Family Games Appropriate for the Kids—and Actually Fun for the Adults!

Who said game night had to be a snoozefest?

Playing family game appropriate for kids and fun for adults.
Who’s ready for family game night?Unsplash

After 17 repeat viewings of Frozen, are you ready to let it (i.e. your sanity) go? A clever age-bridging game could be just what you and the kiddos need to put some quality back into quality time.

Catan The Board Game, Multicolor
It can be nice to know there’s an end time to fun! In this popular award winner, three to four players ages 10 and up compete to build their own civilization using strategy and tactical skill, all while dodging a robber trying to steal resources.Catan

Some games with a player limit offer extension sets, so you can add a participant or two. Perfect for when you’re hosting a bigger group, like your friends and their kids.

Exploding Kittens Card Game, Red, Large
Do you like laser beams? Goats? Magic enchiladas? If yes, pull up a chair! Described as a (harmless) version of Russian roulette crossed with Uno, it’s safe to say this will appeal to anyone 7+ with a sense of humor.Exploding Kittens LLC

If you find a game you really like and want to play it without the children, Exploding Kittens and others have R-rated versions for when the little ones are in bed. Or, in reverse, the OG saucy game, Cards Against Humanity, offers a family version.

Kids Against Maturity: Card Game for Kids and Families, Super Fun Hilarious for Family Party Game Night
A tamer version of the deck you’ve played with friends, this one includes 500 fill-in-the-blank questions that promise hours of age-appropriate diversion whether you’re at home, in a park or on a long car ride. The winner gets an atomic wedgie from the loser. (Hey, we don’t make the rules.)Kids Against Maturity

The great thing about cards, as opposed to board games, is that you can stop playing at any time. And for games like Kids Against Maturity or Cards Against Humanity: Family Version, parents can censor anything that’s still a little too cheeky for their liking. (For example, if you’re not particularly down with fart jokes, you’ll probably want to pull some cards from the deck.)