Thursday, September 16, 2021

Favorite Family Card Games

Today I'm sharing a few of our very favorite card games.  We love card games for lots of reasons - one of which is that they're super easy to throw in a bag when you're heading out to dinner and think there might be a wait, or when you're going out of town and want to bring something fun to play in the evenings, etc.  These are some of our tried and true faves and make sure you scroll all the way to the end because I have a fun surprise :)

I'm including links to YouTube videos explaining how to play the games which I hope y'all find helpful!  I wish I could have everyone over for a game night to explain in person but this is the next best thing!

Exploding Kittens is hilariously weird and fun.  All three of my kids really love this game and along with the funny elements there's definitely strategy involved which makes it interesting.  




There are also expansion packs to make the game even more fun if you're an experienced player :) We have the first expansion pack and it's fun because it adds new cards and elements that keep the game fresh. 





Monopoly deal is my personal favorite card game.  It's fun and fast and has all the good parts of Monopoly without committing to like two days of game play. I could literally play like 15 rounds of this in a row.  It's super fun.






Dutch Blitz is another favorite - it's kind of a combination of solitaire and speed where everyone is playing on everyone else's piles trying to get rid of their "blitz" pile.  It's fast paced and intense and I love the Dutch theme since my mom's family is from Holland ;)




Skip Bo has a similar feel to Dutch Blitz.  It's a sequencing and speed game and we've been playing it for years.  There is also a SkipBo junior if you have younger kids.





Clue is a newer-to-us game and we are all hooked.  It's a process of elimination game using cards and you're trying to figure out the who, what and where of the crime just like the original board game.  It's seriously SO MUCH FUN!  I love the critical thinking/deductive reasoning aspects of it so much.  





Now for card games with regular cards... our current favorites are Spades, Garbage, Spoons and Mini Golf.





Now for the fun part!  I'm going to send one of y'all all of these games so that you can have your own game night and try them out :) All you have to do is leave me a comment here - that's it!  Let me know what tour family's favorite card game is and you're entered - I'll pick a winner and announce it on tomorrow's blog post.  


HAPPY Thursday, friends!!!

PS - this post contained affiliate links - thank you so much for reading and supporting my blog!


220 comments :

  1. Cant wait to try some of these! We love Uno.

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  2. We’re loving uno right now. My girls are 7, 5 and 1 so these you suggested look great to get for now and the future!

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  3. Phase 10 is my all time favorite!

    Have y’all tried Taco Cat Goat Cheese Pizza? Super fun and quick.

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  4. We love a good game of Uno or Gin Rummy.
    Dutch blitz and the clue gard game sound like so much fun!!

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  5. Thank you for this list! Would love to try all these games!

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  6. We love to play Rat A Tat Cat as a family!!

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  7. We love to play Rummy with regular cards and have every version of Uno under the sun. We LOVE Uno Flip. You'll be going along nicely and winning and then you have to flip to other colors and it messes everybody up. We like the challenge.

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  8. You always have the best ideas!! I also like how you always keep it real 😂! Thanks for showing! My family’s favorite game is Farkle. Which I think I learned about from your blog!

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  9. We love Taco, Cat, Goat, Cheese, Pizza!!

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  10. What a fun giveaway! We love the very old school Pit! It's so much fun😊

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  11. Monopoly Deal is a family favorite here, my husband and I would play best of 3 after the kids were in bed too! Uno and Spot It are also staples here!!!

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  12. Fun post! Our family loves Sleeping Queens!

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  13. I love this post we are always looking for new games. Our current favorite is Phase 10!
    Have a great day

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  14. Our favorite family game is steal the pack!

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  15. My family loves to play Rummy 500!

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  16. My kids are loving Guess Who right now. We also love Phase 10!

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  17. Our family loves to play Phase10 or Uno. I also love to play Spades. My great grandparents were big card players. They taught all of us kids how to play Rummy & Canasta.

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  18. We love Skip-Bo! I grew up playing it with my grandma. We still play with the original deck even though it’s almost falling apart! 😊😂

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  19. Go fish. I clearly need to win 😂

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  20. We’ve been loving Sequence lately at my house.

