Seven Snowed-In Suggestions

Seven Snowed-In Suggestions for Family Fun!


We know what it’s like, being snowed-in can get monotonous, but have no fear Family Fun Hobbies is here!

With the impending storm, we wanted to give you some ideas to preemptively stop boredom beforeit starts with Seven Snowed-In Suggestions to keep you and yours sane.

1.  Mad Libs – You remember how much fun you had, share it with your family. We have tons of different books in stock for every interest.

Mad Libs

2.  Forbidden Island/Forbidden Desert – In this 2-4 Player BoardGame, teams go on missions to claim four sacred treasures. The game stresses problem solving, strategic thinking and cooperation. Dare to discover Forbidden Island! Join a team of fearless adventurers on a do-or-die mission to capture four sacred treasures from the ruins of this perilous paradise. Your team will have to work together and make some pulse-pounding maneuvers, as the island will sink beneath every step! Race to collect the treasures and make a triumphant escape before you are swallowed into the watery abyss!For a quick video teaser click here. 30 minutes play time. Ages 10+
Forbidden Island

3. Dixit (and expansions) – There is an old saying that every picture tells a story. Live the truth of that saying in the game Dixit, in which lovingly crafted pictures shape stories that you tell. Winner of the 2010 Spiel des Jahres award for Game of the Year, Dixit can be played with three to six players, and is suitable for adults and children, family and friends, and anyone with whom you share a common language.

In this game of imagination and creative guesswork, players take turns playing the storyteller, telling a brief story based on a picture card. As the storyteller, you select a card from your hand, play it facedown, and speak a word, phrase, or sentence represented by the picture. The others play facedown the picture card fromtheir own hand which best represents, to them, what you’ve said. The cards are shuffled and revealed, and each player votes for the image that they think inspired the storyteller’s brief tale.

If all players correctly guess the storyteller’s card, everyone but the storyteller earns two points. If only a few players guess it, then they and the storyteller earn three points. In thatcase, every player, including the storyteller, earns a pointper vote that their card received so that the most imaginative matches between pictures and words are rewarded no matter who made them. 3-6 Players, Ages 8+.Dixit

4. Puzzles – We have them for all age ranges and all interests! Puzzles are an excellent activity for keeping your brain sharp. They challenge your dexterity, spatial reasoning, and logic. Even better, they work both sides of your brain simultaneously, something few other activities do. The creative side works to see the finished product, while the logical side works to fit the pieces. Plus, Puzzles are interactive. Your entire family can work on one puzzle together, creating valuable social interaction! Even better, puzzles don’t require electricity if the power goes out during the storm!

 

Building a Puzzle

5. Happy Salmon – Who doesn’t love a card game which involves fish, high fives and fist bumps? Click here for a quick demo! Happy Salmon is the simple, fast-paced card game packed to the gills with high-fivin’, fin-flappin’ fun. Actions including the classic “High 5”, the unifying “Pound It”, the frantic “Switcheroo”, and the delightful “Happy Salmon” will leave players doubled over in laughter. With so many mini-celebrations bHappy Salmon Card Gameuilt into the play, it’s the happiest game ever!

How to Play:

  1. Everyone calls out the action shown on their top card.
  2. When two players have a match, they celebrate by
    performing that action together, then discard their top card.
  3. The first player to match all of the cards in their deck wins!

6. Adult Coloring Books – “In a very short time, coloring has proven surprisingly addictive for America’s stresseAdult Coloring Bookd, anxious, and overworked. Therapeutic without being therapy, meditative without being meditation, creative without being creation, artsy without being art, the supposedly soothing activity has also become a big business—in 2015 alone, US sales of coloring books shot up from 1 to 12 million units.” – qz.com

We have a huge selection of coloring books in store to keep you occupied while the kids run amuck in the snow. Coloring also helps to reduce stress and anxiety! Who doesn’t love that?

