Family Fun From The Inside...OUT!
Enjoy the Outdoors, even when you’re indoors with these GREAT games for family time!
I made this SUPER easy for you: most are available on Amazon Prime for fast, easy purchase and FREE 2-day shipping, if you are an Amazon Prime member.
It’s More Fun Outdoors! is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com. The games below are ALL favorites we have in our home collection and highly recommend (actually, one of these will be under the Christmas Tree this year sshhhhhh! The rest we own and play regularly!).
Looking for Stocking Stuffers? Check out our previous post! I have put a link at the end of this post as well, so read on!
Now, on to our favorite family games!
The CAMP board game: Hands down, a family favorite in our house!
Super quick but a fun and competitive game! Roll the dice and answer outdoor-related and age-specific questions as you race to be the first back to camp. The game takes about 15 minutes to complete, so it is a nice, quick way to get together as a family after dinner on a school night. And talk about outdoor adventures! 🙂
They also have a Fishing Edition of the Camp game if that’s yer thing – we have that one too. We loved the CAMP game that much!
Knot So Fast!
This game is a hoot, and it teaches a valuable outdoor skill! Race against each other and/or the hourglass and be the first to master various knots. Forty challenges! Get Knot So Fast on Amazon Prime.
A note: The game’s container is awful, so definitely consider picking up a stuff sack for longer-term storage. (Or if you’re like us, you have several dozen around already 😉 )
Here’s a DIY version you can do as a stocking stuffer or party favor!
I actually did a DIY version of KNOT so fast on a smaller scale as party favors for Dora’s rock climbing gym birthday party. I bought a length of rope at the hardware store, cut it into 3-foot pieces, and got these cool, waterproof card packets by PRO-Knot for about $4 each on Amazon. They were a hit with the kids, they really got into trying to make the knots!
MONOPOLY: National Parks Edition!
A new way to play an old favorite – but don’t expect to be throwing your easy money around! The National Parks are on a tight budget, so your bank starts out a bit smaller. A great way to learn about some of our amazing National Parks and spend a fun evening together! Get MONOPOLY: National Parks Edition on Amazon Prime!
Our other favorite MONOPOLY special edition is HORSEOPOLY. This one is Dora’s absolute favorite! Buy and sell different horse breeds, add hay bales and barns to increase the rent, and avoid being sent to the trailer! Ours did not come with those cool metal playing pieces shown in the photo below, we received four wooden ‘saddles’. Hmmmm…..NAH I’ll live with it! 😉
HEADS UP: Unfortunately I could not find a link to an Amazon Prime seller for HORSEOPOLY. I noticed as I put this writeup together that HORSEOPOLY may not arrive before Christmas with standard shipping from the sellers who have the game in stock.
The Appalachian Trail Game
(No Amazon link for this one, sorry, but it is WAY too cool not to share!)
I just picked up some of the backpacking version, and the special edition for Christmas gifts this year. The game has caused quite a buzz on the hiker and backpacker forums I am in. Can’t wait to check this one out on family game night! 5% of the game proceeds go to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. Get the Appalachian Trail game on their website: theatgame.com.
NOTE: If you are considering giving the Appalachian Trail Game as a Christmas gift, go to the site and order it NOW because I was just on there, and some of the editions are sold out!
Do you have any favorite outdoor-themed games that we missed? Please share in the comments section below, we would love to try it on family game night! Thanks!
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