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Family Game Night Ideas

family game night ideas

What are your favorite family game night ideas?

First, can we take a walk on memory lane for a second?

Do y’all remember how excited we would all get back in the day when it started staying light outside longer, and the weather warmed up?

After we finished our homework (and sometimes before!) we would hang out in the neighborhood with our friends playing games that didn’t require electricity or wi-fi.

You know what I’m talking about, right?

Games like tag, hide-n-go seek, and running races.

Man, kids back in the day knew how to have fun!

family game night ideas

I was recently reminiscing to my kids about the games I used to play with my family, and was surprised to discover that my children didn’t know half of them.

What do kids do at recess nowadays? I mean, really!

Because no child of mine will grow up not knowing how to play 4 Square, I told her that I would personally introduce her to all of the cool games I used to play when I was a kid.

Family Game Night Ideas

Old School Family Game Night Games

My family and I love a good family game night! Lately I've been feeling nostalgic for the old games I used to play when I was a kid. Introducing these old school games to my children have been lots of fun!

family game night ideas

4 Old-School Games to Play outside With Your Kids

Hopscotch // Hide-N-Go Seek // Freeze Tag // Dodgeball

Do those names bring back memories? The best part about all of these games from back in the day is that you don’t need a whole lot of equipment.

Just get some chalk, maybe a ball, and you’re good to go.


Draw a diagram on the ground with 10 sections. Number the sections 1 – 10.

Throw a rock into the first square without touching a line, then hop through the course, skipping the square that the rock is in.

Continue until you get to 10.

Hide-N-Go Seek

Pick someone to be “It”. Determine where home base is going to be.

The person who is It counts to 10 with their eyes closed.

The rest of the players hide. When It gets to 10, they find the players.

If the players touch home base before they are found, they are safe.

Freeze Tag

Pick someone to be “It”. On the count of 3, players run around the space trying not to get tagged.

If they get tagged, they have to freeze until another player unfreezes them. 

If they move while they’re frozen, they become it.


Split into 2 teams.

Each team throws a ball at the other team and tries to hit a player.

When a player is hit, they are out.

The team withe the last person standing wins.

old school games

Here’s a newish game that Ayva and I love that is sure to become a classic:

The Cup Game

Hit a lightweight cup (paper works best) back and forth to each other without letting it touch the ground.

Each hit counts as a point, and when you get to 10, you win! Here’s the catch—you can’t hit the cup twice in a row.

old school games

Keep it Simple

Don’t forget the value of real simple fun like playing tic-tac-toe, jumping rope, or just digging in dirt, pretending, and exploring!

It’s what we did when we were kids, and all of us turned out okay, right?

I love technology just as much as the next blogger, but our kids don’t have to always be entertained by a screen.

Give them some chalk, push them outside, and let them find some fun with these games from back in the day.

Even better…introduce them to it!

Shannon Colclolugh

Monday 18th of April 2022

Thanks for sharing these games. These are really great for a rainy day and you don't want to leave the house or can't

Sheila Price

Friday 27th of November 2020

Hello, thanks Remind us about about old games back in day, they were fun kids really enjoyed playing together, I trying to share with my Grandchildren, so thanks shared bring precious memories back it has great value


Friday 3rd of May 2019

Very good experience while reading your blog. It help to make good understanding with our kids to teach good knowledge

Amy Brooks

Friday 20th of May 2016

Don't forget Kick the Can! I love this post because it brings back so many memories! I strongly believe playing outside for as much time possible is so good for our children!!


Thursday 18th of November 2021

Oh! That is a good one, @Amy!