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  21. We love the card game 3Up 3Down. Skyjo is also really fun. Thanks!

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  22. OH my goodness! I can't wait to order Clue. We love games and recently purchased Catan the card game opposed to the board game which can take some time...we LOVE it!

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  23. We love playing Sleeping Queens. It is a card game also that the whole family can play. Their are dragons and potions involved and just so much fun!

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  24. We love uno ! (But also play Monopoly Deal thanks to you! I bought it last time you shared it) :)

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  25. Phase 10.....but it is one of those that take a very long time!

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  26. My 4 year olds favorite is old maid so we play that a lot right now! These look so fun

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  27. So generous of you! I actually was inspired to play games more with my kids because of you :) My oldest (7) loves them but my 5 year old would rather watch :) Our current favorite is Sleepinf Queens!

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  28. So fun! Uno has always been our family's favorite card game!

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  29. Spades! Hands down our favorite!

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  30. So fun! Uno has always been our family's favorite card game!

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  31. We love Uno, Skip Bo & Phase 10!!!!! This is an awesome giveaway especially with the winter months coming up.

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  32. My mom and I play monopoly deal all of the time. I have lots of fun memories playing kings in the corner (with regular cards), too.

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  33. We love the card game Taco, Cat, Goat, Cheese, Pizza! They even came out with a Christmas theme for this card game! My kids also love Nerts, which seems similar to Dutch Blitz! Card games are the best!

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  34. Love your game recommendations! We have purchased many over the years 😊

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  35. We love playing rummy and uno! Thanks for this great list of card games!

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  36. Such a fun giveaway! We love taco cat goat cheese pizza!

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  37. Mine are still a little young so uno it is. Growing up I loved playing gin rummy with my grandmother

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  38. Uno! Also loved playing gin rummy with my grandmother growing up

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  39. We love Taco, Cat, Goat, Cheese, Pizza and Cover Your Assets! They are so fun, we even got our extended family addicted to them!

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  40. We play Golf often. Even the 4 year old plays.

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  41. We love all the themed uno packs (Harry Potter, Jurassic Park, etc.). But our absolute favorite is trying to beat my husband at Slap Jack. We've made him play with his non dominant hand, with oven mitts on, and with one hand tied behind his back. My kids have the best time, and my husband enjoys overcoming the odds 🤣

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  42. Love Dutch Blitz. Always wanted to try Exploding Kitten.

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  43. We love card games at our house. Kings in the Corner or Euchre (if it’s an older group) are our favorites.

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  44. We love Skip Bo and UNO! there is a new Uno game called UNO FLIP and I think you and your family would really love it! It puts a different spin on Uno and is a lot of fun!

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  45. My daughter is 5 so we've only begun playing the basics like Go Fish but one of my all time favorites is Rook because I would play that with my Grandfather (who was a WHIZ at the game and could count cards and basically tell you what you had in your hand :) sooo much fun!).

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  46. We love 31. It is a normal card game. But Clue is our favorite board game. I’ve never seen the card version! Checking Amazon now!

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  47. We love Sleeping Queens and Taco, Cat, Goat, Cheese, Pizza!

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  48. Out of all of these games, I have only played SkipBo, and I love it!

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  49. Hope this doesn’t post twice! Our girls are still toddlers but we love mancala (not a card game though, we need to try those)

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  50. I cannot wait to get my daughter exploding kittens!

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  51. These all sound like so much fun, I can’t wait to try some!! Our family loves monopoly deal and Uno.

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  52. My kiddos are younger - 4, 4 and 6 - but we've graduated from Go Fish and War to Uno, which is super fun! Teaching my oldest how to play Skip Bo too. We love game night!

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  53. My kiddos are younger - 4, 4 and 6 - but we've graduated from Go Fish and War to Uno, which is super fun! Teaching my oldest how to play Skip Bo too. We love game night!

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  54. My kiddos are younger - 4, 4 and 6 - but we've graduated from Go Fish and War to Uno, which is super fun! Teaching my oldest how to play Skip Bo too. We love game night!

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  55. Loving this post! I love card games and my mom is addicted to Phase 10 which can take a long time to play so having some new games to introduce her to will be awesome! Thanks!

