Family game night is a great way to spend time together and have some fun. But when the weather doesn’t cooperate, it can be hard to come up with ideas for things to do.
That’s why we’ve put together this list of the best family games to play indoors! This fabulous list of Fun Family Games are easy enough for kids across ages to understand and do not require much supplies.
Just some commonly available things around the house and you are all set for an exciting session of family games.
Family Games To Play At Home
One of the most apt and fun games to play with family, Would You Rather game is highly entertaining and is easy enough for kids of all ages to understand and play.
Pick from Funny Would You Rather Questions or Harry Potter Would You Rather for a hilarious family game night.
Related: Looking for easy family games especially for Thanksgiving? Check out Fun Thanksgiving Games & Activities for holiday-themed ideas and free Thanksgiving game printables!
Guessing games are always a big hit on family game nights. These exciting games are great for family reunion (think Thanksgiving!) are challenging and quick which makes them just perfect to play with a larger group.
Kids of any age group can play these guessing games. All you have to do is simplify the clues for them. It is that easy. Plus, it is a cool way to sneak in some learning and help your children think critically.
3. Scavenger Hunt
Scavenger hunt is a classic game that has entertained families for ages and still one of the strongest contenders for family game night ideas.
All you need to do is hide things around the house for this fun indoor game and you are all set for wholesome family fun.
Simple and easy games like scavenger hunt are perfect at promoting family bonding and help create an easy, relaxed and positive home environment for kids.
4. Chinese Whispers
This is one game that brings the whole family together and gets them talking in a hushed voice.
How to Play:
All family members sit around in a circle. One person is chosen to start the game. This person says a proverb or something uncommon to the person sitting next to him in his/her ear.
The players then pass the phrase along the circle till it reaches the last person in the group. The last person says the phrase aloud and it is compared with the starting phrase.
It may sound simple but you will be surprised how much the phrase changes as it is passed along the group of people. Sure to amaze and get everyone laughing, Chinese Whispers is a funny game that is best suited for a large group.
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Looking for fun family reunion games? Try Never Have I Ever Game. This lighthearted game to play with family is a fun way to get kids as well as adults blurting out their silliest deeds and even sharing their embarrassing moments.
And the best part, there are many ways to play this family reunion and party game.
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6. Balloon Bob
Family games like Balloon Bob will get everyone, even the laziest member of your family, happily moving. All you need for this fun game is a couple of balloons!
Every family member gets a balloon and the challenge is to keep it in the air by bobbing it with his or her head! The last one to drop the balloon wins the game.
Related: If your family loves to play board games together, we have an excellent age-wise List of Board Games To Keep Everyone Entertained!
7. On The Couch
This is one of the best family reunion games and a favourite with our family. It is almost customary to play this game at our family get togethers.
How To Play:
Divide the players into two teams. When called, all the members of the team must fit into the selected couch within a minute.
This minute to win a game is not as easy as it sounds! Most of the time a minute is way too short to fit everyone into the couch without anyone falling off!
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8. Family Trivia
One of the very best ice-breaker games with family, Family Trivia really tests family ties by challenging how much family members know about each other.
Choose from simple questions like Mom’s favourite colour to when did your grandparents marry to quiz your family members about their family history.
Related: To make it an educational family game with kids, try these Fun Trivia Questions to check your kiddo’s general knowledge.
How about an indoor game of bowling? Simply use plastic water bottles and a relatively soft ball to play bowling indoors on a family game night. Just the perfect activity to banish boredom.
10. Truth or Dare
A few games can match this classic game of Truth or Dare Questions. Always fun and exciting to play, this game never disappoints and can be played with kids of all ages.
Perfect game to get the whole family playing together!
Bingo is a fun game that can never run out of style. Perfect to play in large groups, Bingo tops the list of family games that are easy to play and organise.
Simply make your bingo cards or use this one and you are all set for a fun session of this great game.
