Wanna know the secret to hosting a successful event with your family? You gotta make sure to keep everyone involved and having fun. But, how do you do that? You will want to start with these super fun indoor games that are perfect for any time your family gets together.
How do you keep people entertained at a family gathering?
There’s just something magical about the word.
It’s only one word, yet it is used to describe so many wonderful and sometimes complicated relationships.
We refer to a mother with her brand new infant as “family”.
Yet, Crazy Great Uncle Harry (who wears too much cologne and always talks about conspiracy theories)….well, he’s “family” too.
One thing is for certain, it’s important to spend time with family and pass down stories and traditions from previous generations.
And for most of us that means getting together at the holidays or even hosting a family reunion.
But how do you make sure that the event stays fun and cheerful?
Well, you definitely need to have a plan!
What are the best games to play with family?
One sure way to keep everyone occupied is to set up some indoor games to play at your next family get together.
Above, I mentioned how family comes in a variety of shapes, sizes and dynamics.
This means that their interests and definitions of fun are just as varied.
So, you are going to need a few different options to keep everyone entertained and to make sure everyone has an activity they would like to participate in.
The list below contains a ton of indoor games ideas that will make your next family event a success!
Board Games for Families
This one is the easiest of them all.
For one, the prep is incredibly simple: Just set out a variety of popular board games in different locations or even set up a “board game room”.
That way all the materials are available and anyone who is interested in playing can find some partners and get started.
Most people already know the rules and there is virtually zero set up for the host or hostess!
Here are a few of the most popular family board games:
Family Friendly Card Games
Card Games are perfect for family get togethers because again, they are SO easy to set up.
Also, most people know a variety of card games and can teach others. This is especially fun when the older generations are able to teach the young children in the family.
Just in case, you may want to print out the directions for a few of these card games, that way anyone can join in on the fun.
The goal of this game is to collect four-of-a-kind. Easy enough for the youngest players, and super fun for everyone. Learn how to play PIG.
A fun game of speed and strategy. Watch how to play:
This classic card game, also known as “I doubt it” will get everyone having a good time. The object of the game is to “convince” the other players that you are being truthful about how many of each card you have as you try to get rid of them all quickly.
A great way to find out who the liars are in the family LOL! Learn how to play Cheat.
Another quick and easy game that can have many players and doesn’t require much thought. Players turn over their cards into a community pile and when the two cards on top match you must be the first to shout “Snap”! Watch how to play.
Minute to Win It Games for Families
Made popular by the hit TV game show, Minute to Win It games are the perfect ice breaker for your next family event.
Even if someone decides they don’t want to play, they can still have a ton of fun watching the others.
The basic idea is that there are a variety of tasks that each player tries to complete in 60 seconds. You can form teams, partners or even play individually.
You will need a few supplies to get set up, but many items you probably already have around the house.
Get ready to cry from laughing so hard!
Junk in the Trunk
An empty tissue box is belted onto each player and filled with ping pong balls. Each person is given one minute to “shake” all the ping pong balls out of the box.
Face the Cookie
A cookie is placed on each players forehead and they are given a minute to try to maneuver the cookie into their own mouth. This one is hilarious to watch!
Players are given one minute to stack as many pennies as they can.
Cup Stack Attack
Create a classic cup pyramid out of 36 plastic cups and then re-stack the cups as you take the tower down within one minute!
Scavenger hunts are the perfect activities for family gatherings because it’s easy to form teams and get everyone working together to find the items on the list.
Here are a couple fun scavenger hunt printables that you could use:
More Games Ideas for your Family Reunion
Get to know your family better with this funny game that gets everyone laughing!
A great ice-breaker to get everyone mixing and mingling!
A fantastic way to learn more about your family history and have a great time!