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Top 15 Games for an Epic Family Game Night for Ages 7+

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We LOVE family game night in our house!  From classic board games to interactive or card games, we love them all.  With so many game choices out there, it can be hard to figure out the perfect game for a great family game night.  So, we have compiled a list of our 15 favorite games for a family game night full of laughter and fun.

 

Our 15 Favorite Games for Family Game Night:

 

HedBanz Game

 

best games for family game night hedbanz game

The Hedbanz Game is a fun interactive guessing game that’s entertaining for both kids and adults!

Each player gets three chips and a card that has an animal, food or common object on it, but you can’t look at your card! Instead, you wear your card on your headband for other players to see, and on every turn, you get 60 seconds to ask yes-or-no questions about your card, trying to guess what it is. If you guess correctly in 60 seconds, you discard one of your chips. If you don’t guess it, you pick up a chip. The first person to get rid of all their chips is the winner!HedBanz also comes in different themes such as: Pokemon, Marvel or Shopkins.  So you can make this game even better by acting out your child’s favorite characters!

 

Harry Potter Clue

 

best game for family game night harry potter clueHarry Potter Clue is your classic murder mystery, without the murder.  Instead you’ll get to solve a mystery for students who disappear from Hogwarts!

What I love about this game, is it adds a twist on the traditional clue.  With secret passageways, and spells, there are more ways to strategize, leaving the winner of this game up to anyone until the last minute!  Although you can still play this game with the traditional clue rules, we love playing with the added elements that Harry Potter Clue provides.

 

 Googly Eyes

 

best game for family game night googly eyesGoogly Eyes provides a twist on the classic pictionary which makes for an exciting family game night.  Wearing these glasses will give you crazy vision.  With either easy, medium or hard inserts for your glasses and sometimes you’ll have to use your opposite hand, you’ll have to draw the picture for the card you draw and hope your team mates guess!

This game comes with a pad of paper for drawing the pictures on, but we prefer to use a dry erase board for an extra dramatic effect.  This game isn’t just for family fun night though.  It’s one of those games that we play as adults as well on a girls weekend away!  Trust me when I say that using the dry erase board will add so much more fun and laughter to this game!

 

Phase 10

 

best games for family game night phase 10Phase 10 is a really fun card game to play with 2-6 players.  It is a blend of rummy but with classic twists.

Each player has 10 phases to complete (sets, runs, etc).   Each player must complete each phase before advancing to the next.  The object is to be the first player to complete all 10 phases.  But with Wild and Skip cards thrown in the mix, it’s a lot more exciting and challenging that you’d think!

 

 



Bop It! Game

 

best games for family game night bop it gameBop It! is a game that will bring a lot of fun and excitement to your next family game night.  This is another one of those games that aren’t just for kids.  You’ll want to bring this one out during your next get together as well.

With 10 different moves, Bop It has you signing, whipping it and much more!  It offers both a solo mode and multi-player mode so you can practice while no one is watching!  Pass the Bop-It around and see how long you can last!

 

 Bean Boozled

 

best games for family game night bean boozled challengeBean Boozled is not the type of board game you are used to playing and is not for the faint of heart.  If you think you have what it takes to compete in this exciting challenge, then get ready for a night of laughter and gag faces!!

Bean Boozled provides a variety of jelly beans.  Each color of jelly beans has 2 flavors.  One will be a yummy flavored jelly bean and the other something completely rotten.  For example, the white jelly beans can be either spoiled milk or coconut flavor.  The only way to know which is which, is to try it!  You and your opponents will spin the wheel to determine which color you’ll try.  Who will get the delicious jelly bean and who will get stinky feet?  There’s only one way to find out!

 

Break Free

 

best games for family game night break freeEver wanted to test your lock picking skills?  Think you have what it takes to be the fastest at breaking free while being chained to your friends?  This new game, Break Free, will put your skills to the test in a fun and exciting (and safe) way.

This game offers several different modes of play, but let’s face it, sometimes it’s fun to just chain people to items and see how fast they can escape!  With 12 different mazes and 3 different levels of difficulty, you’ll stay entertained as you continue to crack the different codes!

