I have a special love for card games. They can be less work than a traditional board game, although I love those as well, and travel easily. Heading to Grandma’s house? Slip a card game in your bag and there’s no mess, multi generational entertainment ahead.
Boarding a plane, going on a road trip? Card games are a perfect way to keep kiddos occupied and are a great solution for afternoons stuck in hotel rooms when the weather ruins your poolside plans.
While a traditional deck of playing cards can lend itself to hours of fun, this round up of family friendly card games can help introduce important skills and plain ol’ hilarity to your experiences!
Not only do these card games add to your game night offerings, they also make fabulous gifts! They’re perfect stocking stuffers, pair wonderfully with a gift card, and become a sought after item at any type of gift exchange!
The BEST Card Games for Families
Awkward Moment Play entire game in as little as 20 minutes, engage in hypothetical social situations and potential reactions. Great resource for parents of tweens/teens, opportunity to discuss awkward experiences and tools to cope. Ages 10+
Buffalo: The Name Dropping Game Perfect for developing fast paced associations and thinking, play in 20 minutes, pop culture references crossed with historical ones so anyone can participate. Ages 12+
Dominion Tactical style card game, for fans of games like Catan, this is a shorter version with just as much strategy involved. Rule your kingdom and manage your subjects with honor & you’ll be rewarded. Several expansion packs also available so the game is ever evolving. Ages 11+
Dutch Blitz Developed in Dutch country, this fast paced game has you trying to empty your pile of cards before anyone else, in color & number sequence. Big fave among tweens, perfect for Ages 8+
Face Off No taking turns, hilarious simultaneous play, learn to read body language and expressions in chaotic situations. Tons of laughs and craziness with this one. Ages 7+
No Thanks You have the option to take a card or offer a chip along with a “No Thanks” when a card doesn’t suit your strategy but the chips won’t last forever, eventually, you’ll have to join the frenzy to the finish. Lots of strategy and critical thinking packed into a 20 minute segment. Ages 7+
Poop Like Uno? This is for you! What kid doesn’t like a touch of potty language in their day and this crazy game has it! Use your poop cards but don’t clog the toilet! Perfect gag gift for White Elephant exchange or adults, too! Ages 5+ Check out Gross Gifts Boys Will Love for more ideas!
Rememory This conversational, non competitive game is perfect for family dinners or holiday gatherings, especially in an intergenerational setting. Help younger generations absorb time and stories with grandparents and other adults and youngsters share their lives, too. Ages 10+
Rook Longtime classic, grab a partner and become the winning time by bidding and manning tricks. A numbers and strategy game fun for all. Ages 9+
Skip Bo Skill & strategy abound as you try to rid yourself of cards in sequence. Easy enough for kids but interesting enough for adults, definite winner for families! Ages 6+
Sushi Go Sharpen probability and critical thinking with this fast paced visual discrimination game. Leave room for dessert or all will be lost! Ages 7+
Uno Attack Not your childhood Uno, the addition of a machine to draw from means you never know if you’ll be drawing 1 or 8 cards, adds a new dimension of spontaneity to the classic. Our family enjoyed a new twist on a game night standard with this one. Ages 5+
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Does your family have a favorite card game we haven’t mentioned? Be sure to leave your suggestion in the comments, we’re always looking for new ideas!