'G' is for Game Night

Turn off the TV, step away from your computer - it's time to pull out the board games for family fun.

Last summer we had fun bringing board games to life when we visited Candyland and Chutes in Ladders with our chum Charlie to celebrate "C" day.

As the days grow shorter and the nights longer, we are starting to enjoy spending more family time together playing board games.  You may have some of these games on had in a closet or on a bookshelf. If not, check in with family and friends to see if you can borrow their games or puzzles, or buy a box from your local thrift store.  There will be a ton of fun board games and puzzles for sale at the Eden Prairie Holiday and Toy sale this weekend.  Don't forget playing cards. Here's an alphabet list of tons of card games you can play with your family.

Turn off the TV, step away from the computer.  Here's a fun list of some of the many board games you and your family will enjoy playing:

A – Apples to Apples, Ants in the Pants
B – blowing up balloons, Bananagrams, Bingo, Battleship, Boggle, billiards, backgammon, bunco, Beat the Parents
C – checkers, chess,Chinese checkers, charades, Cootie, Cranium, Connect 4, cards, Clue, Candyland, Chutes and Ladders, crossword puzzles, cribbage, Catch Phrase!, charades, cat’s cradle, Cadoo
D – dominos, darts, duck duck gray duck (or goose if you’re not from Minnesota!)
E - Elefun
F – foos ball, Frisbee, Froggy Boogie
G – Go Fish, Guess Who - check out these free printable sheets to change the game up!
H – Hullabaloo, Hungry Hippos, Hangman, Hi Ho Cheerio, hide and seek, hippity hop, hop scotch, hoola hoop
I –I Spy
J – Jenga (Jumbo Jenga), jacks
K – Kick the Can, Ker Plunk
L – The Game of Life, Ladybug Game
M – Monopoly, Memory, Mouse Trap, mazes, Mr. Potato Head, Mastermind
O – Operation, Old Maid, Outburst
P – peek-a-boo, ping pong, puzzles, Pictionary, pick-up sticks, Perfection, Pigzup, pool, Phase 10
Q – Quelf, Qwirkle, Qwip It
R – Risk, Rummikub, Rubiks Cube
S – Shoot-a-Loop, splat ball, scrabble, Sorry, Slip-n-Slide, Suduko, shuffleboard, Scattergories, Scene It?, Sound Off, Snakes and Ladders
T – trampoline, tag, table tennis, Trivial Pursuit, tic tac toe, Trouble, Taboo, ToppleTree, Twister, Tiddly Winks
U - Uno
W – Word Spot, water balloon throwing contest or fight, Would You Rather, Wii, word games
X - Xbox
Y – yo yos, Yatzee
Z – Zingo

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