By Guest Blogger Suzy Fielders

With still a few more weeks of winter left, it’s a great time to beat cabin fever with the family by playing some games. Bored of the normal games or played them one too many times this season? Then try giving them a little tweak or adding something new to them to make them more fun and ‘new again’ for the entire family.


Back when I was younger our mom used to turn our regular Candy Land game into a delectable experience by adding real candy to the game at the various characters or locations. For example is someone landed in the ‘Peppermint Forest’ they would get peppermint candies or at Grandma Nutt’s house they would get peanut brittle. The possibilities are as endless as the candy options available and in many instances can be substituted for various renditions for those with food allergies or restrictions. Adding candy will not only delight the kids but give the family something different to look forward to when playing it.

For those games with characters or movies, turn the enjoyment into live action by actually dressing up (as best you can with what you have in the house) like those characters or movie actors, like for Princess or Star Wars themed games. You’d be amazed out how the simple act of dressing up as a favorite character can enhance the fun of that game, and make for some entertaining photo opportunities.


Turn a classic, ‘regular’ game into something new and exciting. There’s an abundance of ideas and information on the internet, including ideas on variations of games. For instance here is a link to many variations and ways to play the originally very simple and sometimes boring War card game. There are many similar basic card games that have tons of new and unique ways of being played, with all these ideas at your fingertips with an easy web search.


Up the stakes and fun in any game by offering small rewards for winning games or rounds in a game. It doesn’t have to be anything big, but can be anything from candy to bonus TV or electronics time. Even parents can get rewarded too, like winner gets the night off from making dinner or doing dishes.


This is not so much a twist as it is new, but if your family has had enough with the games you have and even after trying variations, add-ons and rewards, then make up a new game! Again the wonderful internet can provide abundance of ideas for creating your own game. Be sure to search and check out some of those ideas on Pinterest! For instance, by simply searching game ideas in Pinterest I got a TON of fun ideas, many of which seem also great to try at parties.


Last but not least, family game night is sure to turn into some great memories so be sure to capture pictures of all the fun had. That can also make the family fun last even longer by creating online photo albums or funny scrapbook pages of the family game night antics.

What are other ways your family reinvents family game nights? Share your ideas below!