Visit any parenting blog during the summer months and you’ll instantly have access to tons of outdoor activity suggestions. But what happens when thunderstorms roll in or it’s just too hot to go outside?

If you can’t muster any enthusiasm for creative indoor activities, or the lightening just knocked out the electricity, you can always resort to those tried-and-true board games that dominated your own childhood.

Stock up now so you are prepared in any bad weather situations!

Preschool Entertainment

Young children should be able to master the essentials for the majority of these games. However, they are also entertaining for older audiences! Use these games to amuse the entire family when younger kids are involved.

  • Connect Four
  • Sequence
  • Trouble
  • Twister
  • Candyland
  • Chutes and Ladders
  • Hungry Hungry Hippos
  • Mouse Trap
  • Guess Who
  • Operation
  • Hi-Ho Cherry-O
  • Memory
  • Bingo

Games for Elementary Kids and Older

Older kids will appreciate these mentally stimulating games. Help your youngsters understand cause and effect, strategy, and logic.

  • Jenga
  • Sorry
  • Clue
  • Monopoly
  • Life
  • Battleship
  • Taboo
  • Checkers
  • Chess
  • Scattergories
  • Rummikub
  • Apples to Apples
  • Phase 10
  • Charades
  • Catch Phrase
  • Balderdash
  • Pictionary
  • Scrabble
  • Rack-O
  • Yahtzee
  • Mancala

Card Games

Grab a deck of cards and you have lots of additional entertainment options. Specialty decks make some games easier for young players.

  • Slap Jack
  • War
  • Go Fish
  • Old Maid
  • Uno

Other Gaming Options

If you have the space and want to invest a little money in your gaming pursuits, you could try some bigger family entertainment options.

  • Darts
  • Air hockey
  • Ping pong
  • Billiards
  • Carrom

Playing board games is one of the oldest forms of family bonding. If you’re in need of indoor activities this summer, reach for a classic.