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  56. We play more board games than card games but we do love Monopoly Deal and I want to check some of these out- I remember loving skip bo as a kid but have never played with my own!

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  57. We love monopoly deal and Exploding Kittens!

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  58. I have bought so many games based on your recommendations!! we LOVE Taco Cat Goat Cheese Pizza (thank you for that!) except, we have a dog named Taco, so every time we play and yell out taco, he runs out the door dog thinking he's in trouble, poor baby lol!!!

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  59. We love card games and board games at our house. Our current favorite is Dragonwood a dice and card game for kids. My husband used to play D&D and this is similar but something that I actually enjoy too 😂! I also love CatchNFish which is a version of go fish but with addition and subtraction! ludford.lindsey@gmail.com

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  60. Favorites right now are Uno and Phase 10. Love playing games and love your recommendations.

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  61. My son is 4,so we enjoy playing Uno and Spot it :-)

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  62. Phase 10 has been a long family favorite.

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  63. Phase 10 has been a family favorite for a long time.

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  64. Wow! Dutch Blitz and Skip Bo bring back a lot of memories from my childhood :) I loved playing those games and had forgotten about them until now! I need to introduce my kids to these!! Thanks for the suggestions :)

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  65. Uno Flip! My teenagers love to play it with us which is a GREAT plus! My daughter even took a set to college with her this year!

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  66. Thanks for all the fun ideas! We love a good card game or family game night and we have used several of your suggestions in the past. Our all time favorite card game is Rummi.

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  67. Can't wait to give those games a try. My family and friends loves Phase 5. We play it during camping trips, long trips in our RV, and during our lazy trips at Palm Springs, CA.

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  68. WE either reach for exploding kittens, throw throw burrito, or minecraft cards all good short fun! need to look for the imploding kittens expansion pack now.

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  69. UNO Flip! My teenagers love to play with us which is a GREAT plus! My daughter even took a set to college with her this year!

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  70. Uno is for sure the 1st choice for my youngest. I also like that we can all play it together. So glad to see you like the Monopoly card game. The original monopoly makes me want to scream. :)

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  71. We love Taco, Cat, Goat, Cheese, Pizza AND Throw Throw Burrito! Exploding Kittens has been on our list to get forever!

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  72. I didn't know they made an SKIP BO JR - I'll definitely be trying that out! Our very favorite card game is 5 Crowns!

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  73. We love Uno and Skip Bo in our house. We also love Spot It.

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  74. I want to see what Monopoly Deal is like! We love monopoly but don’t want to spend that much time playing!

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  75. So awesome!! We're currently obsessed with Dutch Blitz, but Rook is family favorite for the ages!

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  76. We love card games. Uno and Skip-Bo are our favorites!

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  77. We love rat a tat cat and Trash! I can’t wait to try some of these.

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  78. We love Rat a Tat Cat and Trash… i can’t wait to try some of these!

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  79. We love Phase 10 as a family (kids are 3 and 5). As adults, we just played a new game with friends called Misery Index, which was also super fun.

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  80. Uno is our favorite!! But we have been playing a lot of War lately with our first grader learning about greater and less than ;)

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  81. Uno is our favorite!! But we have been playing a lot of War lately with our first grader learning about greater and less than ;)

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  82. Big fans of skippo and phase 10; I will for sure be picking up the clue card game; I loved playing that game as a kid.

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  83. Looking for fun games to play to limit our TV watching time!

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  84. This is fun! Our favorite family card game is UNO! When we were all home together in 2020 we'd play UNO every afternoon on our patio and honestly I will never forget spending that precious time with my family. :)

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  85. We love kings in the corner for a regular card game as well as Taco, cat, goat, cheese, pizza. I thought I heard of that last one from you. Thanks for these suggestions. How fun!

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  86. We love “The Game” and Uno!

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  87. We love “The Game” and Uno!

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  88. We love Exploding Kittens! So fun!

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  89. Our favorites are Code Names, Phase 10 and Dutch Blitz!

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  90. Dutch Blitz is all the rage in our church's youth group!

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  91. Pit! Loud, fast , and fun! We love it!

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  92. We love to play Phase 10 (cards and dice versions) while drinking coffee and hot chocolate.

