20 Family Games that Will Brighten Up Your Family Get-Together

20 Family Games that Will Brighten Up Your Family Get-Together

Family get-togethers are really the time to have some fun, click some pictures and create a few memories.

Interesting Family Game Ideas to Have Fun Together

Here are some family games to play at home.

Indoor Game Ideas

Here are some indoor game ideas.

Indoor Game Ideas

1. Doodle With Noodle

Your room is going to be filled with laughter when playing this game. The players being unable to use their hands to create different shapes are the challenge.

Things You Will Need

Noodles or Spaghetti pasta

How to Play

  • First, take little noodles or spaghetti pasta on a plate. Now, the player has to make a number or a letter with the noodles on the plate. The challenge is that they should be using their lips and tongue.
  • To make the game even more interesting, you could set a time limit.
  • If there are so many people in the game, you could make it a group activity and ask each team to form a short word and not a letter.

2. Pass the Story

Your family will need a lot of creative ideas for this one.

Things You Will Need

  • Blank paper
  • Pen

How to Play

  • The player who starts the game must first write down a line, and that part of the paper must be folded horizontally. This player has to write only a few words in the next line and then pass the paper to the next player.
  • So, the game is that all the subsequent players have to guess the line that was written before completing the incomplete the next line and then add some more extra words in the new line and fold that side of the paper, covering it before the paper is passed on to the next player.
  • When everybody is finished adding their lines to the paper, one person can unfold the paper to read the entire story.
  • This story is going to be very funny.

3. Never Have I Ever!

This game will reveal the secrets of your family.

Things You Will Need

  • Shot glasses
  • A big bowl
  • A drink of your choice
  • A few pieces of paper

How to Play

  • On a few pieces of paper, write down questions, fold them and put them in the large bowl.
  • You could write questions like “Never Have I Ever tasted cat or dog food or Never Have I Ever Danced during shower”.
  • Now the players have to sit in a circle, and everyone should have a shot glass with them.
  • When each player asks a question, all the players who have done what was said in the question must take a shot. The game gets fun when you take a lot of shots.

4. Drawing Games

This game is really worth trying during a family get-together.

Things You Will Need

  • Colour pencils or pens
  • A sheet of paper

How to Play

  • The first player must draw a random shape on a piece of blank paper.
  • Pass this piece of paper onto the next player. This player now has to use his imagination and continue that random figure.
  • All the players must do this and pass the paper on till the paper reaches the last person.
  • The result will be an amusing figure, or you might even get an amazing art.

5. Bowling at Home

Transform your living room into a bowling alley and watch how interesting it gets.

Things You Will Need

  • A fluffy ball
  • 10 bottles of water (they should be of the same size)

How to Play

  • Now, the water bottles can be used as bowling pins. So, place these pins on a corner properly arranged.
  • Use rolled up bed sheets or towels mark a bowling lane.
  • Now, the fluffy ball will be your bowling ball and try the game out. When the water bottles fall, you win.

6. Hot Lava

This family game is quite tiring but enjoyable to play.

Things You Will Need

  • Only a few players

How to Play

  • The starting and the endpoints must be marked in the living room.
  • Each player must start at the starting point, and the goal is to reach the endpoint. What is interesting is that the players are not allowed to step on the floor because the floor is said to be lava.
  • Now, the players will have to jump from one couch to another, chairs, and table tops that are around the living room.
  • The player loses the game when he/ she steps on the floor. All the players who stay away from the hot lava for the longest time and reaches the endpoint the first wins!

7. Family Minute-To-Win-It

All the minute-to-win-it games can be played using the objects available at home. The time limit is one minute and that why it is called so.

Things You Will Need

  • A few cookies
  • A timer

How to Play

  • The player must sit on a chair and keep a cookie on his forehead.
  • Without using their hands, they should move it to their mouth using only their facial muscles.
  • The timer should be started when the player starts, and the player must try to get the cookie into their mouths in just one minute.

8. Devils in the Dark

This game is almost like hide-and-seek, but really fun for a night party.

Things You Will Need

  • Only the players

How to Play

  • All the lights in your house must be switched off.
  • In the group of players, one player must be the seeker, and all the other must go and hide all around the house.
  • When the seeker almost finds or comes near a hiding player, this player can hear the scream and scare the seeker, just like ghosts in the dark.
  • The bravest of the player wins the game.

9. Flour Game

This is an amazing game to play as a family, and you can click a lot of family pictures for this one.

Things You Will Need

  • Plate
  • Any flour
  • Bowl
  • Candies
  • Butter knife

How to Play

  • Take a bowl and fill it with any flour.
  • Using a plate, close the bowl and turn it upside down so that the flour forms a shape of a cake.
  • Now, on the of this cake, place a piece of candy.
  • All the members now have to carefully cut the flour taking turns.
  • Ensure that the flour is cut into very thin portions.
  • The player who causes this flour cake to fall apart, that player now has to take the candy using only their mouths and not their hands.

10. Grouping on a Couch

People who are always sitting on the couch will definitely want to play this game.

