Family Game Night Fun at Mommas Review

Family Game Nights are important to us here at Mommas Review. We are always trying to find new and fun games to enjoy during our nights together. I find it important to play games with my children, it’s a good opportunity on those rainy days to turn off the television and interact with each other. As a family, we try to do this at least once a month.

Sometimes a new game is needed to kick start game night in your household. There are so many games on the market right now that it is difficult to find a new one that will entertain everyone. Our family pick for this month? Pictureka.

Pictureka is all about finding things fast, and finding them first. The game challenges it’s players to find objects on the ever-changing game board in an allotted amount of time. It is like the I Spy books or even Where’s Waldo but in a fast paced game format.

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Try out this Hasbro game with the online trial version.

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How to do Family Game Night at your house

Pick a set day / time each month

Picking a day each month to have family game night is the most important factor. If you don’t set this in stone it won’t end up happening. Put it on your calendar. Post a bulletin on the fridge. Remind your family a few days before. You want everyone there and everyone excited. Pick a time when the kids won’t be tired or grumpy. I know it can be difficult when everyone has conflicting schedules but it’s important for all the family to be there.

Rotate who picks the game

We love doing this at our personal family game night and also at the Mommas Review team game night (where all of our families get together for fun). By changing up who is choosing the game it is never monotonous and everyone gets the chance to have their voices heard.

Choose games that will suit all the family

If you are worried about what games your child will pick, give them options. Let them pick from say three games that you know are suitable for the children and the rest of the family.

Turn off distractions

The hardest thing you have to do. Turn off the television, shut down the computer, and turn off the phones (yes, even your cell phone). Now, this doesn’t count if you will be playing games using the television or playing gaming systems like the Wii as a family. Our family gets distracted so easily that if we do not take this important step, Family Game Night will be a failure.

Start a collection

If you only have a few games and they are ancient you all will lose interest instantly. It’s important to build a collection of games that the whole family can enjoy! We find that games by Hasbro are great for the whole family. Be sure to look at the age ranges on the box! Some recommendations we at Mommas Review would like to make are:

partini

Partini– This game is a fun one for adult family game nights! We occasionally have adults in one room gaming and the children in the other room running around like crazy and playing with each other. Partini is a mixture of a 6 games and is for sure a game that does not bring boredom.  It is a party in a box! It feels like Cranium but more light weight and easy for a quick play. A minimum of four players is needed.

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Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader– Jeff Foxworthy hosts this DVD interactive game. For ages 8 and up, the game is for 1-2 players or more if you do teams. This game is probably the best for your children ages 8-14 to try with their friends.

A few other recommendations for your gaming shelves: Clue, Cranium, Monopoly, Apples to Apples, Pictionary, Scrabble, Sorry & Sorry Sliders, and the Game of Life.

Family game night promotes family fun and learning for everyone. It helps build good communication skills and teaches everyone how to be good sports (especially in winning and losing). Most importantly it brings the family together without all of the normal distractions to be just be together and enjoy each others company.

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Family Game Night: Battle of the Sexes

My friends and I love to get the families together to play games. We love it so much that we hold a monthly game night where we get together for good food and good times. We recently played and reviewed the popular board game Battle of the Sexes as part of a review of the Family Game Night promotion at TimeToPlayMag.com – a game which pits the guys against the girls to see who really knows more about the opposite sex and whether gender stereotypes are true. Each turn the guys or girls will be asked trivia questions that are typically considered common knowledge for the opposite sex. Do you think the guys in your life will know more typical girl stuff than the girls will know typical guy stuff? This game is a fun way to find out and it was interesting to see what typical girly or masculine stuff we each knew – and how much we didn’t!

We had a blast playing Battle of the Sexes and it was harder than it looked! The game play is pretty easy – with a short and long option to choose from. We played the quick version, which is good because it took us a long time, between answering all the questions – some harder than others – and keeping our young kids entertained in the next room. We found ourselves quickly getting competitive and contemplating which questions we did or didn’t think our spouses could answer, which led to a lot of laughs! In the end, the girls finally triumphed but it was a hard battle and the guys easily could have taken the cake at any time. We will definitely look forward to playing this game again.

Do you have family game nights at your house? It’s a great way to get the family together to spend quality time – or groups of families together to reconnect with good friends or extended family. Check out Family Game Night at Time To Play Mag for tips on starting a family game night of your own as well as reviews of great games like Battle of the Sexes, Phase 10, Monopoly Here & Now edition, Apples to Apples and more.

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Jen is a Stay at Home Mom and Loving Wife. She spends her time online reading RSS feeds and posting in her blog. If you haven’t heard from her in awhile, she’s likely lost in a good book, sleeping or watching Grey’s Anatomy.

V-Motion Review and Giveaway

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VTech makes educational learning products for children that allow them to interact, have fun, and learn all at the same time. Recently we received the V-Motion electronic gaming system and my children begged me the moment they saw the box to try this out. As soon as it was set up my seven year old jumped in to play. She chose the motion play that allows her to use her movements to move the on-screen player.