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  93. Can't wait to try some of these games with my family.

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  94. We love Play Nine! Easy for all ages.

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  95. My daughter is 6 and just now getting into card games! These would be awesome to add for intentional family nights!

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  96. We are loving Monoply Deal right now because of you! And I had no idea Clue came in a card game....that is our next must have for sure!

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  97. Old Maid with vintage cards. We cannot stop laughing at the pictures. And Go Fish is also a favorite.

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  98. As a kid we played games all of the time with family and extended family. It's some of my favorite memories! Great selection. Right now our family is loving charades. We can play anytime anywhere :-) Plus i think i have a group of actors on my hands!

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  99. How awesome - we are starting to do more camping and getting away from the electronics so these sound amazing!

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  100. How fun! We are starting to camp more so any games that aren't electronic are wonderful!

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  101. You have to try Skull King. Hands down our favorite card game. It never gets old!!

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  102. We are big Monopoly Deal fans in our house! If we are out somewhere and just have a regular deck of cards, then Shanghai Rummy is our go-to. Thanks for sharing these games!

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  103. My boys are only 1 and 2 so we haven't played a lot of games yet, but I am SO looking forward to it! With friends, I love to play Phase 10!

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  104. UNO is a favorite in our house! Time for us to learn a new one :)

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  105. We love Ticket to ride and cover your assets! Super fun family games!

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  106. My kids haven't gotten into card games much, but they like Spot It!

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  107. Awesome post! I just took custody of our 7 year old grandbaby & the only game she knows is Uno and I am SO Uno'd out! Definitely need to check these out, thanks for sharing Andrea!!

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  108. Added Monopoly Deal to my cart. We love "Golf" with cards. So fun!

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  109. You have to try Werewolf! Used to play it at our church camp! So much fun!

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  110. Contract Rummy is the best so I thought, but these games all look amazing also!

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  111. These look fun! Our family is currently into Crazy 8s and my mom taught my boys how to play Kings in the Corner over the summer. We love family game night!

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  112. My kids love Exploding Kittens, Dutch Blitz, Skip Bo, 5 Crowns, and Taco Cat Goat Cheese Pizza. We also love to play Phase 10, but you have to have some time for this one.

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  113. We love card games. One of our favorites is rummy!

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  114. Our family loves Five Crowns!! We started playing it the week of the freeze in February and we’ve played it at least once a week since!

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  115. Taco Cat Goat Cheese Pizza, Deer in the Headlights, and Uno Flip!

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  116. Bears vs Babies is a favorite at our house right now!

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  117. I've been wanting to try Monopoly Deal. Thanks for the video "how to" links.

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  118. My fam loves Uno!! Have evening wanting to try monopoly deal!

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  119. My family loves Uno! I’ve been wanting to try monopoly deal!

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  120. Phase 10 is a new family favorite here. Taco, Cat, Goat, Cheese Pizza was too competative for my crew. Too many hurt hands.

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  121. We love Cover Your Assets! It is fun for all ages! I would love to try Dutch Blitz, it sounds fun!

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  122. I am a classic uno type gal, but my kids do like the taco cat goat cheese pizza card game.

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  123. Can't wait to try some of these!

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  124. Thank you for all these new card game ideas! My family loves to play Disney Eye Found It! It's a hidden picture card game with Disney movie scenes.

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  125. Our kids are 6 and 4, so we're finally reaching the point where we can do more card games together. It's always one of my favorite ways to spend an evening! Thanks for the list!

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  126. How fun!!! We love Uno (I have a 4 & 5 year old) and while not a card game, we play Guess Who with them almost every night at dinner. :)

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  127. We love sequence and can play over and over again!

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  128. Those all look fun!! We love Uno at our house!

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  129. We play a game called Baseball with the Skip Bo cards. It's fun when you can play more than one game with one deck of cards!

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  130. Euchre is fun for older players! :)

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  131. So fun! We love Skip Bo and Crazy Eights! We haven't tried some of these on your list, so thank you for new suggestions.

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  132. Dutch Blitz sounds like a blast. I'll be adding that and Monopoly Deal to my Amazon cart.

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  133. Uno is a favorite in my house!

