Vacations with the entire family are fun especially if your time is filled with great outdoor activities. To achieve some balance, we do have to spend some downtime in between activities and enjoy lively conversations and playing indoor games. Inside your hotel or rental units, it’s great to gather in the cozy living room for the afternoon and play some fun games such as sleeping queens, scrabble or even poker. What’s great about these games is that they are portable and easy to carry wherever you go. Do you have a favorite among these games? Here are the Top 5 Family Games to Play on Vacation:

1. Sleeping Queens

Playing this game is great for kids because they get to imagine queens, kings, knights and other fascinating characters in medieval times. This is suitable for children 8 years and above but some younger children can already understand the objective of this game so they can play along. With sleeping queens, all you need is a special deck of cards which are quite practical to bring along on your travel.

2. Iota

This is probably the most portable of all the games as the cards can fit in the palm of your hand. This game is for adults and kids alike. You start with a deck of cards; each card shows a colored shape and corresponding points. The players need to connect these cards by color and shape with only 4 cards on each line allowed. It’s small and compact but you would need a wider surface to play this game and the floor in your rental unit would bewhat w perfect.

3. Scrambled States of America

Parents love this game because they like to see how much their kids are familiarized with the different states of the US. It is quite educational and kids are encouraged to be in a friendly competition with each other. The scrambled states of America only needs one big box which contains two deck of cards, one red and one blue, and several maps to help the players identify the states.

4. Scrabble

Scrabble is a great game to play with family and friends at home. Since it is compact, you can also bring it on your next vacation. It’s a great game for kids because not only will they be having fun, their vocabulary will also be tested and improved as they will be challenged to form words on their own.

5. Poker

Poker is an incredibly fun game to play and thousands of people around the world can agree to that. When it’s raining outside your cabin, hut or hotel while on vacation, this is a great game to play to rev up the energy of your family and friends. You can also play different variations of this game to make it more exciting for players.

Sometimes, all you need is a deck of cards or a board game to save an afternoon indoors from becoming uneventful and boring while on a vacation with your family. These games can surely make your time more enjoyable and extra special.