25+ Best Family Board Games for Kids, Starting with Toddlers & Preschoolers to Elementary Kids, Teens & Adults

Best Family Board Games for Kids

Best Family Board Games for Kids, by Age

Are you looking for some different, fun games for your game night? Maybe you’ve done every single one of the 75 Indoor Games for Kids on this epic list and you’re just fresh out of ideas.

Would it help if someone handed you the answer key and told you the best family board games for kids?

Well, you’re in luck! Use this list to find just the right thing to play at your house.

Every game on the list is labeled with the recommended age group, number of players, and amount of play time required.

Board games for kids start at the toddler or preschool level. Skill needed and board game complexity grows with your kids. By the time your kids are 11 or 12, they may be able to strategically handle many of the adult board games (be sure thematic content is appropriate, though.)

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Age 11 to 12, Teens Board Games

Best for ages 10+
Players: 2 - 7
Time to Play: 45 minutes

Board Game Description Trade your way to bean farming greatness as you grow delicious crops like Stink Beans, Chili beans and the elusive Cocoa Bean.

How to Play this Board Game
What's in the Box?
154 bean cards
7 3rd bean field mats
Instruction booklet

Bohnanza board game

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Age 5 to 7, Age 8 to 10 Board Games

Best for ages Ages 6 & up
Players: 2 - 4
Time to Play: 20 - 30 minutes

Board Game Description Lead your Magician through an invisible maze on a quest to gather missing magical objects.

Try to navigate the maze before the Master notices the objects are missing, using memory and skill. It's tough, though, because the maze has invisible walls, and missing objects are only revealed one at a time.

But watch out! If you run into a wall and drop your ball, you go back to start to begin all over again.

How to Play this Board Game
What's in the Box?
- 3D maze Game Board
- Tokens
- Dice
- Player Pawns
- Magnetic Ball
- Bag for pieces

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Age 5 to 7 Board Games

Best for ages 4+
Players: 1
Time to Play: 5 - 15 minutes

Board Game Description Use the UFO to capture all the cows as you navigate around the obstacles.

This fun magnet maze game increases in difficulty as kids improve.

How to Play this Board Game
What's in the Box?
Game grid
60 challenge cards
6 magnetic tokens
4 cows
Bull
9 Walls
Silo
5 crop circles
Instructions

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Age 5 to 7 Board Games

Best for ages Ages 5 & up
Players: 2 - 4
Time to Play: 10 - 20 minutes

Board Game Description Sequel to the popular 3-D stacking game Rhino Hero, the Super Battle edition includes the same stacking challenges (build a spectacular 3D cardboard skyscraper) plus epic superhero battles.

How to Play this Board Game

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Age 5 to 7 Board Games

Best for ages Ages 6 & up
Players: 2 - 4
Time to Play: 30 minutes

Board Game Description It's a Fast & Fun Penguin Flicking Board Game!

This dexterity game has you either chasing or running away from fellow penguins. You’ll slide, jump and spin around the school in an attempt to gather the most fish.

The simple mechanics of this game make it playable by most ages.

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Age 8 to 10, Age 11 to 12, Teens Board Games

Best for ages Ages 7 & up
Players: 2 - 5
Time to Play: 15 minutes

Board Game Description Exploding Kittens is a highly-strategic, kitty-powered version of Russian roulette.

Players draw cards until someone draws an exploding kitten, at which point they explode – unless that player has a defuse card, which can defuse the kitten using things like laser pointers, belly rubs, and catnip sandwiches.

All of the other cards in the deck are used to move, mitigate, or avoid the exploding kittens.

Expansion packs are available.

How to Play this Board Game
What's in the Box?
- 64 cards

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Age 8 to 10, Age 11 to 12, Teens Board Games

Best for ages Ages 8 & up
Players: 2 - 5
Time to Play: 45 minutes

Board Game Description Use your collection of colorful meeples to create the most entertaining circus show in this fun dexterity game.

When the circus music starts, all eyes are on you!

(Music for the game is available online.)

