Posts Tagged ‘family time’

Get Your Game On

Monday, November 11th, 2013

Signs that it’s colder outside:

  • Your kids ask for a ride to school instead of wanting to walk with their friends
  • There are not enough blankets in the house to keep you warm at night
  • Sitting out on the front porch at the end of the day has become a distant memory
  • You can’t get the kids off the sofa or disconnected from their electronics to go outside and play (which may happen in homes year ‘round, but for the sake of argument, this probably applies most often to colder months)

When the signs of cold weather hit your neighborhood, there’s nothing you can do but make staying inside a lot more fun!

Whether you already have a game room and the kids are just bored with the same old foosball table, or you’re finally looking for a better way to beat the winter doldrums than by playing 16 levels of Angry Birds every afternoon, we have great ideas to help you get your game on this winter.

Multigame Tables Mean You’ll Rarely (if ever) Get Bored

Multigame tables give you and the kids plenty of options in the game room, without taking up too much space. The Playcraft Danbury 14-in-1 combination game table gives you the ability to play table tennis, foosball, pool, bowling, shuffleboard, basketball and a number of other family games all in one unit. This is one of the best game table investments you can make for your game room.

Get Into the Hockey Season with a Bubble Hockey Table

Rather than just watch hockey games on TV, why not bring a little hockey action into your home with a PGI – IceBoxx Deluxe Dome Hockey Table. The infrared scoring system displays 15-minute quarters, free play, time and scoring limits, as well as volume settings (for mom and dad) and a reset button so you can keep playing!

Don’t let the winter blues get to you! We have games tables to keep the whole family happy!

 

 

Halloween Safety Tips from eFamilyFun

Monday, October 21st, 2013

We talk a lot about man caves here, and while we believe every man (and woman) should have their castle, we’re a very family-oriented company as well. We love the trend that we’ve seen happening across the country where more people are disconnecting from electronics and spending real, quality time with their kids. It does make a difference.

With Halloween just around the corner, we thought it would be a good time to remind everyone about doing their part to keep kids safe as they indulge in their sugar fix of the season. Don’t forget to:

  • Make sure no matter what kind of costume your kids are wearing that they can see clearly and have good visibility.
  • Have kids wear something reflective, so that motorists can see them.
  • Keep your kids from running out into the street or between vehicles.
  • Thoroughly check candy before allowing your kids to eat it, and never let them eat treats while they are trick-or-treating, as you will not be able to check the candy well in the dark, and you may not be able to tell if they are choking.

If your kids have outgrown trick-or-treating or you’d prefer to celebrate at home, it’s a great time to host a Halloween party. If you don’t have a game room or a kid-friendly man cave, you can transform a basement, barn or garage into a perfect party place, with a few decorations, lots of fun foods and some great games.

We have everything you need to make your party a success, from a juke box to play spooky tunes to an assortment of bean bag chairs and the best selection of game room tables imaginable.

No matter how you celebrate the harvest season, we hope you enjoy some time with your family. And if you do have trick-or-treaters in your home, be sure to share your favorite pictures on our Facebook page.

Unplug and Enjoy Family Time

Monday, October 14th, 2013

Most of them will fit in the palm of your hand. They are small. They are EVERYWHERE.

No, we’re not talking about ping pong balls.

From phones to handheld gaming devices, regardless of the kind of electronic entertainment in which your children may have their faces buried, these small devices have changed the way that family members interact with each other. It is difficult for parents to compete with the instant gratification that their kids realize from these gadgets. And if we are truly honest with ourselves, adults tend to have the same challenge. We all need to learn to unplug and interact with each other as humans from time to time!

Families need to get back to spending time together, talking to each other face to face instead of screen to screen. There are so many things that families can do to encourage the kind of togetherness that will compel everyone to put the handheld gadgets aside, so that they can plug into each other instead of plugging in to their devices.

Family game night is a first-rate option for improving interaction. And there are a variety of game options that can be tailored to family members of any age. Create a game room space in your home that includes table tennis and foosball, encouraging everyone to not only disconnect but to get up from the sofa and move a little. You are sure to find some game that can be fun for everyone.

You don’t have to permanently replace electronics with a specific activity; simply set a time when electronic devices are turned off before bed, giving everyone a chance to take care of different tasks and activities that may otherwise be overlooked.

As parents, we need to ensure that our children do not turn into little machines themselves – and that starts by setting the right example and disconnecting, too. As human beings, we thrive on face-to-face human interaction. Going head to head playing table tennis, foosball or air hockey can help maintain mental and physical skills, and we can foster the skills of being benevolent human beings, void of the constant distractions of this electronic age.

Fall Weather Means More Time Indoors

Monday, September 30th, 2013

The rainy season has kicked in for most areas, and the nights are starting to get cooler. It’s also getting dark earlier, and while you still might sneak outside to grill up some steaks, it’s likely that you’re spending a lot more time inside than out these days. While we’re all sad to see the summer come to an end so quickly, there are benefits to spending more time inside, especially if you spend some of that time away from the TV.

Football season is in high gear and that may dominate your thoughts for much of each week. But when you are ready for a stretch and a break from staring at the TV screen, consider playing a game of table tennis. You can actually burn 400-600 calories! That’s more than you’d burn going for a walk through the neighborhood and almost enough to compensate for a Big Mac or up to four cans of beer (PSA: Always drink responsibly).

If you’re looking for a way to keep that extra pizza you eat on Monday nights from adding to your waistline, make Tuesday night table tennis night. Include the family and have a table tennis tournament, or just head to your game room or man cave with a buddy and burn off some steam (this can be especially effective if your fantasy football team isn’t doing as well as expected).

