The Best Games For A Family Stuck Indoors

We’ve all had quite some time to get used to life in lockdown. Most of us are adhering it to one degree or another, living smaller lives than we might have been at the start of the year and, although you might have gotten used to being kept in from the rest of the world, it’s only reasonable that you might still get bored from time to time.

For that reason, we’re going to look at some games you and the family can easily play once-in-a-while to help make the time a little easier to pass.

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Classic board games

Boardgames may not be as popular with kids nowadays as they were with our generation, but that’s something that we have the opportunity to change now that, for better or worse, we’re all cooped up together.

Check out some of the huge range of board games there are out there, whether it’s something as contentious as Monopoly or something that gets players making long term strategies like Splendor.

Word games

Perhaps you want to make sure that you and your kids alike are getting intellectually stimulated while still competed. Games like Scrabble are fantastic for that, challenging you to be creative with language and improving your ability to recall words at will.

There are online tools that can help you find hints, like looking up seven letter words, to help you improve your abilities, as well. Take it as an opportunity to learn, not just play.

Social deduction games

These types of games are much better suited for families with slightly older kids (adolescents and up), as well as families with more kids. These games, like Mafia or Werewolf, usually involve each player having a secret (such as working to secretly eliminate players), and each player trying to figure out the motive and identity of the other players so they can vote them out to protect their side.

Among Us is a recent video game version of the social deduction game that can be easily played for free on smartphones, too.

Dancing games

Other video games, like Just Dance, can help your family stay healthy by implementing another part of life that’s easy to forget about in quarantine: we’re talking about staying fit.

Getting your kids amped up for a dance party in the home, whether you have the help of a video game or one of the many online dance videos for kids found on YouTube can help you really lose those extra quarantine pounds.

Card games

When it comes to passing the time and pure competition, there really are few replacements for card games. Hours can dissolve away pretty easily whether you’re playing Solitaire, Go Fish, or Uno.

They’re designed for endless replayability so, once you get the kids to take part, you might find it easy to keep them entertained all the while.

Hopefully, the examples above help you find your new family funtivities to keep everyone sane, active, entertained. If not, perhaps they’ll give you some inspiration for games you can play on your own.


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  1. I love card games so much until now that I’m adult. It’s fun especially now that we limit going outdoors.

  2. I love playing games with the family. We always end up getting new ones too. They’re so much fun.

  3. We have really been enjoying games at my home this year. Catch Phrase was our favorite but we went through all of the questions so many times that we have moved on. I love trying out new games!

  4. It’s nice to have games you can play with the family when stuck at home. Otherwise, the kids vanish with ipads which is a shame.

  5. I love board games. Life and Clue are my favorite. My husband likes games like Werewolf.

  6. Thanks for these ideas! They are so useful especially that now we have such a rainy time that we can’t go outside at all!C

    1. Those are great games for a family night. I love playing word and board games with my family. We share laughter and having fun through the time. Fun time!

  7. Our daughter just visited us for two weeks and we played a game of some type nearly every night. It was so much fun!

  8. My family and I were just discussing the other day that we needed to bring back family game name. So far we’ve played Trouble and Go Fish. I forgot how much fun it was to have game night.

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