Best games to bring families together

Box & Balls (Fat Brain Toys)
screen-shot-2016-11-29-at-2-55-57-am• Box & Balls is a rolling, bouncing, banking, stacking, nesting game!
• With dozens of playing options, this classic-looking set of eight wooden nesting boxes and eight bouncy balls is awesome at home or on the go.
• Set yourself seemingly impossible challenges with the boxes and try to complete the challenge using the balls.
• Go up, over, down, around, and through!
• Ages: 5+
• MSRP: $32.95
• Available:

Brynk (Winning Moves Games)
screen-shot-2016-11-29-at-2-56-15-am• Will you be able to place your pieces on the teeter-tottering base and get it to stay? Or will you upset the balance and watch as it all comes crashing down in front of you?
• Completely self contained, package doubles as playing surface and storage container, clean-up is fast and easy, learning to play takes less than 1 minute!
• Ages: 7+
• MSRP $19.95
• Available: Amazon

SHABOOM! (Haywire Group)
screen-shot-2016-11-29-at-2-56-30-am• Face off against your opponents in a series of challenges sure to test your speed and agility.
• Anyone can do these challenges – it all comes down to who can do it first.
• Includes a mix of playing pieces and more than 100 challenges!
• Ages: 7+
• MSRP: $19.99
• Available: Amazon, Toys R Us

Simon Air (Hasbro)
screen-shot-2016-11-29-at-2-58-19-am• In the new SIMON AIR Game, classic SIMON gameplay gets a modern twist with touch-free technology!
• Play solo against the new SIMON AIR Game or team up with a friend and work together to remember the sequence, repeat the pattern and conquer the SIMON AIR Game.
• The Simon game senses every hand motion and registers correct sequences. Stay on top of the game and conquer the speed-increasing levels with double moves, swoop moves, and even moves that light up all four lights!
• If the pattern is repeated incorrectly, a buzzer will sound and signal the end of the game. The player with the highest score is the winner!
• Ages: 8+
• MSRP: $19.99
• Available: Amazon, Target, Toys “R” Us, Walmart

Escape the Room: Mystery at the Stargazer’s Manor (ThinkFun)
screen-shot-2016-11-29-at-2-58-10-am• In this timed party game, players decipher clues to unravel the mystery of the town’s well-respected astronomer – without actually locking anyone in a room!
• Escape the Room events are happening in cities all over the world, and now one can happen in your home with the first play-at-home version.
• Kids and adults will love solving all of the clues and riddles, and the companion website can help if you get stuck.
• Ages: 10+
• MSRP: $21.99
• Available: Amazon, Target

Happy Salmon (Northstar Games)
screen-shot-2016-11-29-at-2-58-02-am• Happy Salmon is the simple, fast-paced card game packed to the gills with high-fivin’, fin-flappin’ fun.
• Actions including the classic “High 5”, the unifying “Pound It”, the frantic “Switcheroo”, and the delightful “Happy Salmon” will leave players doubled over in laughter.
• With so many mini-celebrations built into the play, it’s the happiest game ever!
• Ages: 6+
• MSRP: $14.99
• Available: Amazon

Indoor Cornhole (University Games)
screen-shot-2016-11-29-at-2-57-55-am• Cornhole is exciting and challenging for families and friends. Teams compete to earn the most points by landing the bag on the board or in the hole.
• The popular tailgate bag-throwing game can now be played in a house or apartment and is especially designed for smaller spaces.
• Includes eight cornhole bags and instructions, and the entire set completely folds into its box for easy storage and portability.
• Ages: 6+
• MSRP: $24.99
• Available: Amazon, Toys “R” Us