 

 Pictopia – Family Trivia Game: Disney Edition

 

best game for family game night pictopiaWith Pictopia: Disney Edition, you’ll discover exciting trivia that celebrates the world of Disney, from animated classics and blockbuster movies to television hits and dazzling theme park destinations! Test how much you know about touchstone characters like Mickey Mouse, Cinderella, Jack Sparrow, Buzz Lightyear, and Elsa from Frozen! It’s a game of teamwork—with a competitive twist! Along the way, are guess-my-answer questions that reveal how much you know about the other players!

This game is also available in the Harry Potter and Star Wars edition so you can enjoy this classic trivia game with your favorite characters!

 



Exploding Kittens

 

best games for family game night exploding kittensExploding Kittens is a card game for people who are into kittens and explosions and sometimes goats.

In this highly-strategic, kitty-powered version of Russian Roulette, players draw cards until someone draws an Exploding Kitten, at which point they explode, they are dead, and they are out of the game — unless that player has a Defuse card, which can defuse the Kitten using things like laser pointers, belly rubs, and catnip sandwiches. All of the other cards in the deck are used to move, mitigate, or avoid the Exploding Kittens.

 

The Game of Life

 

best games for family game night the game of lifeThe Game of Life was a favorite of mine as a kid and is now a family favorite with my kids as well.

Just like life, this game is full of twists and turns. Players spin the wheel of fate to see where their choices take them. Do good deeds to earn Life Tiles and more money. You win if you retire with the most wealth at the end of the game. Made for 2-4 players, The Game of Life is perfect for game night with family and friends.

 

Watch Ya’ Mouth

 

best games for family game night watch ya mouthImagine your friends silly faces while they try to say “Warm Beef Meatballs” while wearing cheek retractors/mouth pieces.  That’s exactly the type of family game night fun you’ll have when playing Watch Ya’ Mouth.

In this laughter-inducing, competitive card-based game, teams of players, hampered by cheek retractors, attempt to read and interpret/speak out phrases and…. Hilarity ensues! Good for Ages 8+, with virtually unlimited players (when played using our “Alternate” rule set), Watch Ya’ Mouth is a must for any gathering, party, game night, or family night. The mouthpieces are FDA and CE certified.

 

Classic Jenga

 

best games for family game night jengaJenga was a classic when it was first released and continues to remain a classic now.

Jenga is a game experience that combines friends, skill, suspense, laughter, and maybe a little luck.  It’s the perfect game for everyone, with edge-of-your-seat, gravity-defying action. Do you dive right in and pull your block, or take your time and study the stack? Any way you choose, show your Jenga style!

 

 

 

 Pay Day Game

 

best games for family game night pay dayPay Day, is great for social interaction and a game that parents and children can play on a relatively even level. Simple and quick, a two lap game takes as little as 15 minutes.

Learn how to get from a Payday to the end of the month. The game board resembles a calendar month, and each space has events like a buying “deal” or receiving “mail” (includes bills, insurance offers etc.) The object of the game is to have the most money at the end of the game, which is over after as many months as the players decide on.  Have fun with your children while giving them a better understanding of what loans and interest rates are!

 



Guesstures

best games for family game night guessturesAct and guess as fast as you can in this hilarious, high-speed Guesstures game!  We love the excitement this game brings to our family fun nights!  It’s the perfect game for 4 people or even large groups!

All you have to do is pop four cards into the Action Timer, then set it and start acting fast! The words may look easy, but you only have a few seconds to use classic charades techniques to get your team to guess each one. Did your team guess right? Then you’ve got to grab the card out of the slot before it gets “munched” by the Action Timer! Easy cards are worth 1 point, Medium cards are worth 2, and Hard cards are worth 3. When the game’s over, will your team have enough points to win?

 

Apples to Apples Junior

best games for family game night apples to applesThis classic Apples to Apples game is now available in both a Junior version or a Disney version so you can enjoy this party favorite for your next family game night!

Apples to Apples is the game of hilarious comparisons! Based on the popular card and party game, Apples to Apples, this Junior version gives kids hilarious, fast-paced fun while also building their vocabulary and thinking skills. The 576 cards provide hours and hours of fun!

