20 Great Ideas for Family Game Nights

A family game night is one of the most popular and favorite traditions of many families. After the parent’s busy week at work and the kids’ tiring week at school, Saturday night or the weekend night is perfect for unwinding and having fun with the whole family. It is the time when the house smells like pizza, and everyone at home is excited while preparing everything for the family game night. It is indeed a great bonding activity for the whole family.

If you’d like to make family game nights a tradition in your family, but you need ideas on what games to play, or maybe it has been a long tradition, and you’re running out of games in your mind, then you’re in the right place. It’s because today, we are happy to give you a list of 20 great ideas for family game nights. Your whole family will surely have a fun night with these ideas.

1. The Game of Things

The Game of Things is a popular game that contains topics where you will need to write a response to. After everyone has written their responses, you will all read them aloud and will guess who answered that. A box of this game contains about 300 topics, and it can be played by 4 players and more.

However, if you do not have the budget to buy the game, you can make up questions yourself for your family game night. All you need is to come up with topics and give out pieces of paper and pencils to your family members. After everyone has answered, go around the room and let people guess a match up of a person and an answer. If someone is correct, then he or she will get a point, and the person whose answer was guessed will be out. Continue the game until only one person is left.

2. Would You Rather

This game is perfect if you are creative. To play this, your family members need to move to one side of the room or another, depending on what they prefer, given two options. For example, the first set of options can be, going barefoot or wearing shoes. The family member who’s “it” would announce, “Would you rather go barefoot or wear shoes? If the answer is to go barefoot, you will go to the left. And to the right, if you rather wear shoes. You need to keep track of the answers to see who among the family members has the most common with each other.

3. Apples to Apples

Apples to Apples is a great party game that the whole family will love playing during family game nights. What you need to do is to match up adjectives and nouns, which always end up hilarious comparisons. The judge of the game plays a green apple card with a descriptive word on it. Then each family member will have five red apple cards on hand that contains nouns. What you need to do is to play the one that makes the best combination with the green apple card. If the judge likes your combination, you get to keep the green apple card. To win, you need to collect four green apple cards.

4. The Telephone Game

To play this game, one person starts it by whispering a sentence into the ear of the person sitting next to them. Then, they whisper what they think they heard to the person on their other side. It will continue until the sentence reached the last person. Then, the last person will say the sentence that they heard out loud. This game usually ends up hilarious, too, as the sentence eventually changes every time it is passed from one family member to another. It is a great game if you have a big family.

5. Pictionary

Pictionary is a classic quick-draw game that is perfect for family game nights. If you are not an artist, then you don’t have to worry because that will make this game more fun to play. You need to get ready for loads of laughter when your family members can’t guess what you are drawing. If you do not have the game, then you can make your own game set by using a whiteboard and fun words to draw, which are written on small pieces of paper.

6. Charades

The game of charades is similar to Pictionary. But instead of drawing, you need to act out the word or phrase that you want your family members to guess. It is also a great game for family game nights. Split your family into teams and have one person from each team to act out a book, TV show, movie, or anything you want to guess. See who can guess the answer the most.

7. UNO Card Game

UNO is a classic family card game that is very easy to learn and so much fun to play. It is a race to deplete your cards at hand by matching one of your cards with the current hand shown on top of the deck by either number or color. It also includes strategies to defeat your competition with special action cards, such as Draw Twos, Reverses, Skips, and color-changing wild cards. And when you’re down to one card, you need to shout “UNO!” to win. It is a fun and inexpensive card game that your whole family will enjoy.

8. Scavenger Hunt Night

In this game, you can either divide your family or compete against another family who wants to have a family night. Prepare a list of the things to find. To make it more fun, add some funny and unique things on the list, like a wacky hairstyle or someone climbing a tree. Each team should have a digital camera to document their findings.

9. Knock It Out

For this game, you will need an orange, some nylons, and water bottles. Place the orange in the nylons and put it on your head. The challenge is to knock over the water bottles placed on the floor. It is a silly game but really fun. Whoever knocks off most bottles in a minute win.

10. Doodling with Noodles

What you need for this game are spaghetti and penne pasta. The challenge is to get the penne noodles on the spaghetti without using your hands and only using your mouth. Whoever fills up spaghetti noodles with the penne noodles wins the game.

