Thanksgiving Family Fun!

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving! Time for Families to spend time together and what about some fun family game time while the food is cooking? Or maybe for after the big feast!

Here are some of my favorites! They will also make great gift ideas this holiday season!

Nobody puts princess in a tower! 

Sparkle*Kitty is an adorably fun, social, and magical spell card game for all ages, sizes and genders. Once upon a time, a group of powerful princesses were captured and locked away in Cursed “No Cursing” towers by the evil queen Sparkle*Kitty! All their words and magic spells vanished and became sugar & spice… almost everything nice.  Luckily these are no ordinary princesses and you are no ordinary player! Take matters into your own hands and harness the simple and sweet words into special spell combinations to set yourself free! The first to escape, wins! (Available at Walmart for $20). This one is a lot of fun! I really had a blast trying it out! This one is recommended for ages 9 and up.

Looking for a fun game for the family with teenagers? This one is sure to be a hit! 

 Pressman Toy has teamed up with global learning company Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, for the third installment of The Oregon Trail game series, The Oregon Trail: Journey to Willamette Valley. Based on the classic PC game, this Target exclusive board game will be hitting shelves this fall. Pioneers must gather their supplies and family members as they embark on the voyage from Independence, MO to Willamette Valley.
Unlike the cooperative nature of its original games, The Oregon Trail Card Game and The Oregon Trail: Hunt for Food, the newest game will be a competitive strategy board game with every wagon out for themselves. In addition, the new game is tile-based as players ford the trail, discovering a multitude of pathways with each gameplay. With 2 to 4 players, ages 14 and up, The Oregon Trail: Journey to Willamette Valley will require strategy and luck as players race and search for their fortune in the West.
This next one is a fun one for children ages 7+. It is a fast-paced game which is great for those with short attention spans! Boom, Bang, Gold is an exciting game with plenty of action in which speed and a good eye are important. The person who manages to collect the most nuggets in their gold chest at the end of the day wins the fast-paced hunt for gold.On a turn, everyone throws their dynamite sticks into the gold mine at the same time, then they all search (using only one hand) to remove face-up tiles from the mine and place the tiles on their personal shelf. If you spot a special tile with bat, rat, snake, or ghost, call “Watch out!” so that everyone else must place their hands on their head and call out “Help!” before continuing to play. When no more face-up tiles remain, the round ends. Retails for $29.99.

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I love these next two from Pressman Toy!

Want to test your code breaking skills? Mastermind is the game for you! Family members will take turns being the Codemaker and Codebreaker. The Codemaker sets a secret code, then the Codebreaker must use their smarts to unlock it.  For 2 players, ages 8 and up. I love that this is a challenging and fun game! You can find it at, Walmart and Barnes & Noble.

I think children will love playing this next one! Hydro Strike was a watery blast in the 80’s and is here to make a splash in 2018! Be prepared to get wet….unless you are the winner! In this head-to-head pinball game, you’ll need fast flipping fingers to shoot the ball into your opponent’s goal.  Score and your opponent will get sprayed in the face with water!  Since a sprayer is aimed at both players, strike quick when you play, or you’ll get the spray!  The first player to score 5 times wins. You can find at and Target. Recommended for ages 7+.

Here are some favorites from Blue Orange! 

Blue Lagoon, designed by Reiner Knizia, requires smart placement and anticipation to win. The area control and set collection game is won through the accumulation of points by collecting resources and settling on the islands. This one is a lot of fun!

 Suggested Age: 8 and up

         MSRP: $29.99


Scarabya is a tile-laying puzzle game designed by Bruno Cathala and Ludovic Maublanc, that includes unique gameplay and intricate components. By positioning pentomino tiles on individual boards, players create excavation zones of 1 to 4 squares that contain scarabs. The scarabs are then worth the size of the zone they are in.

Suggested Age: 8 and up

MSRP: $29.99

Age of Giants was an expected hit following the fame of Kingdomino, Spiels des Jahres winner in 2017. The expansion, to be played with Kingdomino or Queendomino, adds new challenges, brings a new level of player interaction, and includes a domino dispenser tower. It also allows for a fifth player to join.

Suggested Age: 8 and up

    MSRP: $19.99


Have a Happy Thanksgiving! Have fun this holiday season and don’t forget to look for these games when you are out Holiday shopping!


Self Disclosure: I received free samples of the above games to facilitate this post and only feature games that I recommend. Images were provided. 

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