Families are spending more time at home, and if you’re like us, it’s an uphill battle to find a way to spend quality time together. If your kids are on their Nintendo Switch or Sony Playstation a lot, why not get in on the fun? Schedule a family night, and see who’s the best driver, dancer or athlete. It’s a great way to bond with your children and show them you’re interested in what they’re doing. Here are our top picks for video games parents can play with their kids—we promise hours of family fun.

Gran Turismo

Any parent who played Gran Turismo as a child is going to want to relive the game while playing their own kids. A racing simulation game, Gran Turismo is known for its graphics and the realistic nature of the cars in the game. Players can upgrade cars based on their wins and also participate in time trials. Grand Turismo is rated 'E' and available for PlayStation systems. The latest edition, Gran Turismo 7, is scheduled to be released for PS5 in 2021.

LEGO The Incredibles

LEGO offers a variety of video games that are tied to kid-friendly movies. Since it's family game night, why not LEGO The Incredibles? Players choose to be superheroes or villains, and the game includes characters from other Pixar movies. LEGO The Incredibles includes puzzles and quests, leading them to a matchup with the game's biggest villain. The game was nominated for 'Fan Favorite Family-Friendly Multiplayer Game' at the 2018 Gamers' Choice Awards. LEGO The Incredibles is rated 'E10+' and is available for the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Minecraft

Originally released in 2011, Minecraft has hundreds of millions of players, and those numbers continue to grow. A sandbox game, meaning that the characters have very few limitations and no set goals, Minecraft lets players mine blocks to construct different things. Families who enjoy being highly creative and having flexibility will love this game.

Minecraft is rated 'E10+' and is available for PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch and Xbox Series X/S.

FIFA International Soccer 21

Sports games are popular in the video game world and a great way for some friendly competition. Since soccer is a non-contact sport, FIFA International Soccer games have minimal aggression and physical hitting. Making it a great game for families. Released in 2020, FIFA 21 lets players play matches with soccer players from 30 official worldwide leagues. FIFA 21 is available for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PS5 and Xbox One, Series S/X and is rated 'E.'

Super Mario 3D All-Stars

Super Mario is 35 years old, making it another game parents enjoyed as a child they can now play with their kids. A limited-edition game to celebrate Mario's anniversary, Super Mario 3D All-Stars puts three of Mario's greatest hits, Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine and Super Mario Galaxy, all in one package. Super Mario 3D All-Stars is rated 'E' and is for the Nintendo Switch.

Overcooked!

Who doesn’t have family members who love to cook or eat? Overcooked! lets players become kitchen chefs while facing a bunch of issues. Chefs have a limited amount of time to prepare meals (which makes the game even more fun), and there's a chef collaboration involved to get orders out on time. You can even play the game as the Swedish Chef from The Muppets. Overcooked! is rated 'E,' and it's available on Xbox Series X/S and PlayStation 5.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Winner of the Best Family Game award at The Game Awards 2020, Animal Crossing: New Horizons is the fifth edition of the game. Players explore a deserted island while gathering food and items they need and eventually creating a community of human-acting animals. Younger children will find this not too hard to play, making it the perfect game for younger families. Animal Crossing is available on Nintendo Switch and is rated 'E.'

Fortnite Battle Royale

Remember how popular the Floss dance was a few years ago? The dance was made even more popular by Fortnite Battle Royale, where players land on an island and then forge for items to help them survive. The longer the game, the smaller the island gets. Fortnite Battle Royale is rated 'T' for Teen and is available for the Xbox Series X/S, Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 and PS5.

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020

Just because the Olympics were postponed in 2020 doesn't mean your family can't get together to compete to be the best athlete in the world. Pairing Mario with fellow video character Sonic the Hedgehog, Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 lets players compete against each other in sports like swimming, gymnastics, karate and surfing. Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 is available for the Nintendo Switch and is rated 'E10+.'

Just Dance 2021

Any parent knows that their children think parents aren’t that exciting. Show your kids how cool your moves actually are with Just Dance 2021. Players imitate the dancer on the screen to one of the songs chosen and try to beat each other with the best score. It's a great way to interact with your kids and get everyone off the couch and moving. Available for PlayStation 4 and 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S and Nintendo Switch and rated 'E.'

Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time

Trying to make their way through different levels, Crash Bandicoot and his sister Coco encounter crates, fruit and enemies while trying to achieve their end goal. Both characters roll their way to collecting gems and Quantum Masks to help overcome obstacles they encounter. There are two game modes to choose from, Retro Mode and Modern Mode, and there are competitive multiplayer modes. Crash Bandicoot 4 is rated ‘E10+’ and can be played on PlayStation, Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S.

—Marcea Cazel

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