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  134. Thanks for some great new ideas! I love Monopoly Deal.

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  135. We love Uno and Left Right Center.

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  136. We have played games almost nightly during the pandemic. We loved Rummikub, but also Sleeping Queens. We need some new games to play. All of your choices look like so much fun.

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  137. My family loves to play games! Our favorite card games are Garbage and Shapoo (which I think the real name is S**thead, but my kids don’t know that)

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  138. How fun! We love playing 45s. Although I still don't know all of the rules...!

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  139. With our grandkids we love to play Skip-Bo, Phase 10, Yahtzee, and our favorite--Wahoo. We use the board that my family and I played with when I was growing up, and the kids love the fact that we are using a 50+ year old board! :)
    Thank you for the opportunity to win!

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  140. A family favorite using playing cards is "crap on your neighbor" which also goes by a lot of other slightly inappropriate and silly names. Another crowd pleaser is Sky Jo. We also love some of the games you mentioned, but some are new to me, so thanks for the list.

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  141. We've been on a Garbage kick for the last year or so. My 5-year-old son just loves it. We play almost every night before he goes to bed. My family has started calling him the "Garbage Man" because he seems to win most of the time!!

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  142. Our family loves games! Wizard, SushiGo, and Monopoly Deal are some of our favorites right now!

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  143. We have also been enjoying Monopoly Deal. Can't wait to try all the rest!

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  144. 5 Crowns is our family's favorite! So fun for our age range of kids 19 - 8 years old.

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  145. Phase 10, Sequence and Hand and Foot are our favorites. So much more fun than sitting around the television.

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  146. We want to be card game players but we aren't there yet. These all look so fun. I'd say Go Fish and War have been our favorites only because we have been missing out.

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  147. We play a lot of Uno Flip for card games, but definitely adding some of these to a list for Christmas to mix things up. We also love Tenzi, which isn’t cards, but it’s a favorite too!

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  148. Favorite card game would be the classic Uno! Non card would be Rummikub and Sequence!

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  149. I want to give my kids games for Christmas and these would be perfect! We have been loving Cover Your Assets lately.

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  150. What a fun post! We love Phase 10!

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  151. If you asked me a few months ago, UNO would be the answer. We love it so much I even added DOS to my husband’s gift on our wedding day. BUTTTTT we recently discovered The Office version of Clue -
    So there is no looking back there. :-)

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  152. We love phase 10! We tried Taco Cat GCP at your suggestion! We would love these for ball tournaments and camping! Such a fun and generous idea!

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  153. My kids and I love to play Uno and War.

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  154. We play lots of Uno around here!

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  155. For us, UNO is the winner. I've never played any of the games you've mentioned, but I'll gladly try them if you'll send them my way. Thanks in advance. ;-)

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  156. Taco cat goat cheese pizza! So fun!!!

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  157. Skip Bo and Uno are favorites at our house!

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  158. I always check your page when we need new games! Skip Bo is a fave! We will need to check out the others. Thanks for sharing!

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  159. We bought Exploding Kittens based on your recommendation and it’s so fun! We need the added ones now!

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  160. We love Monopoly Deal, but my personal favorite is Skip Bo! I love playing games!

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  161. We like Taco Cat Goat Cheese Pizza. Entered to win something new!

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  162. We LOVE Monopoly Deal! Super excited to try the Clue card game - didn't know it existed until I read your post today! :)

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  163. We love Uno, and we really started getting into Garbage, which you play with a standard deck of cards. My son is still too little to play, but he loves to watch when his 7 year old cousin and I play!

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  164. We love playing Uno, and we recently started really getting into playing Garbage, which you play with a standard deck of cards. My son is still too little, but he loves watching his 7 year old cousin and I play!

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  165. Such a fun post. We love phase 10, but tend to skip some phases so it doesn’t take all night. These sounds like sooo much fun!!

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  166. We love Uno and Taco Goat Cheese Cheese Pizza.
    ~Jodi (Can't change out of my son's profile.)

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  167. We absolutely love Taco Goat Cheese Pizza. Thanks for offering such a great giveaway!

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  168. We love Quixx and Taco, Cat, Goat, Cheese, Pizza

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