10 Essentials Card Game – Based on the Boy Scouting Principles!

Be Prepared!

10 Essentials: Its best to know before you GO!

Welcome to the wild! 10 Essentials is a fun, fast-paced card game that is based on the experience of backcountry hiking and the Boy Scout Principle of Being Prepared. While playing you will learn the basic 10 Essentials you need to survive in the wild and the dangers they negate. Have fun playing Dangers on opponents, protecting yourself with Essential Items and accumulating Miles, Scenic and Wildlife cards.


10 Dangers

Dangers lurk throughout the card game! You have the ability to place dangers on your opponents and stagnate their progress.  They include things like Hypothermia, Dehydration and Dark.

10 Essentials

You can negate danger placed by opponents with the Essential Item needed.  Water protects you from Dehydration.  You need a Shelter if someone places a storm on you.  Be prepared for the dangers!

Scoring Points

Points can be gained by playing Wildlife Cards (like Bears or Wolves), Playing Miles (3-10 miles) or Scenic Points.  The first one to gain 50 points wins!

This simple game will fuel friendly competition and learning in families, hiking friends and scouts!

Enjoy the trail!

Available now at Family Fun Hobbies!

 Katrina and Rob tried this game out at ASTRA back in May 2017 and were quickly impressed. It’s face-paced, fun for the whole family and reminded them both of their scouting days. Rob reached Eagle Scout and Katrina earned her Silver Leader award and both loved camping, so this game caught their eye immediately. Even if you aren’t an outdoor lover, you will love this quick 30 minute game for 2-4 players, ages 6+!

The Holidays at Family Fun Hobbies!

Family Fun Hobbies is gearing up for the Holidays and you don’t want to miss out!

It’s time to pull out your calendar (paper or app) and mark some important dates down. Go ahead, go get them, we’ll wait.

1.  Starting today, you and your loved ones can each fill out a Holiday Wish List for us to keep on file. You can do this by filling one out in the store or printing this one out and bringing it in. You will provide us a list of people who would like to come in and shop for you. We’ll contact them, and when they shop at Family Fun Hobbies from December 1 – 12, 2017 they’ll get 15% off everything listed on your Wish List! Seriously, this couldn’t be any easier. You are picking out what you want, you are encouraging friends and family to #shopsmall this season, and they can get it all done in one spot. It’s a win-win!

Print this out and bring it in for us to keep on file for your friends and family!

 

2.  Our World Famous Holiday Gift Envelopes are returning! We’ve done them every year since we opened, and you ask for them every year. Never fear, they are back again!

3.  We are closed for Thanksgiving.

4. Black Friday we have normal hours, but keep your eye out for something special. You just never know, frankly we don’t know, but hey, it’s Black Friday.

5. Small Business Saturday is November 25th. Come #shopsmall at your favorite hobby store, visit with Santa from 6 to 8 pm for free pictures, join in our Board Game night that night and take advantage of our extra staff on hand to get help filling out your Holiday Wish List.

6. We are once again proud to be a Toys for Tots drop off location. Our box is already at the front of the store and is filling quickly. Bring in a new, unwrapped toy or buy something here and we’ll give you 20% on that item. Or round up your purchase at the register and we’ll buy/donate directly to Toys for Tots. Last year we donated 6 boxes of toys and over $680! We can do even better this year!

7.  Holiday Vendor Boutique – Sunday November 26th Family Fun Hobbies is staying open late! From 7 to 9 PM come get some extra shopping done with us along with six Vendors, Christmas Music and more!

8. More things are coming, but the Holidays are all about surprises and gifts right? We aren’t going to spoil them all yet. Don’t go hunting for our “secret hiding spot” either, we don’t have one. It’s all locked in a vault which only we and Santa know the combination to, so save your energy and just keep checking back for more information to come!

 

Finally, and most importantly, November 27th we are celebrating our 8th anniversary all thanks to each of you! Each day we are grateful for what we do and for the smiles you bring to our faces and hearts. Thank you for joining us on this amazing journey.

 

Now in Stock at Family Fun Hobbies

Introducing Haba Games!

Now at Family Fun Hobbies…Haba Games!

