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11 games the whole family can enjoy
September 6, 2012

SALT LAKE CITY — Do you feel a sense of panic and dread when your child drags out that old, battered Monopoly game? If so, perhaps it is time to find some new family favorites.

My family enjoys being a game-playing family. It's a huge endeavor. I mean, we have an entire closet dedicated to games, and it gets filled because my husband has some internal connection with the game aisle like other men have with the tool aisle.

Whether you're looking for a great birthday gift, shopping ahead for Christmas, or simply want something new to entertain your own kids, here's a list of new favorites and classics I'm sure your family will enjoy.

I feel like I could go on and on with this list, but hopefully there's a little something here for everyone. Even if your family doesn't often play board or card games, pick a game that sparked your interest and give it a try. You may just find a new family-time favorite — and Monopoly can get “lost” for awhile!

All of these games can be purchased online from numerous sources like, but a local hobby or bookstore may carry a great selection of games.


Main photo: Carcassonne is a strategy, puzzle-like game. Sleeping Queens was developed by a child and is fun for all. In Gubs you collect Gubs, but watch out for twists and turns! (Photo: Tristen Dorough)

Tristen Dorough grew up in central Utah. She has worked in various business offices over the years but finds the most challenge and satisfaction in managing a home.