The 21 Best Family Board Games of 2021

Keep everyone engaged and having fun with these favorites.

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Our Top Picks
Keep the yeti from falling into the bowl in this wacky game that can be played by kids as young as 2-years old.
This easy version of charades is fun for the whole family. Prepare to act our animals, objects, and actions.
This portable and classic game is best for kids five and up, and can be played with two to 10 players.
This fast-paced game combines sequencing, pattern recognition, and planning skills.
Make your family laugh with this fun game that will probably leave some whipped cream on your face.
An updated version of bingo! This game builds matching and word recognitions skills.
No Stress Chess is the perfect introduction to the game, as it illustrates exactly how each of the pieces can move.
Sink battleships with this two-person game that trains letter and number recognition skills.
Silly and fast-paced, this game will take no more than 15 minutes per round and is great for anyone age 7 and up.
This classic word game helps build a robust vocabulary and spelling skills.

Board games are a terrific way to spend time together as a family. They can be fun, challenging, educational, and will encourage you to do something else besides eating, bickering, or watching a screen.

Finding a game for the whole family can sometimes be a challenge, but once you do, get ready for hours (or at least multiple minutes) of fun. We've found the best family board games to keep everyone entertained and having fun together.

PlayMonster Yeti in My Spaghetti

Yeti in My Spaghetti

In this wacky setup, the noodles are piled across the bowl with the yeti figure placed on top of the noodles. Each person takes a turn removing a noodle, hoping the yeti won’t fall into the bowl. If you make the yeti fall, you lose. Most rounds don’t last more than five minutes and the game can be played by kids as young as 2 years old.

Players: 2 or more players | Age Recommendation: Ages 4 and up | Skills Required: Hand-eye coordination

Briarpatch Kids on Stage Charades Game

Kids on Stage Charades

Get ready to laugh with this easy version of classic charades featuring animals, objects, or actions. Acting out the clue while getting the other players to guess will encourage confidence and develop communication skills. The simple picture recognition makes this possible for kids ages 3 years old and up to easily play. There’s really no limit to how many people can play the game.

Players: 2 to 6 players | Age Recommendation: Ages 3 and up | Skills Required: Word and image recognition

Easy to play and quite portable, Uno is a classic card game for good reason. Players take turns matching the cards in their hand with the card showing at the top of the deck. Kids just need to know their colors and numbers to play. The game is best for kids ages 7 years old and up and can be played with two to 10 players.

Players: 2 to 10 players | Age Recommendation: Ages 7 and up | Skills Required: Basic number and color recognition

Rummikub Game

Rummikub

A mix of strategy and luck guide this easy-to-learn and fast-moving game. Two or more players take turns placing their numbered tiles in runs of either consecutive numbers of the same color or groups of the same number in different colors. Kids 7 years old and up will benefit from the inherent lessons of sequencing, pattern recognition, and planning skills.

Players: 2 to 4 players | Age Recommendation: Ages 7 and up | Skills Required: Sequencing and pattern recognition

Requiring absolutely zero skill, it may be a stretch to even call this a board game, but it’s sure to bring lots of laughs to your family. Load the arm with whipped cream (not included) or a wet sponge and take turns cranking the arm until someone gets whacked in the face with a dollop of whipped cream. Recommended for ages 5 years old and up, but if your youngster is okay with some whipped cream in the face, go for it.

Players: 2 or more players | Age Recommendation: Ages 5 and up | Skills Required: Basic number recognition and counting

ThinkFun Zingo Bingo

Zingo

Like bingo but better, this fast-paced family game builds matching and word recognition abilities. Great for 4-year olds and up, even little kids will be able to keep up and go head-to-head with parents, siblings, or anyone else. You’ll need at least two people for this game and can play with as many as six people.

Players: 2 to 6 players | Age Recommendation: Ages 4 and up | Skills Required: Basic language and matching

Winning Moves Games No Stress Chess

Whether you are perplexed by chess or a master, No Stress Chess will introduce the age-old partner game to kids ages 7 years old and up. The innovative set includes a standard chess board along with cards. Each card illustrates exactly how to move the piece.

