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Start a Family Game Night

By Isabel Kallman


Bossy (an Alpha Mom columnist!) tells us how she spends time researching board games for the whole family to enjoy; she has a tween girl and college boy. Their favorite is Blokus.

The cold winter season is the perfect time to start a simple tradition of family game night. Be it good ol’ board games or family-oriented games on your video gaming console.

Here are some of Alpha Mom’s and our community’s favorite board games:

* Hullabaloo
* Zingo
* Apples to Apples Kids
* What’s in Ned’s Head?
* Set (I will continue to play this game when I’m in a nursing home to keep my brain sharp)
* Mille Bornes
* Sequence


Isabel Kallman
About the Author

Isabel Kallman

Isabel Kallman is the founding mom of

Feel free to send nice emails to isabel[at]alphamom[dot]com.


Isabel Kallman is the founding mom of

Feel free to send nice emails to isabel[at]alphamom[dot]com.

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  • Luellen

    January 28, 2009 at 12:20 pm

    I know this is not PC, but Risk for older kids and strategy.

  • TwitterBoo

    January 28, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    We love Yahtzee and Uno.

  • Anne

    January 28, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    Trouble, Sorry, Clue Jr. and Monopoly Jr. (that way it doesn’t take 47 hours to complete a game!)

  • kella

    January 28, 2009 at 6:21 pm

    the current favourite in my circle of gamers is the dice game Perudo. Takes a few rounds to get the hang of it, but then it’s fairly straightforward… and addicting… and intense…
    (a version of Perudo is played in the 2nd Pirates of the Caribbean movie)
    it’s awesome!
    Editor: I love Perudo! Good one. Forgot all about it.

  • Sherry Artemenko

    February 14, 2009 at 10:54 am

    I love the idea of a family game night. I am a speech language pathologist and review great games on my site,, for their educational value. They are really fun too!
    Sherry Artemenko

  • Alpha Mom

    March 1, 2009 at 3:54 am

    Some of our awesome Twitter Followers chimed in with the following:
    @SharonCouto “My favorites for my 4 and under grandkids… CandyLand,Don’t Break the Ice, Operation,Let’s Go Fishin’,Hi Ho Cherry-O,Buckaroo… Then there’s Scattergories for the older grandkids. We LOVE board games at my house!”
    @wishwhp “Right now we are loving Quiddler, Articulate (slightly more grown up) and The Very Nasty Horse Racing Game!”
    @stephskordas “I’ve always loved Sorry for family game night. Hubby and I also play computer Monopoly together.”