Whether you're on a houseboat, cruise ship, car trip, camping or resort trip, board games are a great way to spend some together-time on a family getaway.
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This new game -- which is more like Boggle than Scrabble -- uses nifty electronic tiles. Each tile displays a letter, and a player links the tiles together to make words. When a word is formed, the smart electronic tiles keep score. The game has solitaire and multi-player versions. Suggested age is eight and up, but the tiles are fun to handle and younger kids may like playing around with them. Could be a good learn-to-spell tool, too!
Scrabble is a the
classic word game, and fun to play with older kids. Buy yourself a travel version to take on trips.
Boggle is another classic word-game, and this tiny version even has a mini-timer.
Some things never change... kids are still going up and down those snakes and ladders.
Go intellectual mano-a-mano with your son or daughter. And what can you say, when your (young!) kids beat you at chess?
Trouble is a fun board game for ages 5 to 8 that shrinks well to travel-size. The "pop-o-matic" part refers to how you "pop" the dice, instead of rolling them: they're enclosed in a plastic bubble, so they can't get lost.
Here's another classic board game that's available in a portable version for traveling families.
Checkers, Chinese Checkers, Bingo, Snakes & Ladders, , Solitaire, Tic Tac Toe, chess... ten games are packaged in a set that includes magnetic game pieces and storage space, dice, and instructions.
Sharpen your wits, for this classic code-cracking game! Mastermind is played in pairs and suits ages nine and up. It's easily portable and a brain-challenge even for parents.
Settlers of Catan is probably the best known of the "German-style board games", which aren't necessarily German (though they usually are) and which are also known as "Designer" or "Euro" games. These games are challenging yet can be played in an hour or two.