play this game? If so, check out the speedy introduction to the game as shown in the video below.
9) Azul (Ages 8+)
This is a unique board and tile game.
Here is link to its product page on Amazon. It is very well-rated and lots of customers ratings and reviews.
If you’re curious how to play Azul, check out the video below.
10) Qwirkle (Ages 6+)
This is a fun blocks (tiles) style game for 2-4 players and for ages 6 and up.
It has a crazy high rating of 4.8 stars out of 5 on Amazon (currently) with over 5,000 customer ratings!
11) Codenames (Ages 10+)
This game is for ages 10 and up, and can have a variable number of players, but a general consensus is that its best for four or more players.
If you want to check this game on Amazon click here.
Below is short video from “The Rules Girl” showing how to play Codenames in 3 minutes.
12) Labyrinth (Ages 7+)
The find the shortest route through the Labyrinth on this board game for 2 to 4 players.
Here is a link to its product page on Amazon if you can’t find it at a local store.
And if you’re curious, below is a video showing you how to play Labyrinth.
13) Mexican Train (Ages 8+) [popular dominoes game]
A little while ago I checked out a camping forum and its suggested list of indoor camping games.
Repeatedly the folks in the forum mentioned Mexican Train.
It is a popular dominoes game.
If you’re as clueless as I am when it comes to how to play Mexican Train, check out the video below.
14) Sequence (Ages 7+)
Here is another well-loved board game that currently has a crazy-high rating on Amazon.
It currently is rated 4.9 stars out of 5 with over 6,800 customer ratings on Amazon.
(That may be the highest rating I’ve ever seen for a product with that many customer ratings.)
It is for 2 to 12 players.
Below is well-explained “how to play Sequence” video. Check it out to get an ideas what this game is all about.
15) Kings in the Corner (Ages 7+) [a card game]
Here is a cool card game that your family will love. It is for 2 to 6 players.
16) Exploding Kittens: A Card Game (Ages 7+)
Here is a very unique, creative, out-there game that you can play with your whole family.
You can get an “adult-only” version, but here is the kid-friendly version available on Amazon.
Wondering what the heck a game named “Exploding Kittens” is all about? Check out the video below to see why the “Nerds of the West” are having so much fun.
17) LCR – Left Center Right Dice Game (Ages 5+)
This is another game with a super high rating.
It is currently rated 4.9 stars out of 5 on Amazon with over 6,400 reviews!
Other Family Game Night Ideas
Classic Board Games
Below are some classic family board games that have been staples of family game night for years and years.
(Click to see any of the listed games’ product page on Amazon.)
Family games that are NOT board games include:
I hope you’ve found some inspiration on what to play during your family game nights!
Is there a fun family game that should be on this list?
Let me know by commenting below.
If you are camping and want some outdoor camping game ideas was well, check out this list of outdoor camping games for families.
Tim from LearnAlongWIthMe.com