Great Things to Try for Family Game Night

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If there is one thing we love more than family photography, it is just plain old family game nights. It’s great to institute game night year-round, but there’s no denying it’s a little more fun when you’re all gathered together on a chilly fall night having a blast while the wind whips outside. But after awhile, it can start to feel like you’ve played all the games in your library – twice! When the game night doldrums hit, try busting out one of these to spice things up and keep everyone laughing.

Pie Face

If you haven’t been living under a rock, you’ve probably seen this game popping up here and there on the internet. Basically, you pour some whipped cream onto a hand, spin a wheel and turn the handle as many times as the number the spinner landed on and – pray to the whipped cream gods that you don’t get smacked in the face with a hand full of whipped cream. Not only will everyone be laughing when Grandma gets a face full of whipped cream for the first time, but the anticipation is what makes this game a home run for family game night. Everyone is on edge until – WHAM – someone gets pie-faced.


There are few things funnier in this world than drawing a slip of paper out of a hat and trying to act out what’s on that paper to the best of your ability while the rest of your family watches, confused, doubled over in laughter trying to figure it out before time’s up. This game works best with larger groups to break into teams, so you might want to save it for family reunions or invite your neighbors over to join the fun with you.


This classic just gets better the longer it’s around. When Monopoly has gone the way of electric banking, there’s something extra hilarious about having to not get tongue-tied as you try to describe a word without using the word itself (or any part of the word – don’t even try “rhymes with!” either. The Catchphrase police will find you) and watching your family’s brains work to get on the same wavelength as you before the buzzer. Some of our favorite memories come from the gut-busting laughter when you realize you can’t quite figure out how to describe “toothbrush.”

Cards Against Humanity

Ok, so this one should definitely only be reserved for the grownups, or at the very least your kids need to be pretty well grown before you dive into the mess that is Cards Against Humanity, but as the holidays roll around and the little ones head to bed, bonding amongst the adults has never been more hilarious. Add a couple bottles of Christmas wine to the mix and you’re in for one of the most memorable “family” game nights of your life.

There’s a lot to be said for putting down the phones, turning off the TV, and just playing a game with one another. It’s fun, it’s interactive, and it gets people talking. Making sure you’ve got what it takes to keep family game night interesting week after week goes a long way toward keeping your family actively engaged with one another, and that’s well worth the dog licking up a little too much whipped cream one night.