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If you’ve been a Jersey Family Fun fan for some time, you know we love Family Game Night. We’ve long been telling you about some of our favorite games in our family game night series, but this year we thought we’d share with you some news of new games and new board games for families we’ve been introduced to that we think would make kids squeal with excitement if they got them as gifts. We’ve broken it down by ages, all in an effort to make it easier for gift givers to find the perfect game to gift this year.
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NEW Games for Family Game Night For All Ages
Help the Mazin family find attractions around town to win trophies on their exciting city trip to do marvelous things! A quick roll of the die determines where they’ll go next! This game helps kids develop focus, hand/eye coordinate and speed. Multiple play levels allow for adjustment to different age groups, making The MAZINS perfect for the whole family!
Use this link to buy THE MAZINS game on Amazon for about $17.
Through ongoing play, suggestions and feedback from its students, the Bennett Innovations team created storytelling cards to help reinforce Bennett Day’s mission to create a collaborative, inquiry-based environment.
STEM/STEAM Set: Designed to inspire open-ended tales in themes of: science, technology, engineering, art and math. Clever card-suits with colorful gears spell out the five Ws (who? what? where? when? and why?). These choices foster inquiry-based learning, creative writing programs, curiosity and critical thinking skills. Charming water-color robots, labs, habitats, clock faces, space themes and seasonal details are sure to inspire.
DIY Maker Set: Similar to the STEM/STEAM set, yet illustrations are omitted to allow children to create their own cards in the suits of the five Ws. This DIY Maker set was inspired by many creative children in the Bennett Innovations beta-testing group who remarked that they too would like to make a deck of Story Dealercards.
Use this link to buy Story Dealer game on Amazon for about $10.
NEW Games for Family Game Night For Ages 3 & Older
Our Family’s Race Across the U.S.A.
Our Family’s Race Across the U.S.A. board game is a personalized board game that introduces a brand-new way to engage the family! To win, you must race across America and be the first to cross the finish line. Personalize up to 6 game pieces with photos of your family member’s faces. Their first names will also be displayed in the game board artwork. The family’s last name will be featured in the game title, and displayed on the game board and on the outside box.Create lasting family memories with this unique keepsake! This game sells for $29.99.
NumBugz is a new travel games platform that’s all about choice. There are currently 8 different games to play with the Bugz so there is something for everyone (4+). The games range in complexity from Colonyz (the game inside the bag) think scrabble with numbers, to a strategy games, memory games, quick fun games and more, all available on their website www.plyt.co.uk. And it doesn’t end there – PLYT games will continue to create new FREE games for their customers to play with the Bugz so there’s always a reason to have some family face to face fun.
Use this link to buy the NumBugz game on Amazon for about $20.
Mix, match, score and win! Qwirkle is a must-have for your next family game night. MindWare’s best seller is a simple game of matching colors and shapes that requires tactical maneuvers, quick-thinking and a well-planned strategy. Players of this addictive game score points by building rows and columns of brightly-colored tiles that are either all the same color or all the same shape, without creating duplicates. Look for opportunities to score big by placing a tile that touches multiple pieces with matching attributes; create a line of all six in a row, and you score a “Qwirkle”. The player with the most points when the tiles run out wins! Qwirkle combines the game play of Dominoes and Scrabble and is the perfect combination of skill and chance! This easy-to-learn, yet challenging game for children and adults will have all three generations on the edge of their seat! Grab your family and friends and see for yourself why everyone is hooked on Qwirkle! For 2 to 4 players.
• Teaches colors, shapes, math and the importance of strategizing
• Strengthens language and problem-solving skills
• Challenging enough for even the most competitive teens and adults
• 108 durable wooden tiles and canvas drawstring bag for easy clean up and storage
Use this link to buy the Qwirkle game on Mindware for about $25.
NEW Games for Family Game Night For Ages 7 & Older
12 Days from Calliope Games
In 12 Days, players bid for each of the 12 days of Christmas with the cards from the Gift deck. Players score points for each Holiday card they’ve collected and whoever has the most points at the end of the game, wins!
Use this link to buy the 12 Days from Calliope Games on Amazon for about $12.
CUBU from Funnybone Toys
CUBU is where visual illusion leads to confusion as you try to follow number and color sequences.
Watch out for the action cards that could disrupt your turn!
Get to 100 points before the rest and you’ve won the CUBU challenge!
Play Speed CUBU and really test your visual perception. It’s a great game for family game night during the holidays.
