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.
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.
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
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!