 

7. Science Kits – Family Fun Hobbies has a huge selection of science kits from the short to the involved to cover many interests and age ranges.  Kits are a great help for parents who teach their children at home by themselves and want to make the topics interesting or just to fill some time in an educational way. Science kits make use of real life investigations that help kids to think about what they have learnt and how to apply it when they go outside to discover, or while they are in the classroom. Overall, educational science kits will teach a child science concepts that they can apply to the world around them, and help them think outside the box. Teachers and parents find these kits very useful in educating their children because these kits help teach both the in-depth principles of science and the hand-on learning of science.

We hope you’ve enjoyed our Seven Snowed-In Suggestions for Family Fun!

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New York Toy Fair

New York Toy Fair 2017

Family Fun Hobbies is once again heading to the New York  Toy Fair! So what does that mean?

Click the Pickachu to watch a quick review of TFNY 2016!

114th North American International Toy Fair™
#TFNY is the largest toy, game, and youth product marketplace in the Western Hemisphere!

OWNER: Toy Industry Association

SHOW DATES: Saturday, February 18 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday and Monday, February 19 and 20 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Tuesday, February 21 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

WHERE: Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. New York, NY

PARTICIPATION: 1,126 total exhibitors from 31 countries
(Pre-registered as of February 2, 2017) 103 first-time exhibitors

11,000 registered buyers representing more than 4,000 of unique retail outlets

21 of the top 25 Toy Sellers representing the $26 billion domestic U.S. toy
industry

This year, Toy Fair will attract more than 30,000 registrants (including nearly 13,000 retailers, wholesalers, importers, buying groups, and trade guests) from more than 100 countries.

EXHIBIT SPACE: 443,000 net square feet on-site at the Javits Convention Center

BASIC INFORMATION:

  • NYC is a playground this week! At the Javits Convention Center and across the city, more than 1,100 toy companies are showcasing the products that will be under the tree this Christmas to retailers only, it’s not open to the public!
  • As the largest toy show in the Western Hemisphere, Toy Fair is a massive celebration of play.
  • This year’s marketplace is bigger than ever. The show is the equivalent to more than seven football fields filled with creative, innovative, and skill-building toys and games!
  • Who comes to Toy Fair? There are more than 30,000 attendees from over 100 countries. That’s toy inventors and designers, manufacturers, toy buyers from retailers of all sizes, wholesalers, importers, entertainment executives, and more. If someone is connected to the toy industry, they are probably in town this week!
  • Toy Fair has a dedicated area for new exhibitors called the “Launch Pad.” It is a great place to see new up-and-coming toy inventors as well as international companies looking to expand their product to the U.S. Located in Hall 1E of the Javits Center, Toy Fair first-timers represent 17 countries including Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, the UK, and Poland.
  • Toy Fair is important because play is important. Toys – which are the tools of play – promote the development of children’s cognitive, social, emotional, and fine and gross motor skills.
  • U.S. toy and game sales rose by 5 percent in 2016, according to NPD. This speaks to the innovation and creativity of the industry. Collectibles were a top contributor to the industry’s growth. Sales jumped 33 percent and represented 9 percent of the industry’s total dollars. Additionally, games and puzzles, dolls, and outdoor sports and toys were the top three performing super-categories, each posting double-digit sales growth in 2016 compared to 2015.
  • From board games and dolls to outdoor toys and e-connected playthings, the toy industry is churning out an incredibly diverse array of products for kids to play with!
  • A well-rounded day of play is important for families. There is room for both traditional toys and digital playthings to help round out the play experience.


Based on data provided by The NPD Group and/or the U.S. Department of Commerce

In the United States:
o The average price of a toy is around $10.
o The estimated three billion units sold across the nation each year generate approximately $26 billion in direct toy sales.
o 2016 ended with a 5 percent increase in overall U.S. toy sales, according to The NPD Group. Growth categories included: games and puzzles (+18%), dolls (+10%), outdoor and sports toys (+10%), plush (+6%), infant and toddler preschool toys (+3%), youth electronics (+3%), and vehicles (+1%).
o Interesting to note: Collectibles were a top contributor to the industry’s 2016 growth, with sales growing 33 percent to reach $1.8 billion. Collectibles represented 9 percent of total toy industry dollars. Among NPD super-categories, outdoor sports and toys had the largest dollar amount increase at $328 million.