12. Hot Potato
This classic family game assures giggles and is a complete laughter riot. Sure to get every family meme bear excited, Hot Potato is one family game no one can refuse to play.
To make it more exciting, add some variation like passing a frisbee instead of a ball or asking the player who has just been ousted a Truth or Dare Question. Make sure to play a fun playlist to make it exciting.
Quick Tip: While you bond with your kids over these fun family games, sneak in a few Questions To Ask Kids to know them better and peep inside their hearts!
One of most loved and widely played family reunion games, Pictionary is a big hit with children as well as adults.
Split your family members into teams and let the fun begin as everyone plays a fun guessing game. Perfect for a family game night, Pictionary is super fun with a bowl of popcorn.
Quick Tip: We love the Air Pictionary version of the game. It is super fun to play and a great family game for weekends.
14. UNO Flip
UNO is a fun card game that all of us have played as kids. Tweak it a little for better and you get this great game of UNO Flip that makes the game play all the more exciting.
One of the best group games cum family games to play, we strongly recommend UNO Flip for a fun family game night.
15. Build A Tower
This is an exciting game that challenges your construction and balancing skills. One of the best indoor games for a rainy day afternoon or a chilly night, “Build A Tower” is always a fun game to play with family and friends.
All you need is a timer and paper cups (or oranges or apples or playing cards). Every family member gets ten cups that they need to stack to make the tallest tower in 30 seconds. Remember, no tumbling allowed!
Related: Got a stash of pennies? Here is a cool idea on how to get creative with them and build coin structures!
Another family game that is always fun to play is Jenga! It is easy to play and lots of fun. A great game to get your kids (and every family member) exercising their mental muscles, Jenga is just the apt family reunion game that kids across all ages can play.
Related: If you are looking for a family game for kids 8 years and above, try this challenging version – Jenga Maker.
17. Suck It Up
Minute-to-win games serve as perfect family game night ideas and provide wholesome family entertainment. “Suck it up” is one game that lives up to these expectations and is super easy to set up.
How To Play:
Lay out M&Ms in paper plates and hand each player a straw and an empty bowl. The challenge is to transfer M&Ms from the paper plate into the bowls using straw.
The player, who transfers the most number of candies, wins the game and of course gets to eat them too!
Sounds fun right? We bet it is! And it doubles up as a perfect Summer Activity For Kids as well!
18. What’s the Joke
What good is a family game night without some silly jokes? This game is all about telling the joke and the listeners getting it right.
How To Play:
You will need a spoon for every player and a lemon. The game challenges its players to tell a joke while holding the spoon with the lemon in their mouths. Each player must finish the joke without the lemon falling off the spoon.
We know it sounds easy, but wait till you try it for yourself! It’s hard holding the lemon steady when all you want to do is laugh! And here is a mammoth list of silly, clean, family friendly jokes to get you started.
19. Mad Libs
Mad Libs is one of our favourite family games. It is super fun and assures a good laugh for everyone.
It is one of the best games for family reunions that gets everyone laughing and interacting with each other. This word game works like a charm at entertaining everyone from young kids to adults.
Quick Tip: Mad Libs is a great travel game to keep kids happy and entertained on a long road trip or a flight.
20. Two Truths and One Lie
One of the best family reunion activities is to get talking and getting to know each other. This family get together game is pretty much about how much you know each other.
How To Play:
All family members are given a pen and paper. Everyone must write down two truths and one lie about themselves on the paper in a random order. Once everyone is done writing, it is time to read what is written on the paper. As each family member reads out from their paper, other family members must guess the lie.
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This is a classic family game that can be played in large groups and is perfect to play when everyone, right from grandparents to grandkids, is together.
For those of you who are looking for family game night ideas that do not require any supplies, Signs is the game for you.
How to Play:
Players sit around in a circle holding hands. The goal is to send a message using hand signs around the circle without getting caught. The player caught sending the message becomes the new IT.