How to Play this Board Game
What's in the Box?
5 Circus rings (front / back)
The clap-o-meter
1 measuring ruler
3 Scoring tiles
5 Score tokens
32 Public demands cards
18 Component tiles
38 Circus act tiles
32 Acrobat meeples
12 beginners
13 intermediates
7 experts
10 Guest Star meeples
32 accessories
7 beams (brown)
6 balloons (green)
9 barrels (purple)
6 horses (white)
4 elephants (grey)
2 sticker boards
1 First player token
2 Speed bonus tokens
1 rulebook

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Age 8 to 10 Board Games

Best for ages 8+
Players: 2 - 4
Time to Play: 15 minutes

Board Game Description Help the Master Wizard find lost objects in the Magic Labyrinth.

Keep track of the maze, though, because the walls change!

How to Play this Board Game
What's in the Box?
Game board
15 pieces
Instructions

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Age 8 to 10 Board Games

Best for ages Ages 6 & Up
Players: 2 - 4
Time to Play: 10 minutes

Board Game Description This

Created by kid game pros HABA, kids can practice their dexterity and smarts in the annual barrel bowling contest.

What's in the Box?
- (6)

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Kids, Teens, Adults, Families Board Games

Best for ages Ages 7 & up
Players: 2
Time to Play: 10 minutes

Board Game Description This game takes less than a minute to learn.

Take turns placing your pieces on the board, following just one rule: each piece must touch at least one other piece of the same color, but only at the corners!

How to Play this Board Game
What's in the Box?
- 84 colored pieces (in 4 different colors)
- game board
- instructions

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Kids, Teens, Adults, Families Board Games

Best for ages Ages 8 & up
Players: 2 - 6
Time to Play: 20 minutes

Board Game Description This card game is all about bluffing, with cards that show cockroaches, rats and stink bugs.

The goal is to force another player to collect 4 of any one type of critter.

How to Play this Board Game
What's in the Box?
- 64 cards

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Kids, Teens, Adults Board Games

Best for ages Ages 8 & up
Players: 2 - 4
Time to Play: 40 minutes

Board Game Description This is a tile-based puzzle game that's simple to learn.

Play your tiles to make a pathway, racing against other plays to get the loot.

How to Play this Board Game
What's in the Box?
-4 islands
-64 crystals
-12 gold nuggets
-16 temple treasures
-16 adventurers
-16 temples
-144 jungle tiles
-1 set of game instructions.

Karuba Tile Laying Puzzle

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Kids, Teens, Adults Board Games

Best for ages Ages 8 & up
Players: 2 - 5
Time to Play: 30 - 60 minutes

Board Game Description Ticket to Ride is a cross-country train adventure in which players collect and play matching train cards to claim railway routes connecting cities throughout North America.

The longer the routes, the more points they earn.

Build train routes for points across North America in this original version. Want to explore the world? Try one of their many other versions, including Japan, the UK, Germany, Europe, and beyond. Whether you win or lose, you’ll have fun building routes.

What's in the Box?
-1 Board map of North American train routes
-225 Colored Train Cars
-144 Illustrated cards
-5 Wooden Scoring Markers
-1 Rules booklet

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Kids, Teens, Adults Board Games

Best for ages Ages 8 & up
Players: 3 - 7
Time to Play: 20 minutes

Board Game Description Just One is a cooperative party game in which you play together to discover as many mystery words as possible.

Find the best clue to help your teammate. Be unique, as all identical clues will be canceled!

How to Play this Board Game
What's in the Box?
- 110 cards
- 7 easels
- 7 erasable felt markers
- rulebook

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Kids, Teens, Adults Board Games

Best for ages Ages 8 & up
Players: 2 - 4
Time to Play: 20 minutes

Board Game Description Card game.
Players work together to play cards from 1 – 100 in ascending order – without speaking or communicating in any way.

Learn to read each other's tells, invent an unspoken language of knowing glances and furrowed brows.

How to Play this Board Game
What's in the Box?
- deck of game cards

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Kids, Teens, Adults Board Games

Best for ages Ages 8 & up
Players: 4 -10
Time to Play: 30 minutes

Board Game Description No musical talent required. The designated tunesmith announces one word and the race is on to sing (or shout) at least five words from a song containing that word.

