Family Board Games Adults Won’t Hate

Add this to my list of bad mom traits, but I am counting down the days until I can put Candyland into the giveaway pile at home. It was a charming enough board game when my kid was a toddler, with no concept of what it was to win or lose. Then you realize it is as maddening as it is dull, as nothing but luck guides your little gingerbread cookies back and forth through the path, all the while knowing that once someone throws all the cards in the air in frustration, you’ll all somehow have a craving for gumdrops and rainbow pops. It’s enough to make you consider swearing off family game night for good, even if that kind of quality time was one of your New Year’s resolutions.

There is a better way, my friends. Board games (by which we also mean games that involve tiles and cards and notebooks or what have you) can be entertaining for everyone in the family. It need not be a mind-numbing exercise for parents hoping to distract young ones from screen time, nor just a thing you pull out on bad-weather days of vacation. The games we list here will have all of you laughing, even as you plot against each other, and hoping the rain or snow will continue for another day.

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