 

We hope you enjoy these games for your next family game night as much as we do!  You can find more game ideas and reviews here.

 

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74 Comments

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    tara pittman
    April 16, 2018 at 4:53 pm

    Lots of these games sound so fun. The Jelly Belly one would be my boys favorite.

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    Tal Muscat
    April 16, 2018 at 5:07 pm

    Love these! My twin boys are 4 years old. They already love Bop It and Jenga. I can’t wait until they have the patience and understanding to play some of these other great classics.

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      Kristi Ann
      April 17, 2018 at 2:34 am

      Games are so fun to play with kids! There are a ton of great games for 4 year olds also!

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    Ali Cross
    April 16, 2018 at 7:30 pm

    I’m always looking for fun games for our family game night! Thanks for the post!!

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    Brigette Collins
    April 16, 2018 at 8:32 pm

    Phase 10 and Life are family favorites in our house! I have been wanting to try a few of these on this list so I think It’s time I go get them lol !

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    Sarah Bailey
    April 16, 2018 at 8:35 pm

    What a great round up games, I am sure we have Harry Potter Cluedo somewhere I am going to have to try and get it out and have a play.

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    Daria
    April 16, 2018 at 11:06 pm

    What a fun and a creative way to spend time with your kids, to pull them away from TV and computer games.

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    Kat
    April 17, 2018 at 1:52 am

    We LOVE game nights. There are so many games here I want to try. First on the list is Bean Boozled. Thanks for these ideas!

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      Kristi Ann
      April 17, 2018 at 2:34 am

      You’re welcome!! Bean Boozled is so fun!!

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    Stephanie Pass
    April 17, 2018 at 4:07 am

    We play quite a few of these as a family. We love board games, but there are some here I haven’t seen. Need to check those out!

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    Erica
    April 17, 2018 at 3:30 pm

    I’ve played a lot of these games, and they are so fun and perfect for families! I’m excited to add the other ones to my list to try! Thanks for sharing, we are always looking for new games!

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    KRYSTLE COOK
    April 17, 2018 at 3:47 pm

    Our son recently introduced us to exploding kittens. I’m surprised we actually liked it despite the name that our cats probably aren’t fond of LOL

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      Kristi Ann
      April 17, 2018 at 8:45 pm

      I know, the name threw me off at first, but it’s really fun!

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    Bioncca
    April 17, 2018 at 5:52 pm

    Growing up bop it was my favorite!!

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    Reesa Lewandowski
    April 17, 2018 at 6:13 pm

    I am always looking for new games for my family. You have some of our favorites on here!

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    Evelyn, PathofPresence 🦋
    April 17, 2018 at 8:30 pm

    We love game at our home!! These will
    Make great additions to our Catan, monopoly and puzzles! It is a great way to make memories, engage with our children and have a wonderful evening. ☺️

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    Ada
    April 17, 2018 at 9:55 pm

    All of these games look so fun for kiddos! I did the Bean Boozled challege when I was younger and it was so much fun.

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    Athena
    April 18, 2018 at 12:12 am

    We love family game night. Some of these games we have – others we don’t. Though our children are older we still play very easy games since our 17 year old is autistic. We all need to be able to join in the fun.

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    ADRIANA
    April 18, 2018 at 3:35 am

    Oh my goodness, bean boozled is so much fun. I always got the gross flavors

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    Cat
    April 18, 2018 at 3:38 am

    Our family LOVES game night, and we’re always down to try new games all the time. We have not heard of a couple of these–will definitely look into getting them (probably around the holidays when we stock up!)

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    Ruth I
    April 18, 2018 at 6:04 am

    These are great games. I will look for Googly Eyes AND Break free if they have it in toy shops near my place. They look exciting and really fun to play.

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    Akamatra
    April 18, 2018 at 7:12 am

    We love board games with my husband. I can’t wait for our daughter to grow up a bit so that we will be able to play all together. I miss this so much!

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    itisreal.net
    April 18, 2018 at 3:53 pm

    Thanks for taking the time to put this very useful blog post together. I really like the idea of family games night. I’m excited for this to be a part of our lives once the kids are older

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    Marissa Zurfluh
    April 18, 2018 at 5:31 pm

    Yes to all of these! Now this is a list of games that I need to get!