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What does this all mean to you, our customers?

It’s pretty simple really. It means that when you shop with Family Fun Hobbies, you are helping to grow this amazing industry of toys and games. You are helping a small, local business and you are part of a growing trend! To get you involved Katrina and Rob will be posting pictures, updates, videos, surveys….whatever they have time for, to our Facebook and Twitter accounts! We NEED your input so that we are focusing the store in the direction you want it go. As a reward for your help, we will give away all of the #TFNY SWAG we get via random drawing. You just have to interact with us to be entered!

As another reward, we are making room on our shelves for all of the new products. Keep an eye out for in-store sales. Right now all 4M Science and Craft Kits are Buy 2, Get 1 FREE!!!

Watch our Facebook LIVE video for more information!

 

 

 

Countdown to Science Fair Season

Have you started to think of your upcoming Science Fair Experiment? We can help you ideas and parts. All 4M science kits are on sale buy 2 get 1 free through March 4, 2017 to help with that!

Today, however we are talking about inspiration. Do you needs some? How about trying the Board Game Legendary Inventors by Asomdee?

Click the game to watch a quick demo!

Over the course of human history, curious and cunning men and women have explored the limits of science, technology, philosophy, and more. Exciting discoveries and brilliant new inventions have the capability to alter the landscape of humanity into the far reaches of the future. These intellectual pioneers have organized across time into teams of sorts, combining their talents in an effort to more effectively create new inventions. Which of these teams will be known throughout history as Legendary Inventors?

Calling all mathematicians, chemists, mechanics, and physicists! Innovative experts are needed to push the boundaries of human discovery and create useful inventions to carry us into the future. Now you and your friends can lead a team of some of history’s greatest minds to glory as you create historically significant inventions to advance humanity. 

In Legendary Inventors, a game for two to five players, you are in charge of a team of four inventors of great renown. Direct your team to complete magnificent new inventions to gain rewards and notoriety, and help your inventors achieve even greater inventive feats by pushing them to gain more knowledge and broaden their skills. 

Rival teams must collaborate to complete new inventions, but will compete to patent or acquire as many completed inventions as possible to earn victory points. As more and more inventions are completed, these discoveries build on each other and enable increasingly more complex and advanced inventions to be thought up and constructed. This is symbolized by Ages, the three phases of a game of Legendary Inventors. The player leading the team with the most victory points at the end of the third Age is the winner, and will go down in history as Legendary Inventors. 

You and your team of inventors will shape history as you complete progressively more complex inventions. Legendary Inventors is easy to learn and quick to set up, so you and your friends will be scrambling to patent your newfangled creations in no time.

Legendary Inventors will provide experiment, inventor and idea inspirations to the young and old. Available at Family Fun Hobbies now! Ages 10+. 2-5 Players. 40 Minutes Play Time.

Have you played it yet? Let us know!

clank

Clank! A Deck Building Adventure…Continues!

Klank! Has quickly become very popular at Family Fun Hobbies. This deck building meets board game meets dungeon crawl game appeals to many people (including me, Katrina) for various reasons, but all agree it’s a lot of fun!

Burgle your way to adventure in Clank!, the new deck-building board game.

Sneak into an angry dragon’s mountain lair to steal precious artifacts. Delve deeper to find more valuable loot. Acquire cards for your deck and watch your thievish abilities grow.

Be quick and be quiet. One false-step and — CLANK! Each careless sound draws the attention of the dragon, and each artifact stolen increases its rage. You can only enjoy your plunder if you make it out of the depths alive! Number of Players: 2-4.
For Ages: 13. Playing Time: 60 Minutes

The first time we opened the box it screamed “expansion is coming”. There’s room in the box, it was obvious. Well today, Renegade Games announces, yes Clank! is getting that expansion!

