14 Classic Board Games That Are Just as Good as Ever

Operation is a classic board game

Family game night is a great time to debut a new board game of the year might make their debut. But for those times when you’re looking for easy fun, keep a few tried-and-true games on hand. These classic board games have lasted for a reason: not only are they great for kids to play with other kids, but they are also well-suited to multi-generational play. The familiar rules make them quick to learn but tricky to win.

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Candy Land


All the sweetness without the sugar crash! Go for the classic edition created to celebrate the game's 65th anniversary and experience sweet nostalgia when your primary-colored gingerbread man sets out on an adventure through the Gumdrop Mountains and Peppermint Stick Forest. It's a perfect first game, as it teaches little ones colors, counting and the fun of chasing ice cream floats. For ages 4 and up.

Chutes and Ladders


Some things are so simple! Break the rules and slide down the chute, do a good deed and climb up the ladder. This classic board game is full of ups and downs which keeps things exciting, and any game dishing out rewards to the littles for good behavior gets a giant thumbs up in our book. Best for ages 3 to 7.



Great for hand-eye coordination (and developing patience) break out this old-school game of block stacking and crashing. As the tower grows so does the focus and anticipation. May the sturdiest (little) hand win. For ages 6 years and up.



This family fave is essentially a color-coded version of Crazy 8s. It also may be one of the most popular games around. It's easy to learn and a blast to play. And whether your tiny tike playing for the first time, or a great-grandparent playing for the 100th time, the chance to scream UNO never gets old. For ages 5 and up.



One of the first words kids learn (we hope!) to say is "sorry", and they'll get to practice their skills in this easy-to-learn and quick-to-master game. The goal is to slide, jump and collide your way around the board from start to finish, but get caught by an opponent and you'll be sorry! For ages 6 and up.

Monopoly (1980s Edition)


No credit card machine, no "Stranger Things" edition, just the classic Monopoly you grew up with. The real question is, do you put money in the Free Parking spot?

Connect 4


Connect Four is one of those low-key games that you can play with the kids even when you're tired (or they are). It's essentially just tic tac toe with a twist, making it a great early game for kids. The manufacturer recommends ages 6 and up but we think younger kids (3 and up) can enjoy it. 



Learn critical thinking, strategy, and spelling with this classic board game. Best for kids 8 and up, but if you play with younger kids you can simplify by setting them up for easy words and giving second chances when words are misspelled. Keep a dictionary nearby just in case.



This basic guessing game lets each player become a commander of the high seas. The idea is to search for enemy ships and eliminate them one by one. Your kiddo will love the game's realistic naval crafts and action-packed gameplay. For ages 7 and up.



Up the coolness factor of this simple calculation bead game by telling your kiddo they're playing an ancient game that first popped up in Egypt and Africa. The object is basic—accumulate the most beads through a series of moves and captures—but winning is anything but. For ages 8 and up.




Before they start beating you at chess, give them a chance to take over with Checkers, one of the simplest and most enjoyable of the classic board games. 




With 13 rounds per game and a whole lot of dice shaking, this game requires an investment in time beyond the 15 minutes games like Operation or Chutes and Ladders takes, but there's something deeply satisfying about shouting your victory. For ages 8 and up, this game is an excellent multi-generational game.


Hi-Ho! Cherry-O


Get some at-home math fun with this fruit-pickin' classic board game. Spin the arrow, fill the "basket," and be the first one to clear the tree! For ages 4 and up.



"Operate" on Cavity Sam with the tweezers and carefully remove the little pieces without touching the sides. It's harder than it looks! The game with an electrical charge isn't just funny, it helps kids learn fine motor skills. Ages 6 and up.


Clue (Retro Series 1986 Edition)


There are several editions of Clue but if you want them to play the one you had when you were a kid, this is it. This classic game of "whodunit" allows kids to use the process of elimination to determine the weapon, location, and murderer. Ages 8 and up.

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