We love playing games at our house. Since our children were little we have played Candy Land, Memory, and many others. As our children began to get older, it started to be harder to find games that interested all of us. Teenagers don’t love the same games as 7 year olds, so we have searched for some family friendly games that we can all enjoy.
These are some of our favorites family friendly games. If you’d like more info about the games, click on the image and it will take you to Amazon with reviews and more details. We know that there are many, many more, so please share in the comments or in an email. We would love to add to our list.
Cover Your Assets
Grandpa Beck’s Games has created this super fun game that is easy to learn and quick to play. Great for ages 7 and up (maybe younger if they were partnered with an adult).
This game is great for the younger crowd, but still fun for adults. Wake up those sleepy queens and do a little math, too! Ages 4 and up.
After playing Cover Your Assets, we decided to try out another Grandpa Beck’s Game, and Skull King is now our favorite family game. Bid on how many tricks you will take, and hope no one has the Skull King. Great for ages 7 and up.
This game is a hoot. There are usually laughing tears when we play Telestrations. Draw words and pass it around for people to guess what was drawn. So much fun! Ages 10 and up. Our 7 year old plays, but we pick specific words for him.
This is a fun dice rolling game. There is strategy in choosing what you want to keep, but it’s easy to learn and quick to play. Ages 6 and up.
Ticket to Ride
There are so many versions of this game and we love them all. Build your train tracks across America, London, Europe, and more. We also have the junior version of this game. That’s how good it is.
Dungeon is difficult to find, but it is a classic dungeon crawl game. You’ll fight the fearsome Black Pudding and gather treasure as you venture through the six levels of the dungeon.
This simple card game is great for ages 5 and up. Try to collect as many points as you can by keeping different sushi cards. This game is quick and simple. We love to pull it out when we only have 15 minutes to play.
Oregon Trail Card Game
We loved playing Oregon Trail on the old Apple IIe computers as kids, so we were excited to play the Oregon Trail Card Game. This game is also cooperative, so it’s a great family game. We have the Oregon Trail Hunt For Food, which is fun, too. Ages 8 and up.
Our kids love playing Pay Day because it’s like practicing for being an adult with bills to pay. It’s pretty simple and even young kids can follow along with a little help. We like that you can play one month or six months deeding on how long you want to play. Ages 6 and up.
Spy Alley works best for kids 10 and up. You’ll have a secret identity and collect disguises, passwords, and codebooks. Try to eliminate the other spies by guessing their identity. This is our boys’ favorite. And we just saw they have a Spy Alley Junior! Perfect!
Tapple is our newest game and we love its simplicity. Choose a category card (we actually like to make up our own). Then hit the go button. You have a few seconds to name an item from the category and hit the advance button before you are out. Finally, tap the letter that corresponds with your answer. That letter can’t be repeated. It’s easy, but very replayable.
Code names requires kids that are a little older, but it’s a great word association game. Choose one word that allows your teammates to guess multiple code words. The more words that they guess correctly, the better chance you have of winning. There is a Code Names with pictures, which might be a little simpler.
Qwirkle is great for families because it involves matching shapes and colors, and with a little help, even young kids can play this game. Use strategy to collect the most points on each turn. Ages 6 and up.
Any Uno game is easy to understand and play, but this variation is our favorite. When a Flip card is played, you turn your hand and the deck over to the dark side, where Skip Everybody and Draw 5’s are just a few of the terrible things that can happen.
HeadBandz is a simple game that even young kids ages 3 and up can play. Choose a picture to put on your headband, but don’t look. Then ask yes or no questions to try and figure out what is on your card. There are many version of this game including Disney cards.
Collect cards and stomp, scream, or strike your enemies. As you kill enemies, you collect points and treasure cards. This game comes with a quirky sense of humor and lots of interesting twists. Can you defeat the dragons? Ages 7 and up.
Mille Bornes has been around for awhile, but we love playing this car game where you try to collect miles and give each other flat tires. It’s fairly simple and lots of fun. Ages 8 and up.
One of our readers recommended this game to us, and it is a new favorite. It’s easy to learn and you can easily help little ones since no one is pitted against each other. Each player is trying to get the lowest score and our kids love to help each other, when possible.
As parents, we dread when our kids want to play Monopoly. The card game Monopoly Deal is amazing. It’s a simplified version of Monopoly and can be played in 30 minutes. We love this game. Ages 8 and up.
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