 

Coming March 2017! Clank! Sunken Treasures

The challenge to prove your thieving skills has moved to new environments. You’d better know how to swim, as several rooms you’ll face have been completely flooded with water. Plus, of course, there’s always an angry dragon to avoid…

Clank! Sunken Treasures is an expansion for Clank! A Deck Building Adventure. Players will explore two partially flooded maps with new Dungeon Deck cards, a new persistent monster to defeat, new environmental challenges, and more as they venture in the watery depths! Requires Clank! A Deck-Building Adventure to play. Number of Players: 2-4. For Ages: 13+.
Playing Time: 60 Minutes

 

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Have you played Clank! yet? What do you think?

Valentine's Day

Board & Card Games for Valentine’s Day!

Let’s face it, sometimes you just want to play a game with your significant other, or you just don’t have 4 people available for a larger player game. To celebrate Valentine’s Day, here are some games you can play with just 2 players!

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1.  Star Realms – Star Realms is a basic two-player deck building game set in a distant future where different races battle over resources. To win, you need to build up your fleet of bases and starships until you have enough power to wipe out your opponent. Similar to other deck building games, you want to try to obtain cards that work well together; and in Star Realms, that means getting cards that are from the same faction. Cards can be purchased using “trade” points and players attack each others “authority” points using “combat” points. The first player to reduce their opponent authority points to zero is declared the winner and supreme ruler of space.

 

2. Patchwork – A light, two-player game about quilting from the designer best known for the heavy serf farming epic Agricola, the heavy Frisian farming epic Fields of Arle, and the heavy dwarf farming epic Caverna? Yep…and we love it!

Patchwork is a two-player game about picking up fabric pieces and assembling them, Tetris-like, onto your personal square game board while simultaneously trying to maximize the number of “buttons” that these pieces deposit in your personal treasury. The game uses a wonderful circular movement mechanic to ensure that on each turn, players have a choice of just three fabric pieces—but that these three change constantly.

The rules can be explained in a couple of minutes, the game play is quick (20 minutes) and non-confrontational, and play is
smooth and engaging. Quilt away!

3. Hive – Hive is “like chess but with bugs—and no board.” Depending on your entomological proclivities, that may sound amazing or like an idea worthy of being squashed. But if you’re in the former camp, give Hive a chance; it’s a winning two-player-only game that’s compact enough to be played at a cafe and short enough to break out when you have just a few minutes of downtime.

In Hive, each side, white and black, must protect its queen bee while simultaneously moving to encircle the opposing queen. The “board” is simply any flat surface; pieces are placed in alternating turns, with each hex-shaped slabs growing the “hive” in organic fashion. Different pieces show different insects, and each kind of bug moves differently—worker ants can move at will around the edges of the hive, while beetles can clamber up and over other pieces—so the hive morphs constantly. Play itself has only a few simple rules about unit placement and movement, which are easily mastered even by many children.

4. Lost Cities – Who will discover the ancient civilizations? Two explorers embark on research journeys to remote corners of the world: the Himalayan mountains, the Central American rainforest, the Egyptian desert, a mysterious volcano, and the bottom of the sea. As the cards are played, the expedition routes take shape and the explorers earn points. The most daring adventurers make bets on the success of their expeditions. The explorer with the highest score after three rounds of expeditions wins. The rules of the game are simple, but beware: The lost cities hold many unseen mysteries!

Watch this quick overview video now!

5. Carcassonne – In Carcassonne, players build the area surrounding this impressive city, one tile at a time. They then place a follower on fields, cities, roads or monasteries in order to score as many points as possible. These followers will become knights, monks, farmers and thieves, depending on where they are placed. No matter their function, the player who will most cleverly use their followers will win the game.

