Board Games Every Family Needs


In our home board games are a major part of our family time. My husband has been gaming for years and has made it a priority to seek out games that we can all enjoy. Finding games that keep everyone’s attention for more than ten minutes can be difficult. During our trial and error phase, some games we attempted to play with our 4 year old had us wanting to rip our hair out. With that being said, the following list contains games we have played and enjoyed without feeling as if we want to murder one another. I also want to add that most of these games have two levels of difficulty and cover all age ranges. We play the difficult variants when our daughter goes to sleep… shhhh don’t tell!

Ravensburger Labyrinth This game is fun for all ages and has two variations of game play. It challenges your child and teaches cause and effect, planning, association, recognition, and taking turns.

The Magic Labyrinth Board Game This game has a fun set up! It is great for challenging your child’s memory.


Ghost Fightin’ Treasure Hunters This game is a cooperative game. It is quite challenging when playing the more difficult variation. It had my husband and I biting our nails one night. This is a must have for every family. The easier variation is great for kids age 4 and up. It teaches your child to work with others as a team.

Ticket to Ride First Journey This is game is super simple, yet challenging. It teaches children strategy. Ticket to Ride is one of the most popular family games around. This version is targeting the younger children age 4-10. If you love ticket to ride, but want to include your younger children, this is a must have.

Forbidden Island Another fun and intense cooperative game. It teaches strategic thinking, problem solving and cooperation. Our daughter technically is not old enough for this game, but since it is a cooperative game she enjoys “helping” and watching us play. I would say this is great for ages 8 and up.


Machi Koro This is a city building dice rolling game, much better than monopoly and super fun with 4 people.

Elf on the Shelf Naughty or Nice Board Game When I picked this game up on sale I thought it was going to be lame. Much to my surprise, it is super fun! It is short, sweet and easy. My daughter was playing it at age 3 with no problem. It helps children with counting and is fun and interactive. Many times we end up in a tie, which gives everyone a sense of accomplishment. Even if you don’t partake in the Elf on the Shelf craze, this is still a great game for your family.


Madeline At the White House Our daughter and her friends love this game. There is no reading involved and is a stand up and play game. You can all play together or against one another. We have a great time with this one. It is also super affordable!

Rhino Hero & Rhino Hero: Super Battle 3D card stacking game that helps with fine motor skills. The first time we played this we were hooked immediately. We could play this game for hours. We have even played it with just adults and that was fun too! This game is perfect for all ages.


Carcassonne Tile laying, land & building grabbing strategy game. This is by far my favorite game of all time. It can be extremely complex or simple. There are many expansions. When we play with our 6-year-old we leave out most of the expansions. This game says 7+ but my daughter was playing at age 5. There is no reading involved.

No Thank You Evil A tabletop game of make-believe, adventure, and storytelling for creative kids and their families! This game hits any parent that has ever played a role-playing game like Dungeons and Dragons right in the FEELS! 

Dragonwood Defeat Dragons with this die rolling game. Change your strategy as the landscape changes too.

King of Tokyo King of Tokyo is a game for 2 to 6 players where you play as mutant monsters, rampaging robots, or even abominable aliens battling in a fun, chaotic atmosphere. Roll the dice and choose your strategy: Will you attack your enemies? Heal your wounds? Improve your Monster? Stomp your path to victory!

King Domino Family strategy game for ages 8 and up. Build the best Kingdom! Domino game with a twist


Santorini Santorini is a strategy-based board game that’s exhilarating and intellectually challenging! Play together and make family game night even more fun. Play against an opponent or team up and play two against two. Race to build your way to the top of a stack of blocks! Use builder pieces and move one space in any direction.

Hive These are domino like tiles. This is a great strategy game. It is a tile laying strategy game much like chess.


I hope that you and your family buy at least one of these games and enjoy them as much as our family does. If you would like to demo any games there is an awesome new game store in town called CoolStuffGames Tampa  . They have a wall of games you can play right in store. My husband takes my daughter just about every Sunday for a few hours. They sell snacks and drinks. The staff is super friendly and knowledgable. Best part is their prices are competitive and comparable to Amazon.

If you have any questions about any of these games, feel free to private message me. I would be happy to help.

Happy Gaming!!!!

Suzette Foister

SHAM, Wife, Homeschooler, Artist/Owner of Bring Your Own Canvas



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