Time to Play! { National Gaming Day}

My family loves games. Board games, card games, video games we play any and all of them! Now that the kids are older we are trying to have regular family game nights. It’s a great way to slow down time and spend time together as a family. Not to mention the way it teaches kids some really great skills without them realizing they are learning!
This Saturday you can get our game on with your family at many of our local libraries in celebration of National Gaming Day.

National Gaming Day @ your library is an initiative of the American Library Association to reconnect communities through their libraries around the educational, recreational, and social value of all types of games.In the 21st century, libraries are about much more than books. On Saturday, November 12, 2011, more than one thousand libraries throughout the country will showcase gaming programs and services in support of NGD11. This year marks our fourth annual event. In 2010, more than 26,000 people played games at more than 1,800 libraries across the U.S. and in other countries.

Locally there are events in:
Lake Bluff
North Chicago
Gurnee
Grayslake
Mundelien

Even if your library isn’t hosting an event, why not celebrate on your how my having a family game night? Here are some of our favorite games:

River’s Roads and Rails

Part puzzle, part game this is a ton of fun for older train lovers.

Elefun

When you need to expend some energy, this is a great game that even very little ones can play. Sometimes we just catch butterflies, sometimes we have them sort by color. Make up your own rules!

Wii Sports Resort

My kids don’t play a lot of video games but they love this one. Their favorite is the sword chopping but they are also big fans of the archery!

Parcheesi

Is a favorite of contributor Kate (and my husband and I as well!). School age kids could also learn to play it very easily.

Zingo

Kate’s kids love Zingo, a kids version of Bingo

Memory

Like many toddlers contributor Loralie’s kids love Memory. One of the great things about memory is that you can make up rules and change it up to fit your kids ages and skills.

Poptropica

Genevieve and her kids love the online game Poptropica which has characters traveling through history. Fun and educational.

And of course some classic family favorites:



 

 

 

 

What are your families favorite games?

 
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Melissa is mom to 4. She used to dream of traveling the world, now she dreams of a clean kitchen. She can be found on most social media sites as @PBinmyHair because with this much hair and four kids, you're bound to find something in it.

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