It’s a hectic time of year, but the schedule should calm down soon. I’m looking forward to some cozy family time, and hoping to have some game nights. Here are some fun family games to play with teens and teens. After I wrote this post about games, readers on the Between Us Parents Facebook Page offered up some of their family’s favorite games that they enjoy with older kids, and I’ve compiled them here.
One reader’s husband received this game as a gift, and it has been fun for the whole family. She reports that their teenager and 9-year-old both love it. Players have to work together to save humanity from outbreaks of disease. The estimated time to play is around an hour. For ages 13+.
“Great” was how one parent described this game, which takes approximately half an hour. The mission is to capture four sacred treasures from the ruins in paradise, and players succeed by using strategic thinking and problem solving. For ages 10+.
This one was new to me, but got an enthusiastic thumbs up on the Facebook thread. It’s described as “a card game for people who are into kittens and explosions and laser beams and sometimes goats.” Alrighty then. Why not? Cards are illustrated by The Oatmeal. For ages 7+.
This is game that you play on a phone, and it’s free to download. It’s from the the creators of “Heads Up!” which was a hit in my house. Players make up fake answers to real trivia questions. A parent commented that this game “is my kids’ current fav. …It’s a multi -player interactive app and I even really like it!”
Not all games have to be indoors, and the folks at Netsanity recommend this fun game that works outside or in.
Friends gave us this as a gift earlier this month. It’s perfect for travel, small and compact and takes just an estimated 15 minute to play. The goal is to grab the best combination of sushi dishes as they whiz by, but you also want to leave room for dessert. For ages 8+.
This game has been popular in some circles for a long while, but seems to be finding a wider audience lately. It’s “an award-winning strategy game where players collect resources and use them to build roads, settlements and cities on their way to victory. The board itself is variable, making each game a little different from the next.” Games take approximately 90 minutes. For ages 10+.
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