Best family board games for the Winter school holidays

If you're looking for a great indoor activity to keep the kids (and parents) entertained these school holidays grab a board game or card game. We have selected a range of family board games to keep everyone entertained during those long winter afternoons.

Read on for our five best family board games for the school holidays.


Sushi Go! Card Game

Maki rolls, Sashimi, Dumplings, Tempura... all very delicious - but other players are hungry too! With strategy and luck you try to collect your favourite sushi dishes to earn enough points to claim the title of Sushi Master.

Sushi Go! is cute, easy to learn and quick to play while being engaging for players of all ages.

Buy Sushi Go! here ▸

Age8 up
Players2 - 5
Time15 min

Settlers of Catan Board Game

Catan is one of our favourite family board games. Basically you gather resources which enable you to build roads and settlements to earn victory points. Along the way you get to trade resources with other players and collect special development cards.

A great strategy game with excellent replayability.

Buy Settlers of Catan here ▸

For younger players buy Catan Junior here ▸

Age 10 up
Players 3 to 4
Time 45 - 90 min

Forbidden Island Board Game

Forbidden Island is one of the best cooperative family board games. Players play as characters with different skills and discuss team strategy and work together to gather treasure and beat the game.

With a range of skill levels from novice to legendary it allows all family members to learn the game

Buy Forbidden Island here ▸

Age 10 up
Players 2 to 4
Time 30 min

Terror In Meeple City Board Game

A great family board game for kids because you actually get to build the meeple city and then destroy it! Monsters get dropped, cars get thrown and you even get to huff and puff and blow buildings down. Oh! those poor meeples.

Fun to set-up, play and destroy.

Buy Terror in Meeple City here ▸

Age 8 up
Players 2 to 4
Time 30 - 45 min

Hanabi Card Game

Hanabi is a cooperative family card game where you work together to create the best fireworks show based on clues provided by the rest of your team.

A great family game which is quick and fun to learn. Winner of the 2013 Spiel des Jahres Game of the year.

Buy Hanabi here ▸

Age 8 up
Players 2 to 5
Time 20 - 30 min

best board games for travel.

Let's face it, not all board games make ideal travel companions. If you're searching for good board games to keep your luggage slim and your family and friends entertained, you've come to the right place.

Read on for our five best family board games for travel.


5. Sushi Go!

Collect tasty Sushi dishes before they're all gone. Sushi Go is a tasty family card game that will keep you hungry for more.

Sushi Go! is a whimsically illustrated family card game which will have you coming back for more and is easy to learn and quick to play while being engaging for all ages.

Age – 8 up - may suit younger players

Players – 2 to 5

Time – 15 min

Buy Sushi Go here ▸


4. Love Letter

The Prince(ss) is locked away in the palace and you must rely on members of the court to help deliver your love letter first. Along the way you expose competing suitors, keeping their letters away - beware, other players want the Prince(ss) to themselves.

Love Letter is a portable fun family card game of strategy and deduction – easy to learn and quick to play.

Age – 10 up

Players – 2 to 4

Time – 30 min

Learn more about Love Letter here ▸


3. Hey, that's my fish!

Move your penguin around the board and gather fish along the way, while cutting your opponents off in the ice floe. Who's flippers will be left holding the most fish?

Hey, That's My Fish! is a great family board game that is easy for children to play while offering enough strategic thinking to keep young and old entertained.

Age – 8 up

Players – 2 to 4

Time – 20-30 min

Buy Hey, that's my fish! here ▸


2. Hanabi

Work together to create the best fireworks show by placing the correct cards. Sounds easy! The trick is you cannot look at your own cards.

Hanabi is a cooperative family card game of memory and deduction that is easy to learn, quick and fun to play.

2013 Spiel des jahres Game of the Year!

Age – 8 up

Players – 2 to 5

Time – 20-30 min

Buy Hanabi here ▸


1. The Resistance: Avalon

A hidden role game where players try to figure out who is on the side or good or evil. Merlin alone knows Mordred's agents of evil, but he must not overtly single them out as the assassin is looking for him too.

A great social family board game where players get involved, acting on the little information they know to level accusations about who is good or evil - great for large groups.

Age – 13 up

Players – 5 to 10

Time – 30 min

Buy The Resistance: Avalon here ▸