15 Classic Board Games to Play as a Family Right Now
Trade-in your screens for a little family-friendly competition around games that have spanned generations.
If you haven't already dusted off your stash of board games, now's a great time to break them out, or to stock up on some old favorites. Most of these board and dice games are decades old, and they've lasted generations for a reason: they're just plain fun. All of these games are fit for a wide range of ages, from Chutes and Ladders for toddlers up to Trivial Pursuit for teens and older. This winter put away Instagram and TikTok, and break out a snack platter for a late night in.
If you know Monopoly as the game that takes forever, consider taking a quick look through the official rules before the next time you play. Chances are you've got some family rules that have worked their way through the generations. Hint: The game moves much more quickly (and smoothly) if you never allow anyone to offer personal loans to other players close to bankruptcy.
This classic version of Trivial Pursuit has 2,400 questions in six categories, so you're not likely to run out. If you haven't played in a while, it's worth noting this game is meant for people 16 and up, so it's ideal for families with teens and college students.
Live alone but still want to play? Many of these games have app equivalents. Monopoly is available in both the Apple App Store and on Google Play, and so is Scrabble. Jackbox is another great option that allows players to join for trivia, drawing and other fun games via their cellphones. The app is intended to be used on a TV (such as with Amazon Fire, Apple or Android TV) and for in-person players to sit around that TV together, but it works well on Zoom or Google Hangouts if the people with the TV point a laptop camera at the TV. Jackbox has other suggestions for socially-distanced playing here.