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    Michelle Goth
    April 18, 2018 at 5:34 pm

    Ooh I have a lot of these! I have not played around with a Bop-It in a long time.

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    aurora
    April 18, 2018 at 6:54 pm

    I’ve never heard of 80% of the games you mentioned here. As an adult, I love games! Even the children’s games on here sound like they’d be fun for adults too

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      Kristi Ann
      April 18, 2018 at 7:17 pm

      They are all fun for adults! Especially Googly Eyes with a group of friends!

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    Shahla
    April 18, 2018 at 8:13 pm

    We have a movie and game night every Friday, this is so helpful to find new games! My kids would love the Harry Potter Clue!

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    Sela
    April 18, 2018 at 9:32 pm

    Games are so much fun to play with kids on family night. Most of the games I was not aware of , but they all look like big fun.

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    fashionmommywm
    April 18, 2018 at 10:39 pm

    I’ve not heard of most of these, but we do have boppit and that is great fun and very competitive too.

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    Thea Wood
    April 19, 2018 at 2:05 am

    Backgammon is a fam fave!! So is Monopoly, and our 11 yo beats us regularly.

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      Kristi Ann
      April 19, 2018 at 1:52 pm

      We love Monopoly also. We have the Catopoly version though!

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    Janice
    April 19, 2018 at 5:29 am

    Our family loves playing classic Jenga. Recently, we even had an opportunity to play with a giant one during an event. It was so fun!

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      Kristi Ann
      April 19, 2018 at 1:51 pm

      That sounds so fun! Maybe I would be better at the giant one! I love the game, but never win!!

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    Susan
    April 19, 2018 at 3:46 pm

    Wait – these games sound like fun for a group of adults too!!! I didn’t know Harry Potter Clue existed!!!

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      Kristi Ann
      April 20, 2018 at 1:45 am

      We play a lot of these without the kids too for sure!

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    Terri Beavers
    April 19, 2018 at 3:58 pm

    We have a fun game night every time the grandkids come over. I was just thinking I need some new games soon. There’s a couple on here I’ll have to check out.

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    Rachel
    April 19, 2018 at 4:09 pm

    Brilliant post! So many old favourites in there and clearly more I need to discover.

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    Jocelyn
    April 19, 2018 at 5:07 pm

    Great list! We love Hedbanz at our house. Googly Eyes is super fun, too!

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    Maggie | TotallyTeenTravel.com
    April 19, 2018 at 6:19 pm

    Great games! Family game nights rule!!

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    Garf
    April 19, 2018 at 6:39 pm

    Sounds fun! Great family time. My hubby and I usually just watch ball games on TV.

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    Laura
    April 19, 2018 at 8:06 pm

    So many games I hadn’t heard of before– thanks for sharing! I love the Game of Life!

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    Brittany
    April 19, 2018 at 8:28 pm

    Family game night is a favorite around here! My kids are still little so I am pinning this for future reference! Thanks for the ideas!

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      Kristi Ann
      April 20, 2018 at 1:44 am

      We will be doing a post of all of Abby’s favorite games she is outgrowing from when she was 5 and under. She has always loved games so we have like all of them! She is super excited to help me with the post when she figured out how to narrow down her favorites!

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    Raina
    April 19, 2018 at 8:58 pm

    We love game nights in our house! We’ve looked at Exploding Kittens a few times but were not sure. We may have to reconsider. We have the Doctor Who version of Clue but may have to get the Harry Potter one as well. Now if I could convince them to let me get Scrabble!

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    Elaine
    April 19, 2018 at 10:40 pm

    We love family game night! We haven’t placed some of these games… Looks like we’ll be going shopping to try some of these games.

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    Candi Randolph
    April 20, 2018 at 12:09 am

    I’ll keep this list handy for my grand kids when they visit. They’re a bit young now, but in a couple of years it will be great! Thanks!

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    Rae
    April 20, 2018 at 12:11 am

    Those are all great games, we love apples to apples

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      Kristi Ann
      April 20, 2018 at 1:42 am

      We do also! I want to check out the Disney version though!

