Winter Weather Ahead: Board Games for Indoor Play

Winter can feel long and boring for kids and parents alike when the weather prevents outside play. But with these fun board games, there's no need for the winter blues—get the whole family laughing and learning with family game night.

Wits & Wagers Family Edition

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This is a family-friendly version of the award-winning party game Wits & Wagers. The Family Edition has simpler rules and kid-appropriate questions, making it a great way to get the whole family involved. Play the game by making guesses at fun and silly number facts—and you don't need the right answers to win! This game is best for ages 6 and up. ($20; amazon.com)

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State the Picture

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Test your family's geography and art skills with this board game. State the Picture asks players to sound out the names of states with illustrations, while the other players guess. This game is sure to get the whole family laughing and is recommended for players ages 8 and up. ($24; jcpenny.com)

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Watch Ya Mouth

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Watch Ya Mouth is a hilarious game the whole family will love. Players use plastic mouth pieces to hold their mouths open while they try to sound out phrases for the rest of the players to guess. Not only do you sound funny, but everyone looks pretty silly, too. This game is suggested for players 8 and up. ($15; target.com)

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Scabs 'N' Guts

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Teach your kiddos about the human body (and maybe learn a few things yourself) with this fun trivia game. Answer questions from three categories to test your knowledge: Blood and Guts, Scrapes and Scaps, and Blubber or Bluff. Scabs 'N' Guts is recommended for ages 6 and up.($32; kohls.com)

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Pie Face

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Pie Face is a super suspenseful, slightly messy game that will have every player laughing. Because there are no complicated rules to follow, this game is ideal for little players, but big kids and adults will love it, too! This game is suggested for players ages 5 and up. ($14; target.com)

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Yeti In My Spaghetti

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This is another board game that's perfect for the littlest game-players in your family. Stack the spaghetti noodles on the bowl, place the yeti on top, and take turns pulling the noodles out one by one. Be careful not to let the yeti fall! This fun, easy game is suggested for ages 4 and up.($18; amazon.com)

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Apples to Apples Junior

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If you're familiar with the adult game Apples to Apples, this family-friendly version is a must-play. Even if you're not familiar with the original, you should consider this for a fun family game night. One player lays a card with an adjective—like Scary, Smelly, or Cool—and the other players lay a card they think matches the adjective best, or will get the most laughs. This game is best for ages 9 and up. ($18; mattel.com)

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Pancake Pile-Up

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If your kids love board games with a physical aspect, this one is sure to be a winner. Pancake Pile-Up has players race to stack pancakes in the correct order, teaching memory and coordination at the same time. This game is suggested for players ages 4 and up. ($20; educationalinsights.com)

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