These board games will make it the most fun family-night ever! Well that goes without saying.
Board games have come a long way since Monopoly and Chutes & Ladders (not that we don’t love those games), but today it’s all about completing a task, pretending you’re basically on a game show trying to compete for a prize, and trying to gross out everyone in the family with poop props and general potty humor.
Times they are-a-changing, because now when your kids sit down with the rest of the family for quality game time, the games on the table have significantly changed. Oh, and did we mention that it’s almost impossible to get your kiddos away from their tech devices and smartphones…even for two seconds? Well, you knew that already. Anything we can do to try and gain some extra time with them, well, all the better. Even if we have to wear a hat that spins while we try to eat snacks from it while a clock counts down to zero. Or don’t even get us started on the floor board game where you’re, literally, trying to not step in poop. Eh, at least it’s just a prop (for a change).
The point is that these kind of games are actually on an uptick lately as people (specifically millennials) have wanted to go back to simpler times (and take some time away from their favorite toys) to the tune of over $9.6 billion in game sales! Check out some of the most fun (and gross), new, and family-minded board games for kids (and even some of us adults with maturity issues) so far in 2021.
Let’s start with the more traditional and work our way down…
The Catan Game – Buy It Here
While this is a newbie, it’s been on Amazon’s best-seller list for over 6 months already! You basically have to build a land (think almost like Sim City) but board-game-style. The game, overall, can last for about 60 minutes, is great for 3 or 4 players, and appropriate for ages 10+. If you have kiddos a bit younger than that you just may need to help them out a bit.
The Classic Monopoly Game with New Tokens – Buy It Here
Who doesn’t love Monopoly! It’s one of the most popular games of all time. The goal, as you know, is to build as many houses and hotels as you can, collecting the most money and, well, maintaining a true monopoly. Collect $200 each time you pass ‘go’ and be careful to not wind up in jail! We love the token update to this version which includes things like a rubber ducky, a t-rex, a penguin, and more!
Codenames – Buy It Here
This one is another best-seller! The two rival spymasters know the secret identities of 25 agents. Their teammates know the agents only by their Codenames. The teams compete to see who can make contact with all of their agents first. Spymasters give one-word clues that can point to multiple words on the board. Teammates try to guess words of the right color while avoiding those that belong to the opposing team!
The Game of LIFE – Buy It Here
Could their be a more traditional and fun game we all grew up on than LIFE? Spin the wheel and move your piece to find out who you’ll marry, how many kids you’ll have, if you’ll have any pets, and more!