Several weeks ago, my family and I went to a Family Board Gaming Event at the Sedgwick County Extension Center. It was a free, kid-friendly event where families/individuals could get together with other families/individuals and play board games! We went just to check it out and ended up spending 4 hours there playing games!
It was nice to be able to try out some new games without having to purchase them first. Board games can get a little pricey; I like the “try before you buy” approach. Look at this table full of board games – wonderful selection – that got even more plentiful as the day continued on!
My Hubbs wrote a great blog article about our experience at the Tornado Alley Board Game Event here. After playing several games, we wrote down names of ones that we’d eventually like to purchase, and have so far added these to our collection: Magical Athlete and Zombicide.
Board games can
- build and strengthen family cohesion
- strengthen children’s desire to succeed and overcome adversity
- teach children how to become gracious losers (and winners)
- promote children’s honesty and a sense of fair play
- strengthen children’s respect for common property
- build shared memories through a common, enjoyable experience
- strengthen children’s decision making skills
- build math skills and an understanding of probability
Much thanks to the K-State Research & Extension Department for providing this information!
While Gregg and I LOVE playing board games with our kiddos, it’s always nice to have some other adult opponents to play against as well. Hence, the Hubbs created a meetup group just for this purpose: getting together once each month and playing tabletop games.
For our first event, we celebrated National Tabletop Day in March 2013. My blog article for that event can be found here.
This month, our featured game was Ticket to Ride. Each player got destination tickets, drew colored cards, and laid trains down on the track to complete routes to their destinations. It seems so very simple, and it has been pretty simple in the past with 2-3 players. But maxed out at 5 players was challenging….! It was fun, even though I found myself trash talking quite a bit… My inner-Monica Gellar, competitive spirit was shining through.
We had a couple of families show up to play, which was a lot of fun! There were kids playing inside the house and outside in the yard. The windows were open. Snacks on the kitchen counter. Game faces around the dining room table. I thought the event was a great success!
Now, that’s a TON of trains….! A few players weren’t able to complete their routes with so many competitors vying for certain pathways. We all had a get a little more strategic for these rounds, and even then, it was still very tricky.
The Hubbs and I are already looking forward to our next event where we’re featuring the game Pandemic – participants must contain viral outbreaks and cure diseases before the world becomes infected with an unyielding, deadly pandemic…. Those nasty little germ cubes spread a lot faster than we’d like! Stay tuned!
Happy to play board games with my family! Happy to play board games with my friends! Happy to host tabletop events!