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5 Sure-Fire Family Games to Play After Thanksgiving Dinner

You marveled at the Pikachu and Skylanders Eruptor balloons at the Macy’s Parade. You had your big meal with family and maybe some friends, too. What’s next? It’s time for some family-friendly gaming! Don’t worry, these games are fun enough for even your grandparents to play.

Hasbro Family Fun Pack


While Monopoly and Risk! might be too intense for post turkey food fest fun, the included Trivial Pursuit and Scrabble would work pretty well for all. They’re quick, fun and everyone can play. Plus, you might learn something cool when playing trivia. Everyone knows these games. So there’s no learning curve!

Hasbro Funpack on Hasbro’s Games’ website

Madden NFL 2016

Why watch a less-than-thrilling football game on TV when you can create a better one in your own home? There’s no doubt that Madden can be a complex football game. But if you play on Rookie mode, family and friends can throw long passes to their hearts content – and have a decent chance that those passes will be completions. Plus, if a family member couldn’t make the big dinner, they can participate in a game with you online.

Madden 16 Game Review

Mario Kart 8


Pretty much everyone can enjoy a few Mushroom Cup races on the easier Water Park or on Mario Stadium. You don’t even have to throw bombs. Just try to get to the finish line first. Up to eight players can indulge in local multiplayer, if you have enough controllers to go around. It might be nice to let your relatives choose a course, too. Don’t have Mario Kart 8? Any Mario Kart will do!

Mario Kart 8 on Nintendo’s website

Rocket League


It’s like soccer meets a demolition derby on a giant field. But you pilot crazy vehicles to kick a giant soccer ball around and into the goal. Rocket League should get everyone laughing — even those who are just watching.

Rocket League on Psyonix’s website

Wii Sports And Wii Sports Club


Go old school for simple, casual fun with the Wii. If you still have your Wii, plug it in for the old time fun of Wii Sports because tennis and bowling would be perfect for Thanksgiving casual gaming. If you have a Wii U, Wii Sports Club is your game for more graphically-rich bowling, golf and baseball.

Wii Sports Club on Nintendo’s website

– The Games Guru

14 Comments on 5 Sure-Fire Family Games to Play After Thanksgiving Dinner

  1. 🙂🙂🙂🙂🙂 // June 22, 2017 at 11:58 am // Reply

    Super Mario Bros. is actually better than any of the above to play after thanksgiving dinner (that is, if you had SMB in your past– or Super Mario Maker, it works too)

  2. qwertyuiop // May 19, 2017 at 5:46 am // Reply

    Thank you even thou I don’t have a lot of them

  3. How about some board games, going for a walk, or a game of catch or touch football? We are sorely lacking in activities that don’t involve a screen.

  4. I find your lack of star wars games disturbing….

  5. I play mario kart 8 with family all the time! It is a great time with anyone, even if I beat everyone super easily. (lol mario kart MLG pro in the house)

  6. awesome

  7. cool boy gorfodon // November 24, 2015 at 11:01 am // Reply

    i have played bl for so long i just want to get more tips 🙂

  8. Cubmaster Dave // November 24, 2015 at 10:23 am // Reply

    Consider this as well – if visiting with family, break out the old Heritages belt loop/pin requirements and talk to grandma and great uncle Joe about your family history.

  9. I Really like this list! my favorites are Mariokart 8 and Wii Sports. I actually remember playing Mariokart Wii at my grandmothers house for thanksgiving 4 or 5 years back.

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