Unique Popular Board Games for Kids and Families.
I’ve always been a HUGE fan of games. I grew up playing games of all kinds with my three brothers.
As an adult, my husband and I spent a year traveling in a motorhome before we got married. We had lots of time to find and play new games on the road. Our only fight the entire trip? A blowout over the rules of backgammon. True story.
Below is a collection of unique popular board games that families and kids of all ages will enjoy. These are not the typical classic family games that we all know and love.
You will not find games like Candyland or Monopoly on this list. Although there are probably games on this list you already know, I’m hoping to help you discover a NEW game or two to add to the family game closet.
Below you will find educational games, cooperative games where everyone plays to win, games of logic and strategy, games that will help you learn a bit more about the members of your family, games that will make you laugh until your sides split, and games that will make you burst into song!
Unique Popular Board Games for Kids and Families
I have placed these unique popular board games in order of the manufacturers recommended ages from youngest to oldest so you can easily find the games that will work for your kids and family.
There are at least 2 game selections to choose from in each recommended age range from 3 to 13 and up. Click on the affiliate text or image links to learn more about each game.
Board Games for Kids Ages 3 and Up
Sneaky Snacky Squirrel (Ages 3 and up)
Sneak in the fun of learning colors with the award-winning Sneaky, Snacky, Squirrel Game. Your forest friends are hungry and they need your help. Be the first to fill your log with delicious acorns and you win!
Count Your Chickens (Ages 3 and up)
Players help Mother Hen collect her chicks and bring them back to the coop. Spin and move, count the number of spaces and collect that number of chicks. Take turns, but work together because if you collect all the chicks then everyone wins!
Board Games for Kids Ages 4 and Up
Hoot Owl Hoot (Ages 4 and up)
Hoot Owl Hoot is a color-coded cooperative matching game with two play levels that will grow with your child. Help all the owls get home before the sun rises and everyone wins!
Enchanted Forrest Children’s Game (ages 4 and up — updated from the classic version)
A magical treasure hunt game in the land of fairy tales! Roll the dice and round the board, sneaking a peek at treasures hidden in the Enchanted Forest along the way. Be the first player to find the treasures the king seeks and the kingdom is yours!
Board Games for Kids Ages 5 and Up
Race to the Treasure (Ages 5 and up)
Players try to beat the Ogre to the treasure by creating a path from Start to End. Along the way, they need to collect three keys to open the treasure. If players strategize, cooperate and build a path together before the Ogre gets there, they all win!
Mermaid Island (Ages 5 and up)
In this game players work together to help the Mermaids swim to Mermaid Island before the Sea Witch gets there. Spin and move, pick up a wand and get the power to defeat the Sea Witch! If the mermaids get to the island safely, everyone wins!
Rivers, Roads and Rails (Ages 5 and up)
Rivers, Roads & Rails is a transportation-themed card matching game that puts kids in the driver’s seat. Players build an ever-changing transportation network that includes rivers, roads and railroad tracks on which ships, cars and trains can move freely. Each card must connect perfectly to the next, providing the proper pathway for the vehicles to travel.
The Ungame (Ages 5 and up)
A family communications game where players progress along the playing board as they answer questions such as, “What are the four most important things in your life?” and “What do you think life would be like in 100 years?” A non-competitive game that can be a great ice-breaker for a serious exchange of thoughts, feelings, and ideas.
Gather the family around the game table for this easy-to-learn favorite. Players take turns placing pieces on their board, each starting from their corner. Each new piece must touch at least one other piece of the same color, but only at the corners! The goal is to get rid of all your pieces. The game ends when all players are blocked from laying down any more of their pieces.
The Secret Door (Ages 5 and up)
Valuables have been stolen, and players have to find them before midnight. Together they search through the mansion for clues. Because of the cooperative principle, everyone is part of a team that discusses ideas and shares strategies. Each game is different, exciting and tricky. That’s why adults like playing along!
Ogres and Elves (Ages 5 and up)
This game comes with three sets of rules, for younger children, middle years, and tough adult play. When the Royal Elf Family plans to visit their Mountain Kingdom the Ogres plan to grab all the valuables for themselves. The players must work together to get Royals & Ogres to share the goodies.
Board Games for Kids Ages 6 and Up
Poop (Ages 6 and up)
POOP is a game where the first player to run out of cards wins! Take turns pooping but don’t clog the toilet! If you like Uno, you’ll love POOP!
Monkey’s Up (Ages 6 and up)
Monkeys Up is the game that will have your family going bananas! Players compete to get the best score by flipping, switching, and stealing monkeys. Victory will come to the player who switches, steals, and flips the best. You will find yourself laughing head over heels until all of your monkeys are up!
Cauldron Quest (Ages 6 and up)
Cauldron Quest is a magical game of potions and spells where players must work together to find hidden ingredients to create a spell-breaking potion. If they are successful everyone wins!
Caves and Claws (Ages 6 and up)
Players work together as a team of archaeologists heading deep into a jungle to find ancient artifacts. The game has three parts with obstacles to avoid. There are paths to build, artifacts to find, and dangers lurking!
