5 Fun Family Vacation Games

5 Fun Family Vacation Games

Our family is enjoying a week away from home on vacation. Sun, good snacks, swimming, some golf (our new family sport, which I am learning!), and family games. We picked up a few new ones for our trip this year and I wanted to share with you, as I know everyone loves new games to create fun family time.

Richard Scarry’s Busy Town

Richard Scarry's Busytown

When I was looking for some new games, especially for my 4 year old, this one caught my attention. Richard Scarry’s Busytown has a rating of 5 stars out of 430 reviews on Amazon. That is awesome! My little guy also loves watching Busytown, so this was a must-have game.  

It is a little larger game for traveling, but it was super fun.  The theme of the game is cooperation and helping each other get to the finish line, which is not always the main idea behind playing a game.  You spin, move your marker and then wait for someone to draw a GoldBug card so you all can work together to find clues.  Even the bigger kids played along and we had fun.

Spot It

Spot It

Spot It was another one we just had to get. I have seen others post about this fun game and it also had outstanding ratings on Amazon – 5 stars out of over 1,500 reviews.  

We played a SLOW version with our 4 year old involved to get the idea of how to play one of the matching games, and I can see that even though it states it is for ages 7 and up, he could play a slower version that would be very helpful for memory and creating quick reactions. The directions state you can play with 2-8 players. I would say 4-5 players would be the maximum, in my opinion.


My older kids had played the Wizard card game before with some family while camping and they said we “had to get it.”  So for just a little over $7 it was a winner. Plus it was compact – perfect for traveling.

This game is certainly for the older kids, but a great family game none the less.  It is a game of bidding, strategizing and learning – fun for everyone.



This was another game I have heard others talk about, so we put it in our list to get. Even though Bananagrams is too advanced for my 4 year old, he loves playing with the tiles, doing letter recognition, and stacking the tiles up. I can see that this game will be perfect for traveling, as it comes in its own zipper case and is very compact. I also love that you do not need any paper, pencil, or board to play.

The instructions say you can play with up to 8 players. I find that to be quite a stretch! I would say 1-4 is more realistic. You race against each other to build crossword grids of words. It is recommended for ages 7 and up.

Phase 10

Phase 10

To be honest, our family has had Phase 10 for years – but it is a great one and we love playing it. Compact and easy to learn, it makes for perfect family fun while camping, waiting at the airport, or sitting around the pool.

From the makers of UNO, Phase 10 is a rummy-type card game with a challenging and exciting twist. You need to be the first player to complete 10 phase sequences but the twist is that each phase to be completed is specific for each hand dealt. It is perfect for 2-6 players.

What is your favorite family game? 

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