The magic of board games is that they draw us closer to each other. There's also a purpose and objective, which is to win the game, but whatever competitive nature, these games inspire, it's a given that the exercise is all in fun. A real family fun night can be yours if you're able to lure your family members away from the boob tube, smart-phone, tablet, Kindle or PC.
It is a good idea to pick at least one night out of the month, choose a weekend night, and spend it sitting around your table with your family and play a few of these games. You'll not only get some bonding time with each other, but you'll also make lasting memories of some family togetherness.
These games below are family favorites
- Chutes and Ladders aka Snakes and Ladders
- Connect Four
The games above are fun for a whole family. Other common board games are Checkers and Chess, Battleship, and even Othello, although these are probably not the best choices for family fun as these games are two-player games.
Going a little further back, maybe you remember these games from Milton Bradley
- Happy Days
- Flip Your Wig The Beatles
There is a long recent stretch of USA good ol' Americana that is found in, the board games played over the last few decades. The popularity of board games seemed to rise in the 1930's with Monopoly and the success of that game inspired the many others that followed. It is a genre unto itself and one that is not dependent on battery power.
For sure, if you're game enough, family fun awaits you all. The games above are all best sellers even to this day, but what's your favorite? Maybe there is one that's not listed here, feel free to post your ideas in the comments below.
FYI - But, did you know that the Monopoly game we all love and hate was actually stolen? Yep, as it turns out, the game was originally created by Elizabeth Magie and patented in 1904. Her original creation was called “The Landlord's Game.” That game and the more well known Monopoly are nearly identical, to put matters to rest her patent was eventually bought out for a sum of $500. Bum deal there, I think!