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Building Connection with Family Game Night

Family game night traditions are a great way to build connection with each other and just have fun together. It can open up discussions, encourage cooperation, and relieve stress when life gets too busy. Taking the time to start a family game night tradition is well worth the effort!

how to have a family game night

As parents, we want to find ways to connect with kids so we can build solid foundations of healthy relationships for them, right? Family Game Nights are one of those ways!

What is Family Game Night?

Family game night can be whatever you want in your family! The idea is to gather everyone together to play some fun games together. These can be board games, card games, or even video games like the Nintendo Switch that have family-friendly game options. Whatever your family loves to do and can accommodate all the ages of the players. There is no right or wrong here. The important thing is to play together and have fun! For more ideas on family gaming, you’ll want to check out the best family friendly 4 player games for the Nintendo Switch.

How to Start a Family Game Night Tradition

The first thing to do is figure out what is practical for your family. A lot of that depends on work schedules, sleep schedules, ages, and other time commitments. Once you figure that out, I recommend the following:

  1. Write it on the calendar and let everyone know so you can look forward to it. Family game night, this Saturday!
  2. Stick to it. Even if you’re tired or you feel like binging on Netflix instead. The time you spend together as a family playing games is worth it!
  3. Gather your favorite snacks. What’s game night without snacks?
  4. Choose your favorite games and have them ready to go so you don’t have to spend time looking for them when you’re ready to play.

The Best Games for Family Game Night

We enjoy all types of games for family game night. Some of our favorites are board games and card games like:

These are all family-friendly games that a wide variety of ages can play and enjoy.

We’ve recently found a new game that ticks all the boxes on what we like for family game night:

  • encourages conversations
  • fun and funny
  • can play over and over without getting tired of it
  • all ages in our family can play

It’s called The Rank Game and I recommend checking it out!

The Rank Game for family game night fun


THE RANK GAME is designed by Dana Brown, a former Walt Disney Imagineer, and Chip Brown, a former Disney Studios producer and Christian publisher, to engage the diverse backgrounds, interests, personalities and opinions of every player. By celebrating our individualism, THE RANK GAME actually brings people together, through rich conversation and competition.  Created for groups of all sizes, THE RANK GAME leverages our own social behaviors—ranking the things or experiences in our lives.

For example, rank the four seasons:  A) fall  B) spring  C) summer D) winter

Your ranking might be different from mine, and we’re likely passionate about why. In THE RANK GAME, players must guess one another’s rankings to get points and win the game. IT’S THAT SIMPLE.

THE RANK GAME is easy to play at home, on long car trips, on the beach, at a restaurant… ANYWHERE! The game quickly gets people off their phones and TALKING with one another in eye-to-eye, real world gameplay. This results in people getting to know each other better.  Friends, families, corporate groups or church groups use it to facilitate conversation and “break the ice” at social gatherings. THE RANK GAME is the first of five new games currently in production or development by Storyastic.

Family Game Night Builds Connection

Whatever games you choose to play, family game night builds connection. It’s a way to have fun together with shared interests and start conversations that might not happen when you’re watching a movie or doing other activities. It always feels good to laugh together and have a good time as a family while playing games.

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