24 Best Rainy Day Family Board Games (Recommended by Full-Time RVing Families) - The Roving Foley's
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24 Best Rainy Day Family Board Games (Recommended by Full-Time RVing Families)

Fun family board games are one of the best ways to connect with your kids’ and share quality fun time as a family.  We love nothing more than enjoying a family game night, all gathered around the table and hanging out.  We almost look forward to rainy days because we have so much fun!

Now that the kids are getting older, we’re really enjoying playing any kind of game with them.  However, we realized that we were tending to play the same games again and again, which gets boring.

So we polled our other full-time RV friends and asked them what are their favorite games.

We were shocked at how many board games are out there and how few we were aware of.  If you are as clueless as we were,  you should get caught up on this article as the games featured are some of the best fun family board games you can find.

Our Top 24 RV Board Games For Family Game Night

1) Eye Found It

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Eye Found It

  • Encourages cooperation and teamwork
  • Builds observation skills and attention to detail
  • Reinforces object identification and matching skill

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My kids got this game for Christmas and it was an immediate hit!  It jumped right into our board games for the whole family list.  What I love about the game is that it’s a lot of fun, but it also encourages teamwork and focus.

The objective of the game is to travel through time by spinning the time machine and advancing the appropriate number of circles. If the time machine spinner or the game piece lands on a “search,” you pull an item from the stack. The item can be something like a vase, a cat, a horse, a cape etc. Most of the objects exist in each of the time periods.

My daughter loves the capes worn by the Egyptians and how different they are from the capes worn during medieval times, which led to a conversation about the purpose of capes. Just a really fun and educational game. On top of that, the imagery on the board is absolutely beautiful!

My kids got this when they were 7 & 8, I think the best age range for this game is 4 – 8!  My son is 9 and is already getting bored with this game unless we all get involved and then he loves to get down on the floor and play.  Just an FYI, this game is quite large, so it doesn’t fit on a table, we put it on the floor of our 38′ fifth wheel and have some fun with it.

2) Headbangz – My Daughters Favorite Board Game

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Hedbanz Game

  • Fast-paced, easy to play question game of “What am I?”
  • Categories are simple (animal, food or object), allowing everyone, even young children to join in on the family fun!
  • Kids will develop their deductive reasoning skills with the game’s simple question and answer method.

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This is one of my favorite games for kids because it makes them think!  I use it for homeschool too, I love it. It is based on the old “20 Questions” we all played as kids so it is super fun and works great as a party game.

The Hedbanz game comes with a stack of picture cards, each featuring an animal, food, or common object. The categories are few and simple, but this allows everyone, even young children, to get in on the family fun. And because you’ll be racing against the one-minute sand-clock timer, each round moves quickly, ramping up your energy and challenging your wit.

This board game comes with everything you’ll need to play.  The game can have anywhere from two to six players, each person straps on a headband and your card is placed in your adjustable headband right on your forehead facing the other players. Everyone but you can see your card.

The game comes with a sand clock timer, 72 cards, 24 chips, 6 headbands and a set of instructions.   Your group of two to six players will be strapping on headbands, asking funny questions, and making wild guesses without complicated setups and rules.  We love playing this game out by our campfire.

Playing Hedbanz is simple. After dealing one card and three chips to each player, take your card and place it in your adjustable headband without peeking. When your turn arrives, ask each player a question about who, or what, you are (‘Am I a food?, Am I alive)’).

If you get stuck, the sample questions card offers tips on the types of questions you might ask. The idea is logical thinking, asking general questions first, then down to more and more specific questions until you guess the item. Once you guess the item, you give back one chip. The first person to give back all of their chips wins.

Once the kids figure out how to play it, it’s a lot of fun. Sometimes ours get a little frustrated because they are not asking the right questions The sample questions card can help out here.  It’s a great learning experience for kids and a great way to connect as a family.  You can really have a lot of fun with this game, I love the fact that the kids are learning the process of elimination skills while we play.

3) Sorry Family Board Game

Sorry Game

  • Re-ignite family night with the get together amusement of Sorry
  • Party it up, and surprise guests at your next event with laugh out loud game.
  • Nostalgic tabletop gameplay.

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This is another favorite of ours!  It has been around for a LONG time and is certainly one of the classic board games for the family.

SORRY is a game that can be played by kids of any age starting at age 6.  It is easy to learn. There are up to 4 players each having 4 color coded pawns, a START and a HOME spot. The object is to move all 4 pawns around the board and into the HOME spot first.

