10 Best Games To Help Entertain Your Airbnb Guests

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You’ve furnished your Airbnb with tasteful furniture, taken some great photographs, and have some very reliable guests booked. Unfortunately, the weather is not cooperating, and while your Airbnb home is nice, your guests are stuck inside and a little bored. What can solve this problem?


While not everybody loves every game, if you stock your Airbnb home with some of these classics and newer “soon to be classics,” your guests are bound to find something they enjoy. Here are the ten best games to help entertain your Airbnb guests.

1. Do You Really Know Your Family?

In every pile of games, you need at least one conversation starter. With 3 to 8 players, this party game is perfect for a small to mid-sized group. This works especially well if you have a lot of guests with younger kids. The playtime is anywhere from 30 to 90 minutes, just right for a quick game before they hit the hay.

Your guests will answer questions and try out challenges together—like doing your best impersonation of your great aunt Linda. This is one game guaranteed to bring a group closer together. The same company also sells “Who Knows More? Kids or Adults?” if you want to take game night from a friendly conversation to a downright challenge.

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2. Scrabble

Scrabble” is one of the all-time classic board games and the ultimate rainy day solution. Perhaps it’s the intellectual engagement, the unscrambling, or the fact that it’s the only time you’ll ever need to use the word “qat,” but Scrabble is a major crowd-pleaser.

Almost everyone is familiar with Scrabble through school, growing up, or online versions of the game. It’s a great one-on-one or group game, and someone can easily pick up on the rules. You don’t need to be a word genius to play, either. Sometimes you can win on luck alone.

If you’re worried about making it more kid-friendly, check out the junior edition

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3. Pictionary

The premise of Pictionary is pretty straightforward. Draw something based on a clue so that your teammates can guess what it is before time runs out.

Rounds can get pretty intense, especially if you don’t have an artist on your team, but it’s still good fun for everyone. That’s because you can play this game with many people and it is good for all ages and skill levels.

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4. Exploding Kittens

Don’t let the name put you off. I can assure you that no kittens were harmed in the making of this game. “Exploding Kittens” is a fast-paced “Russian Roulette” card game where players try to be the last one whose kitten has not exploded.

It’s great for groups of all sizes as it can be played by 2 to 10 players and makes a great family game. The real charm is in the artwork, though, especially the “Defuse” cards, which depict adorable kittens being distracted by things like belly rubs and laser pointers. 

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5. Taboo

Another classic party game. The objective of “Taboo” is to get your team to guess a word on a card without using any of the ten “taboo” words on the card to describe it before time runs out. As another team party game, it is great for large groups of different ages and skill levels.

The party hilarity comes from realizing just how hard it is to get someone to guess “snow” without saying “Christmas” or “winter.” Creative solutions rule the day!

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6. Death Charades

Want your friends to make a fool of themselves? Play Charades. How do you take it to the extreme? Play Death Charades. This minimalist party game is great to keep on hand, the rules are easy and the gameplay is a hit for competitive guests who love a challenge.

Everyone knows how to play charades—if someone holds up three fingers, it’s a three-word answer. Oh, and if you twirl your hand by your ear while looking through your other hand, it’s a movie. But this time, you’re literally charade-ing to the death while acting out phrases like “Sawn in half by an amateur magician.”

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7. Settlers of Catan

“Settlers of Catan” is a modern classic that has grown in popularity in recent years. It is a little like a light version of “Risk.” (Except way more fun, in our opinion!)

Your goal is to build the most advanced civilization on the newly settled island of Catan. To do so, players trade resources with the other players. While this one can be a bit more involved, fans love it, and it is pretty easy to learn.

There is a junior version if you have a family staying over. You might also want to consider getting an expansion to allow more players if your home usually hosts large groups. 

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8. Scattergories

Another good party game that can accommodate really large groups is “Scattergories.” The object is to match a category to a letter randomly chosen by a dice roll. But the real magic is that you only score points if nobody else uses the same answer as you.

As a result, you get crazy answers to the clues! You can score extra points for alliteration, and you will have everyone laughing when grandma puts down “nose nuggets” as something sticky that starts with N!

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9. Uno

It’s simple, inexpensive, and can be played by guests of almost all ages. This specialized deck for basically playing an elevated version of “Crazy 8s” will almost certainly end up as one of the most used games in your collection. And with no board, this game isn’t tied to your kitchen table. You can keep this stocked in the side table of an Airbnb bedroom.

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10. Ticket to Ride

Another more modern classic game, “Ticket to Ride,” turns your guests into a 19th-century rail tycoon. To build their trains, players need to collect train cards that match the routes on the map. The drama comes from trying to complete certain routes before another player places a train that blocks you.

“Ticket to Ride” may be better suited to older groups, but each game only takes about an hour, and it has millions of loyal fans. 

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Final Word

Hopefully, by picking up a couple of games on this list, you can turn your Airbnb home into an all-weather, any-time space with fun for everyone! 

About the Author Rachel Jones

Rachel Jones is an award-winning writer and editor from Oklahoma City, OK. Her work has been published on influential sites, including Entrepreneur and International Business Times. She spent several years in property management and leasing, handling short-term rentals, student housing, and community rentals. Rachel is also experienced in staging and real estate photography. With a B.A. in English in her back pocket, Rachel combines her passion for property management with her storytelling ability to offer Airbnb hosts helpful advice as they monetize their homes.