You might have some idea that games can be educational. After all there are word games like Scrabble, Boggle, and Huggermugger. There are quiz games like Trivial Pursuit and "Are you smarter than a 5th grader". Hey, quizzes must be educational since they happen in school right? ;-)
Well, let me tell you, there's something even better out there. If the last game you remember playing was something like Monopoly or Sorry, you've been missing out on some great stuff.
All the games listed here are within reach of my 8 year old, yet enjoyed by this 40 something.
Settlers of Catan - a resource building game that started many folks on Euro games.
Carcassonne - build a medieval world in this tile laying game.
San Juan - We played this card game last summer when we were on the sailboat for 2 weeks. I never got tired of it.
Dominion - another card game I don't get tired of.
Alhambra - build a castle using tiles purchases with cards, way more fun than I make it sound.
There are many more Euro style games out there, these few are just some of the ones that my family have enjoyed.