Each player takes their turn drawing a card from the pile. The card tells how many spaces to move. There are also cards to move backwards, trade places with another player, or send another players pawn back to start.

It’s a lovely way to enjoy a rainy day inside the RV, the kids have a lot of fun plotting their ‘sweet revenge’ on their sibling or getting back at mom and dad for sending one of their pawns back to START!

It’s a great game to help the kids practice their counting and how they deal when things don’t go their way.  I love this game for parents because it’s an easy one to take out and play.  You can also play it as a cooperative game setting up teams and using each others HOME spots.

We work on the road and there are days when we have to play catch up so we work a little longer.  It’s nice to be able to stop working and take out Sorry and play it with the kids, it doesn’t need a lot of concentration.

4) Monopoly – Dad’s Favorite Board Game

Monopoly Board Game

  • Create a Monopoly by buying, renting, trading the worlds most famous properties.
  • Roll the dice, and move your favorite game piece. Buy property, or pay rent.
  • Pass Go and collect 200.00 or head over to Community Chest, as you wheel and deal your way to the top.

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We love pulling out the Monopoly  game on days when it’s either raining outside or we’re exhausted from a big day out or travel day. It is certainly one of the best  board games of all time. We can open this game and spend hours having fun together as a family.  It’s also great for helping the kids to learn how money works. 

I’m including a link here to one on Amazon but you can get the game much cheaper from Walmart or Target especially around the holidays.  This seems a tad expensive to me. There are also themed sets of Monopoly for just about anything your kids are into so this is a great gift for a Star Wars, Disney, or Sponge Bob themed birthday.

5) Clue- Mom’s Favorite Board Game

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Clue Board Games

  • Players have to find out who’s responsible for murdering Mr. Boddy of Tudor Mansion.
  • Get the scoop on the mansion’s rooms, weapons and guests and start detecting!
  • Eliminate information throughout the game in this classic whodunit.

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I haven’t played Clue since I was a little girl, but I remember how much fun it was and still is apparently!  My daughter received the clue game from her 9-year-old brother for her birthday and she is obsessed.  Any chance she gets, she wants to play this game.   She and I play play it all the time, which gives us some fun alone time.

If mom and dad enjoy playing the game, that’s a win-win for me so this one fits the bill.   There are certain games that I cringe when they ask to play (like Candyland, I cannot stand that game I actually hid it for several months, but she found it!)

The kids love Clue, it’s changed slightly since we played it as kids.  Now they provide the kids with clue cards to help the game move faster.  It does come with a notebook of detective sheets, I could see straight away how fast the notebooks would disappear.  

A quick tip, we taped 5 sheets together and photocopied them so we’d have more sheets when the initial ones ran out.

We love playing this game on our family night, it’s fun to watch how differently the kids play it.  My 8-year-old daughter is more conniving (I think it’s a girl thing) and is very diligent in her note taking so she doesn’t share too much with the other players.  On the other hand my son shares everything and keeps nothing to himself, but he loves to make an assumption early in the game. 

I like that it makes kids think.  You can choose not to use the clue cards and play it the old way too. This is definitely STILL one of the best board games for the family to play together.

6) Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego

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World Travel Board Game

  • Carmen is at it again, stealing priceless artifacts from around the globe!
  • Can you catch Carmen and recover the loot before the other Gumshoes?
  • A game of deduction and skill, this card game is full of twists and turns.

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“Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego? has fast become one of our favorite board games.  The recommended age for this game is 8 years and up.  There is definitely some thinking and skill involved in playing this game, 8 years old is the perfect age to start playing.

How it works:  You deal the cards, each player gets 2 location, 2 loot, and 2 henchmen cards plus a dry erase marker and dry erase booklet so you can take notes of where everything gets moved to.  One of each card goes into the middle of the table, face down.

Each loot card has a corresponding location card. Players work to get a matching set of loot/ location cards into the center AND learn the location of the Carmen Sandiego card.

The first player rolls a dice, the dice will show a symbol corresponding to one of the card types.  If it’s a loot card, that player will look at a loot card anywhere on the table without the other players seeing and make a note of where the card is, eg, MT = mom top row.

Whenever you can match a loot and location card, you can “make an arrest” and take those cards off the table thus eliminating them. Then you can move either a loot or location card that YOU know into the center. This continues until someone has put a matching loot and location card into the center AND knows where Carmen is. Then they can “issue a warrant.”  If they get it wrong they lose! 