The game comes with the Action Mania sampler, so I did not have to immediately rush out and buy games for her. It included fun games such as car racing and tennis, which are some of her favorites on our Wii.

The new V-Motion also includes a USB adapter called the V.Link. V-Motion’s V.Link allows you to:

  1. Get plugged in! Use your V.Link to track your progress
  2. Connect the V.Link to your PC and you can play web games
  3. Compare where you rank against other V-Motion players
  4. Take advantage of bonus online gaming

The graphics are certainly not the clarity you would get on other gaming systems, such as the Wii, but this gaming system, for only $59.99 on Amazon, allows the children to move and play while playing video games.

We are giving away a V-Motion Active Learning System to one lucky reader. Here’s how to enter:

  1. Go to Vtech Kids and tell us what other product you would love to have for your family. This is mandatory, if not done all other entries will be null and void.
  2. For an extra entry, you can follow uson Twitter. Post a comment here with your Twitter username.
  3. For a third entry you can tweetthe following on twitter: “ @mommasreview Win a VTech V-Motion Active Learning System ($59.99) from Mommas Review. More great giveaways @ http://www.mommasreview.com” – be sure to post a comment here telling us you’ve done so.
  4. For a fourth entry you post about it on your blog and leave a comment here with the URL of your post.
  5. For a fifth entry subscribe to our RSS feed, leaving a link here to tell us you’ve done so. We’ll be posting more giveaways on Momma’s Review soon so subscribing will be a great way for you to stay informed about all the great things you can win in the days and weeks to come.
  6. As a final entry donate $1.00 (or more if you’d like) to the I Heart Tuckerfund. This can be done through PayPal and your donation would be greatly appreciated. Just visit I Heart Tucker and click on the donate button on the right sidebar, you can also enter raffles on the I Heart Tucker site with donations you have made!  Make sure to come back and tell us you donated.

This giveaway ends at 12:00 EST (Noon) on April 13th, 2009.

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Aloha Friday: Peppering In Some Fun

Did you know that in Hawaii, Friday is the day that you take it easy and look forward to the weekend? Over at An Island Life, Kailani decided that on Fridays she would take it easy on posting and ask a simple question for you to answer. Nothing that requires a lengthy response.

If you’d like to participate, just post your own question on your blog and leave your link at An Island Life’s blog. Don’t forget to visit the other participants! It’s a great way to make new bloggy friends!

This weekend we’ll be heading to Chilis Grill & Bar to review some of their new menu items and their awesomeness in general. Before we go, we’d LOVE to know:

What’s your favorite thing to order at Chilis?

If you’ve never been to / don’t like Chilis fare, what is your favorite restaurant? What do you order there?

Karaoke Revolutions Presents: American Idol Encore 2

My sister in law brought the American Idol Karaoke Revolution game to my daughter’s birthday party. We were all giddy over the concept – especially my SIL because she had played it before.  

Presents American Idol Encore 2 w/Microphone

Description of video game on the box:

Are you ready for your chance at stardom? Live out your dream as a singing sensation with Karaoke Revolution Presents: American Idol Encore 2!

  • Sing to 40 chart-topping songs from the 70s to today.
  • Light up the stage with cool special effects in brand new venues
  • Create even more unique looks for your contestant with a variety of new accessories

Rated E for Everyone!

I went first and was told to go with the Spice Girls first.  I began the game by choosing single play where I would get judged by Paula, Randy, and Simon. Afterwards I was able to choose my player. This player is fully customizable. I decided to make mine be over the top with her clothes with a fun beanie hat and black hair and a white stripe (think of Rogue from X-Men).  Next I got to choose where I would be singing. I picked the idol audition stage because it made me think of the current auditions going on.  

 

After a quick microphone check I was off and ready to sing. I broke it down with my girl who was dancing up a storm to the intro music. Next I embarrassed myself by singing and dancing in front of a group of people – thankfully they were my family members! I know I did horrendous but Randy, Paula and even Simon (!) thought my performance was top notch.

 

Soon we will be doing duets! 

 

Here are some examples of songs on this great Wii game which includes songs from the 60s to today: 

 

  • Big Girls Don’t Cry – Fergie
  • YMCA by the Village People
  • Who Knew by Pink
  • Eye of the Tiger by Survivor
  • RocketMan by Elton John
  • My Happy Ending by Avril Lavigne  

Karaoke Revolutions Presents: American Idol Encore 2 was purchased at Best Buy, though almost any electronics store will carry it. It was approx. $50.00 including a microphone which can be used on other games. Such as Guitar Hero: World Tour. This can also be purchased for XBOX 360 or Playstation 3 – on these gaming platforms you can even download songs.

 We will certainly be looking to add this video game to our current collection.

It makes the best party game for large groups.

 Are you ready to be the next American Idol?

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Andrea is a WAHM of two young girls ages 7 and 2. 
She is never found without a book or some new product
to play with. She spends too much time watching
reality tv and surfing the web. She is our resident marketing and social networking girl.

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