Last week, Matt had a work dinner one evening. As the kids and I were just finishing up our own fancy dinner of Mama Fu’s take out, Jake asked me “Mommy, can we play UNO tonight after Ryanne goes to bed?”
“I don’t think you can play with just two people, sweetie”
“Sure you can! I play with my friend at afterschool all the time. When you play a skip, you just get to go again … and same with a reverse because it comes back to you. And when you play a ‘plus 2’, the other person picks two and you go again!”
“Alright, we’ll give it a try” I say skeptically. After all, he only just learned to play UNO 2 short months ago and can barely even hold all the cards in his little hands. This should be a quick game, I thought to myself.
It was quick all right – two hands into it: Jake – 0, Mom – 180!!! Apparently the kid not only learned how to play UNO, but some strategy as well!
We played for about an hour and he ended up beating my smarty little pants right off me! I appeared to be upset for his benefit, but deep down inside, I was thrilled! We are finally turning the corner of FUN family game nights! No more Candy Land or Chutes and Ladders (or just Ladders in my husband’s case). We have finally arrived at some REAL games. I remember so often growing up, clearing the dinner table and immediately launching into a heated game of Aggravation … or the marathon Monopoly games on a rainy Saturday afternoon. What a fun family bonding experience. And a great alternative to TV watching!!!
We’ve slowing been expanding our game library – here are a few of our favorites thus far:
Sorry Sliders (kind of like curling for any of you fellow olympic junkies)
Connect Four (I actually can hear the sweet sounds of Matt and Jake playing as I type)
Rush Hour (this is actually a one-person game, but is GREAT for developing thinking skills and its fun to pass back and forth, challenging one another with various set ups)
Bulls-eye Ball (similar to a miniature Skee Ball game)
Zingo (this is a game for smaller kids, but wanted to include it because its such a great one)
Help us build out our game cabinet. What are some of your family faves? Share some of your fun family game night stories too. Happy game night!
Who doesn’t love that curious little monkey? Our kids have always loved everything Curious George and have watched every episode on PBS a million times over. And now he is coming live to the Bojangles’ Coliseum for the World Premier of Curious George Live! This show runs March 12-14. Two Charlotte Smarty Pants winners will receive a family four-pack of tickets to the show. This giveaway ends March 7th at 11:00pm.