5 Tips for a Fun Family Game Night

By Shannon Gurnee
In Game Review
December 3, 2015

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Spin Master Games for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

In our family, we love to play games! Board games hold a special place in my heart because I remember playing them with my parents and grandparents. We recently teamed up with Spin Master Games and played Hedbanz together. Oh my gosh, it is so much fun! The kids laughed and cheered and had a blast guessing what was on their card!

When I opened up the Hedbanz game, I found a variety of items in the box. I love that the Headbands were easy to put together and our kids were able to help put them together quickly and without frustration. The game came with 72 Cartoon Cards, 24 Scoring Chips, 6 Headbands, Timer and a Rule Sheet. I purchased the game at Walmart, but you can also find it at Kmart, Target, Toys’R’Us and on Amazon. Are you looking to have a fun family game night?  Here are 5 tips for a fun family game night.

5 Tips for a Fun Family Game Night

  1. Choose a game that everyone can play together. In our family, we have kids from the age of 7 to 14. So when we choose games, we choose ones that everyone can play together. The games from Spin Master are great options!
  2. Take turns choosing a game to play. Our kids love to select a game for them all to play together. We let them take turns choosing a game that we can all play.
  3. Play the games in teams. Our kids, especially the younger ones, love to play games in teams. If choosing a team is a challenge, have the kids draw names out of a bowl so they are randomly assigned as a team.
  4. Have snacks and drinks ready. Believe it or not, not having snacks on hand during a game can affect the mood of the game. When kids get hungry, they become more sensitive and sometimes moody. Plus, playing games just make us hungry, so feed that hunger with some yummy snacks!
  5. Take pictures! Not only is it fun to share your pictures with family and friends on your social media channels, but the kids love to see pictures of themselves having a great time as well. These would be great in a photo book for each child at the end of the year as well – letting them relive those special memories they had with their family on Family Game Nights!


As I mentioned earlier, we loved Hedbanz! Hedbanz is the quick question game of “what am I?” You never know what you are until you start asking! Figure out if the cartoon on your head is an animal, food or man-made object. Be the first player to guess what you are and win! Headbanz – the game where everybody knows but you!

Other Spin Master Games I found at the store were Quelf and Would You Rather. These looked like a blast to play with the family! Hedbanz and Would You Rather are great for families with kids 8 and up. Quelf is great for families with kids 12 and up.


Quelf is the multi-award winning game that gives random a new name! Use your creativity and imagination to answer crazy questions and perform ridiculous stunts. There’s only one rule – OBEY THE CARD! If a player obeys their card they get to move ahead! You’ll laugh until you cry with this outrageous, unpredictable, and fun filled party game. Be the first person to cross the finish line and you win! Enjoy a non-stop hilarious adventure with Quelf!

Would You Rather

Would You Rather is the zany game of deranged dilemmas and difficult choices. Discuss, debate and laugh your way to the finish in the ultimate ice-breaking party game as you ask: Would You Rather have to wear a tuxedo made of taxidermied squirrels or a swimsuit made of live starfish? Would You Rather asks you and your friends bizarre, imaginative, hilarious and occasionally disgusting questions.

Be sure to check out Spin Master Games and stock up on them for the holidays! Learn more about Spin Master Games and new products available by following them on TwitterInstagram and Facebook.

What game would your family love to play?

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Shannon Gurnee (formerly Shannon Gosney) is the author of The Mommy-Files, a national blog with a loyal following. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Marriage, Family, and Human Development with a Minor in Business Management. Shannon and her husband, Frank, have a large family with 6 awesome kids and love living on the Central Coast near San Luis Obispo, California, as well as traveling around the world. A full-time Social Media and Professional Blogger, Shannon also serves as a National Brand Ambassador for many well-known companies. Her blog focuses on motherhood, family fun activities, traveling, fashion, beauty, technology, wedding ideas and recipes while providing professional opinions on products, performances, restaurants, and a variety of businesses.

29 Responses to “5 Tips for a Fun Family Game Night”

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  2. Jeanette says:

    We love family game night. I have not seen that game as of yet. I need a few more christmas gifts and games are on it. Great tips.

  3. Jaime Nicole says:

    We have really come to love our family game nights. You are right about the snacks – the right selection of snacks (and drinks) really has the potential to shape the experience of the evening.

  4. Hedbanz sounds like a real winner for our next family game night. I think it would be a blast.

  5. Liz Mays says:

    I’d love to play Hedbanz with my family. I can imagine some of those cards being challenging!

  6. We have the Hedbanz game and it’s a family favorite. It’s usually at the top of the pile for our family game nights because such a wide range of ages can play!

  7. lisa says:

    We love family game nite. We do it as often as we can but we are terrible at Headbands!

  8. We have this game and my kids love it. It is so hard to guess what I am though because their answers are always backwards.

  9. rika says:

    Family game night is always fun and always bring family close together! Thanks for sharing awesome tips

  10. Alli says:

    This looks like such a fun game! I’ve never thought to take photos during game night. Next time the grandkids come over, I’ll use all of these tips.

  11. What a fun fame this is. We love family game nights and for sure, this game is going to be a hit.

  12. Rebecca B. says:

    I think we would really enjoy the hedbanz game!! We always have so much fun of family game night 🙂

  13. I love game nights!! I have not seen these games before they look like a ton of fun to play with the kids.

  14. ricci says:

    I love getting together with my family and playing board games!! This one looks like it would be so much fun!!

  15. Family game nights are so fun. We like to have bowling competitions on the Wii.

  16. Kristin says:

    We love a game the entire family can play.Thank you for the share.

  17. Maggie Branch says:

    We were always a scrabble family growing up but we played ALOT of hedbanz in college. So fun!

  18. Great tips for game night, an event we love here in Georgia. I know the kids would love these games, especially Hedbanz.

  19. I love the idea of family game night! My kids are still a bit too young…the most we can do are puzzles, etc. I can’t wait to play these kinds of games with them!

  20. Michele D says:

    My kids have this game and love it. Family game night is always fun with our group.

  21. Jeanine says:

    i just saw this game in a local store on clearance. I think I’m going to go back and pick it up. I think it looks like so much fun. Great tips!

  22. Lynndee says:

    That looks like a super fun game. We love playing monopoly here. But I would love to try that. I think my boys would enjoy it too.

  23. Britni says:

    My kids loving playing games. I have been thinking of getting this game for my youngest for Christmas. Looks like it would be super fun!

  24. Rebecca Swenor says:

    This Headbanz game sound like a great gift idea and it would be perfect for my niece’s kids. I do believe table games are an awesome way for families to get together and have that family time that is so important.

  25. My kids and I have been wanting to play this game. It is obviously a super big hit for family night fun and I appreciate the tips!

  26. Mimi Green says:

    I’ve seen this game in the store but didn’t pay much attention to it. You make it look like so much fun. Looks like a game my youngest an even enjoy.

  27. Such a fun idea! Love it! Thanks for sharing this!!! 🙂

  28. Krystal says:

    Everyone is talking about this game! My son added it to his wish list. I will have to grab him a copy!

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