 

6. Splendor – It is the renaissance. Fine art is in demand and wealthy nobles are looking to spend their family’s coin. You, a rich merchant, are only too happy to take advantage of these fine folks. You will use your resources to acquire mines, transportation methods and artisans who can turn these raw gems into profitable jewels. Splendor is, at its heart, an engine building game. The main focus of the game will be acquiring development cards by spending your gems (chips). Every card you buy makes it easier to acquire future cards and may also provide you with prestige points (victory points). The key is that these purchased cards allow players to buy subsequent development cards for a lesser cost. Be the first player to 15 prestige points to win.

 

7. Lanterns: The Harvest Festival – The harvest is in, the workers are fed, and now it’s time to celebrate! Players act as artisans decorating the palace lake with floating lanterns in preparation for the annual harvest festival.

On a turn, a player places a tile depicting various color arrangements, and every player receives lantern cards based on the tile placed. Players dedicate sets of lantern cards to gain honor and favor. We love how visually beautiful this game is. While simple in rules, this game is full of strategy!

8. Castellan – Two players work together to build a castle. Wall and tower pieces link to form courtyards. The player who finishes a courtyard claims it with a Keep.

Castellan
Click to watch a quick video!

Your cards determine what pieces you get each turn . . . but you decide where to put them. If you’re clever, the pieces played by your opponent can end up scoring for you!

Castellan includes 108 detailed castle pieces and 28 cards, and plays in less than an hour. If you combine red/blue and green/yellow Castellan sets, you can play with three or four players.

 9. World’s Fair1893 – The World’s Fair of 1893 showcased many great achievements in science, technology, culture, and entertainment. Acting as an organizer of the fair, send out your supporters to gain favor with influential people and secure the grand exhibits that will be put on display. World's Fair 1893 ComponentsWorld’s Fair 1893 is an area majority and set collection game for 2-4 players that plays in about 40 minutes. On your turn, you send a supporter to one of the fives areas and collect all the cards next to it. Choose carefully to collect the cards you need and also beat out your opponents for control in the various areas:

  • The main exhibit cards could earn you the most points, but only if you have the supporters you need in the matching area to get the exhibits approved into the fair.
  • Favors from the influential figure cards will increase your supporters in the areas and help you approve the exhibits you’ve already collected.
  • The Midway ticket cards for the fun and profitable attractions score you a small number of points and move the game forward.

10. Love Letter – Love Letter is a game of risk, deduction, and luck, for 2–4 players. Designed by Seiji Kanai, the game features incredibly simple rules that create dynamic and exciting player interactions. Players attempt to LL_spreaddeliver their love letter into the Princess’s hands while keeping other players’ letters away. Powerful cards lead to early gains, but make you a target. Rely on weaker cards for too long and your letter may be tossed in the fire!

There are currently nine releases in the Love Letter series!

 

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Have you got all of your dates in a row?

Timeline Card Games! by Asmodee

Which came first, the first appearance of Frankenstein’s monster or the battle between Blackbeard and the HMS Pearl? When did humans first develop agriculture? Think you know? Then you might enjoy Timeline, a fun and quick card game that’s all about getting your dates in a row.

At a Glance:
Timeline is a card game available in a number of different themes but each with the same basic principal–placing the events or items on the cards into chronological order. The different Timeline sets can be played individually or merged with one another to create customizable games. Some of the currently available sets include:

  • Science and Discoveries
  • Music and Cinema
  • American History
  • Historical Events
  • Inventions
  • Americana
  • General Interest/Diversity

Components:
Each Timeline tin contains:

  • 110 cards, each depicting an event or item
  • Rulebook

How to Play:
The game is incredibly simple to play, although this doesn’t mean it is easy to win. Each player is dealt four cards, date side down. They then take it turns to create a timeline in the center of the table by guessing where in the existing line of cards their card will fit.

You know that Lindbergh didn’t cross the Atlantic until after the airplane was invented, but did he cross it before or after the Red Sox traded Babe Ruth? The diving suit was surely invented after the catapult, right? But was it invented before or after the invention of the microscope?