Players: 2 players | Age Recommendation: Ages 7 and up | Skills Required: Basic strategy and critical thinking

Hasbro Battleship

battleship

Kids can go up against adults in this high-stakes two-person guessing game where you aim to sink each other's ships before yours get sunk. While appropriate for ages 7 and up, if your child is younger but has a good letter and number recognition, that’s all they need to play.

Players: 2 players | Age Recommendation: Ages 7 and up | Skills Required: Basic number and letter recognition

Exploding Kittens Card Game

Exploding Kittens

This ridiculously silly, fast-paced game is easy to learn and easy to play. The goal is to avoid drawing an exploding kitten card. There’s a bit of card strategy, a lot of luck, and a bunch of goofiness. The game is best for ages 7 and up. The game takes about two minutes to learn and no more than 15 minutes to play a round.

Players: 2 to 10 players | Age Recommendation: Ages 7 and up | Skills Required: Reading and basic strategy

Hasbro Classic Scrabble Crossword Board Game

Scrabble

Older kids and parents will enjoy this classic word game that requires players to put their letter tiles together to build words, add up points, and try to win the game. It may be harder for younger kids to go head to head with adults since much of the skill of Scrabble relies on a robust vocabulary and proficient spelling skills.

For a high schooler stuck at home, this could be their chance to show off and take down mom or dad. Scrabble is for two to four players and is recommended for ages 8 and up.

Players: 2 to 4 players | Age Recommendation: Ages 8 and up | Skills Required: Spelling and word recognition

Hasbro Trouble Board Game

Trouble

The classic Pop-O-Matic bubble will bring parents back in time while your little ones will enjoy the game. With straightforward rules, the simple goal is to move your four pieces around the board without getting into “trouble” and heading back to start. Trouble is for kids 5 years old and up.

Players: 2 to 4 players | Age Recommendation: Ages 5 and up | Skills Required: Basic counting

Hasbro Jenga Mini Game

Jenga

Everyone’s heart will be racing as your family builds the block tower taller and taller, just waiting for it to fall. It’s perfect for ages 6 and up and can be played with as many people as you have. If no one else wants to play, no worries. Jenga is fun as a solo game too.

Players: 1 or more players | Age Recommendation: Ages 6 and up | Skills Required: Motor skills and hand-eye coordination

Hasbro Mouse Trap Board Game

Little builders will enjoy the challenge and hands-on nature of this game. Players are tasked with creating a mousetrap to capture their opponents while moving around the board at the same time. The game is for two to four players and is best for ages 6 years old and up.

Players: 2 to 4 players | Age Recommendation: Ages 6 and up | Skills Required: Motor skills and number recognition

Hasbro Yahtzee Classic Dice Game

Yahtzee

The classic dice game mixes strategy and luck with every roll of the dice. Kids will enjoy the fast-paced game and won’t even realize all the math they are doing as they play. This portable game is best for kids 8 years old and up.

Players: 2 or more players | Age Recommendation: Ages 8 and up | Skills Required: Age-appropriate math skills

Hasbro Game of Life

Game of Life has been around for more than 50 years and continues to be a family favorite for game night. Designed for two to four players, ages 8 and up, players will choose how life goes. Get ready for adventure, action, and lots of surprises!

Players: 2 to 4 players | Age Recommendation: Ages 8 and up | Skills Required: Basic counting and reading

Disney Mad Tea Party Game

If your family are fans of Alice in Wonderland, everyone will love this Disney movie classic turned board game. Choose from a deck of cards to find out which teacup design you’re going to replicate with the more than 10 teacups provided. Made for children ages 5 and up, 2 to 10 players can play this game.

Players: 2 to 10 players | Age Recommendation: Ages 5 and up | Skills Required: Basic reading

Vango The UpsideDownChallenge Game

Get ready to laugh for hours by competing with friends and family to finish challenges. The catch? You have to wear specialized goggles which literally flip your world upside down. Good luck trying to write your name, connect dots, and more!

