Classic Board Games for Family Fun Night
that you and your kiddos will both enjoy!
One of my favorite pastimes while growing up was spending a Friday or Saturday night sitting around the table playing board games with my family. We had a linen closet full of games for us to enjoy. I'm sure my mom would have much rather had the closet available for, you know, linens, but for our entire childhood, that closet stayed full of games to play. Unlike today's fads, that will disappear as fast as a 40 minute old tweet, these classic games have lasted through the years. They have mostly gone through a facelift here and there, but the basics are still mostly the same. Here is a list of a few of my favorites that your kids will surely love to play also. I'd love to hear about your faves as well!
Pop-O-Matic - Trouble Game
A classic game of roll and move, with a twist. A race around the board against three opponents, made more intriguing by the Pop-O-Matic bubble. You don't get to roll the die yourself, instead you press the loud bubble in the middle and wait for the outcome. Great for younger brothers who like moving their big brothers back to the starting point. The game designer must have had travel convenience in mind as well. The game pawns fit snuggly into the game board and the Pop-O-Matic bubble makes it impossible to lose the die. "There's Trouble in My Bubble!" - Available on Amazon.com for $14.40
Clue - Classic Detective Game
by Parker Brothers
Clue is a great game for many reasons. One of which, is that it is one of the few board games that allows you to pick your path and destination. Pick your favorite character, Col. Mustard, Miss Scarlett, professor Plum or any of the others, and search the mansion for suspects and weapons in the attempt to solve the world's most famous whodunit. - Available on Amazon.com from $11.45
Guess Who? The Original Guessing Game
The kid favorite "20 Questions" style game with a twist. You and your oponnent take turns using the process of deduction to figure out the other person's mystery face. The game now comes with multiple game cards, and even allows you to go online to download more! Great for a quick set up with just two players required, but the fun never stops. "Does your person have green eyes?" - Available on Amazon.com from $16.98
This classic game allows for two players to have a different game each and every time they open the box. Set your ships in your own custom configurations, and guess locations to search for and destroy your opponent's ships. Battleship is one of the few games that legitimately combines strategy, skill and luck, which can be exhilarating and frustrating all in a 15 minute time span. Keep an eye out for the classic set up, the travel game, electronic version, themed versions, and the U-Build version. Battleship is still so incredibly popular, that it was very loosely turned into a very mediocre movie. - Available on Amazon.com from $12.99
The Game of Life
While little boys and girls play house, this game allows you to play life. College, your first job, marriage, kids, the stock market, mid-life crisis and retirement, all compacted into a folded board. This award-winning board game rewards you for being responsible and generous by giving you life tiles, and allows you to make decisions that will affect your life. Not only is this a fun game, but allows parents to teach kids about right and wrong and good and bad. - Available on Amzaon.com from $17.91
Monopoly - The Fast-Dealing Property Trading Game
Traced back as far as 1903, Monopoly is the most popular board game of all time. It has been translated and sold around the world, and changed into the many, many different faces of Monopoly, including, most likely, your favorite sports team and or college or university. While Monopoly boards around the world sit atop the dinner table on a nightly basis, but they are also used in classrooms around the world. Teachers use the skills needed to play the game to teach lessons about counting money, finances, mortgages and monopolies. It is a great tool to keep kids interested in the classroom. And, yes, I will always try to grab the Yellow/Green corner.
If you have a few games that didn't make the list, don't be offended. Tell me about them, and what made them so great! I'm sure I've probably played them as well, and I'd love to talk about it. Until then, have fun!