Haba Games

According to the Haba website, Haba defines themselves as “We are a wood manufacturing company known for our high-quality baby and children’s toys, as well as our children’s games and block sets. We view ourselves as a “single source supplier” for children. We are expanding our product portfolio beyond wood products using the same high quality standards for which we are known. Thus, HABA also offers plush toys, games and textiles, for example. Our play “inventors” and designers put great care and thought into the creation of our products. Parents themselves, they are sensitive to the needs of our children. Their ideas are transformed by the use of materials which undergo continuous controls and careful inspection. Naturally, our toys comply and often exceed safety standards! HABA products may be found in well-stocked toy stores around the globe.”

Family Fun Hobbies is now carrying some of Haba’s best selling Children’s Games! We are also proud to carry their new “Euro-Style” Board Games which have been taking the gaming world by storm in the last few years!

We believe that play is crucial to a child’s development, but we also believe adults need to continue to play to relieve stress, be social and add fun to their lives. Haba fits this philosophy perfectly!

We talked in length to the Haba representatives and play some of the games in order to make a great opening order for our customers. We made sure to cover ages 2 and up and we picked games which teach dexterity, processing, matching and more!

Go Cuckoo! 

Who can help Kiki Cuckoo build a nest for her eggs? Be careful! As soon as a few suitable twigs are on the nest you must gently rest a cuckoo egg on top; the fragile eggs may tumble down a half-built nest! It takes finesse and a little luck to be the first to place all of your wooden eggs safely in the nest. But that‘s not all; the winner will be the one who can then securely place the wooden Kiki Cuckoo bird on top of the nest of twigs! A wobbly nest-building game for 2 to 5 players ages between 4 and 99 years. Contents: 1 nesting site (= bottom part of can), 1 Kiki Cuckoo, 70 wooden sticks, 20 cuckoo eggs, 1 set of game instructions. Ages 4+! Watch is great demo video!

Go Cuckoo! in play

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rhino Hero

Everyone we talked to, told us that we MUST stock Rhino Hero…so now we do!

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s Super Rhino! No building too high, no street too dangerous for this caped crusader, as he scales buildings and patrols the city protecting the citizens. On his quest for safety, he must use caution as even the most solid buildings may start to sway and wobble. Can you help Super Rhino accomplish the challenge to build a skyscraper as tall and solid as can be? A heroic 3D card-stacking game for 2-5 players ages 5+! Watch to learn more! Rhino Hero

Unicorn Glitterluck

Do you love Unicorns?

In a land, far, far away lived four unicorns who were the best of friends. They enjoyed galloping across the soft, billowing clouds, sliding down rainbows and playing with cloud crystals. One day, they noticed a terrible thunderstorm approaching. They thought it would be best to head directly for the sun, and collect as many cloud crystals as possible along the way to keep them safe from the storm. Players start by choosing a colored unicorn and placing their piece on the big blue rain cloud. The player who reaches the sun cloud with the most cloud crystals is the winner. A sparkling die competition for 2-4 players ages 3-99.Unicorn Glitterluck

 

For the older set…

Meduris – The Call of the Gods

Following the call of the gods, your people strike out to settle at the foot of Mount Meduris. The mountain is dedicated to the most important of the Celtic gods and has fertile soil and plenty of raw material awaiting brave settlers. The fields are full of juicy grass for your sheep, and there are quarries, mines, and dense forests. The area at the foot of the mountain is divided into nine districts, whose rune stones indicate the worship of various gods. As the four chosen ones, it is your task to develop the settlements and delight the gods. Your workers obtain the materials for constructing huts and temples on the high plains of the mountain. Only a player who obtains enough materials, cleverly selects the site of their huts and temples, and gains the mercy of the gods by making offerings to the druid will be selected as leader of the tribe.

