How to have a Successful Family Game Night

Are you one of the many families who have a regular weekly Family Game Night? We have a great assortment of games and enjoy playing them regularly. I grew up playing games with my family on most Friday nights; but there are many kids and parents who don’t understand how much fun it can be to sit around the table and play card games or traditional board games. If you are wondering how you can have a successful family game night, then these tips are for you.

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How to have a Successful Family Game Night

Make it Easy

If your card games are stored in a box in the basement, you’re not going to be able to enjoy a quick game with the family. Think about where the games are stored. Can you access them easily? This is one of those situations where “out of sight = out of mind“. We often keep a basket of games on the kitchen table so it’s an easy thing to grab the Rook cards when the grandparents come over or play a quick game of Scattegories after supper.

One fun option for creating game fun on the spur of the moment is to leave puzzles sitting around the house that family members just can’t resist. We leave the classic 4 cube puzzler “Instant Insanity” out on the table. It’s almost impossible to leave the table after supper when the 4 cubes are sitting there begging to have the puzzle solved.

Have lots of options

There are some classic games that are as much fun to play today as they were 20 years ago. But if you never branch out and try a new game, you are missing the opportunity to have some really fun times as a family.

Don’t play too long!

Games like Monopoly and Risk are perfect for ongoing fun. Set them up on a card table in the family room and play a few minutes over the course of several days. But many Family Game Nights are only as perfect as the time frame you play. Choose games that can be set up, started and finished before everyone is mentally done. We personally love games that don’t last more than 15 minutes. Family members have work commitments, homework, after school activities, sports practice. Sneak in games when you have just a few minutes so you can make some family memories quickly.

We love games like Scattegories Cards, Stop It, SkipBo or Jenga Throw N Go. These games take literally 3 minutes to set up and can be played in less than 15 minutes.

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