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10 Favorite Family Games To Get You Through Hurricane Sandy

With most of the Northeast trapped indoors today, I thought I’d help us all out by reminding us of the wealth of entertainment that lies just behind that one closet door we never open… You know, the game closet.

After the jump, ten of our family’s favorite games perfect for surviving a day (or two) of cabin fever.

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  • Connect Four 1 of 10
    Connect Four
    Like a vertical game of Checkers, there isn't much in this world as satisfying as sending those little discs straight down and hearing them crack at the bottom. I was always a lousy Connect Four-er. You too?
    Don't have it? Buy this classic game right HERE.
  • Battleship 2 of 10
    Battleship
    Oh, Battleship. Such an easy game to cheat at isn't it? This game is great for kids who routinely get along and don't try to beat each other up too much. So, apply Battleship sparingly, is what I'm saying. ;)
    Don't have it? Buy this classic game right HERE.
  • Settlers of Catan 3 of 10
    Settlers of Catan
    Full confession: I hate Settlers of Catan, but my husband loves it. Hours and hours of fun, he claims. Especially if you buy the expansion pack.
    Don't have it? Buy this classic game right HERE.
  • Checkers 4 of 10
    Checkers
    Now we're talking! A little bit skill, a little bit luck, and a great game to teach to youngsters, any game closet without a Checkers board is a sad game closet indeed. (My favorite is when you lose a few black pieces and end up playing with oreos.)
    Don't have it? Buy this classic game right HERE.
  • Candy Land 5 of 10
    Candy Land
    I was fully obsessed with this game as a kid and can't wait for Huck to be old enough that we can play it together.
    Don't have it? Buy this classic game right HERE.
  • Operation 6 of 10
    Operation
    I love Operation! Easily the game with the most extreme sliding scale of obnoxiousness around.
    Don't have it? Buy this classic game right HERE.
  • Scrabble 7 of 10
    Scrabble
    My husband has been known to have a single play take more than ten minutes. For those of us who take our vocabulary very, very seriously.
    Don't have it? Buy this classic game right HERE.
  • Bananagrams 8 of 10
    Bananagrams
    I LOVE Bananagrams. Easily my favorite game of the bunch. Bananagrams, in case you haven't played, is basically a really fast version of Scrabble where you don't have to wait on anybody else and the chance of competitive arguments breaking out is slim to none. Plus look at that Banana! It's adorable!
    Don't have it? Buy this classic game right HERE.
  • Uno 9 of 10
    Uno
    I once played Uno on a train through France and since then my love for this game has skyrocketed. Perfectly portable, Uno brings out the punishing side of all of us, doesn't it?
    Don't have it? Buy this classic game right HERE.
  • Monopoly 10 of 10
    Monopoly
    A great, classic game, perfect for teaching the value of a dollar, the structure of our great real estate system, and how to win at arguments against family members (no other game inspires as many fights in our family, and why is that?).
    Don't have it? Buy this classic game right HERE.

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