Tips for a Family Game Day on a Rainy Day {Giveaway}

There are many fun activities to do on a rainy day, but one favourite amongst many families is to have a Family Game Day! Pop some popcorn, clear off the dining room or kitchen table and play some of your favourite games together.

Here are some helpful tips to make your Family Game Day a great success:

Prepare Your Space – Transform your everyday living room into the ultimate game room! This can be as easy as ensuring there are enough cozy seats for everyone who is playing, turning on background music that is upbeat but not distracting and setting up a variety of delicious snacks. These small changes will show your little ones that you’re taking the game night, and family time, seriously.

Play a variety of games – While some people have a preference for particular games, others may want to change it up. Designate a set amount of time that you will play each game to ensure you’re keeping everyone entertained and allowing people to try their hand at something new.

Disconnect to Connect – While it may be difficult, make a rule that no one is allowed to have any technology during the few hours you have together. This includes no television or cell phones as they may take away from the moments you’re sharing with your loved ones. By disconnecting from technology, you will be able to better connect with your family members.

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115 Responses to Tips for a Family Game Day on a Rainy Day {Giveaway}

  1. Lynda Cook says:

    We don’t play as much as we should, but when we all get together on the holidays we will pull out the board games and when the grandkids get older I will be able to pull out the games!!

  2. Judy Cowan says:

    In the summer we play on rainy days when we are camping but that is about it. I keep thinking we should start having a weekly game night.

  3. Jan says:

    about once every two weeks

  4. Erika Letson says:

    Usually on Friday nights, but if we have a rainy day we’ll bring out the games!

  5. Silvia D says:

    We play more in the fall and winter when inside more.Then usually once a week or so. In summer we do take games along camping!

  6. Carol Denny says:

    We play a lot of board games, most weekends and in summer its more often.

  7. We LOVE board games! but technically only play once every 2 weeks(?)

  8. Kim D says:

    We play games basically every time we get together. My son is still too young to play but I know he would love these games when he gets older!

  9. Sunshine g says:

    Most nights – although it’s usually Bubble Guppies or Candyland at this age!

  10. Elva Roberts says:

    When my grandchildren were younger, we played games quite a bit. Monopoly and card games were favorites. I guess I will have to wait for the great grands to play with.++

  11. elizamatt says:

    my grandchildren play quite often with their parents and with me when I see them. They love playing games, have to watch them like a hawk though they do tend to get a bit devilish. πŸ™‚

  12. Nicolthe pickle says:

    My kids are little so we only play occasionally, but every time I hang out with my sisters we play games. Apples to Apples is a favourite.

  13. Taylor Hawkins says:

    We try to do it every week πŸ™‚

  14. Julie says:

    We play quite often when the grandkids come over but more so in the winter!

  15. Emily D says:

    We play games a lot, probably about 3-4 nights per week.

  16. Chantal A says:

    We play board games or cards 3 times a week. They just love it. Grandma recently introduced Uno to the kids and now they want to play at home but we don’t have the cards

  17. joanne darrell says:

    We play family games once a week.

  18. Viv Sluys says:

    Lately (since all this amazing summer weather came) we’ve only been playing board games about once a week but in the winter and spring we were playing games almost everyday.

  19. Louanne B says:

    At least weekly!!! We love Go Fish, Tumblin’ Monkeys and Angry Birds with our grandchildren and tons of other games with friends and family like Uno, Scrabble and Pictionary. We would love to try the Apples to Apples game!

  20. annet says:

    It depends on the week, the weather, etc. but its usually about once or twice a week!

  21. Josie says:

    almost every Friday night!

  22. Jennifer P. says:

    Right now we only have family game night about twice a month, but as our kids get older we plan to do them once a week.

  23. Darwin says:

    We usually play at least once a week. We’ve been playing twice a week since summer vacation started.

  24. Stephanie La Plante says:

    Not often enough. About once a month,

  25. Cheryl H says:

    Usually about once a month

  26. Geoff K says:

    We have a game night at least twice a month, usually more in the fall and winter!