How to Play this Board Game

Spontaneous the Song Game

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Kids, Teens Board Games

Best for ages Ages 8 & up
Players: 2 - 4
Time to Play: 15 minutes

Board Game Description This

Even adults love the challenge of building the best kingdom with domino-like tiles.

What's in the Box?
- (6)

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Preschoolers, Kids Board Games

Best for ages 3+
Players: 2 - 8
Time to Play: 15 mins

Board Game Description Race to be the first to find the matching symbols on two cards. The player who gets the most matches win.

There is a huge variety of Spot It! games in various themes and age levels, beginning as young as 3.

How to Play this Board Game
What's in the Box?
55 cards

Spot It Board Game

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Preschoolers, Kids Board Games

Best for ages Ages 5 & up
Players: 2 - 4
Time to Play: 20 minutes

Board Game Description This cooperative game of deduction is best played with the kids making decisions and adults playing along.

How to Play this Board Game
What's in the Box?
-16 suspect cards
-16 thief cards
-12 clue markers
-4 detective pawns
- 3 custom dice
-1 fox figurine
-1 evidence scanner
-1 game board
-game rules.

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Preschoolers Board Games

Best for ages 3+
Players: 2 - 4
Time to Play: 10 mins

Board Game Description This Memory game teaches kids diversity with faces from cultures from around the world.

The back of the box identifies each child's home country.

Made by eeBoo, a woman-owned, mother-run company.

How to Play this Board Game
What's in the Box?
48 cards

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Preschoolers Board Games

Best for ages Ages 3-4
Players: 2 - 4
Time to Play: 15 minutes

Board Game Description No reading required.

Your forest friends are hungry and need help. Spin the spinner, pick up the matching acorn with the Squirrel Squeezer and place it in your log.

The first player to collect 5 acorns wins.

Preschoolers learn about colors as they help squirrels find their acorns, as well as matching skills and taking turns.

What's in the Box?
- (1) Board book
- (1) Colorful tree-shaped game board
- (1) Squirrel squeezer
- (20) Colored acorns
- (1) Game spinner
- (4) Logs
- (1) Instruction guide

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Preschoolers Board Games

Best for ages Ages 4 & up
Players: 2 - 4
Time to Play: 15 minutes

Board Game Description This stack ‘em up game is super easy to learn and fun for even the youngest gamers.

How to Play this Board Game
What's in the Box?
Animal Pieces:
1 Crocodile, 4 toucans, 4 sheep, 4 snakes, 4 monkeys, 4 penguins, 4 hedgehogs, 4 lizards
-Wooden Die with symbols
-Set of game instructions

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Preschoolers Board Games

Best for ages Ages 4 & up
Players: 2 - 4
Time to Play:

Board Game Description Wave your hand to magically reveal the treasure in the dragon’s belly. Collect the treasures to win.

How to Play this Board Game

Goliath Dragon Snacks Game

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Preschoolers Board Games

Best for ages Ages 4 & up
Players: 2 - 4
Time to Play: 15 minutes

Board Game Description The owls have ventured out to explore the dark forest at night. Players cooperate to help the owls fly back to their nest before the sun comes up.

How to Play this Board Game
What's in the Box?
1 Game Board
6 owls
1 Sun Token
14 Sun Cards
36 Color Cards
Rulebook

Hoot Owl Hoot Board Game for Kids

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Teens, Adults, Families Board Games

Best for ages Ages 12 & up (younger with modifications)
Players: 4 - 8
Time to Play: 10 - 15 minutes per round

Board Game Description A great party game, Telestrations is what would happen if Pictionary married the childlike game of Telephone.

Draw a picture. Decipher your neighbor’s picture. Write down what you thought they drew. Pass it on and repeat.

Warning: most participants laugh until tears are streaming down their face.

Note: We often play with kids as young as age 7. Kids may not know what the item is on their card, so just let them know to draw another card if they are unfamiliar with the clue.

