There's no better way to spend quality time with your family than playing board games. And this year there's a slew of new games as well as newer versions of older, classic ones. So encourage your kids to put down the video game controller and TV remote, and plan an evening of taking turns around the board. Here, top picks of family board games.
Scrabble Electronic Scoring Game
With Hasbro's Scrabble Electronic Scoring Game, you play a word on the board, dial in the score to a handheld electronic scoring unit and hit enter. No pen, paper or scorepad needed. The scoring unit also includes a timer option to speed play. The unit also lets players know when they’ve topped the highest scoring word in the game. Requires two AAA batteries, which aren’t included; ages 8 and older; $19.99 at toysrus.com.
Disney Pop-Up Magic Frozen Game
With the Disney Pop-Up Magic Frozen Game from Hasbro, you can play the game as Anna, Elsa or Olaf as you move along the path with spins of the spinner. The person who reaches the enchanted Finish stone on the board the fastest, wins. The game features a pop-up ice palace; ages 3 and older; $16.99 at toysrus.com.
MindTrap 20th Anniversary Edition Game
The MindTrap 20th Anniversary Edition Game from Outset Media is filled with both classic content and new brain stumpers. This edition of MindTrap contains all the great puzzles, mysteries, conundrums and trick questions; ages 12 and older; $39.99 at kohls.com.
With the Moustache Smash game from Spin Master, players hold a moustache up to their face. As each card is turned over, watch for a card matching your 'stache in color and shape. If you see a match, smash it fast; ages 7 and older; $16.99 at toysrus.com.
Play-Doh Launch Game
Hasbro's Play-Doh Launch Game allows kids to make their own Play-Doh ammunition and launch it at the center of the game, where the “Orange Guy” waves his wacky arms and spins. Whoever gets the most Play-Doh modeling compound into the can wins. The game includes three cans of Play-Doh; ages 3 and older; $19.99 at toysrus.com.
My Monopoly Game
The My Monopoly Game from Hasbro includes blank tiles and stickers so you can make it you can customize your own. Print out the stickers to personalize tokens, properties and even Chance and Community Chest cards. The more you own, the more rent you'll get — the last player with any money left, wins; ages 8 and older; $19.99 at toysrus.com.
In Telestrations from USAopoly, the sketched version of the telephone game, all the players draw what they see, then guess what it is for a hilarious time. The game features cards with more than 800 words, phrases, categories and more; ages 4 and older; $29.99 at kohls.com.
In Shark Mania from Spin Master, your pirate ship has run aground on treacherous Shark Island and your gold booty is overboard. You have to get yourself to the island safely while collecting as gold coins along the way; ages 11 and older; $19.99 at target.com.
Super Why ABC Letter Game
The Super Why ABC Letter Game from University Games is based on the popular PBS television show. Players work together to help solve problems by learning the basic foundation of reading; alphabet skills, word families, spelling, comprehension and vocabulary; ages 3 and older; $19.99 at toysrus.com.
Pictionary Frame Game
There are three innovative, new ways to play Pictionary Frame Game from Mattel. With Mirror, Mirror, you can trace on one side of the window while your teammate follows along with a marker on the other side. In Action, pull your clue, then use the window to act it out. And, with Classic, you can play the traditional Pictionary game; ages 8 and older; $19.99 at toysrus.com. .
Paw Patrol Look-A-Likes Matching Game
Kids can join their favorite pups in the Paw Patrol Look-A-Like Matching Game from Spin Master. With 72 cards, kids can race to find the matches first or graduate to memory matching to see who can find them the fastest; ages 3 and older; $6.99 at toysrus.com.
Toasted or Roasted
With Toasted or Roasted from Education Outdoors, players try to be the first to start their campfire and toast three marshmallows; ages 6 and older; $14; amazon.com.