  27. julie_bolduc says:

    We usually do it every other weekend

  28. Marty C. says:

    At least once a week and often more.

  29. Gillian Morgan says:

    We play the snakes and ladders, My little Pony version, everyday.

  30. Marilyn Nawara says:

    When the kids were little I played games with them about 3x week but now that they are older it’s less than 1x week.

  31. UglyMummy says:

    we have started playing memory card game almost nightly with our oldest

  32. teeslee says:

    A few times a month

  33. Carole Dube says:

    A few times a week, we love games!

  34. ElaineB2 says:

    Not often enough! Usually around holiday times when all the family gathers together from out of town.

  35. dewinner says:

    Once a month my sister comes over with the kids and we play games

  36. Jennpup says:

    We don’t play nearly enough, a few times a year! Hoping to check out our local Games cafe and start a family game night at home as well.

  37. Alicia says:

    We try and play a game as a family at least once a week, whether it be a board game or card game, something as a family.

  38. ksceviour says:

    not as often as we should,about once a month

  39. lori b says:

    we should do moregame nights, we always have so much fun

  40. Andrea says:

    Very often! We love family game night! This would be great, thanks for the chance!

  41. Brandee H says:

    We have game mornings πŸ™‚ My son is always up early so we choose some puzzles or games to play before we get caught up in the rush of the morning.

  42. Maggie Cheung says:

    About once every 2 weeks!

  43. dglitter says:

    As a family we usually play games at least monthly.

  44. Julia says:

    At least once a month

  45. danielle nantau says:

    At least monthly!

  46. jonnieh says:

    We play at least on a week but sometimes we play everyday for weeks on end. We love games!

  47. J_numbers says:

    about once a week or more.

  48. LC says:

    At least monthly!

  49. Andrea Amy says:

    Normally weekly πŸ™‚

  50. aly3360 says:

    we play every few months. not often enough.

  51. Amy says:

    We have family game night once a week.

  52. Sweet Panda says:

    Once or twice a week

  53. sarah stickney says:

    we play about once a month

  54. Laurie P says:

    we play family games, indoor and outdoor, at least once a week ALL together!

  55. Darlene Schuller says:

    As a family, about once a week… however throughout the week my daughter and I will play a game or the hubster and I will when things have quieted down for the evening.

  56. EN Donnelly says:

    we try to play board games as a family once or twice a week

  57. Amy Heffernan says:

    We play alot!!! Every week for sure!

  58. Wilson King says:


  59. Audrey Skinner says:

    We do not play as much in the summer because we are so busy with outdoor activities but from Fall until Spring we like to play at least once a week.

  60. Jenness Mills says:

    About once a month but a lot more in summer when we’re at the cabin.

  61. Dianne says:

    My grandchildren love to play board games when I babysit them. When my kids get together they also play board games in the evening once the kids are in bed. Sometimes I join in and other times I watch if it is one of their more complicated games that I am trying to learn.

  62. Mel Borhi says:

    as much as I can, usually during family get together’s

  63. Kelley Moore says:

    Usually when the weather is bad and they can’t find anything to do

  64. Brittney House says:

    We try for atleast twice a week.

  65. mckim says:

    Our kids are grown, and our grandkids are too young to play games yet, so we never play games as a family.

  66. Robin says:

    Not as often as we would like. We have a lot of games for older age groups but not much for kids

  67. flowerchild23 says:

    We try to once a week.

  68. Nate Fuller says:

    Not as often as I would like, we have tried but not gotten into the routine. Maybe some new games would help!

  69. jamie lynn says:

    Usually once a week

  70. Heidi C. says:

    Not as often as we could but my kids will often play games together.

  71. Joanne Saunders says:

    I don’y play any board games as a family. My son is going to be moving back home soon, so now that he’s a little older. I would love to start doing more things as a family. Playing some good old fashioned board games would be a very good start.

  72. Ivan Nicolov says:

    I play with my grandchildren on my visits with them.

