Best Family-Friendly Card Game Ever!

Best Family-Friendly Card Game Ever!
I grew up in a medium to large size family: 7 boys, 2 girls.
(Some think that's a large family. Others say if it's less than 10 kids, it's medium.)

With several kids, my mom found a way of maintaining harmony in the family by keeping us busy with puzzles, board games, and card games.

Smart mom! Right?
Of course! Those activities don't require electricity or batteries and can keep kids entertained for hours and hours and hours. Plus. Mom always knew where we were.

I have pleasant childhood memories; especially of playing card games. Good old-fashioned family fun!

My favorite card game was Gin Rummy 500.

  • Have you ever played this game?

  • Do you have a favorite card game?

  • Do you have a game you remember playing with your family?
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i remember, as children, we used to play the card game "UNO" quite often--it was based upon simple number and color combinations and a matching/collecting type of strategy. I also remember the card game "Go Fish", which we played together as kids a great deal. I did not learn ro play more sophisticated card games, like poker, bridge, or gin rummy, until later on when I was older, and in my teens, so that I could also play with adultsat the table in the games which they preferred.
Posted by JoeMilford on 03-20-2018
Haha, we also played UNO. I remember when I got UNO as a birthday gift from my grandmother and then took it home. All the children that I played with in the neighborhood wanted to participate. It was so much fun and there's just something really special about it. It's easy and simple so perfect for any child.
Posted by Mehano on 03-20-2018
UNO cards have a good story in my family. We got a deck of UNO cards for Christmas, and believe it or not, what it was supposed to be a game to keep kids entertained, turned out to be a family madness. The whole family bunch ended up playing it, so game used to last for hours, we made jokes on losers and winners, had snacks, and the fun didn't stop for almost the whole Christmas day. Great memories from that Christmas for sure.
Posted by ballyhara on 04-23-2018
We have a different card games when I was young but I know UNO and I had bought a set for playing with the children during gatherings. When we go on a vacation trip with relatives we usually play cards at night and UNO was one of the games for they also like board games like scrabble. This Christmas when we are gathered again we will be playing Bingo and other games for the kids.
Posted by Corzhens on 12-12-2018
This really brought back memories and it nostalgic enough.Our family wasn't a large one either but my mom tried to always makes the home lively for us.We called ours "whot" where one just need to play the same shape of an opponent card to win.Infact it one game that was so addictive and kept us busy almost all the time the house would have been boring. Card game is really a fascinating game.
Posted by lovely on 03-20-2018
UNO was the only card game that I used to play during my childhood. This was a fun game and very addicting. We used to play board games more often and we had different types of such games. We made some great family memories playing these games. We still have many of these board games and my nephew and niece enjoy playing the games.
Posted by Pixie on 03-20-2018
I actually learned the game a few months ago thru my kids and i would say its the best card game i played with my family. Although it's kinda late for me to really enjoy the game, but i really had a great time playing it with my kids. It's child friendly card game and i think it is a game for all ages.
Posted by fishbate on 03-31-2018
Gin rummy is definitely an interesting game, but I know it from gambling and so on and not as a family game. Of course, any game can be played differently in certain circumstances so there's that. A family game that we play is probably chess if we can count it, but that's not really often and it was mostly just to teach me how to play the game and so on.
Posted by manmad on 03-20-2018
Playing card games was the only way we had some form of unity in our home as we were growing up. The thing with playing card and board games is that some of the kids from the other houses even join and by so doing, you get to build your social skills as well. I've come to enjoy the moments I spent with my family back in those days and even wished it never got to an end.
Posted by Barida on 03-20-2018
I agreed with you. In my late days, it was the only games that you can play with your family as a bonding. As it is simple, you can play it inside your house for a long timte.
Posted by MomoStarr16 on 03-22-2018
Exactly, that's how we use to play in my neighborhood, we use to gather as a big bunch and play Monopoly, UNO, ludo, bingo, and all those board and card games. We used to make teams, and compete between each other, and we even put some coins on the table, so the winner could buy snacks and share them. Honestly, I do miss that kind of childhood, we could spend hours and whole afternoons, just getting fun with those.
Posted by ballyhara on 07-09-2018
I did have my favorite card game when I was a child. We were four brothers and sisters and when we were done with homework, we would sit and start playing "call break" This is a local card game where four players will be distributed 13 cards and they would throw cards on the floor and the player who threw biggest value card would win. Ace has the highest value and 2 has the lowest value.
Posted by vinaya on 03-20-2018
Playing card game was not so popular when i was still younger but it was the ludo games that was popular then since its also an interesting game that helps to develop your mental ability.
Posted by babyright on 03-21-2018
We used to play a lot of card game when we are still young. Me and my cousins love d to play cards until morning. It was a nostalgic days remembering those nights playing card games without thinking about grown up problems.
Posted by MomoStarr16 on 03-22-2018
Gin rummy was the game that we all used to play when I was growing up. I think it was the same for most of my peers too as they used to play the same game when we all met up as teens. Cribbage is a good game too and helps youngsters learn to count.
Posted by JMS on 03-22-2018
I think UNO seems to be a good game. And then there are some of the card games like YuGiOh and other players do that. i have seen some of those games on the Android too. So the card games are gone digital now. It seems like a good option too. It seems like a good thing to check out.
Posted by overcast on 03-23-2018
I remember learning gin rummy when I was in grade school. It was one of the games that we children play in our home. My older brothers are not allowed to play black jack because that is a game of gambling. With gin rummy, it is just for playing to enjoy and fit for children like me. However, I seemed to have forgotten how to play it anymore because it has been a long, long time since I last played gin rummy.
Posted by Corzhens on 03-26-2018
I have never actually heard of gin rummy so it was interesting to hear about it now. I might try to learn it and play it with my family as well. Like someone else mentioned above, UNO definitely is one of the best family-friendly card games and it's great to play whenever and wherever you are. Plus the game is pretty easy to understand so you can play with people of all ages.
Posted by kingcool52 on 03-27-2018
We played card games too. The simplest one was pairs. The pack is kept on the table and each one is given equal number of cards. You have to pair by picking a card from the pack kept facing down. if it does not pair with what you have then you add it to your lot. Whoever has the least cards at the end of the game is the winner.
Then we played rummy too
Posted by iamawriter on 04-08-2018
Uno, apparently an easy game, but caution is needed in the application of this activity with the patient. I use it as a resource in the elderly groups, obtaining positive results when well applied.

