Toy Insider Senior Marissa DiBartolo stopped by Better Connecticut to show off the best new family-friendly games for the holiday season! For more on the products featured in this segment, check out the notes below, and for a full rundown of the best toys of the year, check out our complete holiday toy guide.

shaboom_the-haywire-groupSHABOOM! (Haywire Group)

  • Looking to pull the multi-generations of your family together?
  • Want them to put down the technology for a bit and have fun together? SHABOOM! is what you are looking for! Face off against your opponents in a series of challenges sure to test your speed and agility.
  • Anyone can do these challenges – it all comes down to who can do it first. FLIP IT. STACK IT. SPELL IT. ROLL IT! SHABOOM!
  • Ages: 7+
  • MSRP: $19.99

rubiks-race_university-gamesRubik’s Race (University Games)

  • A new, competitive take on the classic logic game, the Rubik’s Cube!
  • Shake it – Slide it – Solve it! Be the first to match the pattern on the scrambler and shut the frame!
  • More than just a cube – here’s your chance for head to head competition!
  • It’s the ultimate 2 player Rubik’s challenge.
  • Enhances kids logic skills, spacial reasoning, and problem solving.
  • Also encourages friendly competition, confidence, and social skills!
  • Ages: 7+
  • MSRP: $19.99


Brynk (Winning Moves Games)

  • Will you be able to place your pieces on the teeter-tottering base and get it to stay? Or will you upset the balance and watch as it all comes crashing down in front of you?
  • Completely self contained, package doubles as playing surface and storage container, clean-up is fast and easy, learning to play takes less than 1 minute!
  • Ages: 7+
  • MSRP $19.95
  • Available: Amazon

Prove ItProve It (Play Monster)

  • Bet who can do the task best, and then Prove It!
  • There are four categories: Mad Skills (use your skill!), Know-How (use your noggin!), Fingers Crossed (it’s all about luck!) and Buddy System (teamwork!).
  • The two competitors bet back and forth until one person ends the betting by saying “Prove it!”, and now the other player must perform the task to get the point!
  • It’s fun for the whole family, but remember…It’s Easier Said Than Done!
  • Ages: 6+
  • MSRP: $24.99
  • Available: Amazon, Target, Toys R Us, Walmart

box-balls_fat-brain-toysBox & Balls (Fat Brain Toys)

  • Box & Balls. It’s a rolling, bouncing, banking, stacking, nesting game!
  • With dozens of playing options, this classic-looking set of 8 wooden nesting boxes and 8 bouncy balls is awesome at home or away.
  • Set yourself seemingly impossible challenges with the boxes; everything’s more fun with bouncy balls!
  • Ages: 5+
  • MSRP: $32.95
  • Available:

Speak OutSpeak Out Game (Hasbro)

  • Get ready to be doubled over with laughter with this ridiculous mouthpiece challenge game!
  • The Speak Out game brings friends and family together for laugh-out-loud fun as players try to say different phrases while wearing a mouthpiece that won’t let them shut their mouth.
  • The laughter continues as players try to decipher what in the world their teammate is trying to say, and must correctly guess the phrase in order to earn the card.
  • The team with the most cards at the end of the game wins.
  • Ages: 16+
  • MSRP: $19.99
  • Available: Amazon, Target, Toys “R” Us

hedbanzHedBanz Electronic (Spin Master)

  • Bring home the fast-paced, team-based electronic version of Hedbanz!
  • There’s 3 ways to guess and give clues to figure out what’s in your headband: ask “yes” or “no” questions, have your teammates tell you about it, or have your teammates act it out!
  • Hedbanz Electronic features an electronic host that runs the game and keeps score for you. Hedbanz Electronic is the talking game of “What am I?”
  • Ages: 7+
  • MSRP: $19.99
  • Available: Toys R Us