Board games for Families

10 Must-Have Family Card Games

DominionWe recently wrote about our – the board games that we believe every family should have in their game library. But families cannot live on board games alone. Families should also have a great group of card games to pull out when they want to spend time playing together.

Many times card games are simpler to pull out and play for a quick game. They’re also typically smaller and easier to take on family vacations. And of course, they are often cheaper than board games so buying a number of card games won’t break the bank.

So here is our

1.

Hopefully everyone reading this article has played Uno before. If not, then we’re sure you know someone who has. It’s a very simple game of matching colors and numbers and being the first to get rid of all the cards in your hand. There are a number of variations of Uno and a number of alternate playing rules with a standard deck. We really like Speed Uno – where you can play a card out of turn if it’s an exact match of color and number. Then play continues from that point. But regardless of how you play, we think you should definitely have Uno on your family game shelf.
2-10 Players, Ages 6+, 30 Minutes, Around $8

2.

SkipBo is another card game that we love because it can be played easily by old and young alike. Like other family card games, you’re trying to be the first to play all of the cards in your stack. It takes more forethought than Uno because you can have a few piles in front of you to line up your cards before you play them to the center. And playing the cards is simple as you stack them in sequential order from low to high. There’s nothing quite like playing a bunch of cards in a row and turning over the next card in your stack to have it perfectly line up with what’s available.
2-6 Players, Ages 8+, 20 Minutes, Around $8

3.

Apples to Apples seems like it’s a game that’s already in everyone’s collection. But if it isn’t, then run out and get a copy. It’s a fantastic game and works best with more players. A green card with a single word on it is played by the judge for that round. The other players take a card from their hand that they think is comparable to the word on the green card and play it face down on the table. The judge for that round then lays out the played cards and selects which card he/she thinks is the best and then the player that played that card gets a point. The junior version plays exactly the same, but is much easy for kids to relate to the words on the cards.
4-10 Players, Ages 9+, 40 Minutes, Around $20

4. Dominion

Dominion is the most expensive card game on this list ($40) and it comes in a board game size box, but it’s well worth it! If you haven’t tried it yet, we highly recommend you give it a shot. When it first came out, it was such a new and unique play experience that we’d never played before. But because of the amazing success of Dominion, numerous other games have been made that have similar play mechanics. We also need to warn you that Dominion is very addictive. So welcome to your new addiction – go grab a copy of Dominion for your family. See our full review of Dominion.


Board Games Group in San Diego

by sdguy00001

Looking to find a group of guys interested in playing strategy board games once or twice a month. The types of games would be Settlers of Cataan, Game of Thrones, Axis & Allies, and the like. It's important for you to have some free time so that games can be scheduled, I already have a group of friends with families and obligations and we can't ever seem to find a time when everyone's free. Please be mature and easy-going, I don't want any hostility or fights over a game. It would also be convenient if all players were located in north county (coastal preferred) to cut down on drive time for everyone. Lastly, I'm not able to host right now, so please be able to host occasionally.
I'm 35, but all ages within reason welcome. Email me if you're interested, it should be fun.

Families & Politics on 2/7

by AbsenteeVoterParty

Join Supervisor Matt Gonzalez, Supervisor Jake McGoldrick, School Board Member Eric Mar and School Board Member Mark Sanchez on a discussion about politics and families on Saturday, Feb. 7 at 2 p.m. at 728 20th Avenue (Cabrillo/Fulton). Games and prizes for the kids follow. Cover charge is registration as a permanent absentee voter (for the adults of course). For more information, call 386-2706.

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