Looking for a new game to play with the family, and not sure what are good board games to play with the kids?    Here are some of our favorites we have played with children ages 8 and older, from fun educational games to thematic story telling games to simple pattern building games. 

Educational Games

Ticket to Ride, 2-5 players, 30-60 minutes.  Geography.  Cross-country train adventure across North America.  Expansions include Ticket to Ride Europe, Ticket to Ride Nordic Countries,  Ticket to Ride Germany, and additional maps from Asia, India, Africa, Nederland, United Kingdom, France and Japan

Timeline, 2-8 players, 15 minutes.  Put the events in chronological order.  Each card depicts a historical event, invention or discovery.  Expansions include Timeline Inventions, Timeline Events, Timeline Diversity, Timeline Discoveries, and Timeline Music and Cinema

Wingspan, 1-5 players, 40-70 minutes.  every card is a real North American bird.  European expansion includes European birds.   Oceana expansion coming in 2020.  

Cooperative Games

Betrayal at House on the Hill, 3-6 players, 60 minutes.  Turn of events traitor game.  Great storytelling theme!

Mansions of Madness, 2-5 players, 120-180 minutes. Cooperative exploration, monsters, and mystery. 

Marvel Champions: The Card Game, 1-4 players, 45-90 minutes.  Both a game you can play by yourself, and a cooperative game for up to 4 players.

Pandemic, 2-4 players, 45 minutes.  Control outbreaks while researching cures for four plagues all over the world.

Team Based Games

Captain Sonar, 2-8 players, 45-60 minutes. Real-time team vs. team find and destroy.

Codenames, 2-8 players, 15 minutes. One word clue guessing game.

Wavelength, 2-12 players, 30-45 minutes.  Social guessing game.  This one had us rolling with laughter!

Pattern Building Games

Azul, 2-4 players, 30-45 minutes.  Tile laying game

Isle of Cats, 1-4 players, 60-90 minutes.  Cats

Patchwork, 2 players, 15-30 minutes.  Quilts and buttons

Papillon, 2-4 players, 30-45 minutes.  Butterflies and flowers

Sagrada, 1-4 players, 30-45 minutes.  Stained glass windows

Racing Games

Camel Up, 2-8 players, 20-30 minutes.  Racing Camels

Downforce, 2-6 players, 20-40 minutes.  Race Cars

Formula D, 2-10 players, 60 minutes.  Formula One Race Cars

The Quest for El Dorado, 2-4 players, 30-60 minutes.  Expedition through the jungle

Games with no written words

Animal Upon Animal, 2-4 players, 15 minutes.  Balance the meepanimals.

Carcassone, 2-5 players, 30-45 minutes.  Build the greatest medieval landscape.

Dixit, 3-6 players, 30 minutes.  Give clues so most but not all players guess your image.

Tsuro, 2-8 players, 15-20 minutes.  Follow the path


All of these games are available in our Board Game Library.  Come visit us at Off The Shelf Games, where you can try new games for a fraction of the price!