These are the sort of questions you’ll ask yourself whenever you play one of the games in the Timeline series. Each turn, you’ll try to place a card from your hand into the correct position on the ever-growing timeline. If you play the card correctly, you have one less card in front of you. If you play the card incorrectly, you must replace it in your hand with a new card. If you’re the only player in a game round who can correctly play your last card, you win!

It’s relatively easy to make your early plays, when you can simply decide whether or not you would place the Founding of the Knights Templar before or after the The Invention of the Portable Phone. Your decisions become increasingly challenging as the game continues and the timeline begins to fill out.

Whenever you play a card in Timeline, you place it on the table in tangible relation to the other cards in play. For example, if you believe the invention of garbage bags occurred before the invention of satellites, you would place The Invention of Garbage Bags card to the left of The Invention of Satellites card. On the other hand, if you thought the invention of garbage bags took place later, you would place its card to the right of The Invention of Satellites card.

 

Now here’s the real brilliance of Timeline, you can mix sets! Since all the different Timeline games utilize the same mechanics, you can mix two or more sets of cards to multiply the possibilities and enjoyment of your games.

Your Journey Through Time Begins

No matter where your journeys through time begin, nor which topics you cover, you’ll find that the Timeline series is easily one of the most entertaining, accessible, and educational trivia games available!

Timeline plays in 15+ minutes, for 2-8 players aged 10+

We think this is a fun game which requires some knowledge and strategy. The ability to mix decks creates endless Timelines to fill in, making it highly replayable.

What do you think?

7 Great Gift Games for the Whole Family

7 Great Gift Games for the Whole Family!

1. Evolution – Evolution is a game about making and evolving animals species into the best they can be! This is a resource management game for 2-6 players. The game is appropriate for ages 12+ due to lots of small tokens and other pieces to keep track of, and takes about an hour to play. The objective is to collect as many food tokens as possible by populating your species and giving them traits that allow them to forage for more food and protect them from carnivorous predators! The game is simevolution-layoutilar to the popular Catan, where players need as many resources as possible to flourish, and also similar to poker or other card games, where it involves players contributing food resources to the watering hole “pot” and bluffing what trait cards they may have to evolve their species with. The game is especially great for any animal or science lover you may know, as it brings in many topics and tropes they may enjoy. This is a nice, more casual game, that really feels like you are creating and evolving your very own animal species. One of the best parts is playing it for the first time or with new friends and figuring out what helps your species survive best and seeing how you can creatively mix and match abilities to give your animals an edge! This game is available in our European board game section, along with its expansions “Evolution: Flight” and “Evolution: Climate” that bring in flying abilities and weather related conditions to the game! – Greg Peck, Family Fun Hobbies Sales Associate

2. Ticket to Ride – Ticket to Ride is a game for people aged 8 and up where you attempt to build and link rail lines across a map of the US (other maps are available). It suits 2-5 players and takes between half-an-hour to an hour to play. Thouticket to ridegh it might be more challenging for small children, it is easy to pick up and is a simple and addictive game that replays moderately well over time. Different versions of the game offer alternative maps, giving the game newfound freshness with expanded purchasing. I enjoyed the nuanced strategy of linking different railways to meet ultimate objectives while simultaneously trying to figure out and prohibit my opponents from meeting theirs. – Sean Breitenbach, Family Fun Hobbies Assistant Manager and Event Coordinator

3. Dastardly Dirigibles – Professor Phineas Edmund Hornswoggle, famed airship builder, is retiring and you are anDastardly Dirgibles engineer competing to inherit the Hornswoggle factory! Build your airship from different parts of nine beautiful suits, while also using special cards to your advantage or to thwart your opponents. The round ends when the first airship is complete — but you score only the suit used most in your airship. The player with the highest score after three rounds wins! For ages 8+ and 2-5 Players! – Katrina Placer, Family Fun Hobbies Co-Owner and Marketing Manager