  • -A medieval-inspired challenge for  2-4 players ages 10-99 with an approximate play duration of 75 minutes.
  • -Exciting right up to the grand finale
  • -High Quality components
  • -From the award-winning illustrator Miguel Coimbra (“7 Wonders”)

Meduris

 

Karuba

Finally! After a long boat trip, the treasure hunters have reached the island of Karuba and can go on the hunt for hidden treasures. Who will lead their expedition team along the smartest route through the jungle trails, pay attention to the other players and keep an eye out for gold and crystals along the way? The most important thing is to start running in time! Hurry up and be the first to reach the temples to collect the most valuable treasures. But be careful! Many paths have dead ends- so you need to be patient and attentive in order to discover the best way through the jungle. The expedition team with the most valuable treasures wins the game. An addictive tile-based puzzle game for 2-4 treasure hunters ages 8-99. Game length: Approx 40 minutes. Designed and written by Rudiger Dorn and Illustrated by Claus Stephan. Karuba was nominated for a 2016 Spiel des Jahres award.

Karuba 

…And these are just a few of what we ordered! As always, if there’s something from Haba you want, and we don’t have it in stock, we can order for you at no extra cost!

 

WordTeasers

Word Teaser – Conversation Starters & Learning Cards for the Whole Family!

Turn Dinner time into Conversation Time “WordTeasers®”

It’s a conversation dilemma that almost every parent has faced: How was school today? Fine. What did you do? Nothing. Getting more than a “yes,” “no,” or “fine” from a teenager at dinnertime can often be a challenge. But now there’s a solution. It’s called WordTeasers—a series of clever, table-top word games that get parents and their kids talking, laughing, and thinking—and learning something new at the same time.

For example, there’s WordTeasers: Funny Sayings—an amusing word game that challenges kids, their friends, and parents to answer funny or thought-provoking questions using well-known idioms (expressions whose meaning can’t be determined by the words themselves). Questions or commands—like, “Tell about something you do once in a blue moon”; “Who among your friends loves being in the limelight”; “Tell about a time you had egg on your face”—are designed not only to help upper elementary grade students learn these idiomatic expressions, but also to help fire up great conversations among kids and their bffs, their parents, their grandparents or just about anybody else who likes to laugh out loud.

The idea for this game came about one raining Saturday when Susan Flora, president and co-founder of the new educational game company, mentioned to her then 9-year-old that it was “raining cats and dogs.” Her son laughed, but then asked, “Did you just make that up?” Flora and her business partner realized that young kids simply didn’t know these strange expressions. “We decided there had to be a fun way to help kids learn these idioms while at the same time getting kids and their parents engaged in thoughtful conversations,” Flora said. Each WordTeasers: Funny Sayings Challenge Card includes a challenging question or statement on the front of the card, such as, “When was the last time you had to eat humble pie.” The back of the card includes the meaning of the idiomatic expression, as well as its often fascinating origin. For example, who would have guessed that “eat humble pie” came from the 15th century word umbles, which referred to the heart, liver, and other parts of animals? “Umbles were often used as ingredients for ‘pot pies,’” says Flora. “But this type of pie wasn’t the best food to serve to guests and so was often served with an apology. I’m sorry, sire, I only have umble pie to serve you.”

 

The game comes with numerous suggestions for play. Number of players? “The more the merrier,” says Flora. “Simply put the colorful and compact WordTeasers box on the dinner table or kitchen counter and draw out a few cards each night. You’ll be surprised how quickly the cards generate a lively discussion on a whole variety of topics.” Other products in the WordTeasers line include WordTeasers: SAT Vocabulary (for high school students studying for the SAT or ACT), WordTeasers: Junior (conversation starters with words students should know by the end of the 6th grade), WordTeasers: World Geography (a game of fascinating and little-known facts about countries and cultures around the world), and WordTeasers: American Heroes & Legends (a deck of conversation starters based on quotes from famous Americans). Each game comes in a colorful box that is compact and easily portable for family!

 

WordTeasers are now available at Family Fun Hobbies! We even have a few boxes open for you to try out!

Top Trenz

What is a Fidget Spinner

You saw our Facebook Post the other day that we are now carrying Fidget Spinners and that they were selling like crazy. Are you left wondering, “What are they?”

Fidget Toy Hand Spinner

The goal of a fidget toy is to fiddle with it. Just spin it silently instead of clicking a pen or flipping a lighter and irritating your surroundings. Some people even say that fiddling can help you concentrate. 

