Well if National Eat Together Week wasn’t enough, Hasbro challenges American families to pause from hectic schedules and take part in an evening of board game play to reconnect and reenergize relationships during National Family Game Night.
This year it’s on Wednesday, September 23 and part of Turn Off Week, a grassroots effort that encourages families to switch off electronic distractions and engage in other forms of entertainment, such as playing games, that promote conversation and interaction.
With the recession and families trying to keep to a budget, National Family Game Night provides an opportunity to share an affordable night in. Buying a new game costs significantly less than many other entertainment options, such as dining out or attending a sporting event. (Just this weekend I spent almost $50 taking the kids to go see Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs in 3D. The three of us went an shared 2 drinks and a popcorn and took advantage of the free refills, too.)
Board games can be played again and again providing hours of entertainment. Also, when you purchase select Hasbro Family Game Night games, you can earn Bonus Box Tops for your child's school.
Disclosure: Hasbro via their PR firm send me several games after I filled out a survey at the Mom Central cocktail party during the BlogHer 2009 conference.
They did not ask me to blog about National Family Game Night. I’m posting about it since I’ve been a Hasbro game fan since childhood and think a national night of playing games as a family is a terrific idea.