Use this link to buy CUBU from Funnybone Toys on Amazon for about $18.
Blitz Champz is a fun and competitive football-themed card game for ages 7-Adult. BLITZ CHAMPZ takes two minutes to learn, can be played by 2-6 people and reinforces critical thinking and math skills. Suitable for boys and girls, Blitz Champz was created by female tackle football gold medalist Adrienne Smith. The game retails for $19.99.
Use this link to buy the Blitz Champz game on Amazon for about $20.
Pet Me is a social Math board game for division which goes well in your list. It has been selected as the winner of Summer 2017 Academics’ Choice Brain Toy Award. It is a game of love for pets. With cute puppies, adorable kittens and playful parrots, this game revolves around loving and caring for animals and pets. This game brings out the joy of taking care of pets and sharing the love while practicing division without remainder. The game play is backed by a beautiful story of a Pet Wonderland and all the animals and birds waiting to be taken care of. This game is for kids 8 years and above.
Use this link to buy the Pet Me game on Amazon for about $20.
WordSpiel® is a simple yet dynamic card game that everyone enjoys. Use your words wisely and be the first to go out. Word size doesn’t matter, but ending with a tricky letter can really challenge your opponents. Each word spins off the last, so the game will never be the same twice!The goal is to get rid of all 10 of your cards by making words. Each turn, simply start your word with the last card played.Just like the name, WordSpiel, Spiel uses the S from WordS. Use the timer or take your time, just be sure to put your best word forward.
Use this link to buy the WordSpiel game on Amazon for about $9.
National Geographic My Town Personalized Puzzle
While not really a game, I love how a good puzzle can be just as much fun on family game night. This National Geographic puzzle certainly made an impression on us. It uses technology to create aerial maps for different neighborhoods. You can then order a puzzle personalized to your town. The best part, the puzzle piece where your home is located is shaped like a home. It also includes a drawstring bag for storing the pieces.
About the National Geographic My Town Personalized Puzzle
Put your home at the center of it all with this made-to-order map jigsaw. The 400-piece puzzle features a house-shaped center piece covering your chosen location. We use the latest high-resolution photography and digitally combine images into a seamless bird’s-eye view of your community. The full U.S. street address with zip code that you provide becomes the puzzle’s center point. Shows an area of 1 1/2 miles east to west and 1 mile north to south..
Use this link to buy the National Geographic My Town Personalized Puzzle for about $50.
Othello is a two-player strategy game that will definitely keep your challenger on edge. Trap and capture your opponent’s pieces by placing your disks on the board. Each time you “sandwich” your opponents piece you win a point. This game is perfect for older kids (8+) that love strategy and a challenge!
Use this link to buy the Othello game on Amazon for about $16.
Do you have kids who prefer a quick, high-energy game? Hedbanz is sure to entertain the entire family as players wear a picture card in their headband and ask questions to figure out what they are. It’s a fun “What am I” game that brings the family to tears (after laughing uncontrollably)!
Use this link to buy the Hedbanz game on Amazon for about $12.
NEW Games for Family Game Night For Tweens & Teens, Ages 10 & Older
Sleepover Party Game
Break out the sleeping bags and leave the lights on and play Sleepover Party Game. Spin the spinner and attempt to complete one of more than 200 ACT IT, WORK IT or PARTY Challenges. Being silly and having fun is the name of the game, so be prepared to sing, laugh, perform and make a general fool of yourself! Don’t fall asleep early, or you’ll miss out on earning the most cards and staying up all night!
Use this link to buy the Sleepover Party Game on Amazon for about $15.
Family Feud 40th Anniversary Edition
The 40th Anniversary edition features the classic Family Feud home version console, and it is sure to provide hours of family entertainment. Game includes one classic game console with grid cover, one scoreboard with sections for Face-Off and Fast Money Rounds, Totals and Strike Indicator, one wipe-off marker and one instruction/question pad with more than 500 Family Feud Survey Questions. 3 or more players.
Use this link to buy the Family Feud 40th Anniversary Edition on Amazon for about $15.
For those adventurers, you can bring the thrill and mystery of an escape room to your home with Escape Room The Game. The goal is to solve puzzles and find hidden clues to escape before time runs out. You don’t have to leave the cozy fireside this Holiday season to experience a real-life escape room! For ages 16 and older.
Use this link to buy the Escape Room The Game on Amazon for about $60.