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The Best Family Games for Moms Who Hate Board Games

Virus! A fast paced game perfect for families

The Best Board Games for Large Families

Finding board games that work with large families can be tough. We have a huge age spread in our house (currently 8-17) which makes choosing games complicated. We play a ton of board games in the winter and around the holidays. This year we’ve been playing more than ever because board games are currently a huge part of my 16-year-old son’s ABA therapy at home.

Best family board games of 2020

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Finding Games For Large Families

As you can imagine, it is not easy to find a game that more than 4-6 people can play, or that can hold the interest of a range of ages. Here are the tried and true board games our family loves. We own every single one of these games, and these are also the games that have survived my ruthlessness in my never-ending quest toward minimalism.


Sunday afternoon Pandemic. I hope you aren't counting on these guys to save the world.

“Work together to save humanity in the 2008 bestselling cooperative board game! Four diseases threaten the world, and your elite team of specialists must find a cure for each of them before it’s too late.”

Not only is 2020 the best year ever to play Pandemic, but it is great for families because it is a cooperative game.

Sunday afternoon Pandemic. I hope you aren't counting on these guys to save the world.

Pandemic is a game for 2-4 players and takes about 45 minutes to play. Everyone either wins or loses together…after all, you are trying to save the world from a pandemic!


Virus! A fast paced game perfect for families

Amazon says it best: “Warning: The fun is contagious! Protect your organs while attacking others in this easy to learn card game. Place a virus on another player’s organ card, or use a medicine card to cure your own organs. The first player with four healthy organs wins!”

This is a new one to our family and can I just say it is obviously the pefect game for 2020?

Cards Against Humanity Family Edition

Cards Against Humanity Family Edition

Cards Against Humanity Family Edition is perfect for parents who love Cards Against Humanity but also care about their eternal souls. Just like the original game, but with the dirty parts removed. This game is guaranteed to cause laughter and joy.

Taco Cat Goat Cheese Pizza

Taco Cat Goat Cheese Pizza is a fun, face-paced game. This is a great game for large families!

Taco Cat Goat Cheese Pizza is probably my favorite out of all the games on this list. This game is easy to learn and is fast-paced…Absolutely no sitting around waiting for your turn. It is deceptively simple…and tricky. Apollo (9) can play this game on even ground with the rest of us. Perfect for large groups.

The Game of Things

The Game of Things is a great game for large famlilies.

We have been playing this game so often lately and it is one of my personal favorites. I love word games and this one is so much fun. In this game person picks a card which says something such as, “things you shouldn’t do at a funeral” or “things you wish your grandma would say”. Each player writes down an answer.  The answers can be serious, funny, totally inappropriate, or silly. There are no “wrong” answers. The reader then reads all the answers out loud and each player has to guess which player wrote which response. This is where it gets really fun. You not only need to write down an answer but make sure no one can guess which answer was yours. This game is guaranteed to bring some laughs.

Game Night in a Can

Game Night in a Can is my favorite everyone can play together and at the same time!

From Amazon:

“Create new animal species for Noah’s Ark, competitively fly paper airplanes, make a commercial for something in the room, bump butts as many times as you can in 30 seconds, and so much more!”

We played this fun game when Jared was here to visit before he and Tilly got married. We had so much fun. We were laughing until our sides hurt. This game is unlike any board game you’ve tried. It has nearly endless possibilities for games and no one will be bored.  The pictures above are from one of our games with Jared. This game is great for families because it covers a variety of ages and up to 20 players! If you have younger kids playing, you can play as a team. We played boys against girls when Jared was here.


Beanboozled Game Review

My kids’ cousins gave Beanboozled to them a few years back and they still can’t stop talking about it (thankfully we can order refills off of Amazon). This simple game comes with a spinner and Jelly Belly jelly beans. The idea is, you spin the spinner and then have to eat a Jelly Belly of that color. The catch?

Each regular flavored jelly bean has a nasty counterpart…will you get Peach? Or Barf? Chocolate Pudding? Or Canned Dog Food? Lime? Or Lawn Clippings?

You won’t know until you taste them.

You can see our family playing this game in the post Beanboozled: The Family Game You Really Must Try!


Munchkin Deluxe is a board game my boys can't get enough of!