4. World’s Fair 1893 – The World’s Fair of 1893 in Chicago was a spectacular international exhibition that showcased many great achievements in science, technology, culture, and entertainment. Acting as organizers of the fair, players work diligently to increase their influence throughout the faWorld's Fairir and obtain the grand exhibits that will be put on display. The organizer who has earned the best reputation when the fair begins will emerge the victor! On each turn of World’s Fair 1893, the active player sends a supporter to one of the five areas and gather all of the cards by it. New cards are then added to some of the areas, and the next player takes a turn. The five areas represent sections of exhibits, like Fine Arts and Electricity. Some cards represent exhibit proposals in one of those five areas, others represent influential people who give you bonus supporters, and other cards represent tickets for attractions and concessions along the Midway. 2-4 Players, Ages 10+ – Rob Placer, Family Fun Hobbies Co-Owner and Manager

5. Betrayal at House on the Hill – My pick for a family fun game would be Betrayal at the House on the Hill. The game is slightly complicated but can be learned easily. What is awesomBetrayal at House on the Hille about the game is that it it is a tile laying game, and it is different every time. Betrayal at House on the Hill quickly builds suspense and excitement as players explore a haunted mansion of their own design, encountering spirits and frightening omens that foretell their fate. With an estimated one hour playing time, Betrayal at House on the Hill is ideal for parties, family gatherings or casual fun with friends. Secretly, one of the characters betrays the rest of the party, and the innocent members of the party must defeat the traitor in their midst before it’s too late! Betrayal at House on the Hill will appeal to any game player who enjoys a fun, suspenseful, and strategic game. Betrayal at House on the Hill includes detailed game pieces, including character cards, pre-painted plastic figures, and special tokens, all of which help create a spooky atmosphere and streamline game play. The game is a blast! Ages 12+, 3-6 Players. – Tony Weeks, Family Fun Hobbies Sales Associate

6. Sushi Go! – In the super-fast sushi card game Sushi Go!, you are eating at a sushi restaurant and trying to grab the best combination of sushi dishes as they whiz by. Score points for collecting the most sushi rolls or making a full set of sashimi. Dip your favorite nigiri in wasabi to triple its value! And once you’ve eaten it all, finish your meal with all the pudding you’ve got! But be cGAMEWRIGHT-249areful which sushi you allow your friends to take; it might be just what they need to beat you!

Sushi Go! takes the card-drafting mechanism of Fairy Tale and 7 Wonders and distills it into a twenty-minute game that anyone can play. The dynamics of “draft and pass” are brought to the fore, while keeping the rules to a minimum. As you see the first few hands of cards, you must quickly assess the make-up of the round and decide which type of sushi you’ll go for. Then, each turn you’ll need to weigh which cards to keep and which to pass on. The different scoring combinations allow for some clever plays and nasty blocks. Round to round, you must also keep your eye on the goal of having the most pudding cards at the end of the game! Ages 8+, 2-5 Players, – Robert Placer, Family Fun Hobbies Co-Owner and Manager

7. Suspend –  A family game of tricky hangs and steady hands! Try this hanging balance game and you’ll be hooked! Suspend comes with 24 notched, rubber-tipped wire pieces to hang from a tabletop stand. Sound easy? Try adding another piece!Suspend Each time a bar is added, the balance shifts, the difficulty changes and the incredible midair sculpture transforms. Can you add all your game pieces without making it fall? This tricky game for 1-4 players is a test of steady nerves and steady hands. Ages 8+, but you can play with younger ones with modifications for their abilities.  – Katrina Placer, Family Fun Hobbies Co-Owner and Marketing Manager

 

