If we bought our children whatever they wanted we’d have to rent a room at the shopping mall. On the other hand, giving kids a space of their own to play games, both kinetic and electronic, will go a long way toward lowering parental stress and keeping that whirlwind of clutter localized. Still, if you ask the kids what they want and try to give it to them, you might fit all the games, but there wouldn’t be any room left over for the kids themselves.
In the interest of saving some time, sanity, and a long mile through the mall, here are what we consider some must-haves for the kids’ game room…
- Rock Band: There’s just no escaping this game anymore, and once you’ve seen the extent of it, you’ll be glad the kids have their own room. Now kids can form their own virtual rock band, complete with guitar, bass, drums and vocals…maybe it’s time to clean out the garage?
- Nintendo Wii: Remind them to USE THE WRIST-STRAP! Video games are more mobile than ever (I must say it is fun to watch people flail about while playing imaginary tennis). On the bright side, when the kids are at school, mom or dad can sneak in and actually work out.
- Playstation 3: Not as interactive as its counterpart, but appealing to kids nonetheless. The Playstation also plays Blu-Ray discs — which apparently have beaten out HD-DVD technology, itself off to join Beta-Max and LaserDiscs in the annals of mostly forgotten history.
P.S. If you’re unsure about any of these game systems, just ask your 10 year old; he probably knows how to build them. Also check out the Xbox 360.
- Board Games. Every kid, at some point in adolescence, probably swears off board games as “lame” or “ancient.” But however you can get them to play board games, do it. Many of these games are timeless, and they challenge the mind and are much less stressful on the eyes and brain.
- Basketball. I really don’t think it’s possible for a Nerf Hoop to go out of style (unless I am). There is something utterly appealing about playing basketball indoors, not to mention the ability to slam dunk at will.
- The Big Boys. How much room do you have? If you’ve got the space, look into ping pong, billiards, air hockey, bumper pool, etc. These are fun for the whole family, long-lasting, energy-free, and in a way they encourage the kids to go to college. At least, I played a lot of ping pong, billiards, air hockey, pinball…oh and read a few books as well.
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