23. How’s Yours
This is one of the best games for a fun family reunion! It is silly, hilarious and gets everyone in the group talking.
How To Play:
Sit around in a circle. One player is chosen to be the IT and leaves the room. The players in the room choose a body part IT has to guess.
When IT comes to the room, she has to ask “How’s yours” from each family member to guess the body part they have selected.
Perfect game to play as a family on a picnic or family get-togethers!
24. Secret Dancer
This is a great icebreaker for family reunions. Music always shed inhibitions and gets everyone in the mood. Little kids love playing this fun family game and it is a great way to burn off that surplus energy from eating sweets.
How To Play:
One person is chosen as the detective and must leave the room. The players in the room decide who is going to be the secret dancer. The secret dancer chooses a dance move that everyone else copies.
When the detective comes back in the room, everyone starts dancing to the music. The detective has to figure out who the secret dancer is and gets three guesses.
The catch is the secret dancer can change the move anytime and everyone must follow.
25. Killer Detective
Another exciting game that brings all family members playing together is Killer Detective. It is easy to set up, quick and definitely fun!
How To Play:
Make paper slips according to the number of people playing. If there are ten people, you will need ten slips. Label 8 slips as “Common Man” and for the remaining two slips, label one for as “Detective” and one for as “Killer”. Shuffle the slips together.
Each player picks a slip from the pile and reads from it discreetly. The player who lands a slip with Killer written on it must wink at other players to kill them. When the player, who is a common man, is winked at must call out “I am dead”. The detective must figure out who the killer is before the killer gets all the common men.
Related: Got a kid who loves playing detective? Teach them what detectives do and the tools they use to solve real life mysteries.
Drawing games always get families together and this one is no exception. It is a super fun party cum family game.
This award winning fun word guessing game is certain to entertain everyone in the family and get you laughing out loud!
27. Sentence Game
Family games like this are our all time favourites! Super silly and fun, the Sentence game always gets us laughing and falling off our chairs.
It is an easy game to play in a group, this one requires a pen and paper for each player. All players must write down one sentence about themselves or someone else in the room to start the game.
The paper is then folded and passed to the person on the left. This person reads the sentence, draws it out, folds it burrito style and passes it on.
The end of this game is always hilarious when you get to read the starting sentence and what it becomes in the end!
28. Hide and Seek
Why not revisit childhood and play this old game again, but this time with your kids. We promise it will be more fun than ever!
This is a fun fast-paced guessing game that is sure to entertain the youngest as well as the oldest members of your family. It will put your deducing skills to test and teach your kids to think logically.
30. Straight Face
Straight face is a great family game to play indoors. It is simple, funny and is played across all age groups that makes it a great hit for family reunions and game nights.
How To Play:
Each person is given a pen and paper. Every player must write down something funny on the paper and fold it back. Once everyone has penned down their silly sentences or jokes, the notes are collected in a bowl.
Each player then draws a note from the bowl and reads it aloud but with a straight face! No smiles allowed.
31. Musical Chairs
One of the classical family games that has been around for generations and is still loved by everyone. Perfect to play with young children as well as adults, “Musical chairs” is a complete family game.
How To Play:
Arrange chairs in a circle, facing outwards. The number of chairs should be one less than the number of players playing the game. One player will be responsible for playing the music and is counted out.
For example, if you have 15 players, one will be responsible for the music and you will need 13 chairs for the remaining 14 players.
All the players stand around the chairs. When the music starts, everyone moves around the chairs without grabbing them or stopping. As soon as the music is turned off, everyone must find a chair to sit on. The last person left standing is eliminated and a chair is removed from the circle.
The game continues till only one chair is left. The winner is of course the person who sits at last.
32. Twenty Questions
This is a fun guessing game in which one player thinks of an object, movie or an animal that other players have to guess. Each player gets 20 questions to guess and whosoever guesses in the least number of questions, wins the game.
