Games for Families to Play

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Whether you're looking for fun games to play on vacation, at a family reunion or to fill up a rainy afternoon, there are plenty of games for families to play that are fun and challenging for all ages. In addition to being just plain fun, family games can help younger family members learn turn-taking, motor skills and how to follow directions, and teach older family members about the importance of respect and teamwork. Try a few family games as a way to have fun while bringing your family closer together.

Fifteen Seconds of Fame

This popular twist on hide and seek is good for family members of all ages. Choose one person to be "It." The rest of the players make a circle around It with at least one hand on one of It's shoulders. It covers his eyes and starts counting to 15, while everyone else scrambles to find a hiding place. At 15, It opens his eyes and starts looking for the rest of the players without moving. If It sees a player, he calls that player's name. The found player must join It in the center. If It doesn't see anyone, he takes five steps in any direction and looks again. Play ends when It has found everyone or has taken 15 steps without being able to find someone.

Balloon-Popping Contest

Kids have almost as much fun setting up for this game as they have playing it. To play, you'll need one or two boxes full of inflated balloons. Set the boxes at one end of an open space, such as a lawn or cleared living room, and line up one to two teams at the other end. The object of the game is to be the first team to pop all the balloons--or, if you only have one team, to pop the balloons as fast as possible. The first person runs down to the balloon box, grabs a balloon and pops it by sitting, squeezing or stomping on it. Then she runs back and tags the next player. The game is over when one team is out of balloons.


Also known as "backwards hide and seek," this game is especially hilarious as family members of various sizes try to fit into one hiding spot. As in hide and seek, select one person to be "It." The person who is It hides, while everyone else covers their eyes and counts to 50. When the counting is finished, the players start looking for It. If a player finds It, he hides with It, being careful not to reveal Its position to the other players. The last player to find It and the other hiding players becomes the new It.