Ideas for Family Game Night

Remember the times of family game night?

Well maybe not. It may have been before you were born. Back in the 60’s and 70’s board games, or board game night was very popular. Yes, TV’s were invented and people were huddled around a smaller off color Television, but they were actually together watching those programs.

ideas for family fun night

Before getting into ideas for family game night, here’s what can typically happen because of this media filled life that we all are part of.

Do you ever run into issues with watching football instead of spending time with your family? Does your wife want to do other things with the family, being outdoors and getting a nice seasonal experience this time of year?

Some families go ahead and watch a game together and love it!

What about those who are not naturally inclined to sit and watch a whole game, so would rather be doing other things when at home such as watching videos on their tablet?

Well, there are a couple options with some new and some not so new ideas. I will surely welcome your comments even if it does not pertain to one of these suggestions..

Ideas for Family Game Night

#1 Go ahead and get a board game.

Thats it! You know what to do with that.

#2 Watch a football game together.

As mentioned simply watching a game in the fall together can be a real challenge for ones who are not ready to invest the time into something they are not so passionate about.

#3 Play Fantasy Football Together.

This option takes quite a bit of setup, but it can be done when planned ahead. You would just have to find a non-season long league. Downsides could be many such as lack of understanding of the game of fantasy and many more.

#4 Play the FireFan App

There is a unique chance for interaction once downloading the app to follow along in a structure that allows you to pick your team, set up just a couple pre-game setting and just play a half of football, or a whole game, calling simple strategic moves for both teams that move them down the field, or stop them cold. The Pro Sports App has No season long commitments, no gambling factor whatsoever to worry about as in daily fantasy and best of all, interactive and exciting play calls that everyone can get started on a family fun or game night. Click Here to Watch the Trailer and Get Started


While the board game is good for some, allowing one to multi-task for those of us who are football gamers, the app will allow a change in how time is spent for parties of people who want to interact in the 21st century, which should be the best thing since sliced bread, or at least the television itself.

24 thoughts on “Ideas for Family Game Night”

  1. What a great idea on games that could be play on family night, it is ideal for a family to play a board game such as monopoly or cash flow escape the rat race but the app that you recommmend which is firefan app and it is ideal if a family really likes sports such as MLB and MLS or NFL. For my family, soccer would be our choice and it would be a lot of fun to play together.

  2. Hi there, thanks for your article. I am always thinking of ways to get the family to spend time together, so this is great, thank you for that.

    Also, the app looks great, plus I think my brother and maybe even my old pops will play it with me too, I’ll check it out and show it to them too.

    Thanks again, Dan.

  3. I love this!! I have a group of friends that I get together with to play board games, we call it ‘family games night.’ We always have so much fun! And one of our rules is that we can not use our phones. Its nice to spend time with those you really care about and actually be fully present in the moment. I recommend everyone should have a games night!!

  4. This a great idea and I will encourage you to go ahead, well I am used to social media. But I want to do away with most of them and go on with only Facebook. Alright which games do you offer which may make me busy. Do you have any games that I may download and store in tablet or desktop to watch later. I will appreciate if you assist me on this

  5. Hi there,

    Wow, that’s fantastic, I finally found a solution to our family problem. My husband always watches football with his friends on the weekend, and this is the reason he doesn’t pay attention to us anymore. We really want to be part of its life recreation, and we didn’t know what to do until I came across your website. The family game is a brilliant idea. I have bookmarked your article so I can show these game to mu husband and my kids:) I am sure we will all love it!
    Do you ship out of the US?
    Thank you very much for this excellent post!

    1. Daniella, glad you found it, great news for you. There is nothing to ship! Its an app you simply download, and register from your phone to get started. NFL action is great for it. Just choose plays as prompted, your phone will update you in notifications.

  6. Ooh, board game nights…memories 😀
    We had long nights with Risk, monopoly, spend a million etc. Now you got me nostalgic!
    I’m not so much in to sport, so don’t think your recommended app is anything for me. But maybe it’s time to reintroduce board game nights in to my life again.
    Thanks Andy for a reminder and some inspiration!


    1. Your surely welcome and thank you. That of course, is not for everyone. Some would like to just play the ole’ Nintendo now. At least its some time together I suppose.

  7. Very interesting article indeed. It seems that in this day and age, everyone, including adults and parents, are stuck to their smartphones 24/7. I lament the times that families actually sat around and talked to each other.
    As anew father I am strong in my belief that technology should assist parenting, not replace it. Thanks for the ideas!

    1. Sure thanks, my wife was just telling me last night, it seems like everyone looks robotic on their phones everywhere we go.

  8. good one Andrew! this is a great site, and while this article is based on a topic that I have never had anything to do with, the way you have written it gives a good explanation for me. I had previously heard of fantasy football but never knew what it was about. now i both know that and also have some good ideas for what to do when the game is on. thanks

  9. Great list! Nowadays, our there is so much going on in our lives that we forget the most important thing in life – spending quality time with our loved ones. Regardless of what we end up doing, the fact the everyone is gathered and having fun is already a winner! Keep the list coming! I am sure there are more than 100 ways to make a family game night more fun! 🙂

    1. Yes, thanks, I welcome any ideas to this post, because family and quality time, which includes quantity in that, as well are most important to be doing as much as we can.

  10. Hello,
    I shoud say first off, I have a closet full of board games and they have an inch of dust on them. I think you can play them only so many times and then done. Your ideas and creativity are great and I will look forward to using them with my family.
    Thank You for the help and more people should be concerned to pass on things like this and put the F back in family.

  11. Hello here. It is interesting to read about your offers how to spend a quality time with family playing board games.
    In this modern world people do not communicate so often as it was 30 or 20 years ago.
    The lack of human interaction leads to actions which can not be easy changed, such as divorce.
    I wonder if people would like to play your offered games more often?
    Overall your ideas sound great because it could remove gaps between humans. My family had board games. We had plenty of fun teasing each other when somebody lost or won. Games let people relax, trust more each other and have fun.
    Happy playing, Nemira.

  12. This is a great article! I couldn’t agree with you more. Playing games with the family is a great way to spend time together and to bond. My family loves to play pictionary when we get together. We play boys vs girls and it’s always a blast. I will have to check this app out for all the sports lovers in our group. Thanks for the recommendation!!

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