14 Best Family Board Games For A Fun Night In

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After a long week of work and school, it’s nice to wind down with a night of family games. One thing to keep in mind is to keep the games light and fun. There have been too many times when one person got a little too competitive and became an incredibly sore loser (except we were only halfway through the game). 

For a fun family night in, grab one of these exciting family games that will keep everyone entertained!

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1. A Game For The Family That Loves Charades

It’s In The Bag!

It’s In The Bag! plays off the classic acting games Charades. There are five categories of cards: entertainment, locations, outdoors, people, and recreation and sports. You’ll split into teams, pick a card and your team member will have to try to guess the word. The game consists of three rounds: first round is a verbal description, second round is a single-word cue, and the third round is acting it out. You and your family are bound to have a blast with this Taboo-Charades mixup. 

2. A Game For The Family That Wants A Good Laugh

Relative Insanity

This hilarious family game about crazy relatives created by comedian Jeff Foxworthy will have you laughing your socks off. Similar to Apples to Apples where one person reads a setup card aloud like, “When my brother brought out his new baby to show the family, Granny blurted out…” and then others play their best punchline card to fill in the blank, hoping the reader chooses theirs as the best. Potential punchlines for the scenario above can be anything from “You are not the father!” to “Somebody took a trip to the land of bad decisions” to “I just vomited a little in my mouth.” Have a little fun during your next family game night with this outrageously funny party game.

3. A Game For The Family That’s Young At Heart

Kids Against Maturity 

If you like Apples to Apples, then I’m going to take a wild guess and say you might just like Kids Against Maturity. Expect some hilarious combinations that will have the entire family laughing. Not only will the kids have a blast, but the adults will get a kick out of the innuendos hidden throughout the cards. With over 500 questions and answers, your family will never become bored. Well, it’ll at least take a long time. Bring your kids out of their technological hibernation and keep them entertained for about an hour!

4. A Game For Mischief Makers

Not Parent Approved

Are you bored? Have nothing to do? Well, don’t I have the answer for you with Not Parent Approved! Inspired by Cards Against Humanity, you can expect a similar set up that’s 100% kid-friendly. Two  examples of question cards include Dear substitute teacher, would you please stop _____ and I dare you to tell your dad about _____. This fun family game is perfect for sleepovers, road trips, parties, school breaks, and a night in with the family.

If you’re interested in more family-friendly games similar to Cards Against Humanity, then Kids Create Ambiguity is another highly-rated family game that your family is bound to become obsessed with!

5. A Game For The Family That’s On The Same Wavelength

Double Ditto

What is the chance that you’ll guess the same answer as someone else? Well, you’ll find out in Double Ditto, a game where you’ll have 15 seconds to come up with two answers to a card. Prompts may say: poisonous animals, dangerous jobs, popular kid’s cartoons, things found in a glovebox, careers where you have to be good at math, and so many more. After coming up with two answers, everyone reads their cards aloud and if you match an answer, that’s a ditto, and if you match both answers, a double ditto! After playing Double Ditto, you’ll definitely find out whose mind you’re in sync with… it may just be the last person you’d expect.

6. A Game For The Family That Loves Dodgeball

Throw Throw Burrito

If you’re into Dodgeball, Throw Throw Burrito will be right up your ally. This family game involves collecting matching card sets faster than your opponents while simultaneously dodging, ducking, and throwing the squishy burritos. Hit someone with a burrito and steal their points! Throw Throw Burrito is an exciting and super fun game for the kids and the adults…no one will gazing longingly at their phone during this family game night!

7. A Game For The Family Of Singers

Spontaneous 

If you ever spontaneously burst out into song, you’ll probably fall in love with Spontaneous, the fun family game where singing (or shouting) is required. Each player will brainstorm their own Trigger-Words on their Hit-Lists. Once they’re the Tune Master, they’ll say one of their words and everyone will have 15 seconds to sing a song featuring that Trigger-Word. The object of the game is to stump your opponents from coming up with a song with your word in it. Just make sure you have a song in mind, or you’ll be penalized. For example, if someone said the word “Ocean,” players would need to come up with lyrics that have ocean in it such as “Ocean Eyes.” Turn it up with this entertaining musical number. Expect some comical moments!

8. A Game For The Family That Beats Around The Bush

Taboo

Describe the word “Cartoon,” but refrain from using the forbidden words: comics, animated, draw, television, and character. If you have ever seen Four Christmases, then you know how awesome Taboo can be (unless you don’t know your partner very well, then it can become a trainwreck). If you’re good at thinking on your toes and your kids are 13 and older, then this may be the perfect game for your family (even if you’re not good at thinking on your toes). Unfortunately, I fall into the latter group. To this day, I blame my inability to process/think on the fact that it was around midnight. My brain was done for the night. 

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9. A Game For The Family Of Telepathics

Blank Slate

Do you think you know how your opponents would respond to cold _____? Well, you’ll figure that out when you play Blank Slate, an award-winning party game where you try to predict what others are thinking. Everyone writes a word that completes a phrase from a cue card, but you should choose wisely because you’ll score the most points by matching with only one other person. Test out your telepathic skills with this engaging and exciting family game.

10. A Game For The Family That Is The G.O.A.T.

Goat Lords

If you like Cover Your Assets, you’ll certainly get a kick out of Goat Lords. The game involves creating the biggest stack of identical pairs of goats and then dueling your opponent for their top goat stack. Amazon customers talk about how they can’t stop playing this hilarious game once they’ve started, so if you’re interested in a good time, Goat Lords may be the answer for you and your family.

11. A Game For The Family That Wants To Have Thought Provoking Conversations

Our Moments: Kids and Families

If you want to create a more open communicative environment for your family, the Kids and Family Editions of Our Moments are great starting points. These questions will allow for more meaningful conversations on thought-provoking topics which will help you learn more about your children’s deepest thoughts, hopes, and dreams.

12. A Game For The Witty Family That Can Think On Their Toes

Outrageous 

The family game where anything goes! Of course, at a family-friendly level. Outrageous is an entertaining new board game where you come up with the answers to modern-day prompts. Possible prompts would be “You should need a license in order to _______,” or “I’d hide if ______ showed up unannounced at my doorstep.” Everyone writes an answer and the designated judge for that round chooses their first two favorites. If you want to have a lively night of family fun, Outrageous is one of the best family games for that! 

13. A Game For The Family That Loves Memes

What Do You Meme? Family Edition

If you’re an Apples to Apples or CAH kinda person, then you’ll definitely enjoy this. Especially if you’re obsessed with memes! This family edition is the same hilarious game you love minus all the raunchy R-rated content. Many Amazon customers said What Do You Meme? Family Edition was perfect for their family game nights! With that in mind, this will make the perfect addition to your collection of family games that will bring laughs and happy memories.