Family Game Night

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We’ve got a closet full of games for family game nights. The options include board games, interactive team games, games to be played outside and cards. As we discover games that we love, we’ll be adding them here to our list of Family Game Night Options. The big kids will give their opinions on them and we’ll also recommend if they can be played without parental guidance.

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Fool the Frog

This interactive game takes the “shell game” to a new level. Instead of hiding a bead under a seashell, mixing up the shells, and guessing which one the bead is under, this game uses cups and a fly. The person guessing which player is hiding the fly wears frog eye googles that serve as the timer for the others to hide the fly under their cups. The eyes blink randomly during the hiding cycle and then open fully when it’s time to guess who has the fly. The players not wearing the googles have the objective to “fool the frog” through hiding the fly under their cups and passing it around.

  • Arianna and Evan say: “We liked it because we get to be a frog!”
  • Parental Interaction: Not necessary. Our big kids often play this game without us. They modify the number of players needed by mixing up the cups and having the “frog” guess which cup it’s under instead of who has the fly.
  • Number of players: 3 or more
  • Recommended ages: 6+
  • MSRP: $19.99
  • More information: (Amazon)

 fool the frog


Who Tooted

Whether you are raising a house full of princes or princesses or some combination, tooting is sure to be a silly subject. The creators of who tooted have taken the fun of a whoopee cushion and turned it into a game. In “Who Tooted”, players hold “buzzers” out of eye-sight of the others. When a button is pressed to start the round, one of the buzzers lights up. The person holding that buzzer presses their buzzer, making the man in the middle of the game “toot”. The other players have to put their vote (a token) in front of the player they think tooted. Hilarity ensues, and sometimes even real toots trump the buzzer fun. (Everyone does it, right?)

  • Arianna and Evan say: “We like this game because the guy on it farts and goes like “bbbbbp!”, that’s so funny!”
  • Parental Interaction: Not necessary. Our big kids often play this game without us. They modify the number of players needed by each holding two buzzers and the player who didn’t toot guesses if it was the buzzer on the right or the left hand that tooted. It’s definitely harder (especially for Evan who is ~5 years old), but not impossible.
  • Number of players: 3 or more
  • Recommended ages: 5+
  • MSRP: $24.95
  • More information:

who tooted


Pop the Pig

Have you ever ate so much you feel like your pants could pop? This is exactly what happens in “Pop the Pig”. Players feed the pig hamburgers and then press on the pig’s head the number of times on the selected hamburger. This fills the pig up with air and makes the pig’s belt pop.

  • Arianna and Evan say: “We like Pop the Pig because you can win or lose but still have fun. It’s funny when the pig’s belly pops.”
  • Parental Interaction: Not necessary. Our big kids often play this game without us. Play it a first time and then the kids will be able to take this off the shelf and entertain themselves. You may need to assist with opening the pig’s back and getting the burgers out once the belt pops.
  • Number of players: 1 or more
  • Recommended ages: 4+
  • MSRP: $29.99
  • More information:

pop the pig


Rooster Race

Greg and I got a kick out of Rooster Race because it was pretty much like some of our favorite adult card games. Bonus, we got to watch Arianna amaze us with her number knowledge. The players each guess if the next card will be higher or lower than the card that is face up…and winning a token (corn, in this case) for correct guesses. Vegas, anyone?

  • Arianna and Evan say: “We like Rooster Race because of the corn and guessing if the number is higher or lower.”
  • Parental Interaction: If your child doesn’t get “higher or lower”, a parent should be their partner. Bubby struggled with this, but he is not quite five.
  • Number of players: 1-5
  • Recommended ages: 5+
  • MSRP: $19.99
  • More information: (Amazon)

rooster race

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