When it’s time to step away from the screens, there’s no such thing as bored with one of these popular board games. We’ve included options for every age and interest.

 

In this strategy game for ages 8+, players build train routes across the 20th-century USA. It’s history, it’s adventure, it’s competition—it’s just plain fun.

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As many as six players at a time can play this lively, fast-paced guessing game. Put a card in your headband facing out — and try to guess what’s on it with clues from your family.

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This hit card game is simple yet hilarious. Race against each other to slap a match between a card and spoken word. But watch out because your mind will play tricks on you.

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Pictionary is the quick-draw family game that has proven itself for decades. Count on big laughs as players find out who’s an artist and who isn’t! In this game, the guesses can be just as hilarious as the sketches. 

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In this game, players work together, not against each other—the timer is the real enemy. They have to move around the maze together, avoiding walls and collecting treasures, before time runs out. Magnets are the secret to the unique, vertically oriented game board.

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Find out how in sync you are with family family and friends in this highly rated game. Each card has a category on it—things like “boring jobs” or “things under your bed—and players have to write down two things they think will fit the category. The fun is seeing whose answers match yours, and what people reveal about themselves.

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Corner Crush puts a new spin on a classic game. Go head-to-head or play in teams as you drop tokens into the rotating tower. Play around the corners to score four in a row and crush your opponents! 

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Qwirkle is a simple game of matching colors and shapes that requires tactical maneuvers, quick-thinking and a well-planned strategy. It’s the perfect combo of skill and chance, so while it’s easy to learn, it’s also challenging for both kids and adults.

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Throw Throw Burrito is what you get when you cross a card game with dodgeball. Collect matching sets of cards faster than your opponents while simultaneously ducking, dodging and throwing squishy airborne burritos. 

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10Zingo!

Super easy to learn, Zingo! is a fun pre-reading game for ages 4 and up, but that kids of all ages as well as adults will enjoy. The bingo-style game includes 24 double-sided cards and 72 tiles. Slide the Zinger to reveal images, and fill in your card when there’s a match—that’s all there is to it. Incorporate small prizes and rewards to increase the competition.

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For meme lovers (I mean, aren’t we all?), this G-rated family game is great for ages 8+ and will provide endless laughter. Compete with friends and family to create the funniest memes by using caption cards to caption the photo during each round.

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Visit U.S. National Parks without ever leaving your living room! Players travel around the gorgeous game board, trying to visit as many national parks as possible. As you go, learn fun facts about the different locations, various wildlife, preservation efforts, and more. Great for families who love to explore the outdoors. The set up changes with every game for endless replay value.

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Little Red Riding Hood is an enchanting puzzle game for young children. Outsmart the wolf and help Red Riding Hood find Grandma’s house in the forest. Includes a family-friendly picture book with a twist on the original tale.

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Labyrinth is simple enough for anyone to grasp. Collect a set of treasures as you move through the maze, carving out a route for yourself while trying to block opponents. Part of the fun is how you can change the maze by pushing one tile onto the board and another off every turn. Whoever collects their treasure first wins in this new contest of minds and magic!

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Collect sets of super cute sushi cards to match the menu and score points in this bestselling card game. You select a card on each turn to build a delectable meal and pass on the rest of your hand to the next player. 

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Few versions of Monopoly bring it into the modern age quite like the Ultimate Banking edition, which replaces paper cash with digital currency and bank cards. Featuring an Ultimate Banking unit with touch technology, players can instantly buy properties, pay rent, and tap their way to fortune.

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EVERYONE is talking about this one. Exploding Kittens has all the elements of a great family game—it’s easy to learn, competitive, and provides just the right amount of silly fun. The objective of this card game (appropriate for ages 7 and up) is to take turns drawing a card from the pile without pulling an exploding kitten, and the process continues until one player is left and crowned the winner. Contrary to the name, the game doesn’t depict or promote violence.

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18Catan

Once your family is ready for a strategic challenge, reach for the best-selling game, Catan. Named after the fictional island where it takes place, Catan encourages players to earn points through building houses and cities, organizing armies, owning the largest piece of land, and more. 

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Found it! is a fun game that helps children learn as they go with search-and-find prompts like: can you find something with a pattern?, something smaller than your palm?, etc. Players will love shouting “FOUND IT!” as soon as they get their hands on the object. The first one to win 7 cards wins the game!

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Opposing sheep herds go head to fluffy head in a strategy game the whole family will love. The goal is to occupy the most pastures with your sheep. On their turn, players split a stack of their sheep and move a portion as far is it can go in a straight line to a new pasture. Watch out for sneaky sheep and plan your moves carefully to fence out your foe!

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