Top 10 Games for Family Game Night

Top 10 Games for your next Family Game Night

Get ready for lots of family fun with these great family games. Family of all ages; grandmas, grandpas, aunts, uncles and cousins will gather around the table this holiday season. Keep reading for our top 10 games for your next family get together!

1. PAIRZI

PAIRZI is all about speed. Find the most matching pairs of Critter Cards to win! Here’s the twist, before you can look for Critter Cards you must roll a pair with your dice. So if you roll two 3’s for example, you get to find 3 pairs of Critter Cards. Then back to rolling your dice. Roll a pair of 5’s, you get to find 5 pairs of Critter Cards. Roll a pair, find your pairs. Roll a pair, find your pairs, etc. And there are lots of ways to play. Gotta Getta Pair!

2. Clack!

The Magnets Clack as They Stack

Yellow stars! Red lightning bolts! Blue footprints . . . where are they? Spread out the magnetic discs, roll the dice, and scramble to match the picture and the color. Make a match, grab a disc, and use its magnetic clack to build a stack. Keeping score is easy—just line up the stacks to see whose tower is tallest.

3. Zingo! Bingo

Zingo! brings fast-paced excitement and learning to the classic game of Bingo. Slide the Zinger to reveal picture tiles, make a match and fill your card to win. Images with printed words and two levels of play make this the perfect game to grow with. Zingo! – it’s Bingo with a Zing!

4. GridBlock

Can you block without being blocked?

Players take turns placing their game pieces onto the grid. The rules are simple – Pieces of the same color MUST touch, and pieces of the same shape must NOT touch.

Meanwhile, you also want to keep as many pegs adjacent to your game pieces open as possible.

Be clever. Be creative.

Whoever places the most pieces onto the grid wins the game. Or, whoever has the most open pegs surrounding their game pieces wins the game!

5. L.l.a.m.a. Card Game

Can you beat the llama? It’s not as easy as it looks in this game where you get three options on every turn: play a card, pick a card, or quit. The goal is to play all your cards so you don’t get stuck with markers, but if you can’t you’ll have a real di-llama—should I pick another card or quit? Maybe you’ll get to play that card later, but if not you just hurt your score. LLAMA is simple to learn, but it can get pretty wooly because it has a few layers of strategy . . . and many levels of fun.

6. Tenzi & 77 Ways to Play Tenzi

Tenzi is the world’s fastest dice game! Fast, fun, and engaging, Tenzi is perfect for table top beginners and aficionados alike. Every player gets 10 dice. The object of the game is to roll the dice as fast as possible, the player who gets all dice on the same number and yells “Tenzi!” is the winner. Simple yet engaging, Tenzi is a fantastic game for 2 to 4 players of almost all ages. Get the expansion pack with a deck of 77 cards, each with a new, fun way to play Tenzi.

7. Genius Square

The Genius Square is an award winning and well-made puzzle game that you will become addicted to!

Happy Puzzle Company Game of the Year 2018/19 nominee

Each puzzle can be solved from the 62,208 possible solutions

Play solo, or race an opponent to fill the grid

Using a specially devised computer program, it is confirmed that all of the combinations have at least one possible solution, some have multiple solutions!

STEM board game that promotes problem solving, spacial awareness, and motor manipulation skill training.

8. Dragonwood

Dare to enter Dragonwood! Deep in the heart of this mythical forest lurk angry ogres, giggling goblins, and even the famed and fearsome fire-breathers themselves! Collect sets of adventurer cards to earn dice, which you will use to roll against your foes. Stomp on some fire ants, shriek at a grumpy troll, or strike the menacing orange dragon with a magical silver sword. Choose your strategy carefully because the landscape of Dragonwood is ever-changing. Only the bravest will overcome the odds to emerge victorious!

It may be hard to imagine, but Dragonwood, with its vast array of richly illustrated cards, started out looking much different than where it ended. Inventor Darren Kisgen submitted a prototype without a single illustration – just simple words and numbers written in marker on blank white cards. Well apparently that’s all was needed, because within moments, the play testers were enraptured with the simple-to-learn but deeply engaging fantasy-themed game. Illustrator Chris Beatrice beautifully captured the wit and humor depicted in Darren’s words to create one of the most visually appealing games available.

9. Cat Crimes

Tangled yarn and a missing bird which of the six furry fiends was responsible for each Cat Crime? With a little problem solving you’ll be able to use paw prints, toy placement and other clues to figure out exactly where each Cat was sitting at the time of the crime.

Cat Crimes takes a classic style of logic puzzle and makes it fun. Solve clues for 40 increasingly difficult challenges and find the criminal cat.

10. 5 Second Rule Games

5 Second Rule

It should be easy to name 3 breeds of dogs – but can you do it under the pressure of 5 seconds twisting down, and with the other players staring at you, waiting for you to get flustered? Time’s not on your side, so just say what comes to mind and risk ridiculous answers slipping out as time twirls down on the unique twisted timer! It’s all in good fun with this fast-paced game where you have to “Just Spit It Out!”

5 Second Rule, Jr.

5 Second Rule Jr. is a fun game for the whole family. The goal is to name three flavors of ice cream or five brands of cereal, but with the pressure of five seconds twisting down and with other players staring at you. You have to be quick, so just say whatever comes to mind and risk silly answers slipping out. This board and card game is ideal for three or more players and is ideal for anyone age 6 years and older. 

5 Second Rule Spintensity

It’s an all-new, spinfully intense version of 5 Second Rule! Like in the original game, you gotta name 3 things, but you’ve got more time now…maybe! The new random timer is going, going, and you never know when it will stop! Hurry to name three things, then spin to see what you have to do next: name MORE things, draw another card, or pass to the next player! You can even combine this with the original game for even more fun! Batteries required. For 3 or more players. Recommended for ages 14+.

For the largest selection of games and accessories in the Triangle area, visit one of our convenient locations. Our experienced team can help you choose the perfect game for your next family game night!

  • Learning Express Cary (Corner of Kildaire & Tryon) 2020 Kildaire Farm Rd,
    Cary, NC 27518
  • Learning Express Raleigh (North Hills)4209 Lassiter Mill Rd #128,
    Raleigh, NC 27609
  • Learning Express North Raleigh (Falls of Neuse & Durant)9660 Falls of Neuse Rd #130,
    Raleigh, NC 27615
  • Learning Express Durham (15-501 & I-40)3604 Witherspoon Blvd #101,
    Durham, NC 27707

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