How to Play this Board Game
What's in the Box?
-142 double-sided word cards
-8 erasable sketchbooks
-8 dry erase markers
-8 clean-up cloths
-Sand Timer
-1 Die
-How to Play

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Teens, Adults Board Games

Best for ages Ages 10 & up
Players: 2 - 4
Time to Play: 30 minutes

Board Game Description This

Splendor is a game of chip-collecting and card development. Players are merchants trying to buy gem mines, means of transportation, shops—all in order to acquire the most points.

How to Play this Board Game
What's in the Box?
- (6)

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Teens, Adults Board Games

Best for ages Ages 12 & up
Players: 3 - 7
Time to Play: 25 minutes

Board Game Description Another great game for 3 or more players, Stay Cool will have you questioning your sanity in this fast-paced game as you struggle to simultaneously answer simple questions from players on both sides of you.

As the game puts it, Stay Cool is easy - you just have to do everything at once!

Warning: lots of laughs included.

How to Play this Board Game
What's in the Box?
-1 Sand Timer
-50 Red Written Cards (500 questions)
-50 Teal Verbal Cards (1,000 questions)
-1 Timer Card
-7 Letter Dice

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Teens, Adults Board Games

Best for ages Ages 13 & up
Players: 5 - 10
Time to Play: 30 minutes

Board Game Description This party game involves bluffing and deduction as you battle evil in medieval Britain. Can you figure out who the evil forces are?

Note: Avalon is a standalone game and while its companion, The Resistance, is not required to play; the games are compatible and can be combined

How to Play this Board Game
What's in the Box?
- Cards (Character cards, quest cards, loyalty cards)
- Tokens (Team tokens, vote tokens, leader token, Lady of the Lake)
- Markers (Vote Track marker, score markers, round marker)
- Score tableaus
- Rulebook

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Teens, Adults Board Games

Best for ages Ages 14 & up
Players: 2 - 4
Time to Play: 30 minutes

Board Game Description This is a card game with the goal of building the biggest kingdom by curating the best deck of cards.

Using the cards in the deck (resources, victory points & actions), you'll race fellow monarchs (yes, you're a monarch) to create your own Dominion.

Along the way, hire minions, construct buildings, scoop up unclaimed land, spruce up your castle, fend off the other monarchs, and fill the coffers of your treasury.

Lots of expansion packs available.

How to Play this Board Game
What's in the Box?
The Dominion 2nd Edition Game Comes with
- 500 cards (a variety of treasure cards, victory cards, curse cards, kingdom cards, randomiser cards & blank cards)
- A Trash mat
- An organizer tray with card inset
- Rulebook

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Teens, Adults Board Games

Best for ages Ages 14 & up
Players: 2 - 8
Time to Play: 15 minutes

Board Game Description 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. Their teammates try to guess words of the right color while avoiding those that belong to the opposing team. And everyone wants to avoid the assassin.

How to Play this Board Game
What's in the Box?
- 16 agent cards in two colors
- 1 double agent card
- 7 innocent bystander cards
- 1 assassin card
- rulebook
- 1 card stand
- 1 timer
- 200 cards with 400 codenames

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Teens, Adults Board Games

Best for ages Ages 14 & up
Players: 1- 5
Time to Play: 40 - 70 minutes

Board Game Description You are bird enthusiasts—researchers, bird watchers, ornithologists, and collectors—seeking to discover and attract the best birds to your network of wildlife preserves.

Each bird extends a chain of powerful combinations in one of your habitats (actions). These habitats focus on several key aspects of growth: gain food tokens via custom dice in a birdfeeder dice tower, lay eggs using egg miniatures in a variety of colors, draw from hundreds of unique bird cards and play them.

How to Play this Board Game
What's in the Box?
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Toddlers, Preschoolers, Kids Board Games

Best for ages Ages 4 - 7
Players: 2 - 6
Time to Play: 10 minutes

Board Game Description This simple Bingo-type game is easy and fun for all ages, especially pre-readers and early readers.

The Zingo! Zinger pops out tiles. Players race to be the first one with a full card by matching tiles to spaces on their playing boards.

