If you’ve ever gone on a long road trip with the family, or have been stuck inside when the weather isn’t cooperating, you know you need something to do. Bringing along games is a great way to add fun to any vacation. Of course, old staples like a deck of cards give you a lot of different options, but we’re going to focus on some fun newer games you can play with the whole fam. Read on to find some of our favorites!
1. Spot It is a fun family game that will test everyone’s observational skills. You can play with 2-8 players, and it’s great for all ages. There are a lot of different varieties as well, including Spot It Language (Spanish, French, etc.), Spot It Sports and Spot It On the Road.
2. Quelf will give everyone a hilarious and creative take on their own personality. There are 5 different categories, with everything from trivia to charades. You’ll have to perform ridiculous stunts and answer impossible questions. Everyone in the family will get a lot of laughs. This is generally a game best played with kids aged 10 and up.
3. Apples to Apples kind of started the revolution in board/card games. There have been many imitators since its inception in 1999. Basically, it’s a game of comparisons, where you select a card that you think best compares with the judge’s card. Apples to Apples will definitely spark some conversations and laughter. The adult version is best for kids 12 and up, but there is a junior version available as well.
4. There’s nothing more fun for kids than to beat their parents at something. This is a trivia game that pits kids and adults against each other as they try to answer questions pertaining to each one another’s age group. Beat the Parents is made for kids aged 6 and up.
5. If you have younger kids, Busytown is a great game. They will have fun trying to find specific objects (flags, ladders, etc.) on their journey through Busytown. The game board is over 6 feet long, so keep that in mind if you’re vacationing outdoors, but this is a fantastic way to keep your preschooler(s) occupied!
6. Sequence is great in that it’s easy enough for kids and challenging enough to keep adults on their toes! With over 1,400 five-star reviews on Amazon, you know it’s a good bet. You can play individually or on teams, and it’s easy to learn. The game is recommended for kids 7 and up, but younger children can easily play when paired with an adult.
7. Codenames is a fast-paced word game that is played in teams. Each team tries to guess the identity of “secret agents” with help from the “spymaster.” Codenames moves quickly, with each game only taking around 15 minutes, so there are plenty of opportunities to switch teams or call for rematches. It’s recommended for kids 14 and up, but younger players can do just fine.
Of course, we’ve skipped the classics here. You can’t go wrong with Monopoly, Pictionary, or Scrabble, but these are some newer games that everyone in the family can play competitively. Please let us know if you have any favorites in the comments, and as always, happy exploring!