10 Family Game Night Ideas That Don’t Come From a Box

10 Family Game Night Ideas That Don't Come From a Box


Family Game Night should be a weekly staple in every household. Dedicating one night a week to playing together as a family is a great way to stay connected and have some fun. We have always enjoyed this tradition, but lately game night has grown a little stale. We play the same board and card games over and over again and while we still have fun and enjoy being together, it is time to take Family Game Night out of the box. Here are 10 ways to have fun on Family Game Night without a store bought game board or deck of cards.

1. Build an obstacle course. Take the fun outside by creating an obstacle course in your backyard and take turns timing each other as you race through it. The course doesn’t have to be anything fancy, it can be made using things you have around the house such as a jump rope, hula hoop, and cardboard boxes. Get creative and plan out the course together as a family. Not only is this great fun for everyone, it is also a good way to enjoy some fresh air and exercise as a family.

2. Host your own family game show. Make up your own game show and nominate one family member to be the show’s host while the other family members are the contestants. You can model the game after one of your family’s favorite game shows or make up your own. You can use the cards from trivia or word games that you own for game play. Use your imagination here, the sky’s the limit. You can even come up with a “prize” for the winner.

3. Make your own board game. Instead of playing a store bought game, sit down as a family and make up your own board game. You can come up with a back story, write out the game rules, draw up a game board, and even make some game pieces. A game that you create together as a family is sure to be much more fun to play than one that you buy from a store.

4. Set up rotating game stations. Set up a few different stations to be manned by parents and older siblings and let the younger kids rotate through them. The games should be ones that can be played quickly, as you want to rotate every ten minutes or so to keep it interesting, so use games such as Tic-Tac-Toe, Hangman, or Guess Who.

5. Have a family football, baseball, or basketball game. Split into two teams and go outside for some family fun the old fashioned way. Break out the balls, bats, or gloves and show your kids that mom and dad know a thing or two about sports. This is also a great way to teach kids about good sportsmanship and what it means to be part of a team. Plus it’s good exercise and just plain fun.

6. Play a round of Name That Tune. My kids love playing this game, we usually play a Disney version where I play a Disney song on the piano and they try to be the first to guess which Disney movie the song is from. If you don’t play an instrument, no worries, download some kid friendly tunes on your iPod or phone and see who can guess the title first. Kids love this game and it can be great fun.

7. Play hide and go seek. This can be done inside or outside. Children love it when their parents play hide and go seek with them and even the most reluctant parents usually find themselves having fun after a while. This is another great way to get everyone up and moving while having a good time together.

8. Play charades. You really can’t go wrong with this old school go-to party game. Just be sure to keep the scenarios things that will be easy for younger kids to act out and guess.

9. Have karaoke night. This is a good one to invite extended family members over to join in on. If you have a karaoke machine, make a play list and write the songs on slips of paper for people to draw out of a hat or bucket. They then have to perform the song that they pulled. You really can’t go wrong with karaoke and there is sure to be more than a few laughs.

10. Have a scavenger hunt. Gather items from around the house and place them strategically throughout your house and yard, then give your kids a list of the items and let them try to find them all. The person that finds the most items wins. You can then let the kids create their own scavenger hunt for the parents to do.

There are so many creative ways to have fun together each week, so take some time to carve some family fun time out of your schedule. You will all reap the benefits of it!

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