I love me some family game night. Sure, we play plenty of video games, too, but board games are really the thing for getting our whole family to the table together. Our family plays a lot of Hedbandz, Apples to Apples Jr., and Uno, but we’re always up for a new addition to our supply of games.
I saw tons of new family games at the 2013 American International Toy Fair in New York City. The ones that made the cut for this list were well-made, well-executed games that I think will be played again and again.
As for price, any one of these games is far cheaper than taking our family of six out to the movies for one night.
Another factor that garnered points from me is the ability to include kids of a variety of ages. The cards in American Trivia: Family Edition have both “junior” and “expert” questions to keep things fair and fun for everyone. Family Scavenger Hunt also has cards for adults and kids.
I also found some very cool puzzles designed for families to do together, with small, medium, and large pieces making up different sections of the puzzle. These are a great option not just for families with young kids, but also for families with anyone with dexterity difficulties or vision impairment.
Some of my picks are available now, and some won’t be out until later this year. Happy playing!