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    Sandy
    April 20, 2018 at 1:07 am

    We love games in our house too! I can’t wait to add some of these to our closet of games.

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    Caitlyn
    April 20, 2018 at 1:30 am

    I love a lot of these games. You couldn’t for the life of me ever get me to play bean boozled or whatcha mouth. However I love watching other people play them lol.

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    Kate Andrews
    April 20, 2018 at 1:52 am

    I loved playing games a child and you have some of my favorites in here. It was like walking down memory lane!

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    Jennifer L
    April 20, 2018 at 6:19 am

    Oh wow all these games look like a blast. I’m all for some Harry Potter Clue and Jenga. In fact, I still take Jenga with me to some potluck with friends since it’s such a great way to break the ice and have fun.

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    KATE BATTEN
    April 20, 2018 at 8:57 am

    great ideas!!!!! I love this blog!! You are never short of ideas, and this grandma welcomes them!
    Thank you!!!!

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      Kristi Ann
      April 20, 2018 at 2:29 pm

      Awww, thank you! So glad I can help inspire ideas for you to do with your grandkids.

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    Melina
    April 20, 2018 at 2:02 pm

    Googly eyes sounds so cute! Great for any game night or ice breaker!

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    gail
    April 20, 2018 at 2:44 pm

    I like how you mixed some classics with some new games!

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    Kim B Smith
    April 20, 2018 at 2:53 pm

    Love all of this, I need to teach my dogs to do this with me! 🙂

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    Cyndi Moskal
    April 20, 2018 at 4:37 pm

    So many of these are on our families list of favorites, too! Although only one of us likes Life so he only gets to play in on New Year’s Eve when we all get to pick any game we want for the whole family to play.

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      Kristi Ann
      April 20, 2018 at 4:52 pm

      That’s such a fun New Year’s tradition!

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    jen
    April 20, 2018 at 4:40 pm

    Great list! We just discovered Rollers- a family dice game. Love game night!

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      Kristi Ann
      April 20, 2018 at 4:48 pm

      I haven’t heard of this. I will definitely check it out though!

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    Heidi
    April 20, 2018 at 5:13 pm

    Game night is always fun! 🙂

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    Jennifer
    April 20, 2018 at 5:23 pm

    These games look like so much fun! We have not purchased a game in a while, but love games! We will have to get a few of these for our next game night!

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    Carmen
    April 21, 2018 at 12:32 am

    Family game nights are the best! These game reviews are great!

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    Terri
    April 21, 2018 at 12:51 am

    Exploding Kittens! what a funny name for a game. Your description of it made me laugh, too. This looks like one that we must have! lol

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    Lisa
    April 21, 2018 at 2:20 am

    The Harry Potter Clue sounds like a great gift for my sister! Thanks for sharing.

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    Jessica
    April 21, 2018 at 3:14 am

    Googly Eyes looks like so much fun. I’ve tried Watch Ya’ Mouth and could not stop laughing. It was pretty awesome.

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    Dominique
    April 21, 2018 at 3:21 am

    Great post! Board games may seem simple but they are great at providing rare bonding experiences for friends and family to share.

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    Tiffany Bailey
    April 22, 2018 at 10:35 am

    They all look such fun! I don’t have children so playing games is something that only tends to happen at Christmas in our house but I do always enjoy it.

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    Alexis
    April 23, 2018 at 12:56 am

    I would like the games Jenga, Gestures, and Apples to Apples. Those were either challenging or just plane fun.

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    Mommy Rockin' In Style
    April 24, 2018 at 12:09 pm

    No more reason to get bored! What a cool collection!

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    Paul Albert
    April 24, 2018 at 5:23 pm

    Wow, so many of those I’ve never heard of. We do all love a bit of Headbanz in our house. Jenga and Game of life are cool too. I’ll have to try some of the others sharpish.

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    Natasha
    April 26, 2018 at 5:44 pm

    These are great! We love our family time which sometimes includes games. We Love the Monopoly game on the PS4 game system but do have some of these like Phase 10 and Jenga. And my younger son just started liking Scrabble.

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