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7 Budget-Friendly Family Fun Games

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Without breaking the bank, you and your family can still dedicate that one night a week to family fun! Skip the expensive dinner and movie and stay at home and play some of these budget-friendly games, with the help of your friends at KFC! Need some easy dinner while playing your interactive family games? KFC has a wide variety of family meal options that taste delicious and are easy on your wallets. Here are some games ideas to get you started before picking up the grub!


Adults and children will enjoy playing this game. It’s so easy to play and if you don’t have your own board, you can make your own or download one! To win, the player has to move their pieces until they jump all of their opponent’s pieces and remove them from the board.

5 Steps to Playing Charades

Charades is a great game for young and old, getting everyone to think quickly and creatively! Here are the necessary steps to playing a memorable round of charades:

  • STEP 1 - Themes: Pick a theme that every family member can do… like animals or kids movies!
  • STEP 2 - One-on-One or Groups: Depending on the size of your Brady Bunch, you can do individual teams or pair up or group up. Make this even more fun by inviting other families over for bigger family fun nights!
  • STEP 3 - Choose Your Own or Use Online: You can have family members write down their own ideas to act out and toss into a bowl or use the web. There are a ton of free printable ideas for charades or even sites that generate ideas for you!
  • STEP 4 - Act It Out: Show off your best performance skills by acting out your charade idea. Remember to use clues such as how many words are in the title/idea, if a certain word is long or short, and so on.
  • STEP 5 - A Little Competition: You’re a family so try not to get too competitive… but you can make it into a contest and have there be a small prize like getting off doing dishes for the week!

Minute to Win It

I Spy

The “I spy with my little eye” game is a fun and adventurous guessing game that requires literally no setup but plenty of fun to be had by your family. You could purchase an I Spy board game or have little ones make their own. Make it more interesting and educational with fun themes like nature items to spy!


Chess is an enjoyable game that parents will love teaching to their kids! It’s incredible how this game has been around since the 15th century when it became popular in Europe. It’s still a very popular game for family fun night’s today and also helps teach children (and adults) patience and strategy.

The basics of the game are that its played between two opponents, each on opposite sides of a board. The chess board contains 64 squares of alternating colors. Each player has 16 pieces: 1 king, 1 queen, 2 rooks, 2 bishops, 2 knights, and 8 pawns. The goal of the game is to checkmate the other player’s king. Checkmate happens when the king is in a position to be captured (in check) and cannot escape from capture.

If you don’t have a chessboard, play on the computer with your family or download an app.

How to Save Money for Family Fun

  • Free Game Apps

    Free Game Apps

    There are an abundance of free games you can download from your smart phone or tablet! From Family Feud to Scrabble to Heads Up, pretty much any classic or modern game you’d like to play is a download away. 

  • Save Spare Change

    Save Spare Change

    Everyone can pitch in and toss their daily pocket change into a jar. When there’s enough, the whole family can go out together and pick out a brand new game for family game night! 

  • Puzzles


    Puzzles are a good way to get the family together, thinking and planning where pieces go. Plus, a really fun puzzle can take up a good chunk of time so everyone is preoccupied! *Gives time for mom or dad to set up dinner!

  • Pictionary


    All you need is some paper, pens and a little creativity. Break up into teams and get to drawing! 

  • Add Families

    Add Families

    Invite other parents and their kids to your place for family game night. You’ll have more options since there will be more players. And if they bring their own board games, you’ll have some new games to try! 

20 Questions

You have 20 questions in order to guess what the person, place or thing is. It encourages you and your family to get creative, reasoning out what one person could possibly be thinking of. It may sound simple at first… but you can turn this into a big night affair by setting up teams, picking a prize, and seeing who can guess the most people, places and things by the time dinner is over!