33. Flour Game
This is a silly game that promises lots of giggles but only if you are in for a little mess. It doesn’t need much preparation, except for a few supplies and you are all set for silly fun!
How To Play:
Take flour in a bowl and pack it nicely to fit in as much flour as possible. Now take a plate and cover the bowl and turn it upside down. Lift the bowl off the plate so as to get a nice, clean mould of flour on the plate. Place a candy in the centre of the flour mould.
To play the game, each player takes turns to cut the flour cake using a butter knife. The catch is – it should be cut in clean lines without the candy falling off. The person on whose turn the candy falls off, has to get the candy out of the flour using his mouth!
It is a hilarious game as it leads to a face covered with flour, how hard the players try to keep their face clean while trying to get the candy out of the flour. Absolutely fun to play on thanksgiving or a long awaited family reunion.
Medusa is just the perfect game to play anywhere as a family. All you need is a table to sit around.
How To Play:
Everyone sits around a table with their heads down and counts down to three. On the count of three, all players sit straight and look at the other players. Anyone who makes eye contact is out but is safe if they don’t. The game is repeated till there is only one person left.
35. Mail Call
If your family loves playing musical chairs, they will love Mail Call as well. It is an exciting game that uses chairs and has players running to sit on them much like in musical chairs.
How To Play:
Arrange the chairs in a circle minus one less than the number of players. All players sit on the chairs except for one player who gets to stand in the centre of the circle.
The player standing in the centre, the caller, calls out “Mail Call for everyone…” followed by a description like wearing shorts, having a dog or whatever they think. All the players matching the description must get up on the call and find a new seat for themselves.
The catch is they can’t sit on the chair adjacent to their initial chair! This will force them to run around the circle to find a new chair! And remember, the caller is also rushing to grab a chair!
The last person standing gets to be the new caller and the game continues.
36. Most Likely To
This is our favourite family game that always manages to excite us and get all of us laughing. We bet you must have played some version of this game.
How To Play:
All players sit close to each other. One person starts the game by asking a “Most likely to…” followed by a statement like sleep while reading, forget their homework or anything silly and humorous.
Players then point to the person they think most likely fits the description. The player with the most fingers pointed at is out. The game continues until everyone but one person is remaining.
37. Post It Notes Game
Post It Notes is one of the family games that has been ever so popular and always a big hit with kids as well as adults. It is a guessing game that will have everyone guessing their own identities!
How To Play:
As the name suggests, Post-It Notes are what you need and a pen for this game. Each player writes down a famous person or an animal or a comic/movie character on their post and places it in a bowl.
When everyone’s post-it is in the bowl, pass it around to the players and have each player pick a post-it and stick it on their forehead without reading what’s on it.
Now, everyone has an identity that they know nothing about, they must figure out who they are by asking questions like “Am I a superhero?” Or “Do I growl?”. The game continues till everyone gets their identity.
This is a fun outdoor family game for big families that almost everyone has played on picnics or at school. To make it more fun, choose an interesting prize for the winning team.
How To Play:
Divide the players into two teams. You will need a heavy duty rope for this game. Each time lines up on one side of the rope and pulls it to see which team has got more muscle power.
39. Hula Hoops
What could be more fun than a contest of hula-hoops? Start a family contest of who can spin the hula-hoop longest.
Make it into a fun contest by having multiple rounds of the game. The first round being the easiest and the last round the toughest.
Guesstures is a fast paced hilarious game for kids as well as adults. Similar to charades, this indoor game will force your kids to think strategically and guess the words fast!
Perfect for game nights at home or while camping, this is one game that will get your family happy and entertained.
41. Brain Teasers
Check your smarts and find out who is the smartest in your family over a fun round of brain teasers. Set a timer for a minute and person who gets the most correct answers wins the game.
Over To You…
These family games will entertain your family and help you make countless, precious family memories that will last long after the family game night. Something you and your family will always cherish.