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Play TV Bingo as a Family Activity

By on January 16, 2017

Any parent will tell you just how hard it is to try and get the whole family together for an evening. Kids want to be playing their own games, teenagers want to be sneaking out for the evening and some parents just can’t be bothered. Everyone loves to sit in front of the box, so why not play this game while you do so?

Let’s face it, going to the movies can be expensive and even impossible for families with younger kids. Some kids can’t even sit through an entire movie on the TV without being distracted or wandering off. For these reasons, cutting down the time it takes to watch and playing TV bingo at home is the perfect solution.

The first step is to pick a family friendly TV show to watch, obviously this will be dependent on the age of your kids and their maturity level. While this may mean sacrificing your usual Westworld binge, it doesn’t mean you need to be stuck watching Dora the Explorer either. Some superhero based shows like Supergirl can be suitable for many ages.

Then, fill a 5 by 5 grid with scenes that you can expect to see in just about any show. Some good suggestions include; food, pets, a romantic kiss or singing. You can tailor this to the type of TV show that you’re watching, like adding in singing for a musical like The Get Down. If you want to focus on more adult shows then this also makes a great party game for the next time you have guests over.


Adults in the group may already know how to play bingo, as bingo sites are thriving in this day and age. If you’re not sure on how to play then you can find helpful guides and reviews of bingo sites on, which is a really handy resource for new players. Who knows, a night of TV bingo might just get you interested in playing for real.

You’ll need to provide your players with these cards as well as something to mark them off with. If you don’t want to go with a bingo dabber because of the potential mess they can make, then there are lots of alternatives. Chocolate buttons, popcorn or even pennies can serve as markers that won’t leak all over your carpet. Just watch young kids carefully as it doesn’t take long for them to choke on small items.

As you watch your chosen show, you can mark off the things that you see happening. If you’re really competitive you can write the timestamp of when the item appears on your card too, that way there’s no cheating. Depending on their age, younger viewers may need a bit of help to dab off the cards and keep an eye on what’s happening.

For the prizes, there are plenty of television themed memorabilia that you can snap up on sites like Amazon. Themed prizes like toys and puzzles are fun but usually kids are happy with a bar of chocolate or something similar. Be sure to pick something that any winner would enjoy.

There you have it, TV show bingo. If you’re telly mad and looking for a way to bring the family together then get creating those cards! You’ll get to watch your top shows and have a blast together if you do.

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