Looking for the top rated family board games? We have game nights a lot here. Sometimes they include kid games, but other times we do just teens and adults. This calls for a variety of games in our collection.
With over 40 board games in the hall closet, and our family members owning even more, I can tell you we have played a lot of what’s out there. Below are what we feel are the top-rated board games for families.
Top Rated Family Board Games
I tried to list the best family board games by age group. That way, you can browse the category you need to make sure your next game night is a hit!
For the Littles (Up to 6 years old)
Candy Land GameA family game night classic! We have owned Candy Land since our oldest was just two years old. He was already starting to learn his colors, and we knew the board game would be a fun way to strengthen his learning.
This is probably one of the best starter board games for young children. There is no reading involved, you simply draw a card and move to the next space that matches the color on the card. There are also fun sweet treats you may draw, like the ice cream cone that takes you almost right to the castle, or the peppermint candy that takes you almost back to the start. The object is to be the first to reach the castle.
This game is designed for 2-4 players, ages 3 and up.
Trouble GameAnother classic game my two boys love! My six year old completely understands this board game, but the 3 year old still needs some help. That doesn’t stop him from playing it. We have the original version as well as the Olaf/Frozen version too!
The simple game involves popping the die in the center of the game board and moving your pegs forward – or getting into trouble and having to move back! I like that the die is inside the dome, so it can’t get lost!
This game is designed for 2-4 players, ages 5 and up.
Yeti in my Spaghetti
Yeti in My Spaghetti GameI can’t remember the first time my oldest begged for this game. I had never heard of it! I decided to get it for the boys though, because it was too cute to pass up on. And it quickly become one of the top rated family board games we play.
Yeti in my Spaghetti is another fun game that doesn’t involve reading, but you do need tons of patience and skill. A little bit of strategy doesn’t hurt either.
Basically, you place the noodles across the bowl and then lay the Yeti figurine on top. Players take turns removing the noodles while trying to not make the Yeti fall! If you fall, you lose! We usually keep playing until there is only one winner that didn’t make the Yeti fall into the bowl.
This game is designed for 2 or more players, ages 4 and up.
Pie Face Showdown
Pie Face Showdown GameWe have the Original Pie Face game, but this one really takes it to the next level. Compete against another player at the same time to see how gets creamed. You have to be fast to move the arm toward the other player’s side. If you stay clean, you win!
My boys LOVE seeing who will get a pie in the face. We don’t actually play with a pie, though. It’s either whipped cream, or if I want to be a little less messier, a wet sponge. They still have fun, no matter what! It’s super easy to play and you can set it up again and again for hours of family entertainment.
This game is designed for 2 players, ages 5 and up.
Hungry Hungry Hippos
Hungry Hungry HipposAnother of the classic, top rated family fun board games that everyone can play! No skills are required. Simply pick the color hippo you want, and race against the other players to gobble up the most marbles by hitting the button on your hippo’s back. The button sends your animal’s mouth out to grab marbles that are rolling around the center of the game board.
My two boys have a blast with Hungry Hungry Hippos. It’s something they can play together when we have some downtime, or a game all four of us can enjoy on a game night. It’s highly recommended if you have young children in your home!
This game is designed for 2-4 players, ages 4 and up.
Family Board Games For the Bigs (Ages 7 and Up)
Watch Ya Mouth Family Edition
Watch Ya’ Mouth Family Edition – Hilarious Mouthguard Party GameThis family board game is hilarious! Get ready for lots of laughs as players try to read phrases with a cheek retractor in their mouths. It’s not always easy to understand someone with stretch lips! There are expansion packs available for Watch Ya Mouth, so the fun doesn’t get old or boring.
Over 140 family-friendly phrases are included in this game. There are expansion packs available for Watch Ya’ Mouth Family Edition – Hilarious Mouthguard Party Game, so the fun doesn’t get old or boring.
This game is designed for 3-10 players (making it a great party game!), ages 8 and up.
Exploding Kittens Card Game
Exploding KittensOkay, so this technically isn’t a board game, but Exploding Kittens is too good not to have on the top rated family board games list! Unfortunately, the box doesn’t meow, but its contents provide good family fun for your next game night.
To win, you must avoid the Exploding Kittens. The cards are entertaining, and they provide ways to avoid or diffuse those disastrous felines! This game has the record for the most funded Kickstarter project in history, and there are many great reviews for it on Amazon.
This game is designed for 2-5 players, ages 7 and up.
Monopoly Board Game The Classic EditionWhat top rated family board games list would be complete without mentioning Monopoly? I have played this great board game as far back as I remember. My granny had the game, and we got one for Christmas when I was little too. The only downside is that it can take a while!
Monopoly helps promote money/counting skills as well as strategy. There is some luck involved too, since you don’t know where each roll of the dice will take you.
Not that I need to really mention the game play, but the object is to be the last one standing when everyone else has gone bankrupt. We have played shorter versions of the game, where we divide up the property beforehand so there is no buying needed.
This game is designed for 2-8 players, ages 8 and up.
HedBanz Game – Edition may varyWe haven’t played Hedbanz as much as other board games, but I still recommend it if you want to have some great family fun. It’s a little too advanced for our boys just yet, but with help they enjoy it too.
Slip on the headband and take turns guessing what card is on your head. You have to ask yes and no questions to figure it out, which can get rather hilarious! Are you a tomato, chicken, or perhaps a car?
This game is designed for 2-6 players, ages 7 and up.
More Top Rated Family Board Games
5 Second Rule – Just Spit it Out!Beat The Parents Board GameTrivial Pursuit Family Edition GameReverse Charades Board Game – Fun & Hilarious Family Games – For All Ages – Perfect for Parties and GatheringsClue GameHasbro Connect 4 GameApples to Apples Junior – The Game of Crazy Combinations!Taboo Board Game
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