Beat the Parents Game

Parents and children

Beat the Parents Game is a fun family trivia game from the makers of the successful "Battle of the Sexes." Kids and parents can test each other with questions from each other's generation. It's great fun for two or more players, ages 8 to 14 and adults.


The Beat the Parents Game was introduced in 2004 by Imagination Entertainment Ltd., an Australian company that also distributes games in the United States and Europe.

The game was a finalist for the 2007 Toy of the Year, and it was the winner of the 2007 Creative Child Award's "Preferred Choice Award" in the Family Board Games category.

Playing Beat the Parents Game

The Beat the Parents Game is a good choice for family game night or anytime you want a family board game. It is great fun for adults and kids to play together - either one or two kids plus an adult or two or a large group of kids and adults. Adults play by answering questions that most kids can answer while kids are asked questions that most adults can answer.

This is a terrific game to have on hand for family gatherings. It can be a fun way to get grumpy Uncle Henry and shy Aunt Mary out of the corner and into the fun with their nieces and nephews.

It is very easy to play, and kids seem to love to watch the adults being challenged. It is all the fun of a trivia game like Trivial Pursuit, but its questions are designed for both kids and adults. This makes it added fun in gatherings where there are kids and adults who want to play a trivia game.

How to Play

Parents and kids sit on opposing sides of the game board so that they can start from the starting space marked "Parents Start" or "Kids Start." They can play as individuals or as teams.

Each team or play gets two tokens. Parents receive red tokens, and kids play with yellow tokens. One token is placed in the starting spot, and the other token is held off the board until the first token has crossed the game board.

All three decks of game cards are shuffled and then placed on their respective areas on the game board.

The kids have the first turn. Parents pick up a Question card and ask the kid or kids any of the three questions listed on the card for kids. If the kids answer the question correctly, they move their marker one space. Parents then ask another question after which the kid can move a space if they answer the question correctly. If the kid answers the second question correctly, a third question can be asked. Kids can move up to a total of three spaces. If the kids ever answer a question incorrectly, they don't move their marker and the turn goes to the adult.

For the kids' turn, they pick the card and ask the questions which the adults try to answer. For every question the adults answer correctly, the adult moves one space.

Both players and teams continue to answer questions and move their first token across the board. Then, they place their second token in the starting position and move this token across the game board.

If a player or team lands on a wild card space, they select the appropriate Wild Card - either a Kids Wild Card or a Parents Wild Card - and follow the instructions on the card.

When a player or team is moving their token at the end of their turn, they can capture the first token of the opponent if they land on the same space where the token is sitting. In order to free his captured token, the token's owner would have to get his remaining token across the game board to the other player's starting position.

Winning the Game

The game takes about 30 minutes to play. The winner is the first player or team to cross the board with all of their tokens.

Game Pieces

Each game includes:

  • Game board
  • 12 player tokens
  • 55 Question cards
  • 55 Kids' Wild Cards
  • 55 Parents' Wild Cards

Where to Buy

Beat the Parents Game