The Selfie Game
What does your selfie say about you? You can find out with the Selfie-The Game of Silly Expressions from USAopoly. Simply draw a card, take a selfie and then watch as your friends and family guess your expression. The favorite guess gets a point and the player with the most points at the end wins; $14.99. More information: http://bit.ly/1GzgYOl; Find the best price: http://bit.ly/1injsDK
Who's Behind the Door Monsters University Edition
The Monsters University Edition of Who's Behind the Door from Spin Master is designed for two players who have to figure out which monster is in their closet. Each player asks "yes" or "no" questions to narrow down the possibilities and features all your favorite "Monsters University" characters; ages 6 and older; $22 at walmart.com.
Raccoons have raided your closet and now they’re having a party with the Raccoon Rumpus game from Educational Insights. Help the masked bandits get dressed — the critter that collects the most costumes wins. The game includes four raccoon cards, 20 costume cards, one jumbo color die, one jumbo costume die and game guide; ages 4 and older; $14.99 at kmart.com.
Apples to Apples: Party Box
In Apples to Apples by Mattel, players choose a card from their hand that is best described by a card played by the judge. If the judge picks your card, you win that round. The game comes with more than 1,000 cards with topics that include people, places, things and events. The best part: Everyone gets to be a judge; ages 12 and older; $14.99 at walmart.com.
The Logo Board Game
The Logo Board Game from Spin Master tests knowledge of consumer products and pop culture. Do you know what's in a Baby Ruth? What does UPS stand for? The most popular TV frozen dinner? If you can make it into the winner's circle and answer all the questions correctly, you win; ages 12 and older; $21.99 at walmart.com.
Do you think parents really are smarter than kids? Here's your chance to find the answer with the Beat the Parents game from Spin Master. To play, parents are asked questions most kids can answer and kids are asked questions most parents can answer. For example, kids might be asked, "Who was the first person to walk on the moon?" Parents might be asked, "What is Elmo's favorite food?" The first team to get all its tokens to the other side of the board wins; ages 6 and older; $17.99 at toysrus.com.
Connect 4 & More
With Connect 4 & More from Winning Moves, you can play a whole new way with Backwards Connect 4, Connect 4 any color and Connect 4 Teams. Contains 40 cardboard tiles and illustrated instructions; ages 6 and older; $7.99 at amazon.com.
With the Jenga Throw-n-Go from Winning Moves, players roll the die to determine which block they need to remove, or they can reverse the action and force an opponent to remove one or two blocks; ages 8 and older; $24.95 at barnesandnoble.com.
City Maze: The GPS Puzzle
Players test their planning and directional skills by creating routes for different travelers to their destinations with the City Maze: The GPS Puzzle from Smart Toys and Games. Includes double-sided puzzles pieces, two booklets that offer a combined 120 challenges and a portable board; ages 7 and older; $14.99; toysrus.com.
Simon Swipe from Hasbro is a modern take on the classic game featuring colors, flashing lights and cool sounds. The game starts easy and then speeds up with patterns you'll have to move quickly to repeat; ages 8 and older; $16.99 at toysrus.com.
Funny or Die
Based on the hit comedy website, Funny or Die is the game from Hasbro where you and your friends can vote on what's funny and what's not as you match hilarious captions with outrageous photos to create the funniest joke. The game includes 247 cards, money, dice and 12 tokens; ages 13 and older; $24.99 at kohls.com.
Electronic Catch Phrase
How quickly can you get your teammates to say “backseat driver"? Or “Pay through the nose"? With the Electronic Catch Phrase from Hasbro, you can do or say just about anything to get them to guess the phrase, but you have to do it fast and then pass the game fast. It features more than 5,000 updated and fresh phrases; ages 12 and older; $14.99 at toysrus.com.
I Spy Ready to Read Game
For the little ones, learn to read by associating the pictures and the words, the colors and the rhymes in I Spy Ready to Read Game from Briarpatch. Read the riddle on your game board, find the objects and punch them out. When you’re done, play it in reverse -- read the riddles, name the objects and put them back on your board. Switch boards with other players for more fun; ages 4 and older; $16.99 at toysrus.com.