Players: 2 to 6 players | Age Recommendation: Ages 8 and up | Skills Required: Following directions

Kids Against Maturity Card Game

Kids Against Maturity Card Game

With 600 question and answer cards, your family is sure to stay laughing all evening long. Each player receives 10 white cards and will take turns asking questions on the blue cards. Those who are asking the question are looking for the funniest answer, and whoever has the most amusing answers wins.

Players: 4 or more players | Age Recommendation: Ages 10 and up | Skills Required: Reading

Exploding Kittens Throw Throw Burrito Game

Exploding Kittens Throw Throw Burrito Game

What do you get when you combine dodgeball with cards? Throw Throw Burrito! Designed for 2 to 6 players, ages 7 and up, players will try to match up cards faster than their opponent - all while throwing, ducking, and dodging squishy, flying burritos.

Players: 2 to 6 players | Age Recommendation: Ages 7 and up | Skills Required: Pattern recognition

Endless Games Classic Mancala

This strategy game has been around for years and it’s easy to see why. Each player will take turns putting stones into their pockets while moving counterclockwise until they are out of stones. The player who has the most stones in their Mancala wins the game.

Players: 2 players | Age Recommendation: Ages 7 and up | Skills Required: Counting and strategy

The whole family can join in on this classic board game designed for up to 12 players, ages 7 and up. Once a player plays a card, they place a chip on the corresponding square on the board. Once you have five in a row, it’s a “sequence.”

Players: 2 to 12 players | Age Recommendation: Ages 7 and up | Play Time: Pattern recognition

For a classic game the whole family can enjoy, check out the Mattel UNO Game (view on Walmart). Two to 10 players take turns matching the cards in their hand with the card showing at the top of the deck. This classic card game is easy to play and portable. There’s also Hasbro Pie Face (view on Amazon) which is designed for children ages five and up and two or more players. Load the arm with whipped cream or a wet sponge and take turns cranking the arm until someone gets whacked in the face with a dollop of whipped cream.

What to Look for in a Family Board Game

Entertaining 

Family game nights should be fun for everyone involved, so you’ll want to find a game that’s entertaining no matter the age difference. Consider the ages of your children and what the game recommends. You’ll also want to think about your childrens’ interests when it comes to board games or card games. 

Some games, like the Hasbro Classic Scrabble Crossword Board Game (view on Walmart), are best for older children who are able to spell. A child who cannot spell yet would more than likely enjoy a different game that involves their participation more, such as the PlayMonster Yeti in my Spaghetti (view on Walmart). This game is made for children ages 2 and up, but children of all ages will enjoy trying to keep the yeti out of the spaghetti. 

Easy to Learn 

It’s no secret board games are a ton of fun, but some of them are just difficult to learn. Before purchasing a board game, consider looking for games that appeal to your children's ages, interests, and learning level. This will make the game easier to learn, especially if it’s an age appropriate game for everyone. 

Board games with straightforward rules will ensure everyone playing understands their role in the game. If you’re ever unsure about a game, be sure to look at reviews to see what other families are thinking. If you feel the game will be too difficult to learn or too advanced for a member of your family, skip it. 

Not Overly Challenging

While you want a board game that’s entertaining and easy to learn, you don’t want the game to be overly challenging, either. There are dozens of great benefits to playing board games, like teaching early learning, boosting language skills, and soothing anxiety. But if a board game is overly challenging, it can become overwhelming and unenjoyable. 

Look for games that will challenge the members of your family without being too much. For example, if you have children over the age of 6, consider the Rummikub Game (view on Amazon). Children will practice their planning skills while learning about sequencing and pattern recognition.

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Maya Polton is a former marketing manager and current freelance writer who covers food, home, and parenting. She's also the mom of a 10-year-old son, 6-year-old son, and 2-year old daughter. Sadly, her husband is a rare person that does not like family board games. While Maya enjoys them, she is left to play them alone with the brood, which never seems to end as well as intended. Maybe that’s why he doesn’t like them.

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