My boys absolutely love this game! Munchkin is full of a whole lot of nonsense, rules that don’t really make sense, jokes, and just enough competition to keep my boys engaged. This was played a ton over the Thanksgiving holiday and 8-year-old Apollo loves playing it just as much as 21-year-old Judah.

Hezekiah and Enoch love the huge variety of expansion packs you can buy. The best part is, they are all compatible. You can play with the original game and all the expansion packs together.

Exploding Kittens

Exploding Kittens is an absurd game that our large family enjoys.

This is another game that my boys cannot get enough of. The Exploding Kittens is easy to play but hard to explain, so I am just going to use the description from Amazon:

“Exploding kittens is a card game for people who are into kittens and explosions and laser beams and sometimes goats. In this highly-strategic, kitty-powered version of Russian roulette, players draw cards until someone draws an exploding kitten, at which point they explode, they are Dead, and they are out of the game — unless that player has a defuse card, which can defuse the kitten using things like laser pointers, belly rubs, and catnip sandwiches. All of the other cards in the deck are used to move, mitigate, or avoid the exploding kittens. Exploding Kittens is the most-backed crowdfunded project ever, the most-funded game in the history of Kickstarter, and has paved the way for peace and tranquility in the modern world.”

Would You Rather?

Would You Rather? is a hilairously silly game that works for large groups or large families. This is also the perfect ice breaker game.

The premise of this game? To choose between to equally horrible (or wonderful) choices. Such as:

Would you rather always have to pick your nose when talking to someone? Or always spit on people when talking to them?

This game is a great icebreaker and conversation starter. We ditched the board part of this game years ago and just use the cards. There are also several books, which we love to use on long car rides. This game will make you laugh, I promise!

Cashflow is a fun, family game that will teach your kids about finances.


Cashflow isn’t exactly designed for younger kids but I have to mention it because it is my older kids’ favorite board game. We were introduced to this game by our good friends Greg and Merriann. My kids and Chuck love it. It’s a long game and pencils, paper, and calculators are involved, but this game is great for learning real-life skills and so fun, my kids beg to play it.

Host an amazing Escape Room Game night for your teens and their friends.

Escape Room

Okay, this isn’t exactly large-family friendly but I have to include it because it is my all-time favorite game. In this game, you have 60 minutes to solve the puzzle and escape.

We hosted an Escape Room game night a couple of years ago and my teens loved it. Escape Room is an interactive game where all 3-5 team members work together to solve the puzzle and escape. Everyone has to share their clues, take careful notes and put their brains together if there is any hope of escaping. This game is for ages sixteen and up.

Host an amazing Escape Room Game night for your teens and their friends.

I love this so much I will be buying an expansion pack for when our kids visit from New Zealand and I am so excited to see they have just released a VR version of the game!

Code Names

Code Names is a fun board game where you work in teams to figure out clues.

Code names is another one of my personal favorites.

“Codenames is a social word game with a simple premise and challenging game play. Two rival spymasters know the secret identities of 25 agents. Their teammates know the agents only by their codenames. The teams compete to see who can make contact with all of their agents first. Spymasters give one-word clues that can point to multiple words on the table. Their teammates try to guess words of their color while avoiding those that belong to the opposing team. And everyone wants to avoid the assassin. “

So there you have it. Games we own. Games we love. Games the kids won’t let me get rid of. Without a doubt, these are some of the best board games for large families.

What are your favorite board games? Do you have any suggestions for games for large families?


  1. Tara Walls

    While not a board game technically, we absolutely love the game Heads up. You download the app (it was $3.99 well spent) and it gives you several categories you can choose from. My kids favorite is animals. You can do teams or singles to see who can score the most in charades like fashion. One person holds the phone on their forehead while the others shout clues. You can play using words or sounds only etc. If they correctly guess it you would nod your head forward like saying yes and the next card comes up or if you want to pass you can by tilting your head up to pass until time runs out. So many ways to play and always entertaining. We have played at home, with the youth group, with the girl scout troop etc.

  2. bemis

    We love 221B Baker Street, which is like Clue but so much better. You’re solving a new mystery each time and there are clues to figure out in each of the places you go. It’s definitely worth getting the deluxe version (with many extra cases to solve). It’s probably a little above Apollo–I’d guess 12+–but great for teenagers on up.

    A great card game for large groups (just get an extra set of cards) is Five Crowns. Even my 6-year-old loves this game and only needs minimal help!

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