Yet, in a world where tech gadgets run rampant, it can be difficult to find a group activity that pulls everyone away from the screen.
The good news? Board games still deliver the connection your family craves, along with a healthy dose of competition. And, there are more options today than ever before.
Today, we're diving into the best family-friendly board games that are perfect for your next night in.
Ready to learn more? Let's get into it!
1. Ticket to Ride
Looking for a game to inspire your tech-wizard teen to look up from behind the phone? Ticket to Ride is strategic, smart, and endlessly entertaining.
For a more laidback version, allow every player to collect and play matching train cards to complete his or her own railway route. Or, you can up the ante and raise the stakes by blocking other players from advancing.
Though it can take about an hour to get through this one, you won't even notice the time as you wind your way across North America.
Invented in the 1970s, this popular game has stood the test of time, remaining one of the most beloved and iconic board games of its kind.
The method behind Sequence is simple. Each player plays a card from his hand, then places a chip on the board that corresponds with it. Five chips in a row create a sequence.
Easy to understand, the game also strengthens important STEM skills through strategic thinking. Another reason to add it to your regular round-up!
What began as a German board game with a niche group of followers exploded into a mainstream hit around 2008, more than a decade after its initial inception in 1995.
Now? It's sold around 25 million copies worldwide and is destined to join the ranks of Risk and Monopoly as a household name.
From the first time you play, it's easy to see why. As you amass resources and use them to build roads, cities, and settlements around the isle, you're swept up into the thrill of it all. With random variations, there's a new journey to discover every time.
4. Spot It!
This is one group game that's both educational and exciting. Between any two cards, there are multiple icons, but only two that match. Spot it first to win!
Read the instructions to uncover five twists on the original premise, expanding your game night into hours of fun for the whole family.
Spot It! helps players develop their visual perception as well as their speech-language and fine-motor skills. This makes it ideal for even the youngest generation.
As each game lasts a few minutes, you may find yourself playing the whole deck again and again, discovering something new every time.
Does your family prefer a more cooperative game rather than a competitive one? When you want to encourage teamwork over rivalry, Pandemic is a solid bet.
In this game, your family will work together to beat the game, in which a wave of four deadly diseases is threatening to take over the world.
You'll travel the globe as members of an elite disease control team, treating infections and finding cures until you save everyone from disaster -- or the time runs out.
6. Castle Panic
Are your board game skills a little rusty? This is a great way to dip your toes back into the water.
Another cooperative board game, the idea behind Castle Panic is to defend your castle from monsters that threaten to tear it down. As you match your cards to their board positions, you'll defeat your foes and fortify your kingdom!
With elaborate graphics, intriguing folklore and myriad variations, this game immerses you from the very beginning. It can even be played as a solitary game if you find yourself still intrigued at the end of the night!
7. Terraforming Mars
This is a family-friendly board game that will spark an interest in anyone who's ever looked up to space and wondered, "What's up there?"
Set in the 2400s, Terraforming Mars centers on a team of leaders, backed by giant corporations, who have been sent to the Red Planet to make it habitable. As you seek to raise the planet's temperature, oxygen level, and ocean coverage, you'll encounter plenty of obstacles along the way.
Become the most successful corporation around and you'll complete your mission. Make your case by completing missions, helping others and advancing the human infrastructure along the way.
This turn-based game will keep you on your toes the entire time due to its time-sensitive premise.
In it, you're a married, 17th-century farmer living with little means. Every turn, you make two decisions: one for yourself and one for your spouse. How will you keep your farm alive?
With hundreds of tiny wooden meeples, animals, and fences, you'll have no shortage of opportunities to grow your brood and guide your family to prosperity and a ripe harvest.
Play These Family-Friendly Board Games Today
As technology continues to change the way we interact, it's refreshing to find new, hands-on ways to bond.
These family-friendly board games offer an opportunity for you to sit across from one another and work together toward a common goal. Between the banter, lighthearted competition and collaboration, you'll make new and cherished memories.
While a quiet night in is a great way to spend the evening, why not take your crew out instead?
Our Montreal cafe is filled with the great eats and coffee you need to fuel an intense night of gaming. We have a library of more than 300 board games and knowledgeable staff members on hand to help you pick the right one.
Can't make it in? Take a look at our online shop for board games you can buy today!