25 Best Family Games {for the amount of time you have to play!}

Family game nights are awesome, but they aren’t always practical. With school, sports, and other schedule filling activities,  planning out an entire night to play games can be overwhelming. It can also mean it never happens.

Games have a great way of connecting us, they give kids a safe place to practice winning (and losing) gracefully, they teach patience and sometimes even math or reading.

Plus, playing family games is a great way to just have fun… together. That’s why games at our house are a priority. Right now our busy schedules don’t allow for a set game time, that means we need to be ready with the best family games for the amount of time we have. Luckily our game closet is well stocked.

So, how much time do you have??? I have the best family game for you…

How much time do you have? The best family games list is broken into sections for how long they take to play!

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best family games for 5 min

best family games for 15 min

best family games for 30 min

best family games for 1 hour or more

  • 10,000
  • Monopoly
  • Phase 10 Twist
  • Ravensburger Labyrinth
  • Chess
  • Rummikub
  • The Settlers of Catan (BONUS! Yes this makes 26. We came across a new game about 6 months ago. EVERYONE loves it. It’s great for adults only and great for adults playing with kids. We decided to go with the original version (there is a junior version) and have been very happy with that decision. There are expansion packs you can buy (and an extension that makes this four player game a six player game). I see this being a game that is worth investing in. It will grow with us and be a game we play for years to come.)

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What do you think the best family games are? How long do they take to play?


  1. says

    My husband (and his family) love games and now I do too! Our all time favorite is dominoes, but we just found this new one Qwirkle that is super fun. It’s all about shapes and colors and great for kids!!! Great post! Love your blog!

  2. Jill says

    My 11 year old daughter and I play Yahtzee all the time. Adding up the dice really helps with her math skills!


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