With many states seeing a spike in coronavirus cases, we are nowhere near out of the woods with this horrible pandemic. The safest thing to do is stay at home unless totally necessary. But that doesn’t mean you have to be bored or feel like you’re missing out. You can have just as much fun at home with the fam and/or friends with the right games and puzzles. They’ll keep you entertained, happy, and appreciative to be spending quality time with loved ones. We found 15 fabulous games, board games, and puzzles that equal fun en casa.
Want a fun drinking game? Then grab Tragos. It centers around inside jokes and cultural moments that we Latinxs can relate to.
Available at amazon.com, $22.99
A puzzle is a great way to be in the present, focusing just on the puzzle before you. And when you’re done, you have a great piece of art that just might be frame-worthy. Frida Kahlo’s Self Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird is definitely frameable, and recreate it yourself as a 1,000-piece puzzle.
Available at puzzlicious.com, $28.95
RACK-O is a portable, inexpensive game, for two to four players ,that is fun to play anywhere. The goal is to get your cards in numerical order, and you can play as many rounds as you want.
Available at amazon.com, $8.99
Climate action is one of the things we are currently fighting for. This amazing 500-piece circular puzzle, by Petra Braun, celebrates the children who stand up for the environment as part of the Fridays for Future movement. It’s a great way to unwind, while also thinking about how you can further help the planet.
Available at uncommongoods.com, $25
Trivia games are great because you have fun while also learning about different topics. Smart Ass is one of these games, where cards with who, what, or where questions contain eight clues to the response. Be the first to yell out the answer to win the round.
Available at amazon.com, $19.27
This puzzle of South America will help you pass the time, but it will also take you on a trip through the continent, showing you over 40 locales that characterize its nations. It’s great as a teaching tool for kids–you can look up and talk about each destination as you reveal it in the puzzle.
Available at mytoytruck.com, $38.15
The classic game of loteria, a.k.a. Mexican bingo, is given a modern makeover in the Millennial Loteria version. Created by Mike Alfaro, traditional cards get revamped–Las Jaras becomes La Hashtag, La Dama is now La Feminist, and El Catrin morphs into El Hipster.
Available at artelexia.com, $24.95
If you’re over traditional flat puzzles, then maybe it’s time to take things into the third dimension. 3-D puzzles give you the satisfaction of truly building something from the ground up. One particularly rad one we found is this Mayan pyramid from Mexico that you can create yourself.
Available at amazon.com, $7.07
Clue is the old-school who-done-it board game that has us guessing until the very end. It makes for a lengthy yet entertaining game for a group of sleuths. And now, you have several different versions for a unique slant on the classic, from a Golden Girls edition to a The Walking Dead one, to a DVD version that is tamer for the kids (the crime is larceny and not murder).
Available at amazon.com, $19.95
Repetitive things can be very meditative, especially when they force you to focus on one thing, in the moment. Waves Puzzle Co. created a 49-piece lucite puzzle that can be put together in various ways, for what they call a “yoga for the mind.” Added bonus? The colors on the iridescent set change depending on how the light hits it.
Available at wavespuzzle.com, $40
These pretty puzzles are perfect accompanied by some chilled rosé and your BFF. Totalling 650 pieces, one puzzle is of a bunch of pink cabbage roses, while the other is a glass of rosé. So cute.
Available at barnesandnoble.com, $19.99
Memes have entered the collective consciousness, making us laugh more times than we can count. The What Do You Meme game capitalizes on this, allowing you to create your own meme, for each photo shown, with one of your seven wildly-worded cards. The best one of the group wins.
Available at urbanoutfitters.com, $30
Another fabulous puzzle that you can proudly frame when completed is this herbarium one surrounded by a dark background. You’ll learn a bit about several flowers and plants as you assemble this boho-perfect jigsaw.
Available at barnesandnoble.com, $18.95
Sure, Candyland is great, but have you gone to GanjaLand? The weedtastic board game, made for three to six players, takes you to different destinations, including Brownie Hills, the Pizza Palace, and Dank’s Diner.
Available at urbanoutfitters.com, $30