5 Great Gift Games for Elementary Kids

5 Great Gift Games for Elementary Kids

  1.  Spot It! – Spot It is a card game for 2-4 Players and is played by matching images on cards using a 55 card deck. Each player is dealt an equivalent number of cards until they are all dealt out, and one remaining card is placed in the center of the table. Every card in the game
    matches every other card in some capacity, and players must call out “Spot It!” and place Spot It!their card i
    n the center of the table. First one to empty their hand wins. Each Spot it! comes with several game variant directions.I like this game a lot because it’s easily accessible to my three-year old daughter who can’t read AND still fun for my five-year old son who’s just figuring the whole reading thing out. The game also comes with several popular children’s licenses as alternate versions — Doc McStuffins, Frozen, and various Sports teams logos can cater to any household. It is a terrific family game. – Sean Breitenbach, Family Fun Hobbies Assistant Manager

 

 2.  Fluxx – My personal pick for a game for children in elementary school would be Fluxx. Fluxx has many different theme decks for all things that kids could like. There are choices from th

Fluxx 5.0emes such as of Adventure Time, The Regular Show and Wizard of Oz.  The game is for ages 8 and up, but younger ones can team up with an adult to play.Game Play is simple, there’s one rule to start: Draw one card, Play one card. You start with a hand of three cards… add the card you drew to your hand, and then choose one card to play, following the directions written on your chosen card. As cards are drawn and played from the deck, the rules of the game change from how many cards are drawn, played or even how many cards you can hold at the end of your turn. Even the object of the game will often change as you play, as players swap out one Goal card for another.Can you achieve World Peace before someone changes the goal to Bread and Chocolate? Tony Weeks, Family Fun Hobbies Sales Associate

 

3.  Catan Junior Settlers of Catan (known these days simply as Catan) is a semi-cooperative, resource management European style board game, and arguably one of thCatan Juniore most well known in the world since its first publication in the mid 90’s. As a common staple of any game group, it’s no surprise that Catan Junior would be a great jumping on point for you
nger players just starting in their foray into board gaming. Bearing the same core mechanics as its predecessor, Junior offers a simplified ruleset and quicker gameplay to allow your youths to enjoy the same feel as Catan before diving into its more complex and engaging experience of the full version.  Catan Junior takes families with children (ages 6 and up) to a place quite different from Catan as we know it. There are no “settlers”. Instead, the players slip into the role of pirates who build their hideouts – called pirates’ lairs – all over the islands and set sail to find new places and build more pirates’ lairs there.  – Chino Devine, Family Fun Hobbies Sales Associate

 

4. Happy Salmon – Happy Salmon was released in the Spring of 2016 and is quickly becoming hugely popular. It has been highlighted i

Happy Salmon Card Gamen some major Family Magazines. It’s the “High-Fivin’, Fin-Flappin’” Card Game for ages 6 and up. Happy Salmon is the simple, fast-paced card game packed to the gills with Actions including the classic “High 5”, the unifying “Pound It”, the frantic “Switcheroo”, and the delightful “Happy Salmon” will leave players doubled over in laughter. With so many mini-celebrations built into the play, it’s the happiest game ever!  This game is great for all ages.  It gets players up out of their chairs and moving around.  It makes you think on your feet (literally and figuratively) and is a great gift because the “FINtastically” unique and cute fish pouch makes Happy Salmon perfect to take to camp, on vacation, or if you are simply traveling upstream. –  Katrina Placer, Family Fun Hobbies Owner & Marketing Manager

 

5.  Simon’s Cat – This fast-paced card game for 3 to 6 players ages 6 and up features adorable art taken directly from animator and illustrator Simon Tofield’s YouTube series, Simon’s Cat, which has hundreds of millions of views.In this silly, fast paced game which is similar to Uno, you are a cat! You do cat things, but don’t get caught! Blame everyone else. MatSimon's Cat Card Game

ch the cards to make mischief and pass the blame, but don’t let Simon catch you.This game involves color and number matching, so the ability to read is not necessary, yet it requires skill to know when to play the correct cards to not end up getting caught. It’s fun for the whole family and with it’s compact size makes a great stocking stuffer. -Rob Placer, Family Fun Hobbies Owner& Manager

 

 

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