From the group profile it is possible to adapt the game using only the colored cards and excluding the action cards. When everyone has understood the basic dynamics, it is possible to add action letters gradually. I make this adaptation because the vast majority of the elderly present difficulties in memorizing the various action letters. Patience is a key word in dealing with this audience, it will be necessary to repeat dozens of times the rules of the game.
Posted by hermessantos on 04-12-2018
My parents didn't encourage card games and they themselves never played them. Instead, we were taught to play chess, Chinese checkers, Snakes and Ladders, and Monopoly. However, we learned to play card games on funeral wakes when cards are used to entertain guests or pass the time. I agree that they were indeed entertaining for a larger group of people. There were card games for kids as well as for adults. Our parents allowed us to play card games during wakes as long as we don't place bets or use the cards for gambling. We played poker and its variations as well as a game we call Monkey Monkey which is a variant of Old Maid. And yes, my parents weren't aware of it but one of our helpers taught us to play poker and solitaire.
Posted by chatbox on 04-19-2018
For me, the best family-friendly card game ever is our own family's version of BINGO. I know this game is kind of not good to play especially for the young members of our family because it includes money, but we don't usually invited our young members to play with us in this kind of game. As I said, we have a own version of it which makes it a mild game without addicting to earn money from each other. We make sure that this game will give us entertainment more than money. We just included money for the game's goal since it is a type of a lottery game. Actually, this game isn't bad for me and for my family because we are having a bonding from it too. Even though it is not as educational as other type of games out there, the important is that we are enjoying ourselves playing together. And even we get lose streak, it is not a big deal for us. We are just using small amount of money anyway.
Posted by mitan143 on 04-24-2018
UNO is a very fun game. Like the other people in this thread that said UNO, I also see UNO as a very good game to have a bonding with your family.
Posted by on 07-15-2018
UNO was popular in our household too. It's easy to play from quite a young age - but still manages to be fun for the adults too. I feel like we've always had a deck of UNO cards in our household for as long as I can remember!
Posted by amelia88 on 07-22-2018
I do agree with you thay UNO was so popular card game for the family. It is really a good time consuming and bonding at home with your family. A really good game to play.
Posted by MomoStarr16 on 09-03-2018
My family doesn't play card games when I was a kid. It was like a taboo with my parents because they have a bad history with gambling. Both their parents are addicted to gambling and they hated gambling because of it. What we play are mostly board games like scrabble, snakes and ladders, etc. and we also play some puzzle games.
Posted by EfficientNinja on 09-18-2018
I played cards in NY life also. Not that mom wanted us to play but I learnt how to play. There are many ways to play cards. Ours was monopoly.
Posted by stbrians on 10-08-2018
In our country, every November 1st is the day we visit our loved ones that passed away. So playing cards there are one of the best thing to do. This kind of game will really be a good help to have a good time with family. I got to post here I again because I remember card games when the November month is coming near.
Posted by MomoStarr16 on 10-09-2018
I remember Gin Rummy as my mom and my aunts will play the card game during Chinese New Year, and they gambled. Though it's just small money, my mom didn't let me play. As they relate card games to gambling, so it's not our family game in my family. I learned how to play Gin Rummy when watching them how to play, and when I was older, I played with my friends without gambling.

