2017 Best Children’s Game

In 2017, the best Children’s game shortlist provides fun for children of all ages.

Below is the 2017 BGA Best Children’s Game short list, presented in alphabetical order.

Go Cuckoo
by Josep M. Allué and Víktor Bautista i Roca, published by HABAHelp the Kiki Cuckoo by building her nest! Be the first to place all of your eggs without tipping the nest in this 15 minute dexterity game for 2-5 players, ages 4 and up.
Ice Cool
by Brian Gomez, published by Brain GamesCheeky penguins are running around school when they shouldn’t be. Players take turns being the hall monitor and must catch the other players in this adorable  30 minute flicking game for 2-4 players, ages 6 and up
Ticket To Ride: First Journey
by Alan R. Moon, published by Days of WonderFirst Journey simplifies the classic Ticket to Ride game of laying trains between cities as players race to be the first to complete 6 tickets in this 30 minute rummy style game for 2-4 players, ages 6 and up

For details on the judging criteria,  see Best Children’s Game criteria.


The Judging Panel has announced the winner of the 2017 Best Children’s Game Winner

Box Art from the publisher, Days of Wonder

Ticket To Ride: First Journey

Designed by Alan R. Moon, Artwork by Cyrille Daujean and Jean-Baptiste Reynaud, published by Days of Wonder


Ticket To Ride: First Journey takes the classic game of Ticket to Ride and makes it playable for young children and their parents.

Players will receive two tickets, each showing two cities which they need to connect by train tracks. To lay a track, they’ll need to pay cards showing the track colour. When they complete a ticket, they grab a new ticket to complete. The first player to complete 6 tickets wins.

The judging panel found the game to be fun for the whole family. Ticket To Ride: First Journey finds the balance between simplicity (no reading required to play) and strategy, it’s simple enough for the youngest children to be able to enjoy, but enough strategy to entertain parents.