The Best Board Games to Play With Kids on Family Game Night


Smart Ass

Yell out your answer in the Smart Ass board game! That's the point of this trivia game. One player reads a series of clues that get increasingly easier and the other players try to be the first to guess the correct answer. It's a fun game, with amusing ass references on the board. Players get to throw the dice to choose a category. They include Who Am I? Where am I? What am I? and Hard Ass! There's also expansion packs such as 90s Nostalgia and Geek Chic.

Want an example of a question? Yell out the answer when you've figured it out. "I am a musician.


I am a child of destiny. I think when life gives you lemons, make Lemonade. My daughter is Blue sometimes. I am the first woman to win six Grammys in one night. My fans sometimes call themselves the Beehive. I am sometime Sasha Fierce, sometime the Queen. Who am I? with the initial B?" Guess Beyonce? You're right. Ages 12+. RRP $39.99. Read the Newy with Kids review.


Some might argue that Twister isn't a board game and technically it's not. But think of the players as the board pieces.


Spin the wheel and see what body part you need to move to a colour on the floor mat. You'll be twisted up in no time with other players. Remember the last player standing wins. Recommended for kids birthday parties. Ages 6+. RRP $42.99.


With its physical pieces that actually transport and trap mice, the Mouse Trap board game is a fun one for families. Part-board game, part-engineering experiment, it shows kids cause and effect as their mice race around the board collecting cheese pieces and stealing cheese from other players.


Ages 6+. RRP $39.99.


To develop strategy and hand-eye coordination skills, play Jenga. This game requires a steady hand, a strategic approach and some luck. 54 wooden blocks get stacked in a tower and then players take turns pulling out a block and then stacking it on top. Sounds easy but when there's the blocks on top or below the block you're trying to remove, it can be a challenge. The game finishes when the tower collapses. Ages 6+. RRP $28.99.


Dog Man Attack of the Fleas

Based on the best selling book series by Dav Pilkey, author of Captain Underpants, Dog Man Attack of the Fleas is a brand new board game slightly different from others. It encourages players to work together to save the city from fleas – Fuzzy Little Animal Squad. Ages 6+. RRP $29.95.

Exploding Kittens

Exploding Kittens is a strategic card game in which players take turns drawing cards until someone draws an exploding kitten and loses the game.


Start the game by putting the cards face down and players take turns drawing cards, until someone draws an exploding kitten card. If they do, they explode and are out of the card game unless they have a diffuse card. Ages 7+. RRP $39.

Hedbanz for Kids

You can't go wrong with family games that involve headbands and "Yes" and "No" questions. This is Hedbanz, the game where a player puts on a headband with a card that lists what they are. Everyone else can see the card but not them.


 They then have to ask "Yes" or "No" questions to figure out what they are before time runs out. Great game to get kids to develop their deductive reasoning skills. Ages 6+. RRP $29.99.

Trivial Pursuit (Family Edition)

If trivia's your thing, then play the Family Edition of Trivial Pursuit. The game is still true to its roots. It still involves moving around a board and answering questions in six categories: Geography, Entertainment, History, Art and Literature, Science and Nature, and Sports and Leisure.


  However, in this edition, it's a smaller board so it doesn't go on forever like the original game. Also, there are specific Adult and Kids questions making it fairer for younger players. Ages 6+. RRP $44.99

The Game of Life

Teach kids some life lessons in The Game of Life board game. As they progress around the board going from Start to Retirement, there's all kinds of milestones to achieve including getting a job, getting married, having kids. The winner is the player with the most money at the end of the game, much like in real life! Ages 8+. RRP $39.99. There's also Game of Life Junior for kids aged 5+. Similar to the original version but has more kid-friendly adventures. RRP $39.99

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