best board games for teens
best board games for teens
10 March 2021 (updated)

The Best Family Board Games to Play This Year

With the weather getting colder, there's never been a better time to get out the family board games! Whether it’s classic Candy Land or Monopoly mayhem, there are plenty of options for the entire family.

As much as we love doing fun things with the family outside, with widespread self-quarantines around the world, many of us need fun things we can do while also social distancing. Staying indoors can be a good opportunity to get out the board, some playing cards, or your favorite party game.

There are plenty of family board games that will appeal to the little ones, the teens, and even parents too! So instead of heading outside, plan a fun family game night indoors with some of the following games soon.

What Are the Best Family Board Games for Young Kids?

Memory is a classic game for ages 3+ that is sure to challenge your little ones. While this will test your child’s memory skills, it’s a good opportunity for everyone to get some practice! Don't be surprised when your 5-year-old beats you!

For those who are a little bit older, Trouble is perfect for a fun night. By landing all your pieces in the safety area, you’ll win the game. And, your young ones will love popping the dice, and sending the other players back home!

Need a strategy game that will build fine motor skills? Try playing some Jenga.  Little ones especially love seeing the grown-ups knock the tower down.

If you’re looking for something a little different, Trivial Pursuit Family Edition is perfect for all ages. Though very young children may not know a lot of the answers, they’ll have a good time making a guess!

What Are the Best Board Games for Teens?

What will get your teens playing board games? 7 Wonders is a unique new take on a classic card game. While dealing with a stack
of cards, you and your fellow players will be building famous structures to earn points. Though teens will love learning about the wonders of the world, this game works for 10+ too!

For teenagers, one of the best-rated games out there is Pandemic. In this game, you’ll be racing to provide a cure for a number of epidemics sweeping the world. As a board game that provides a challenge and a bit of learning, there’s also plenty of teamwork involved. The fact that it relates well to our own global COVID-19 pandemic is an added bonus right now, too.

If all else fails, there’s the classic game of Monopoly where players buy property to see who takes all. A balancing mix of buying and selling, this classic game will be sure to rev up your family’s competitive spirit! While it can usually be hard to finish a game, since we have endless hours at home with the family, now's the perfect time to get this one going!

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What Are the Best Special Edition Board Games?

While good board games are great, there are many special edition family board games for those who love to play. Risk has its very own Game of Thrones edition for 18+ based on the popular television series! Like the show, players fight for power over Westeros using three types of play: Skirmish, Dominion, and World at War.

The Ticket to Ride Days of Wonder Edition is a good opportunity to try this game if you haven’t already! A multiple-award winner, this challenging game offers players the chance to build their own railroad. Using decision-making and strategy, players collect train cars and claim rail routes to earn points. But, if your family is interested in something more familiar, there are many special editions of your favorite games. Whether it’s Monopoly Clone Wars or Trivial Pursuit Pop Culture, there are new takes on plenty of the old gems!

What Are Some More Fun Family Games?

If none of these work, we've got more favorites for you to try. They're also great gift ideas your friends and family will enjoy, especially with more of us staying inside due to coronavirus. 

  • Life- Even if you're feeling a little financial pinch this Christmas, you can still retire a millionaire, along with your spouse and 2 sets of twins!
  • Clue- This classic Whodunnit game continues to be a big hit with the family, and try Clue Jr. for littler friends.
  • Settlers of Catan- This classic strategy game is ideal for teens and adults. 
  • Richard Scarry's Busytown Eye Found It- Where's Lowly the Worm? The preschool set will love finding fun items in this game based on the beloved books.  
  • Throw, Throw Burrito! One part card game, one part dodge ball. This fun game is sure to be a huge hit with the whole fam!
  • Scrabble- this classic never gets old! 

Family board games are so much fun to play at home and liven up any holiday gathering! If your family has a few favorite board games, let us know in our comments section, or plan a family game night with FamilyApp! Whether you’re trying to please the little tikes or the too-cool teens, there are fun options for everyone. 

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