If you find your fingers are generally a mess due to your boredom-induced nail-biting, or you’re driving your cubicle neighbors insane from your desk-drumming and pen-clicking, fidget toys might be the cure for your nervous or bored energy. Stress balls and desk toys have been around forever, but a recent trend in fidget toys adds a collectible, high quality flair to finding a place to fidget your excitement away.

Thanks to its surprisingly successful Kickstarter campaign, you might’ve heard of Antsy Lab’s Fidget Cube, which raised $6.4 million after setting a relatively meager $15,000 funding goal, Fidget Spinners have quickly become the latest fad.

We currently carry #TopTrenz Spinner Squad, but will likely be expanding our line. We’ve already put in an order for solid colors!

SPINNERS squad fidget toys

 

Stop in for yours today!

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!

 

 

 

Math Fluxx is coming March 9th!

Are you fan of Fluxx? Do you know Fluxx? Either way, this post is for you!

All Looney Labs Games, the inventor of all of the Fluxx Card Games are chock full of fun, but did you know they are actually educational, too? Fluxx games encourage critical thinking, text analysis, and reading comprehension, and the foreign language versions are excellent to help learn another language or with ELL students. Chrononauts and Early American Chrononauts cover key events in US History and encourage deep cause-and-effect thinking. Mad Libs®: The Game enhances language studies, emphasizing parts of speech and vocabulary building. And don’t even get us started on all the education things you can do with Pyramid Arcade!

This means Looney Labs’ games are just perfect for integrating into classrooms – not just for play, but to help teach and support curriculum. From history to geometry to language studies to creative writing, our games have everything to make learning fun!

Adding to their Learning Theme, Looney Labs is about to release Math Fluxx: The Numerical Card Game With Ever-Changing Rules! Pre-Order at Family Fun Hobbies Now!

Math Fluxx is really all about the numbers. Players use positive integers (whole numbers) in their quest to achieve a very mathematical Goal. But it’s not just putting 4 and 2 together to achieve the 42 Goal (for example); Math Fluxx also features the Plan B Meta Rule. Plan B puts Special Victory Rules into play which give you a second way to win and require even more arithmetical acumen (ex. Plus Victory lets you win if your Keepers add up to the current Goal). With Math Fluxx, the fun is exponential! Math Fluxx will be available on March 9, and is the most numerical version of Fluxx ever. The Keepers are all numbers and the Goals are all number-based. Add to that some mega-math Meta Rules and you’ll actually have to do addition, multiplication, or a combination of elementary operations to match the Goal. With Math Fluxx, the fun is exponential!

It all begins with one basic rule, just like every other Fluxx theme: 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. Winning is based on the Goal Card, but the Goal Card changes too, thus the game is always in “Fluxx”.

Players: 2-6
 Playtime: 5-30 minutes
Ages: 8-Adult
Watch Andrew and Kristen Looney play the first game of Math Fluxx below!
Watch the Math Fluxx Demo Here!
Gift Registry

Keep your Birthday/Gift Registry on file with Family Fun Hobbies!

Family Fun Hobbies is pleased to announce our Birthday/Gift Registry. Simply fill out the form below (we can help) and ask a Sales Associate to keep it on file for you. We will contact your family and friends to let them know you have a registry with us and let them know they can shop for you from it.

Your list will remain on file 3 months past your event date for those procrastinators in your life!

Gift Registry

Where is Maccabee?

Where is Maccabee?

Maccabee Hanukkah Gift SMaccabee has informed us that he’s ready to celebrate Hanukkah at Family Fun Hobbies!

Starting the first day of Hanukkah, Dec 24th, our Maccabee is going to be roaming the store to check out our products, demo a few games, build puzzles, play D&D…who knows really. He is super excited though, and wants YOU to join in the fun.

Each day (except the 25th when the store is closed) you will find Maccabee in a new location. Tell a staff member where you found him and post to that days’ Where’s Maccabee? post “I found Maccabee”! and you will be entered into a raffle for a $25 Family Fun Hobbies Gift Card. You can enter once each day. Since we are closed the 25th, we will extend our 8th day to 31st, so you could have 8 entries if you come every day!

Remember, you must tell a staff member and you must post “I found Maccabee” to be entered. We will have a sign in sheet at the register to track that you’ve found him.

We will post pics of where he was at the end of each day on our Facebook Page!