I remember when I was young, my grandmother taught us how to play Go Fish and Make Ten using playing cards. I think these are fun and educational, and I taught my kids too as it also helps them to learn how to make up to 10. I think card game is one of the good ways to teach Math.
Posted by kaka135 on 10-10-2018
Sadly, I didn't grow up playing cards with my family. However, I have played some with my friends but not too often. What we did with the cards when we have it back when we were still kids was piling them up in a standing position to create a gorgeous tower. Also, we did memory games with cards. It's such a shame that I am familiar with card games but I don't fully know how to play them and know their names
Posted by theresajane on 10-15-2018
My cousins and I used to play UNO cards when we were younger. My uncle, one of my cousins father, also used to play with us. We really had fun playing with it and sometimes one of us gets really pissed. But even so, UNO cards gave us memories that we would cherish and have made our bonds stronger. I agree with you thatplaying card games does keep our families close together.
Posted by hstinscdln on 11-02-2018
Crazy Eights A game that requires both focus and patience, in Crazy eights concentration is key. The winner is the clever shark who gets rid of all his cards first!

Each player is dealt seven cards.

The remaining cards are placed face down in the center of the table, forming a draw pile.

The top card of the draw pile is turned face up to start the discard pile next to it.

First player adds to the discard pile by playing one card that matches the top card on the discard pile either by suit or by rank (i.e. 6, jack, ace, etc.).

A player who cannot match the top card on the discard pile by suit or rank must draw cards until he can play one.

When the draw pile is empty, a player who cannot add to the discard pile passes his turn.

All eights are wild and can be played on any card during a player's turn.

When a player discards an eight, he chooses which suit is now in play.

The next player must play either a card of that suit or another eight.

The first player to discard all of his cards wins.
Posted by totoadrian on 11-07-2018
The game I surely agree everyone here plays would be UNO. I swear once you play the game, IT CHANGES YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH YOUR FRIENDS. Just kidding but it really takes a great impact especially when you are playing with people who are not familiar with the game or are not so good at it. But if you are playing with smart people and know it all then prepare yourself. You'll be surprise that a wild plus 4 can go back right at you. But my favorite part about playing UNO is its really interesting and the hype you get from the game is so fun and exciting. I always play the game with my best friends and even we bet with our money just for the heck of it!
Posted by YoloBoy on 11-12-2018
We also played cards in home. We used ro olay the pairs it was serve also a bonding for a family aside from eating specially when its raining. We also hada consequences if you loose like you are the one who will prepared for snacks like that but that was before when we are kids.Now that i am far from them i did not play it again
Posted by mhingnhormz on 11-19-2018
Card games are enjoyable for sure. We play cards at home almost all the time, and sometimes we play a punishment game which is to smear and write on the losers face. Also to make the game more exciting we sometimes bet a little though I don't recommend gambling to anyone but it is only to make the game more livelier.
Posted by LuckyKing on 12-01-2018