Awesome Games the Whole Family Will Enjoy

Family playing a board game.

If you have kids, it can be rather challenging to find a way to entertain the family at once. It turns out that engaging the attentions and interests of a varied group of individuals with different ages, tastes, and personalities is a difficult task. Who would have guessed?

In all seriousness, Vine Vera knows how worrying it can be to always be stressing over how best to have quality time with the whole family that you can actually enjoy. You know it’s important for you family to come together and be happy to spend time with each other, but how can you manage that without things devolving into chaos? It might seem like an impossible task at times, but it can be done, and Vine Vera is here to help, with a list of awesome, fun games that the whole family can easily enjoy together.

Kids playing hide and seek.

Sardines
This is a fun one for when you get tired of normal hide-and-seek. Choose one person to be “it.” Whoever’s “it” has to go hide, and everyone else is going to try to find them (so basically the opposite of standard-issue hide-and-seek). The first person to find whoever is hiding has to squeeze into the hiding spot next to them and hide too, and whoever finds them has to do the same thing, and so on, until the last person figures out where everyone is hiding.

Child holding a yellow sheet of paper.

Who Am I?
Give every member of the family, including yourself, a bunch of disposable, peel-off name tags—three to five would work well, just remember that however many name tags each person gets is how many “rounds” of the game you can play in total—and instruct them to write the name of a fictional character on the name tag. You can also use historical figures or celebrities, but try to make sure nobody picks a name that no one else will have heard of, because this take the fun out of the game.

Once everyone’s written a few names, gather them all into a bag, bowl, etc. and mix them all up. Close your eyes and pick name tags from the container for each family member one at a time. Don’t let the person that you’re picking for see the name (it’s okay if other people see it), and stick the nametag on their forehead. When it gets to your turn, hand the container to someone else to pick yours and put it on your forehead.

Now, you all walk around talking with each other and asking other people questions about who you are, to try and guess what name is on your forehead, but you can’t ask what your own name tag says, and you can’t tell anyone else what theirs says unless they guessed it correctly.

Child looking through a tyre in an obstacle course.

Obstacle Course
For an active, outdoor game, grab a bunch of random items to make an obstacle course and compete to have the best time. Use things like hula hoops, jump ropes, and other miscellaneous toys to set up the course, and make rules for each segment. For example, maybe you have to hop on one foot next to the jump rope, or crawl on all fours through a hula hoop (which can be held up by someone who’s turn it’s not). Get creative and take turns with other families designing different courses for tons of fun!

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