17+ Fun Family Game Night Ideas [board games and more!]

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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.

Family Game Night Ideas - over 17 family game night ideas including board games, family dice games, family card games and more
Family Game Night Ideas


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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.)

Indoor Games to play with the family - Frank's Zoo
Frank’s Zoo








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 more details.

Games for Family Game Night - Spot It!  A card game
Spot it! game









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 learn more about it.

Games for Family Game night -  5 Second rule (just spit it out)
5 Second Rule









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.

Phase 10 card game - a family game night idea
Phase 10 Card Game








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.

Phase 10 Dice







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.

It is available on Amazon if you want to have a look.

Blokus game
Photo credit: Blokus (Mattel)






7) Trekking National Parks (Ages 10+)

This board game is for ages 10+ and has won Parent’s Choice awards for board games.

This is a popular, well-loved game that is available on Amazon if you want to learn more about it.

Indoor camping games  - Trekkin National Parks game
Trekking Nation Parks game






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.

Camping Games - indoor games for the family - Catan
Catan the popular game for ages 10+



Are you wondering how to play this game? If so, check out the speedy introduction to the game as shown in the video below.








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9) Azul (Ages 8+)

This is a unique board and tile game.

Here is link to it on Amazon if you want to read more about this popular game.

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.

We have this game and we enjoy it…it is a lot of fun for kids.

Games for Family Game Night  - Qwirkle
Click the picture to see details on Amazon

Click here if you want to see more details on Amazon.






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.

Cardinal Mexican Train Dominoes
Photo credit: Cardinal Mexican Train Dominoes





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.

It is a really popular game that you can find on Amazon.

It is for 2 to 12 players and ages 7 and up.

Sequence board game




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.

Kings in the Corner card game for family game night
Kings in the Corner card game







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.

Exploding Kittens card game




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 a very popular dice game that you can find on Amazon and it is for ages 5 and up.

LCR Dice Game. Photo credit: George & Co









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.

9 Fun Outdoor camping games for families






Thank you

Tim from LearnAlongWIthMe.com

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