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11 Conversation Games for Family Get Togethers and Trips

Not sure how to keep the conversation going on family vacay or at the reunion? Family ice breaker games to the rescue!

Margo Gothelf and Sarah Burns

Say goodbye to awkward family vacation silences and hello to spirited conversations. With these ice breaker activities and games, your next family trip or get together will be packed with fun and laughs! Whether you're heading out on a trip or vacationing with another family (and the kids don't really know each other), these ice breaker games will help lead the way.

1. Two Truths and a Lie


Put on your detective hat and activate your sleuthing skills — it's time to see if you (and the kids) can spot a lie! Two truths and a lie is pretty much just what it sounds like. Each person takes turns listing three "facts" about them, two of which are true, and one of which is made up (and only they know for sure which is which!). Then everyone else gets to vote on which "truth" they think is the lie!

2. Whodunit



Was it Aunt Marie who once had a three-legged cat, or was that Cousin Fred? In the game of Whodunit, families get to test their collective memories. Each player writes down a few fun facts about themselves on slips of paper and throws them into a hat or bowl. Then, everyone takes turns reading one fact aloud from the hat or bowl and see if the group can guess who wrote it.

3. Bowl of Questions



Fill up a bowl with as many questions as you can think of, like "What kind of superpower would you want?" "What's the strangest food combination you've ever eaten?" "Would you rather be a dog or a cat?" Then, let everyone in the family take turns pulling a question from the bowl and have everyone give an answer. If anyone thinks of a new question in the middle of the game, they can go ahead and throw it into the bowl. This game can be played for hours! 

4. The Candy Game



Ice breakers never tasted so good! And the kids are going to love this one: To play the candy game, you'll want to grab candy that comes in a bunch of different colors like Starburst, M&Ms, or Skittles. Then pass around the bag and let everyone take a few pieces. After everyone has their candy, explain that for each piece they took, they have to answer a question that correlates to the color of the candy. The question for the red pieces could be "What's your favorite TV show?" For yellow candies, it could be, "What is your favorite kind of animal?" For every question they answer, they can to dig into a sweet!

5. Explain That 'Gram



Fans of Hot Ones have probably seen the segment "Explain That 'Gram." It's basically doing a deep dive into a few of your Instagram photos. Borrow that idea for your ice breaker and go behind the scenes of each other's social media lives. Swap phones and pick out a few photos to ask about. Choose the ones that look like they could have a funny story attached or ones that just look exciting, and let people take turns telling their stories.

6. What Do You Meme? Family Edition

Break the ice quickly with a game of What Do You Meme? Family Edition. The original game has been reworked for a younger audience, so it's perfect for the whole gang to get involved. After one round, you'll all be in stitches — plus, you'll probably have a brand-new set of inside jokes and catch phrases.

7. Guesstures

Social awkwardness will be a thing of the past when you get a game of Guesstures going among friends or with the kids. Split into teams and channel your inner acting skills to help your team pull off the win. You'll have to trust your team fast — even if you don't really know each other — since you'll only have a few seconds to guess each clue. Don't worry, after a few rounds, you'll all be on the same wavelength. 

8. Ridley's Drawsome People Game

Ever wonder what your kids would look like as vegetables? Well, thanks to Drawsome People, you'll quickly find out. Drawsome People combines drawing with crazy prompt cards resulting in a hilarious end product. The ridiculous instructions will quickly get people reacting and talking, giving you enough laughs for an entire family vacation or road trip.

9. Pictionary Air

This game is perfect for groups who need some help breaking the ice and want to have a laugh out loud time. Pictionary Air provides the prompts, so there's no need to worry about coming up with ideas. The upgraded version of the game requires no paper or pens and keeps everything on the screen, making it super portable for your joint family trip.

10. Ridley's Would You Rather?

Think carefully! Ridley's Would You Rather game will make you choose one thing over another in some of the craziest desert island scenarios. The portable game makes it easy to play no matter where you are. Start the bonding early on in the car or save the game for some downtime at the beach. With 2,500 questions to work your way through, you'll never have to worry about a dull moment with nothing to talk about.

11. Open the Joy Let's Chat Talking Cards

This conversation starting kit for groups of all ages comes with would you rather cards, jokes, and open-ended questions that will make you think. Something tells me you'll have no problem keeping the conversation going all night long.