Adding something a little different to your family game night routine is exactly what this winter needs. From utter nonsense to a royal roundup, we’ve found 11 awesome new games to play with the kids. Scroll through the album below to find your new favorite.
Monkey Bingo: And Other Primates
This one is perfect for your little monkeys. Beautifully illustrated by artist Marcel George, there are 64 different primates from all over the world including the well-known ring-tailed lemur and the more unusual red-shanked douc. There are several smaller playing boards, one big board filled with every primate, matching cards (the BINGO "balls"), and bright orange discs to cover each space. There's also a short description of each animal in the instruction booklet—your littles will be learning while they play! Now, that's what we call #winning.
Available at amazon.com, $25.99.
This new family game is filled with silly phrases that require silly voices, and guarantees lots of giggles! There are 50 Accent Cards (Pirate, Side Mouth Talker, Chewbacca) and 450 Phrase cards (No Taylor, I cannot just shake it off, The first rule of Pancake Club is syrup on the side), so there is an endless amount of combinations to act out. Players are encouraged to improvise—the best performance wins the round!
Ages: 8 & up.
Available at target.com, $19.99.
Your ninjas-in-training will compete against each other in an “ancient” stone-snatching game that requires speed and concentration. Players take turns rolling the dice, and quickly grab up the tiles that match the image on the dice. The first player to grab six correct tiles is the winner! Can you become a ninja of the Cobra Paw?
Ages: 5 & up.
Available at amazon.com, $14.99.
Catch the Fox
Help the sneaky fox get away with the whole henhouse! Roll the dice, add more chickens to the fox’s trousers, and then give his head a push. When he can’t hold one more clucker, his pants will drop. Then, whoever fills their coop the fastest, wins! It’s fun and easy enough even for preschoolers to master.
Ages 4 & up.
Available at target.com, $19.99.
OK Play, the new and exclusive Target game is like an off-road version of Connect Four. In order to win the round, players must make a line of five tiles. And, because there’s no game board, players can send play pieces off in random directions and repurpose old pieces to keep the game going. The game is made with bright plastic tiles and comes attached to a handy carabiner, making a good option for travel.
Ages 8 & up.
Available at target.com, $16.99.
Brave players must choose a horse and travel the winding roads to save princesses, knights and collect precious treasures that they may find along the way to the castle (players choose a route based on the location of the most valuable items). Kids will strengthen their math skills and will be introduced to basic strategy—the player with the most points wins!
Age: 5 & up.
Available at amazon.com, $19.99.
Not Parent Approved
It’s like Cards Against Humanity, but for the whole family. Settle down for an evening of gut-busting laughter when you and your crew choose a wacky word as the answer (the seven in your hand) that best fit the question cards. So, a Superman cape, dissecting frogs and vampire bunnies might all make the cut—and the possibilities are endless!
Ages 8 & up.
Available at amazon.com, $24.99.
This new game from Pressman Toys is a real catch. No batteries are required, and even little who don’t read can master the rules. Simply roll the dice, go fishing and look out for the shark! You never know when he’s going to take a bite. The game comes with 1 hungry shark, 12 colorful sea creatures, 1 fishing rod, 1 die, 1 sticker sheet, and complete easy-to-follow instructions.
Ages: 4 & up.
Available at amazon.com, $16.99.
Ship of Treasures
We aren't sure what we like more about this new game. The fact that players get to hide treasure chests, lift trap doors to reveal plunderable loot, and take other pirates' booty, or the fact that it was invented by two 10-year-old young (girl) inventors. You’ll need a good strategy and some lucky rolls of the dice to be the first pirate to capture all the treasure chests … and win the game! Ages: 6 & up. Available at target.com, $19.99.
Hasbro Gaming Crate
Don't want to have to search out the latest new game on your own? Let Hasbro do the work for you. The gaming giant released its first subscription service in Fall 2017, and it couldn't be easier. Simply pick the crate you want (Family Crate or Party Crate) and every three months, a themed selection of new games will arrive at your doorstep. Family games have included Slam Burger, Motor Mouth and new VR game, Mask of the Pharoah.
Available at hasbrogamingcrate.com, $49.99 plus shipping, every 3 months.
Our Family's Race Through the States
You've always wanted to be in a game, and here's your chance! Race Through the States is a new personalized board game from I See Me. You and up to five other members of your crew will move your very own game piece along the board, as you race across the country! Even cooler? Family names will be added to the route along the game board.
Available at iseeme.com, $29.99.
What is your favorite family game? Let us know in the comments!
— Gabby Cullen
All images courtesy retailers.