Family Board Game Night – Holiday Edition

Written by Jennifer Duke

Fun Filled Family Game Night

Let’s face it, our lives are hectic, our kids’ lives are hectic and sometimes families just don’t get any together time. When we do it’s usually on the couch and everyone has a screen in their face. If you feel this way too, it may be time to set aside a night to unplug and have some fun together. A family game night is a perfect chance for everyone to have some fun, learn something new and reconnect. Below are a few tips and some great game choices that your whole crew will love.

Set the Mood

Turn off the TV, clean off the table and switch off the rest of the lights in side except for the room you are playing in. It’s cozy and keeps distractions to a minimum.

Grab Some Snacks

Enjoy some mess free snacks. Popcorn, veggies and pretzels are great options. Winter is here and it’s a great chance to make some hot chocolate (don’t forget the marshmallows), fancy coffee or teas. It makes this time feel a little more special.

Gadgets in the Basket

Set a bowl or basket on the table for everyone’s phones. The world won’t end if we don’t look at our texts or check Facebook for a couple of hours. If you do need to pay attention to your messages or calls, set a specific tone or alert for any important contacts so you know what cannot be ignored.

Grab Some Games

Games can be a difficult choice for a family. What is challenging for the younger family members may not be challenging enough for older kids. It’s tough to find the balance. Below are some games that our family has played with two adults, a 9 year old and a 15 year old and all 4 of us enjoy them.

Clank!: A Deck-Building Adventure (Rated 8.0 on Boardgame Geek. 1-4 Players. 30-60 min)

Clank! Combines a deck building game with an adventure game and really gets it right. The players sneak into a dragon’s lair to steal its treasure and get out before the dragon wakes up. The more noise you make the more the dragon stirs from its slumber.  Clank!: In Space is also available.







Unearth (Rated 7.1 on Board Game Geek, 2-4 Players, 30-60 min)

Unearth is a dice placement and set collection game. Each player leads a tribe of Delvers who are searching for their ancestors lost cities. The cards are simple and beautiful. Roll your dice to gain cards and stones to collect sets of land and rebuild lost wonders.








Lanterns: The Harvest Festival (Rated 7.0 on Boardgame Geek, 2-4 Players, 30 min)

Lanterns is a color matching tile placement game. The players are artisans decorating the palace lake for the upcoming festival. This game is bright, colorful and gorgeous. Each player lays their lantern covered tiles to build the board. Match colors to gain cards and give your opponents cards. Sets of cards are used to gain points.








Pandemic (Rated 7.7 on Boardgame Geek, 2-4 Players, 45 min)

In Pandemic the players are disease fighting specialists working together to cure several diseases that are spreading across the world. It’s your team vs the diseases. This co-op game could even teach your kids some geography…but don’t tell them that.










Jessica Duffield
Geek who loves all things Tolkien. Has a soft spot for the Emerald Archer and his merry band of misfits. Avid board game player, wifey to a Star Wars fanatic and pet to Harrycat.