Tired of the same old games? Looking to shake things up? We have lots of fun and new family game night ideas to try. Enjoy this family game night checklist with a printable bucket list, game directions & a supply checklist.
You’re long overdue for a fun night together and we have all the family game night ideas you need to make it a night to remember! Check out our collection of family game nights that will keep everyone entertained. These games are unique and the endorphins released from quality time will make them memorable!
If you’re looking for some family night ideas, we’ve got you covered! From classic minute to win it games to some new favorites, we have all the family time games you need to plan a night the whole gang will be talking about for weeks! Making your way through the checklist of family game ideas will become your Friday night family tradition.
Ideas for Family Game Night
No more stressing over finding the perfect game for family game night. We’ve got tons of great ideas with our list of games that are perfect for all ages and interests.
From Charades to What Do You Meme? There’s something for every family.
If you’re looking for a classic board game to play during family game night, we’ve got a few suggestions. Games like Hang Man, corn hole, or bingo are always popular choices, as well as family-friendly.
Examples of classic games include…
They are easy to simplify for younger players and can be enjoyed by people of all ages.
Minute to Win It Games
If you’re looking for a game that will get everyone’s heart racing, minute to win it games are the perfect option! These games are usually played with household objects and last for only a few minutes each.
Common Minute to Win it challenges include…
Junk in the Trunk
Face the Cookie
Movin’ on Up Cup Stack
Suck it Up
Ping Pong Bounce
That means with a 60 second time limit you can fit several games into one night without taking up too much time. Plus, they’re always a ton of fun and are perfect for seasonal parties or do to alone with the immediate family.
Take a look at some of these Minute to Win it game ideas.
We know that family game nights are all about trying new things and expanding your horizons. That’s why we’ve included some of our newest favorite games in this list like Mirror Charades and Get a Hint.
Examples of classic games include…
The Name Game
Get a Hint
The Fishbowl Game
These games are perfect for game night because they’re challenging and fun for all ages. Just be prepared to spend the whole night laughing and having a great time!
If you’re looking for an exciting card game to play during family game night, we’ve got a few suggestions. Games like Snap, Spoons, or I Doubt It are perfect for getting the whole family involved.
Examples of traditional card games include…
Card games ae easy to learn and can be played again and again. So get ready to have some fun!
One of the most classic games around, charades is always a hit during family game night. The game is simple—act out a word or phrase for your team to guess—but can be hilarious and challenging at the same time.
Similar games to Charades include…
In our family game night packet, we include Charades cards templates for you to add your own challenge or easy charades words. This game is perfect for all ages form younger kids to older kids! Additionally, the number of players is very flexible – 4 to however many!
If you’re looking for a game that will keep everyone on their toes, outdoor games are always a great choice. From flashlight tag to an obstacle course, these games are perfect for getting the whole family moving.
Examples of some fun outdoor game ideas from our bucket list include…
Also take a look at these
They’re always a lot of fun and get the family moving with lots of fresh air!
Where can get family game night games?
When you look at the list of game, take a deep breath. With over 40 games, it can feel intimidating especially if dollar signs are adding up. The good news is you have many supplies on hand. Outdoor games, minute to win it games and even card games contain many of hte items you have at home.
There are ways to save on family game night board games. Some of the most popular board games can be found by borrowing from friends, using a board game rental exchange, buying used or even using Facebook buy nothing group to get free board games.
Best Family Game Night Board Games
Take a look at this list of some of the best game for family game night to be on the hunt for!
So, there you have it! A huge list of family game night ideas. Now, all you need to do is gather the troops and get ready for a night of fun!
Best Games for Family Night Printable
Now that we’ve gone over some of the best family game night ideas, it’s time to choose a game! In our huge game night bundle we have everything you need to plan out a great night. Unsure how to play some of these games, that is okay! In addition to the Family Game Night Bucket List, we include a lot (like a lot) of family game night instructions for classic games, traditional games, new games, card games, minute to win it games and more.
Put the party and play back in your family game night with a plan.
The 17 page Family Game Night PDF includes:
- 45 Family Bucket List Games – A bucket list of family game night ideas. Choose from 45 family game suggestions that your family will love.
- Game Night Family Bucket List Template – In this blank bucket list of ideas, gather your thoughts and write out your own game night choices from games you already own.
- 18 Minute to Win It Games – This set includes traditional and classic Minute to Win it Games. Print to make it easy to follow along and play those 60 second ice breaker games.
- Minute to Win it Score Cards – Print as many as you need, these are essential for keeping track of the players and their points.
- Game Instructions – Print and cut out the game instruction cards for your game night basket or keep all the instrucitons for the games together and laminate for easy access.
- Supply list – You never have to worry about forgetting something with this handy checklist.
- Scavenger Hunt Template – Use this template to come up with your own scavenger hunt list or download one of our many at home scavenger hunts for each season.
- Game Card Templates – Use these templates to come up with your own words for Charades, Scattergories & more.
No one will ever declare “I’m bored… or should we say “I’m board”… by repeating the same old board game. Twist up family game night and do something fun, unique and new.
Family Game Night Basket Ideas
You’ve chosen which games you’re going to play and now it’s time to gather the supplies! Make a family game night basket to collect all the games, supplies, some snacks and even decorations so everything is easy to find when it’s time to get started. This basket can also be used as a gift for a friend. Perhaps a welcome Package for a new home.
You can either buy a game night basket or make your own with resources you already have on hand.
To put together a basket full of fun, you’ll need:
- A basket, plastic bucket, or fabric bin works great
- Games- choose your favorite games from our list or gather your own family favorites
- A piece of paper and pencils or pens for keeping score or any drawing games
- Dice, tokens or other game pieces
- A deck of cards
- A box of prizes and treasures for winners and contestants
- Snacks and drinks – bite-sized treats and themed cups and napkins add a special touch to the fun
- Game night decorations – hang a banner, put up some streamers and choose a fun game night theme like “Around the World” or “Movie Night” to really get everyone in the mood!
Now that you have everything you need, it’s time to get ready for family game night! Gather the family, set up the snacks and drinks, and get ready to have some fun!
With all these family game night ideas, you’re sure to have a night that you’ll never forget! Get excited for some laughs, memories and good old fashioned family time!
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Does having a checklist keep you organized? If you are looking to create some new family memories, take a look at this huge checklist of Family Bucket List Ideas. Download and print family bucket lists for every season. Pin to Pinterest.
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Share Your Ideas
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