Why limit game night to small boards and the confines of your home? Move beyond the kitchen table and head to a restaurant, a brewery or even the local library for the next family game night (make that, family date night!). Challenge the family to a new game or super-size a family favorite with an oversized board. Scroll on for the best places to team up for a day (or night) of family fun. Game on!
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Labyrinth Games & Puzzles
Labyrinth Games & Puzzles offers the largest selection of board games and puzzles in the DMV. From beginners to experts, ages 1-100, there is sure to be a game here that everyone will love. Looking to add a new game to the weekly rotation? You can demo many of the games before you buy them. This store also hosts an Open Board Game Night from 6-10 p.m. every Thurs.
645 Pennsylvania Ave. SE
Twinpanzee Brewing Co.
Bring your crew to this Sterling establishment for some beer and board games. Twinpanzee offers games for all ages, including Candy Land, Operation, Chutes and Ladders, Trouble, Sorry!, Clue and more. There is also a Nintendo Entertainment System with over 30 games to challenge your loved ones with. Kids 16 & under are treated to free chips and juice. Want to break out of tabletop competitions? Try one of the brewery’s family-friendly kart racing events.
10 Executive Dr.
The Board Room DC
Do you dream of playing a board game without fighting over whose turn it is or who goes first?If so, The Board Room DC is calling. In addition to 21 draft lines, a rotating list of wines, and a full cocktail menu, this DC bar has an open cabinet with more than 30 board games.From Sorry to Scrabble, Battleship to Clue, they’ve got just about any game you want to play. Stop in, order a drink, and remember how much you love board games.
1737 Connecticut Ave. NW
Game Day at Capitol View Library
You can count on good ol’ fashioned fun every Sat. at 2 p.m. at the Capitol View Library. Play a family game of Monopoly, Connect Four or chess at the library’s weekly Game Day event. Don’t forget to make an afternoon of it by browsing the stacks before you leave.
5001 Central Ave SE
H Street Country Club
Thing beyond just tabletop games. Less traditional country club and more bar/restaurant, the H Street Country Club offers a 9-hole DC-themed mini golf course, Skeeball, and Giant Jenga. Enjoy drinks while you golf, a meal between Skeeball games, or just hang out and take in the activity.
1335 H St., NE
During warm weather months, head to The Wharf’s Transit Pier for oversized fun. Test your spelling skills with Scrabble, create team building with a game of Connect Four or try not to topple the life-sized Jenga. Games are free and available on a first come, first served basis.
970 Wharf St. SW
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Worth-The-Drive: The Crossroads
Dubbed a tabletop tavern., The Crossroads is a library of (almost) every game imaginable. There are over 1,400 games—all free to use by paying customers. The kids menu (aptly titled Hungry Hippos) features fan favorites like pizza, chicken tenders, mini cheeseburgers and more.
9412 Main St
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