Family Day is the name of a public holiday in South Africa, in the Canadian provinces of Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, and Ontario, in the American states of Arizona and Nevada, in Vanuatu, in Vietnam and (as “Family & Community Day”) in the Australian Capital Territory. (Wikipedia)
The first Family that Ontario celebrated was 2008. I remember it fondly because I was pregnant with my second son and desperately praying that he would make his appearance to celebrate this amazing holiday. Unfortunately, he made his appearance 2 weeks later (and 10 days LATE!) on Leap day! Nevertheless, our family tries to make Family day special. To us, the holiday is a day for us to turn off electronics, cell phones and the television, and regroup as a family. It is a time to put aside our busy life and enjoy each others company!
In the past, we have done family outings like trips to our town’s tiny museum
or headed out to the movie theater to catch the latest kids flick.
This year we were presented with an amazing opportunity from Hasbro, to spend the day playing board games! Hasbro knows how hard it is to find time to spend quality time together as a family! With over 60 well known brand games, Hasbro has a game for everyone to enjoy!! This Family Day holiday, my family took a break from our hectic schedules to spend time reconnecting, having fun and creating amazing family memories over new and classic board games!
I remember growing up playing the original Jenga. You build a tower, remove one piece from the middle and place it on top! The object of the game is to remove your piece and place it on top without knocking the whole tower over, if you do its game over. It was challenging, intense and tons of fun! Hasbro has taken this amazing game and added a twist. Placed on a dynamite base, you set the fuse and try to remove your pieces as fast and as careful as you can. If the fuse runs out…KABOOM… the entire tower crumbles! The ticking of the fuse, the unstable base and the added pressure of the time constraint makes this version much more intense! DS6 and DS4 enjoyed building the tower and pulling the fuse, but didn’t have the skills to enjoy this game to its fullest. They did enjoy when Mommy and Daddy went head to head and egged us on as we fought for ultimate challenger! At 24 blocks high, Mommy prevailed!
Drawing games have always been a favourite in my house. My children love doing arts and craft type activities and showing off their artistic talent! Add that to game where they get to collect “gold coins” and you have an award winning game in our family! Draw Something is suggested for children aged 8 and over, however it was easily adapted for younger children. The concepts is very simple. You pick a card and select a word to draw. Each word is assigned a different coin value, and obviously the harder it is draw, the more coins its worth. The artist begins to draw and the other players shout out guesses until one player guesses correctly. This game elicited tons of laughter and excitement as we tried to guess each others drawings. The kids loved the freedom of expressing their own ideas to how they depicted the word on card. This game really encouraged their creative, thinking and problem solving skills. They absolutely loved it!
The favourite game in our house was CLUE. Although the concept was a little difficult for a 6 and 4 year old to grasp, we played on teams (one adult and one child) and we were able to make the game work. There has been a murder at Samuel Black’s mansion and EVERYONE is a suspect! The object of the games it to travel from room to room searching for clue to unravel the mystery of WHO? With WHAT? and WHERE? the murder took place! The kids loved this game and felt like real detectives. With some parental guidance, they were able to search of clues and crack the code to solve this mystery. DS4 loved the secret passageways and guessing which of the tools were used as the murder weapon. DS6 loved crossing off the clues and accusing everyone of being the murder. This game was full of mystery and suspense as we searched for the murder (and sometime discovered it was our self!)
This was an amazing Family Day experienced. Its been a while since my family has enjoyed each others company! We have decided to make ‘family game night’ a monthly adventure rather then once a year on Family Day.