  73. fossie55 says:

    I play cards with adults. I play board games only when I visit my grandchildren.
    Florence C

  74. Lori Jackson says:

    Usually every weekend sometime. Sunday is usually best as we are all not so busy.

  75. Shellie Clark says:

    we play board games all winter

  76. Krista Miller says:

    We always play boardgames when we’re camping in summer, and then at home in the winter or rainy days.

  77. cynthiac says:

    My grown son plays games with his friends and my great-nephew plays with his family weekly.

  78. tanyab79 says:

    At least once a week. Love playing games.

  79. Amy Brown says:

    we play more in the winter when we’re stuck inside, or in the summer when we’re at the cottage. thanks

  80. jlrchrd says:

    Love Love Apples to Apples

  81. Barb W says:

    Once every few weeks?

  82. angela mitchell says:

    About once ore twice a month.

  83. mommakoala says:

    Maybe monthly. With everyone’s schedules, it’s hard to get the family together to play games.

  84. We don’t play a lot of official games but we like to play “math” and line up dominos. Growing up, we used to play them all the time so i imagine it’s only a matter of time with The Kids.

    Besos, Sarah
    Journeys of The Zoo

  85. Valerie Mallette says:

    I typically play a game as a family once or twice a week.

  86. Debbie Petch says:

    We normally play together on the weekends. We love Rimoli!

  87. Elva Roberts says:

    I used to play games with my grandchildren when they were younger-monolopy, checkers, chinese checkers and card games. I play games with my youngest daughter as well.+

  88. Elva Roberts says:

    I read this post on Steve Jobs and how he limits the use of Technology with his children. I think he has the right idea. Children will be much more creative and healthier if they do not get addicted to their i-pods, and it can start very early. I have seen it for myself and I do not like it. Addiction is harmful even if it is an ipod.

  89. billiondollarprincesss says:

    Not often enough on special occassions.

  90. Gemma says:

    Not often enough! I am going to start a games night to make sure we play more!

  91. Jessica Cyr says:

    This is my son’s favorite game to play on a rainy day ! πŸ™‚

  92. wobbles13 says:

    we like to play candyland

  93. Sarah Alexis says:

    2 or 3 times a month. We usually play CandyLand!

  94. Mel says:

    We play games about once a month when our extended family visits.

  95. Doris says:

    Usually a couple times a month.

  96. Elva Roberts says:

    I play cards, Chinese Checkers and Monopoly with my grandchldren. It depends on the child and the length of the visit. My daughter and I love to play Yahtzee.6

  97. lazybones344 says:

    About once a month, but I want it to be more.

  98. L H says:

    We play Scrabble during holidays when we’re all together.

  99. Wanda Tracey says:

    We love playing games and probably play2-3 times a month for sure!

  100. Stephanie Shreve Baker says:

    my husband came from a big gaming family, it took a while for me to get into it but we play regularly now. as our girls grow up, i think we will play more often since it really helps people learn teamwork & gain confidence. besides, it is fun!

  101. sexybrat says:

    We usually play something every week or two.

  102. Carol Godfrey says:

    We play games at least once a week!

  103. Erica Carnes says:

    At least once a week.

  104. yellowlabs says:

    We play games about once a month.

  105. channallocks says:


  106. Janine Hwang says:

    We try to have game night once a month

  107. carrie conrad says:

    We try to do a game night twice a month.

  108. Betty Spry says:

    WE do games every time the family gets together

  109. amy deeter says:

    we play family games mostly on Sundays

  110. danielle nantau says:

    Every Friday πŸ™‚

  111. Samantha says:

    Me and my husband like to play games once a week and I plan on doing this with the kids once they’re old enough too!

  112. salexis says:

    We just had a 27 hour power-outage… turned that into a family night with board games by candlelight – very memorable!

  113. Dandi D says:

    I really like all of those games!

  114. elizamatt says:

    We were only playing UNO yesterday, a new version. My grandchildren love playing games but you should see my grandson’s face when he has to pick up 2 cards, you’d think we were poisoning him or something. πŸ™‚

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