Where to Buy
PlayMonster The Game of Things
Mattel Apples to Apples Party in a Box Game
Pictionary Game (Full pack with markers)
Mattel Games UNO: Classic (Tin Box)
Jenga Classic Game
Bananagrams Party Edition
Hasbro Twister Game
Royal Bingo Supplies Deluxe 6-Inch Game with Colored Balls, 300 Bingo Chips and 50 Bingo Cards

11. Tear It Up

For this game, you will need at least 2 toilet paper rolls, chairs, rubber bands, a long stick, and two empty water bottles with lids. Place the toilet paper rolls on the stick and hang the ends on the chairs. Get an empty water bottle, open the lid, put a sheet of toilet paper roll, and put the lid back on. Let the bottle hang. The challenge of this game is to use rubber bands and paper bombs to shoot the toilet paper until it rips and falls together with the bottle. Time the game and whoever does it the fastest wins.

12. Guest of Honor Night

Your family game night can also be focused on one person in your family. Make a unique list of questions to ask this particular person during dinner. This can highlight the things about their personality unbeknownst to the rest of the family. This is a great way to know more about that particular family member.

13. Never Have I Ever

This is one of the most favorite games to play during family game nights. But this game is more fun if you have a big family. The concept of this game is similar to musical chairs because there are lesser chairs than there are people. Arrange the chairs in a circle looking inward. One person will stand in the middle and announces one thing that they have never done. For example, the person in the middle can say, “Never have I ever tried bungee jumping.” Anyone who has tried bungee jumping would then get up, leaving their chair unoccupied and find a new chair. The person in the middle will also need to find a chair. Whoever is left without a chair will be the new person in the middle.

14. Play Jenga

Jenga is another classic game that is perfect for family game nights. The rules of the game are simple. You need to pull out a block without crashing the stack to win. You just need to find a sturdy table at home to stack the hardwood blocks. Take turns in slowly pulling the pieces from the bottom of the stack and place it carefully on top of the pile. Whoever lets the tower fall loses the game and the last person who took their turn before the tower falls win. You can also create a life-sized Jenga game that the whole family will love playing.

15. Bananagrams

Bananagrams is another fun game to play with the whole family. Players will draw letter tiles out of the center of the table and build connecting words until one player has used all the tiles. If you do not want games that take turns, this is a great game for you as all of you in the family can play at once. The letters are in a cute banana cloth pouch, making the game more fun to play.

16. Obstacle Course

If you want to play a more active game during your family game night, then you can get the whole family moving by creating an indoor and outdoor obstacle course. You can compete either in teams or time each family member. Obstacles can include climbing over pillows, taking five trips around the swing set, crawling through a tunnel made of blankets, and more. The more creative you are, the better obstacles you can make.

17. Twister

The game of Twister is also a fun game to play for the whole family. Gather everyone around and spin the random picker wheel to see who can perform the ultimate balancing act. If you have a big family, you can use two boards, or make one yourself if you are creative enough. This will make your family game night hilariously fun.

18. Bingo

The whole family can also enjoy a game of Bingo during your family game night. In fact, even the youngest players will be happy to join. If you do not have a Bingo game set, you can simply use numbers, letters, pictures, or words to create a Bingo board. You can also put a twist to the game by asking each family member to come up with a theme for a Bingo round. It can be TV shows, events, places, and other creative categories.

19. Family Feud

You can also play family feud at home and find out who can predict what the survey says. Try to do some research and create fun, and interesting lists with four or five ranked answers. For example, top places for summer vacations, popular theme park foods, and more. Take turns and have each family member see how many they can guess correctly. If you have a big family, you can also play in teams.

20. Chopped

This is another TV show-inspired game for your family game night. It is a culinary competition. Using what you have in your kitchen, choose four ingredients, the other team or individual must use to make a signature dish within 30 minutes. The judges will then award points for taste and creativity and presentation to know who the winner is. After the game, you can all enjoy what everyone cooked or made in the kitchen.

These are some of the great ideas for family game nights that we can recommend. All of these games will certainly give everyone in the family a good time. We hope this list will help you in coming up with fun things to do on your upcoming family game night.