Forget Monopoly — Try one of these family strategy games with your kids instead

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Forget the inevitable agony of playing this classic with your kids.

Turn off the TV, put down the phone, and try one of these board games with your kids instead.

We’re working on a Royal Tenenbaum style game closet stacked top to bottom with board games.

Fill your home with things you love and use. Eliminate the rest. *This is a great list of family strategy games. Love this Becoming UnBusy site.

Here is a list of our favorite family-strategy games.

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1 | Machi Koro

If your kids do love Monopoly, try this tabletop card game that takes as little as 30-minutes. Machi Koro is currently the most popular game in our house.

4 out of 5 Stars
22 Amazon Reviews

2 | Catan

Be careful with Catan and it’s many expansions. They will suck you into the board game vortex. It is fairly easy to learn (we usually go with YouTube tutorials), very strategic, and has sold 22 million copies or so.

4.5 out of 5 Stars
1203 Amazon Reviews



Dixit is a short game (30 minutes or so) rooted in art and creative thinking. The age range is 8 and up, but you can give this one a shot with an interested 5-year-old. A great game for kids to enjoy with their grandparents.

4.5 out of 5 Stars
694 Amazon Reviews


3 | Pandemic

Pandemic is a cooperative game where you work together to find the cure. Cooperative games are a good way to take a break from competitive mentalities and work together. Forbidden Island is another, somewhat simpler, cooperative game that we enjoy.

5 out of 5 Stars
1969 Amazon Reviews

4 | Ticket to Ride

A train themed game for ages 6 and up. Ticket to Ride is another great strategic board game for young and old.

5 out of 5 Stars
3526 Amazon Reviews

5  | Monopoly:  The Mega Edition

What? But Louie C.K. just said…

Well, just in case you love Monopoly we found a Mega Edition with additional properties and some rule changes to speed things up.

4.5 out of 5 Stars
220 Amazon Reviews

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