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With the current lockdown and COVID restrictions, we will all be looking for some fun ideas on how to keep the kids entertained. Pull out a board game and gather the whole family around the table. There are so many great games to choose from. We've picked a few of our family favourites to include here.


Candyland is the perfect first board game for kids. No reading is required so it's great for preschoolers. They just pick a coloured card and move to the next square of that colour. The first person to reach the end (the candy castle) wins!



Blokus is a fabulous strategy game that the whole family can play. This award winning game teaches logic and tactics as you race to place as many of your coloured piece in the board as possible, while blocking your opponents from placing theirs.

Recommended for ages 5 and up, for 2-4 players.



Monopoloy is the world's most popular board game. It's great for teaching kids about real estate and banking. Be sure to have lots of time if you want to play a full game since it can sometimes go on for HOURS!

For 2 to 8 players. Ages 8 and up.



Our family LOVES this game! The game may be played on an indivual basis (with 2 or 3 players) or may be played by teams (this is always fun for the youngsters to team up with an adult). It's a combination board game and card game and we found it was a great way to teach younger kids about the different suits and numbers in a deck of cards.



If you like mysteries, you'll love CLUE. It's the classic who-dun-it board game that has a different crime and different outcome everytime you play it. You use clues in the game to solve the murder.

Recommended for ages 7 and up, for 3 to 6 players.



Lead your troops. Take a risk. Rule the world! Rally your armies to march across continents. Carefully craft your strategy—you’ll face your opponents on the field of battle and they’ll give the fight everything they’ve got. Keep advancing until you’ve defeated all of your foes and taken over the world!

For 2 to 5 players. Ages 10 and up.

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Yahtzee Jr

This junior version of the classic dice game Yahtzee is a fabulous introduction to younger children to the world of board games. There are many Disney editions of it so you can choose your child's favourite characters (from Toy Story to Princesses) to enhance the experience. It's a simple and fun game that always leaves a smile on our faces.

Yahtzee Junior is for 2 to 4 players, ages 4 and up.



It's a race to get rid of all your cards! UNO, the classic family card game is fun for kids age seven and up. Up to 10 players will have to strategically play their cards in order to win this game. Special cards include the reverse card, draw two card, skip card and 2 different wild cards - one that makes opponents pick up four more cards to add to their hand! When a player is down to their last card they can yell out UNO! This fast paced colourful card game by Mattel will easily become a family games night favourite.


Family Pastimes Co-operative Games

We discovered the Family Pastime co-operative games a few summers ago at a gift shop in my home town of Perth, Ontario (where the company is based). Not only were we happy to support a local small business but we really enjoyed the non-competitive nature of their games. They have a huge range of games to choose from be sure to check out their website for more information.