Tips to Make Family Game Night Great

I’m a firm believer of family time and one of our most favorite things to do is play games together.  Games are fun but they also encourage communication, a great way to learn sportsmanship, and make for healthy competition.

Tips for a successful family game night include:

  • 1) Make it a priority!  Mark the date on the calendar and make sure everyone understands that it’s a family date and not to make other plans.
  • 2) Add some variety to your game night.  As long as everyone gets to participate and spend that time with each other, it really doesn’t matter what game it is.
  • 3) Turn off ALL cell phones and TVs.
  • 4) Have snacks and beverages already made and easily accessible.
  • 5) Know the rules. Make sure everyone understands the rules beforehand to prevent arguments later.  It always

Our favorite games are Scattergories, Monopoly, Hungry Hungry Hippos, Trivial Pursuit, and Dominoes.   Not only does Walmart have low prices on their games right now, they have also provided some fun ideas on how you can turn your family game night into a theme!

  • Rock n’Roll Night—Turn your living room into a 50’s diner for Rock n’ Roll Night. The family could play include Twister, watch one of the two High School Musical movies, pull out those old tunes and serve diner themed foods like milk shakes and classic hot dogs.
  • Double Trouble Night—Turn family night into trouble fun by playing the infamous Trouble game and bending the rules such as eating with your fingers. Then relax around the TV to watch your favorite Pirates of the Caribbean movie and see how everyone’s favorite pirates get in and out of trouble
  • Special Mission Night—This night is about solving puzzle and using your smarts to uncover a mystery. Create or solve puzzles, play Pictureka and consider adding in a movie like National Treasure. Secret receipts of creative snacks might also be revealed!
  • Day of the Week Family Night Kit—For a Sweet Tooth Sunday. Walmart would provide the board game Candyland as well as the sugary sweet movie Pollyanna along soda and makings for a homemade ice cream sundaes.

What are YOUR favorite games to play?  What fun themes can you come up with?

What did we play this weekend? MONOPOLY of course! I think that Hasbro makes some of the best games out there.

Monopoly Board Game


Monopoly Game

Monopoly Champion

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    Pamela S says

    I think a High School Musical theme would be fun! Thanks.

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    Jason Nickolay says

    We love Apples To Apples


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    Becky says

    We love to play connect 4

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    Lori A. says

    We have several favorite games! We like Settlers of Cattan, Spy Alley and Apples to Apples!

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    barbara wright says

    My son and I love to play Scrabble… until he learned all the obscure 2 letter words in the Scrabble dictionary, that is. Now he can beat me all the time so we don’t enjoy it as much anymore.

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    Rosanne says

    Our favorite game is Scrabble. We get kind of crazy with absurd words

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    amy delong says

    We like grinchopoly&candy land


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    Linda Chaput says

    Our families favourite game is still Monopoly.

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    susan smoaks says

    we love to play uno

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    Jennifer M says

    We love Scattegories!

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    My family loves to play clue and chutes and ladders.
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    Lindsay says

    We love to play cranium. It’s a fun game for the whole family to play!

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    Lindsay says

    My idea for a theme for us to play wit would be an 80’s night! Teased hair, neon clothes, some great cheesy 80s music. It would be good tiems!

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    Gianna says

    Battleship and a fun theme would be Futurama.

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    Sarah Lehan says

    Favorite game is Cribbage. Thanks for the contest.

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    Carolyn G says

    We love Monopoly! A fun theme would be a 40’s type party that celebrates Monopoly
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    Veronica Garrett says

    My favorite games are Scrabble, Monopoly and Twist. Themes? Pirates of The Caribbean and You Might Be A Redneck.

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    Sonya says

    We like Lost Cities board game!

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    Jeff says

    Our favorite game right now is Battleship

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    Jennifer Klenke says

    We play a lot of Carribou with the kids, they love it!

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    Sonya Sparks says

    We also like headache

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    Sand says

    Monopoly & Clue are my favorite games.

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    Barbara Long says

    My favorite games to play is Uno, Scrabble and Monopoly.

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    Donna K says

    Monopoly is our fave.

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    Michael says

    Among the games we regularly enjoy are Monopoly, Back Gammon and Trivial Pursuit, but most recently we have been addicted to a game that’s called ‘suicide solitaire.’ For a card game, it’s an adrenaline rush! :)

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    Charlene Kuser says

    Our family loves playing Monopoly and Scrabble.

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    Chrysa Duran says

    We like to play Trivial Pursuit!

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    Kacy says

    I love playing Super Scrabble with the fam!

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    michelle m says

    Our favorite games are trivia pursuit and monopoly and have a disco night with the kids

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    Janet says

    Our favorite game is Scrabble.

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    Lily Kwan says

    My favorite game to play is Scrabble.

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    tracy l davis says

    We love Apples To Apples

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    Ashley says

    our favorite game right now is sorry! i think a “fashion night” would be good for the girls and play a game like mall madness and watch a movie like confessions of a shopaholic

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    Susan Kramer says

    Our favorite game is Scene It Jr. and any Cranium games. I think the next time we play Scene It, we’ll do a movie theater theme with concessions and tickets.

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    melinda says

    we love to play the game of LIFE and when we are visiting my parents we play scrabble and hungry hippos (I have a 3 year old).

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    Laura K says

    We love card games in our house (since our only child so far is still an infant and too young to play games) so we play kanasta, phase 10, and uno on a regular basis! thanks for the chance to enter!

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    Agata says

    We love to play Trivial Pursuit!

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    crystal says

    We play the Dora funhouse, cards, balloon lagoon and love to do puzzles!

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    courtney says

    we like are you smarter then a 5th grader
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    Loretta says

    We’ve been having UNO nights lately. I think I need to invest in some more card games. I wish we had some more space. We’re so cramped in this darn tiny house we can’t even have a table big enough for us to sit around. Hopefully next summer we’ll be able to move to someplace bigger.
    .-= Loretta´s last blog ..Yes, My Boys Have Chores Too =-.

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    Beverly says

    My daughter loves Dont Break the Ice.

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    We have family night every Monday night and have for decades, literally. It’s a huge blessing. We also love, love, love games. Come on, we’re homeschoolers. I think that’s required.

    We don’t ever really have a theme, but I might try that.

    Right now my #1 favorite is Qwirkle. We play that at least once per week!
    .-= Alison Moore Smith´s last blog ..Best Toys: 60 Educational Family Games =-.