Top Games for Family Friendly Fun!

By Stephanie | Toy Guides

Apr 10

PLAY is our #1 goal. Here are our favorite games to make family time enjoyable and beneficial for everyone!

Pool Party by Blue Orange Games

Beat the heat with Pool Party, a summer-themed game of balance and fun for ages six and up! Players take turns launching their divers into the wobbly pool but be careful that the other divers don’t spill out! The first player to successfully land three divers in the pool wins. Play this easy-to-learn and quick-to-play game with two to four players.

  • Exercises hand-eye coordination
  • Works on fine motor skills



Pool Party

Tapple by USAopoly

Tapple is a fast-paced word game (with no spelling required!) for ages eight and up. Each round begins by selecting a category card. With every turn, each player has ten seconds to think of a word in the chosen category that begins with one of the available letters on the Tapple wheel. The excitement and challenge builds as letters on the wheel are used up. Players are eliminated if they cannot think of a unique word within their ten second turn. The last player left standing wins. Meant for two to eight players, this game is perfect for family game night or as a party game!

  • Works on memory skills
  • Requires quick thinking
  • Builds vocabulary skills without any spelling required
  • Play without the timer for new or young players


Happy Salmon by North Star Games

Happy Salmon is an active, easy-to-learn, fast-paced card game for ages six and up. Each Happy Salmon deck contains four different action cards. Each player calls out the action shown on their top card and finds another player with the same card. Once two players match, they discard their card. The first player to discard all of their cards wins! Play with up to six players or get a second pouch to play with up to twelve players. This game is fun for both kids and adults and is perfect for traveling, parties, family gatherings, or as an ice breaker activity!

  • Exercises communication and listening skills
  • Works on large motor skills
  • Requires quick thinking and fast movement
  • Make it more challenging by playing silently!

Happy Salmon

Qwirkle by Mindware

Qwirkle is a tile matching game for ages six and up. The wooden Qwirkle tiles have different combinations of shapes and colors. Players must place a tile by matching their tile to the color or shape of the tiles in play already. Players earn points up each time they add a tile and if a player completes a line of six tiles they score a Qwirkle! Qwirkle is easy to learn and made for two to four players.

  • Works on logic skills and strategic thinking
  • High replay value
  • Fun for kids and adults!


Tricky Trunks by Blue Orange Games

Reminiscent of Hungry Hungry Hippos, Tricky Trunks is a quick and colorful game for ages five and up. Players first draw a challenge card and then use the elephant trunks to collect colorful balls according to the rules of the card. The challenges include picking up all the balls of one color, picking up specific combinations of balls, and more. This game is meant for two to four players and is perfect for family game night, play dates, or rainy days!

  • Exercises hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills
  • Works on following directions and memory skills
  • Play with multiple players or use the challenge cards for a single player version!

Tricky Trunks

Kingdomino & Queendomino by Blue Orange Games

Kingdomino is dominos with a twist and is a perfect game for budding strategy game enthusiasts. Players must use the domino tiles to build a kingdom within a 5×5 square. Points are earned by acquiring domino tiles with crowns. At the end of the game, the player with the most points wins! Queendomino is the more complex version of Kingdomino. The game is played the same way but with additional steps such as collecting property tax and building houses. Both games are fun for kids and adults and are meant for two to four players.

  • Exercises spatial reasoning skills
  • Works on strategic thinking
  • Combine the tiles from both games to expand the kingdom size!



About the Author

Stephanie has been with Toyology Toys since 2017. You can find her at Toyology Toys Rochester Hills, West Bloomfield and Royal Oak. Stephanie has jumped out of a plane at 13,000 feet!