It’s a great game to teach kids how to focus on taking good notes, we love it here in the Roving Foley household and recommend it to other campers.  Again it’s a lot of fun and a great way to enjoy the family game night.  The kids love when they figure it out first and get to “issue an arrest for Carmen Sandiego!

I do recommend that this game is played with 4 players, we do sometimes play it with just two players because my daughter wants to play it ALL THE TIME, but it’s more fun when there’s 4.

I suggest picking up another pack of dry erase markers because the ones that come with the game will dry out fast because the kids forget to put the top back on!!  I have found a packet of dry erase markers at the dollar store so check there first.

This game is a little more intricate and takes a few tries to master, but once you do it is sure to become one of your favorite board games for the family to play.

7) Scrabble and Scrabble Junior

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Scrabble Board Game

  • Classic Scrabble game has the letter tiles and game guide for a wordy showdown.
  • Store the tiles In the drawstring bag.
  • Every letter counts in Scrabble.

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I want to be outside whenever possible, but with some of these board games, when it’s windy it’s just not possible to play outside.  With Scrabble Junior, the wind doesn’t matter and that’s why it’s on my list.  Plus it’s also a great way for the kids to work on their spelling without realizing it’s educational. 

We played Scrabble Junior when the kids were 5 – 7 and had a blast- even I enjoyed it.  With Scrabble Junior, the kids don’t need to know how to spell, they just need to know their letters so we had a lot of fun with this game.  There is some strategy introduced as the players are earning points only by completing words. so they want others to fill in letters first.

I love that the game grows with you because on the other side it has the regular scrabble.  It’s another great way to help kids work on their spelling.  

8) Apples To Apples – Highly Recommended by other Rvers

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Apples To Apples Game

  • It’s As Easy As Comparing Apples To Apples, Just Open The Box, Deal The Cards And You’re Ready To Play
  • Select The Card From Your Hand That You Think Is Best Described By A Card Played By The Judge.
  • Each Round Is Filled With Surprising And Outrageous Comparisons From A Wide Range Of People, Places, Things And Events.

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This game came highly recommended by many full-time RV families. For some reason, we have never played this game so as you can imagine this one is on our Christmas List. From what I gather, you can play this game with all ages (this is a huge plus when you are visiting family).

I love any game that is educational for the kids because again I can sneak some homeschooling in and they have no clue what I am doing. It sounds like I could do that with this game.

There are two types of cards – red cards (things) and green cards (descriptions).  Each player takes turns being the judge and pulling the next description card, then the other players try to pick the best description (in the eyes of the judge) from the cards in their hands.

Whoever put the winning red card in, takes the green card as a win.  The player with all 4 green cards is the winner!  The game itself comes with 441 Red Apple Cards, 63 Green Apple Cards, this tells me you can play this game for a long time without getting the same card!

9) Life

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Life Board Game

  • Life is full of adventures: this edition of the game of life game includes 115 cards offering exciting choices.
  • Choose an interesting career: players can choose from 31 Career cards featuring unusual or quirky careers such as ice cream flavor Maker or a secret Agent.
  • Choose an awesome vacation: take a ski trip, a safari, or go snorkeling in a coral Reef.

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I remember Life from when I was a kid but didn’t know it was still around. Again it came highly recommended by our full-time family RV friends.  

In short, the game takes the player from approximately being college-age to retirement, going through life events such as choosing a career, getting married, buying a house and having children.

Between the major life happenings, the player can also experience plenty of other events that span the winding game track: some that could qualify as a midlife crisis, like buying a beach house or plastic surgery, and other, smaller occurrences such as receiving stock, upgrading a computer, etc. 

The game ends when all players retire and the person with the most money is declared the winner. I can already tell this game will be one of my 8-year-old daughters’ favorites.  My kids find having babies the funniest thing in the world.  The more babies you have, the more money you get – so a little different than real life!

10) Ticket To Ride – Highly Recommended

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Ticket To Ride

  • Build your tracks across the United States in this fast-paced and strategic board game. 
  • Cross-country train adventure game in which players collect and play train cards to claim railway routes through North America!
  • Elegantly simple gameplay, the game can be learned in under 15 minutes.

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Fair warning, this is expensive but this was the highest rated game from several full-time family members. Ticket to ride is a light strategy game where the aim is to connect routes with the chain of trains you have and get points. The person with the highest number of points wins! 

It is a nice game for kids and elders alike. It is a fast-paced game and a lot of fun according to our RV families. It appears that you do need some space to play- the board size is quite large so that is something to think about. Considering the space requirements and cost, this one will be on the back burner for now.

11) Catan