If you've exhausted all your go-to family game night options, check out these online games and apps that were made for keeping kids entertained at home.

By Fiona Tapp
April 08, 2020
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Family game night has long been a fun activity any night of the week. But now that you're home every night of the week for the indefinite future, you may needs some more options in your back pocket. Enter this round-up of downloadable games for families to play together with kids and family members of all ages. Just get your snacks ready, put on some music, and hit play!

Monopoly

Play the popular board game online with your family and even extended friends and grandparents. Full instructions are provided so even if you're kids haven't played before they will quickly be buying and selling property like a real-life tycoon! Even little ones can begin to understand turn-taking and money management in this game, but it's best suited for elementary school kids. Online Monopoly is available to play for free online, or you can choose to pay for the app which costs a few dollars.

Avo

This game is so fun. It tells the story of an avocado brought to life. Avo is no ordinary fruit, however, as you'll discover as you collect clues and solve crimes together. Kids can also add Avo into pictures they take, and trust us: the snaps they take will spark conversations long after the game is finished.

Super Mega Mini Party

Throw a private Super Mega Mini Party and invite your family to play these series of ten silly, light-hearted games. You'll have the chance to see outer space, play around a campfire, and hang with some cute little penguins! Note: You'll need an Apple Arcade subscription to play these games.

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Mario Kart Tour

Download this classic game for free from the app store or play store and challenge your kids to a race with Mario and the gang. In-game friends can be added to your account, or you can play against strangers. Just watch out for in-app optional purchases, and make sure that parental controls are in place to prevent unauthorized charges.

Clue

Play the classic murder mystery game Clue, or Cluedo as it's known in other countries, by creating private rooms for just your family to explore. Download the game for around $10, and find the killer before they strike again!

Heads Up

This game is based on the old party favorite where players hold up a piece of paper on their forehead and try to guess what is written on it by asking questions. With the online version, you can nix the pen and paper and use your phone to display a category and object for the other players to give you clues. Different categories include Celebrities, Movies, and Animals.

Terraria

Are your older kids obsessed with Minecraft? Get them interested in playing a group game by downloading Terraria which lets the whole family create their own kingdoms and then navigate around them.

Pokemon Go

Although most people associate this game with getting outside, it's actually possible to play Pokemon Go at home. Kids will love trying to find their favorite characters whether you do it indoors or in the backyard. Each player should add themselves to your friend list so that you can interact as you play.

Skribblo

This drawing game is great fun and a bit like an online version of Pictionary. Create a private room so that your family can play together without distractions, then you'll be given prompts to draw. The random word generator is fun, but if you have younger children you'll want to control the content by creating your own customizable word list.

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