In addition to the standard version which matches with a picture/word pair, there are also sight words, numbers, and early spelling versions.

What's in the Box?
- (6) Double-Sided Zingo! Cards
- (72) Double-Sided Tiles
- Zingo! Zinger
- Parent's Guide

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Toddlers, Preschoolers Board Games

Best for ages Ages 2-4
Players: 2 - 4
Time to Play: 15 - 20 minutes

Board Game Description A great first game for toddlers or preschoolers, Go Away Monster is simple enough to be understood by 2 or 3-year-olds, yet interesting enough for the rest of the family.

Players reach into the bag to grab a game piece for your board (you want to get a piece for your bedroom) but be careful – you could pull out a monster instead!

What's in the Box?
- Canvas drawstring bag
- 4 Individual bedroom boards (each player needs one)
- Game pieces: 8 monsters & 16 bedroom tiles
- Rules of play

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6 Tips for an Epic Family Board Game Night

Buckle up! The board game scene is nothing like it was when you were younger.

You’re in the right place if you’re looking for the best family board games – and how to host the best family game night.

We have five easy tips for you on how to set up your family’s game night — as well as a list of great games for kids of all ages, from teens all the way down to preschoolers.

#1- Let Each Child Pick a Game to Play

Adults, don’t complain about their choice, even if it’s Chutes and Ladders. 
Pro tip: If you really need a brake from a a certain board game, it’s okay to hide it before it’s time for game selection.

#2- Set a Time Limit with Little Kids

Game night can easily last for hours, which can spell disaster for little kids.
Designate a specific game time, such as 7:00 – 8:00 PM,  so they know what to expect.
Be sure to schedule time for each child’s game.

Pro tip: It can be hard to prioritize game night when the laundry pile resembles a mountain. Carve out game time in your adult schedule to make sure it will happen.

#3- Invite the Older Kids, and Maybe the Grandparents

As the kids get older, it will be harder and harder to naturally find yourselves at home at the same time. And, getting everyone to gather around the game table at the last minute is even more difficult.

If you want to keep playing the best family board games when the kids are tweens or tweens, schedule it with them several days in advance. Invite grandparents, aunts, uncles, or other friends to make it even more special.

#4- Do Some Game Night Prep

With little kids, finish baths and get the kids into pajamas before games start and make popcorn or other snacks ahead of time.

For older kids, involve them in snack shopping or preparation. The right munchies sure can make game night more special.

#5- Ditch the Screens

Do your best to make family board game night fully analog.

Banish all cellphones to a different room, and make sure the ringers are off. It’s best to power the devices down completely, if possible.

#6- It’s Okay to Let the Kids Win, and It’s Okay to for Adults to Win, Too.

Letting the kids win every game they play against you isn’t the best life strategy but neither is never letting them win, either. Read the room. What does your kid need right now? If letting them win a game is going to make a big impact, maybe that’s the best course of action.

While you’re playing the best family board games, give the kids chances to test out new strategies and hold back on advice unless asked.

There are so many life lessons waiting in Family Game Night!

West Michigan Family Board Game Stores

Board games are definitely available online, but you can also find a big selection of board games for kids locally at stores in Grand Rapids, MI.

Score super cool games downtown at  Blue Bridge Games on East Fulton, Vault of Midnight on Monroe Center, at Schuler Books on 28th St, or even at Target.

When at all possible, we like to buy our family board games at a local shop. The staff are friendly and love their product, and they can help you whittle down that game list down to one or two that your family will really enjoy.

Here’s where you can buy the best family board games locally:

Blue Bridge Games

954 Fulton St E, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

This is a fun, friendly game store in the Uptown neighborhood.

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Vault of Midnight

95A Monroe Center St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Head here for board games for kids and adults, comic books, and excellent graphic novels.

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Out of the Box Games

5212 Division Ave S, Kentwood, MI 49548

This is a hobby store with an excellent collection of board games, toys, and puzzles for the whole family.

Schuler Books

2660 28th Street SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49512

A local bookstore with an extensive children’s section as well as game area.

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