60 Fun and Family-Friendly Trivia Questions for Kids

Whether you have a science buff, an animal lover, or a Harry Potter fanatic, look no further than this list of family-friendly trivia questions for kids. It's perfect for curious minds of all ages.

Family trivia questions can turn a boring afternoon into a battle of the brains or offer some fun dinner fodder. And they're a great way to get both kids and adults giggling, even if they don't know the answers—yet!

"Trivia, for kids, is not just a fun game," says Allie Finkel, a licensed clinical social worker and co-owner of Kind Minds Therapy in New York City. "It's also a great way to test their knowledge about various topics and teach them information about the world. It serves as a way to engage them."

Even the youngest children can grasp the idea of a trivia game. "Any time you are asking a number of questions and kids have to give the answer, you are doing trivia," Finkel points out. They may be a long way from watching Jeopardy, but they will pick up the concept quickly.

Ready to start your family's first game? Here are 60 family trivia questions in five popular categories. Pick the ones that best align with your kids' ages and interests.

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Science Trivia

Science trivia questions will keep the whole family guessing about humans, nature, and how the world works. Need help getting started? Try these:

  • How many teeth does an adult human have? Answer: 32
  • What is the largest known living land animal? Answer: African elephant
  • What are animals that eat both meat and plants called? Answer: Omnivores
  • How many elements are in the periodic table? Answer: 118
  • What is the world's largest ocean? Answer: Pacific Ocean
  • What temperature does water boil? Answer: 212ºF
  • What is the largest internal organ in the human body? Answer: The liver
  • How many breaths does the average human take in a day? Answer: 17,000 to 23,000
  • What was the first planet to be discovered using the telescope? Answer: Uranus
  • What is the chemical symbol for table salt? Answer: NaCl

Space Trivia

Test out your knowledge about planets and stars with these space-based family trivia questions.

  • How far away is the moon? Answer: 238,900 miles
  • How many earths could fit inside the sun? Answer: 1.3 million
  • How many phases does the moon have? Answer: Four—New Moon, First Quarter, Full Moon, and Third Quarter.
  • How many days does it take Mars to go around the sun? Answer: 687 days
  • How many moons does Saturn have? Answer: 82
  • What planet has the most gravity? Answer: Jupiter
  • Which planet in the solar system is the hottest? Answer: Venus is 900ºF
  • How many miles up is the International Space Station? Answer: 227 miles
  • Who was the first astronaut to walk on the moon? Answer: Neil Armstrong
  • Which planet rotates on its side? Answer: Uranus

Animal Trivia

Kids will love showing you how much they know about lions, tigers, and bears (oh my!) with these family trivia questions about animals.

  • What color is a giraffe's tongue? Answer: Purple
  • What is the fastest flying bird in the world? Answer: Peregrine falcon
  • What is a female donkey called? Answer: Jenny
  • What color is a hippo's sweat? — Answer: Pink
  • What mammal has the longest lifespan on earth? Answer: Bowhead whale
  • Where does the most venomous spider live? Answer: Australia (It's known as the Sydney funnel-web spider or Atrax robustus)
  • What is a group of lions called? Answer: A pride
  • What animal is born blind? Answer: Rabbit
  • How many bones does a shark have? Answer: 0
  • How fast can a roadrunner run? Answer: 20 MPH

History Trivia

Historical facts don't have to be bland—spice it up with some history-themed family trivia questions.

  • Where did the Olympic games originate? Answer: Greece
  • Who was the first Black president of the United States? Answer: Barack Obama
  • Which was the first country to use paper money? Answer: China
  • Who wrote a famous diary while hiding from Nazis in Amsterdam? Answer: Anne Frank
  • In which year did the Titanic sink? Answer: 1912
  • Where was Martin Luther King, Jr. born? Answer: Atlanta, Georgia
  • What holiday celebrates the end of slavery in the U.S.? Answer: Juneteenth, on June 19
  • What famous playwright was born in 1616? Answer: William Shakespeare
  • What animal is considered to be the symbol of America? Answer: Bald eagle
  • Which famous person was the teddy bear named after? Answer: President Teddy Roosevelt

Disney Trivia

Bring the happiest place on earth home with these Disney trivia questions.

  • Who sings the song "Shiny" from Moana? Answer: Tamatoa
  • What is the princess's name in The Princess and the Frog? Answer: Tiana
  • What type of fish is Nemo? Answer: A clownfish
  • What kind of animal is Abu in Aladdin? Answer: A monkey
  • Who was the first Disney princess? Answer: Snow White
  • What are the names of Cinderella's evil stepsisters? Answer: Anastasia and Drizella
  • What animal does Merida's mom turn into in Brave? Answer: A bear
  • Which Disney princess is inspired by a real person? Answer: Pocahontas
  • What is the name of the little teacup in Beauty and the Beast? Answer: Chip Potts
  • What is Mirabel's last name in Encanto? Answer: Madrigal

Harry Potter Trivia

Do you have a little wizard or witch on your hands? Check out these Harry Potter-themed family trivia questions.

  • How many brothers did Ron Weasley have? Answer: 5—Bill, Charlie, Percy, and the twins Fred and George.
  • What are the three types of wizard coins in order of value? Answer: Galleon (gold), Sickle (silver), and Knut (bronze)
  • What is the name of Harry Potter's pet owl? Answer: Hedwig
  • From what platform do students catch the Hogwarts Express? Answer: 9 3/4
  • When is Harry Potter's birthday? Answer: July 31
  • What did Dumbledore use to darken the street lights on Privet Drive? Answer: A Deluminator
  • What is the name of the deadly snake hidden in the Chamber of Secrets? Answer: A basilisk
  • What is Lord Voldemort's real name? Answer: Tom Marvolo Riddle
  • Who brought Harry to Hogwarts? Answer: Hagrid
  • How old was Harry Potter when he got his lightning bolt scar? Answer: 15 months old
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