Things You Will Need

  • Only the players

How to Play

  • The group of players must be divided into two teams.
  • Now, every member of the team must make an effort to fit all the members of their team on one couch.
  • This game is not as easy as it sounds because the member so of the other team will be trying to push you down and nobody will be able to win so easily.

Outdoor Game Ideas

You can check out these games for a family games party.

Outdoor Game Ideas

1. Building a Castle

This game will help unleash the family’s creativity at the beach!

Things You Will Need

  • Lots of sand
  • Buckets
  • Other tools you can carry

How to Play

  • Divide the players present in a few groups and mix all the adults and children.
  • The sand buckets and all the other tools should be equally distributed to the teams.
  • You should then set a time limit which could be of duration 45 minutes or an hour.
  • Each group must now build a unique and creative castle, with beautiful, tall, and wide towers. Let the team’s imagination take control.

2. Water Balloon Pinata

Be prepared to get drenched because of this outdoor game which can be played during the hot summers.

Things You Will Need

  • Water
  • Balloons
  • Thread or string
  • Stick

How to Play

  • Fill all the balloons you can find with a lot of water.
  • Next, you have to tie them up and hang them on a tree, a climbing frame in a park or a hanging roof using a string or thread.
  • The players must play as individuals, and they must be blindfolded. Hand them a stick and then start beating the balloon piñata down using the stick.
  • You could also set time limits for this game and see which player was able to beat the balloons the fastest. That player would be the winner.

3. Scavenger Hunt

You can play this game in groups of any size and will definitely make a remarkable story.

Things You Will Need

  • A timer
  • Items from your house (you can make a list of stuff you can hide)

How to Play

  • After you have made a list, hide all of this stuff in many places inside and outside the house.
  • If there a lot of players, you can separate them in groups and one team can hide the items.
  • You should then leave a series of clues so that the other teams find them out.
  • Set a time limit and the team who finds the most number of items in the given time wins.
  • You could also play the same game individually.

4. Bouncing Balloons

This game requires a lot of focus.

Things You Will Need

  • Balloon

How to Play

  • Collect some balloons, and the game is to bounce the balloons.
  • What is challenging about the game is that the players must use only their foreheads and will be disqualified if they were to use their hands.
  • The player who bounces the balloon for the longest time is the winner.

5. Potato Sack Race

This game is really fun when there are a lot of players.

Things You Will Need

  • Pillowcases or potato sacks

How to Play

  • The players must hop their way to the finish line when they are in the sack.
  • The winner is whoever crosses the finish line first.
  • This game will get really interesting, and it is a bit hard because hopping in the sacks is tougher than it looks.

6. Tug-of-War

This game requires a lot of energy so be sure to bring different kinds of refreshments!

Things You Will Need

  • A whistle
  • Rope
  • Red flag (to know the centre)
  • The strongest family members

How to Play

  • The players must first be divided into two groups.
  • Line the two teams up on both ends of the rope.
  • Check if both the teams have settled down and then blow the whistle.
  • Both the teams will now battle it out, pulling the other team to their side.
  • The team, who pulls all the players completely to their side, wins! You could keep a referee to watch the game accurately.

7. Capture the Flag

This game will definitely get you into a rush.

Things You Will Need

  • Flags of two different colours

How to Play

  • The players must be divided into two teams, and a flag must be given to each team.
  • Select an open location where you can set up a base camp, and the flags must be set up there.
  • Now, the game is to capture the opponent’s flag and bring it to your own base.
  • When trying to capture the flag, the player must not get caught behind enemy lines where they must be jailed.
  • The first team to bring the other flag to their side should be declared the winner.

8. Kan-Jam

This is like the Frisbee game but with a twist.

Things You Will Need

  • A kan-jam game set
  • Or all you will need is a Frisbee
  • And a trash can with a cutout slot in the front

How to Play

  • You can split the total number of players into teams of two.
  • Each person should stand on one side of the field next to the trash can, which is the target.
  • Now both of these players must throw their discs to the opposite target and the partner has to try and catch the disc. You can keep points according to the way the discs are thrown, and it’s an instant win if it goes inside the slot.

9. Dinosaur Dig

There’s no other cooler way to be an archaeologist.

Things You Will Need

  • Kiddie pool (filled with a lot of sand)
  • Mini dinosaurs (2 sets)

How to Play

  • This is like a sensory activity for the kids.
  • How you play this game is by filling a kiddie pool with lots of sand.
  • Now, hide the dinosaurs inside and ask the kids to look for them
  • You could also set a time limit and whoever comes up with the most dinosaurs wins.

10. Water Balloon Fight

This is one of the best outdoor games you could try as a group.

Things You Will Need

  • Water balloons
  • Squirt guns

How to Play

  • Prepare for an ultimate battle using water balloons and squirt guns.
  • You can divide the players into many teams, and each team must have balloons of a different colour.
  • This way, it will be easy to identify who hit whom.
  • You could also use squirt guns to get the opponent team wet as much as possible. You are definitely going to have fun with this game.

These are some outdoor and indoor games for a family reunion will make you have an unforgettable time.

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