If you still don’t have a table, eFamilyFun offers a wide variety of table tennis options, including this Killerspin Professional Table Tennis Table that qualifies for free shipping. All you’ve got to lose is your waistline!

Justin Tuck Holds Celebrity Billiards Tournament to Raise Funds for Literacy

Monday, June 17th, 2013

In 2008 New York Giants defensive end, Justin Tuck, and his wife, Lauran Tuck, launched a fundraising charity with the goal of providing reading materials to children in communities of New York, New Jersey and Alabama, encouraging them to read. Tuck’s R.U.S.H. for Literacy inspires children to Read, Understand, Succeed and Hope.

Since this program began, books have been delivered into the hands of as many as 10,000 children. As well, schools and homes have been the recipients of over 50,000 books. And as of June 2011 Tuck’s R.U.S.H. for Literacy has raised over $1 million. Most recently, Justin Tuck held a celebrity billiards tournament, continuing his efforts to raise funds and promote education for kids in America.

The statistics illustrate that a great percentage of children do not have access to books and that fewer children prioritize reading as they advance through school. Families, too, are shown to be an essential component in the success of children reading. Given these statistics, the importance of Tuck’s R.U.S.H. for Literacy campaign is evident.

Nowadays families can enjoy a number of activities that bring families closer together and promote physical fitness. Family members can find amusement in a game of pool, shooting darts and merely watching a favorite movie with homemade popcorn. Mental fitness, however, is as important as physical and emotional well-being. Reading exercises your brain and promotes mental fitness. This, too, gives your family something to share together as you talk about new ideas and challenge one another in trivia games that test your knowledge.

I applaud Justin Tuck’s efforts to raise our awareness of the importance of literacy, as well as his ongoing efforts to raise funds for children who do not have access to books. His endeavor is a reminder to all of us that sometimes the simplest activities are the most fun . . . and the most important.

Learn more: http://www.justintuck.com/Charities.aspx

Summer Time Doesn’t Have to Mean Vacation When It Can Mean STAYcation

Monday, June 3rd, 2013

Average gas prices this summer are predicted to spike just in time for the travel season. While they won’t reach as high as last summer’s prices, which were upwards of $4 per gallon around most of the U.S., the gas prices are expected to hover between $3.53 and $3.88 per gallon.

Who wants to spend time on the road in the middle of the summer heat and construction, while also paying a hefty price for gas and hotels? If you’re looking for a getaway that costs less but doesn’t prevent your family from having fun, why not enjoy a staycation? A staycation can be an ideal way to spend your time off, especially if you have been trying to find a way to reconnect with your family.

The perfect staycation begins with disconnecting from your regular routine. You have to actually create a vacation-like environment. Don’t work, don’t answer the phone, and by all means, do not do laundry! Leave the bed unmade every morning, and pick things to do with your kids each day that make it feel like you’re away from home.

Spend time exploring your home town. Go to museums you normally overlook; spend time discovering the history where you live. Be sure to plan plenty of downtime. See a movie, play some foosball, and have some friends over for a backyard barbecue where you can enjoy a friendly game of outdoor table tennis.

If a home project is more your style, you can use your time off to create the perfect game room, filling it with all of your favorite game tables and accessories. Staycations can be a great alternative to a complicated out-of-town vacation. You can have just as much – if not more – fun and relaxation as you would on the road.

Create the Perfect Game Room

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

As children, we wanted to hide ourselves away in tree forts or playhouses. There we could be who we wanted to be without worrying about what others thought about us or wanted from us. As adults, we find that we outgrow the need for many childhood wonders. The need to hide ourselves away, however, is not one of them.

Be honest with yourself. You want to escape. Sometimes, you need to escape. Realistically, though, you can’t quite squeeze into that old tree fort nor make it fit your personality. But you can have a place of your own that you can use as a diversion or as an abode to gather friends for an afternoon or evening of recreation. You need a game room in which to play.

Your game room can be more than a tree fort. Make the room an extension of who you truly are and what you truly enjoy. You don’t need a video game console; you need a shuffleboard table. Perhaps you can include a pinball machine or a pool table. And don’t forget to decorate your game room with a neon sign or clock , perhaps some art work and comfortable furniture. Maybe even celebrate summer and extend your play outdoors with the beautiful NEW Extera outdoor pool table from Playcraft.

We have to grow up, but we do not have to grow so old that we can’t hide away and play. You can create the perfect game room that reflects who you are and who you want to be. When you need to escape, take a time out in your new and improved tree fort. Then invite your closest friends and family and have fun.


 

Log Off and Stay Connected

Friday, May 17th, 2013

Your children probably cannot conceive of a world in which they cannot connect to friends through social media platforms. The relationships they build and the games that they play are filtered through wireless technology. Many (if not most) of us begin our day by connecting to check email, send IMs or post tweets. Some of us never log off or disconnect. Ironically, because of technology, we can become less connected.

Technology is forcing us to communicate, work and play faster, and while technology tends to make our lives easier in many respects, it also robs us of a simplicity that was once commonplace.

Some of us have forgotten that before iPods, there were jukeboxes. Before video games, there was foosball. Before social media, we socialized while playing pool or shuffleboard. Instead of exploring the vastness of the World Wide Web, we explored the expanse of the great outdoors. We have, at times, replaced meaningful relationships with digital connections. For everything we have gained, we have also given something up.

You can get back what you have lost.

Rekindle relationships with your family and friends by disconnecting for a spell and enjoying some family fun. Board games are becoming popular again. Tournaments are held for pool, table tennis and a variety of other activities that force you to unplug from the Internet. Social media is a wonderful tool that is opening many doors and helping us connect with others. But you don’t have to stop being social and sacrifice those connections that are closest to you and closest to home.

Now get up and go play!