Latice (Ages 6 and up)
Latice is a new classic strategy board game for 2-4 players (or teams). It is a combination of Scrabble and Uno with a bit of strategy built in. 3 minutes to learn, 20 minutes to play, a lifetime to master.
Board Games for Kids Ages 7 and Up
Tenzi (Ages 7 and up)
This has quickly become a family favorite. Play is quick and fun. Each player gets a different color set of dice and they roll them to see how many dice can match the same numbers. Then they keep rolling the unmatched dice until all their numbers match. The winner is the first one to get all of their numbers to match. You may need more dice and the cards make this game even more fun!
Personalogy (Ages 7 and up)
Discover something new about your family in this laugh-out-loud discovery card game that brings families together instantly. Questions have multiple choice answers to make it easy for kids. There are three ways to play, with or without points and can be played in teams. The perfect antidote for traveling with kids.
Board Games for Kids Ages 8 and Up
Make ‘N’ Break (Ages 8 and up)
Easy to play and fun for the entire family, this game takes simple building tasks and sets them against the clock for an exciting and engaging showdown. The uncomplicated concept and variable levels of difficulty allow it to be enjoyed by builders of all ages, whether it’s a rainy day inside with the kids or an after-dinner match for the adults.
Labyrinth (Ages 8 and up)
This four-player adventure is an action-packed game of mystery is ideal for sleepovers, family game nights, and anytime kids feel like playing in a land of strategy and imagination. Players must find all of their objects and characters while moving carefully through the constantly changing maze, and be the first to make it back to the starting square to win.
Spontuneous (Ages 8 and up)
Simple party game to play for all ages and musical tastes. A word is given and it’s a race to blurt out any song containing that word. No singing skill is necessary! Millions already do it – You hear a word, a song pops into your head, and you spontaneously burst into a TUNE!
Say Anything (Ages 8 and up)
Say Anything Family is a game that will get the entire family talking and laughing in minutes. This family-oriented version of the popular adult party game gives players the chance to settle questions that have been hotly debated for centuries. Then players try to choose which answer the judge will like best. Play Say Anything Family Edition and find out what hilarious things YOUR family will say!
Indigo (Ages 8 and up)
Indigo is a board game of intricate pathways and twists with players competing to gather precious gems, including the blue sapphire. Game play involves laying pathways along the board on which players move gems to the exits on the board’s edge. The exits can belong to them or be shared with another competitor.
Ticket to Ride (Ages 8 and up)
Ticket to Ride is a cross-country train adventure game. Players collect train cards that enable them to claim railway routes connecting cities throughout North America. The longer the routes, the more points they earn. Additional points come to those who can fulfill their Destination Tickets by connecting two distant cities, and to the player who builds the longest continuous railway.
Board Games for Kids Ages 10 and Up
5 Second Rule – Just Spit it Out! (Ages 10 and up)
It should be easy to name 3 breeds of dogs–but can you do it under the pressure of 5 seconds twisting down, and with the other players staring at you, waiting for you to get flustered? Time’s not on your side, so just say what comes to mind and risk ridiculous answers slipping as time twirls down on the unique twisted timer. It’s all in good fun with the fast-paced game where you have to Just Spit it Out.
Wits and Wagers (Ages 10 and up)
Wits and Wagers is a fast-paced game that combines the most interesting elements of trivia with the excitement of gambling. Players can win by making educated guesses or by having the guts to bet on the high-payout answers of their friends.
7 Wonders (Ages 10 and up)
You are the leader of one of the 7 great cities of the Ancient World. Gather resources, develop commercial routes and affirm your military supremacy. Build your city and erect an architectural wonder which will transcend future times.
Board Games for Kids Ages 12 and Up
Better Me (Ages 12 and up)
Using the principles of positive psychology, the game challenges players to take real world action to improve themselves and their life. It also strengthens relationships by helping people connect in a meaningful way. The game creates amazing conversation, allowing players to quickly learn about themselves and their fellow players. And all in an encouraging and fun atmosphere, with no pressure or judgment permitted.
Above and Below (Ages 13 and up)
Above and Below is a mashup of town-building and storytelling where you and up to three friends compete to build the best village above and below ground. In the game, you send your villagers to perform jobs like exploring the cave, harvesting resources, and constructing houses. Each villager has unique skills and abilities, and you must decide how to best use them. You have your own personal village board, and you slide the villagers on this board to various areas to indicate that they’ve been given jobs to do.
Euphoria: Build a Better Dystopia (Ages 13 and up)
In Euphoria, you lead a team of workers (dice) and recruits (cards) to claim ownership of the dystopian world. You will generate commodities, dig tunnels to infiltrate opposing areas, construct markets, collect artifacts, strengthen allegiances, and fulfill secret agendas.
Make game night fun again with one of these amazing games! This collection of unique popular board games for kids and families make a great gift idea for Christmas and Birthdays.
Know of another unique popular board game you think belongs on this list? Share it in the comments below! I’m always up for discovering a new game to try 🙂
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Nell has over 20 years of experience working with children and is the founder of Rhythms of Play. She believes in the wonder of childhood, the power of the imagination, learning through play, and getting outside in all seasons! Learn more…