9 Games to Make Get-Togethers More Fun

9 Games to Make Get Togethers More Fun

If you’re hosting the holidays, these 9 games will appeal to your guests, whatever their ages.

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Holidays can be fun, but they can also be stressful. It’s great to see family and friends, but there’s always your brother-in-law Bob who mouths off about politics.

One way to keep the festivities merry is to bring out some games. (Don’t worry, we won’t make you play Pin the Tail on the Donkey again!)

“Games and age-inclusive toys help foster fun and joy and meaningful connections,” Ted Fischer, co-founder and CEO of Ageless Innovation, told CNN.

Here are nine great choices for your next gathering.

Board Games

You can’t go wrong with classic games like Sorry! and Monopoly. But if you’re itching for something new, try one of these instead.

Trivial Pursuit Generations

This updated version of the classic game makes it easier for you to play with your kids and grandkids. It still has the six traditional subject categories: geography, entertainment, history, art and literature, science and nature, and sports and leisure. But there are 1,500 new questions that are divided into generations: Greatest Generation, Baby Boomers, Generation X, Millennials, and Generation Z. There’s also an additional deck of blank cards so you can add your own personal trivia questions to the mix.

That’s So '80s

Think Trivial Pursuit, 1980s style. You’ll be able to show off your expertise on everything from mullet haircuts to shoulder pads to TV shows like Dallas and Dynasty. With over 1,000 questions, this game is guaranteed to keep anyone over the age of 50 entertained for hours.

Ticket to Ride

Players collect color-coded cards to claim train routes and connect cities. It’s a mix of strategy, competition, and geography. Bonus: It uses maps of real countries, which can prompt discussion of fun past trips or possible future ones.

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Joy for All Scrabble Bingo

This three-in-one set includes three games: Scrabble, Scrabble Bingo, and Scrabble Pass (which includes a 30-second sand timer for an extra challenge). The games have been updated, with bigger letter tiles and larger lettering.

Game of Life: Generations Edition

Like Trivial Pursuit Generations, this is a game for all ages. Everyone chooses their own generation before the game starts. They then travel through life events that are specific to their age. (For example, if you’re Gen Z, when you pass Pay Day you may have to pay off some of your college loans, while Baby Boomers don’t.)

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Card Games

A step above Go Fish, these games will keep everyone entertained, no matter what generation they belong to.

Cards Against Humanity, Family Edition

Remember your annoying brother-in-law Bob? Cards Against Humanity will keep him busy for hours. This fill-in-the-blank card game is pretty simple. Each round, one player asks a question from a black card, and everyone else answers with their funniest white card. But don’t worry – this is the family edition, a sanitized version of the original. Look for themed decks and holiday editions, too.


This family classic features sudden reversals of fortune, plus lots of opportunities to dump unwanted cards on old Bob (all in good fun, of course!) With an extra-large deck of cards, Uno is a great choice for large gatherings.

Taco Cat Goat Cheese Pizza

It’s like Slap Jack from childhood…with a twist. Unlike Slap Jack, where the goal is to win all the cards, in this game, you want to lose ‘em. To play, you place a card from your hand face up into a community pile, while saying the word taco, cat, goat, cheese, or pizza. Whenever the image on the card matches the word that was spoken, everyone slaps their hands on top of the pile. Last one to slap takes all the cards.

The Mind

This card game is different from some others. You’ll have to work together in groups (hopefully you won’t get paired with Bob!). Here’s another catch: You’ll have to figure out how to coordinate with your teammates without talking or signaling to each other in any way.

Here’s to happy holidays – and peaceful family reunions!

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Lynn Cicchelli is a writer with over 20 years' worth of experience creating healthy lifestyle content for both print and digital publications. Originally from New York, Lynn currently lives in Connecticut with her husband, stepson, and dog Indiana.


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