Board and Card Games- These aren't your boring old board games. These fun games have strategy and storytelling galore.

Settlers of Catan- A game about civilization building, building roads, and gathering sheep. It’s more fun than it sounds. Especially since the rules are lose enough to let you choose to form alliances with other players or gang up against them. This one is the most popular during Thanksgiving and Christmas with the extended family. This one is for the older kids to grandparents. 2 - 4 players.

Mice and Mystics – Roleplaying light. A fun story with mice going on an adventure and facing off against the evil rats. This one is easy enough for kids as young as 6 or 7.

Munchkins – A very simplified card game. Quirky card descriptions make the game fun and there are a lot of expansion cards that can keep the feeling fresh. Games last about 10-15 minutes. Kids that can read and add can play.

Tsuro: The Game of the Path- Add tiles that determine the path of your stone dragon. Don’t let your dragon fall off the board. A game for kids as young as 4. 2 – 4 players.

Magic the Gathering- One of the best trading card games around. Gather resources to play magic cards and summon monsters to battle your opponent. You get to customize your deck and can get expansion cards. Lots of strategy here. Great for the competitive members of your family. For 2 – 4 players.

Zombie Dice- The simplest game on the list. A dice game where you get to play as the zombie. First to get 10 brains wins but watch out for the shot gun dice. If you get 3 three shot gun dice you lose all the brains you’ve gathered. Great for kids learning to count or add. For ages 3 and up.