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4 Kid-Friendly Games To Play In The Fall

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Fall is the delightful season of ocherous leaves, chilled nights, and, of course, fall games. The reality is that a good time is just around the corner no matter what time of the year we’re in, and fall-friendly games are kind of a thing (kind of). So, how can you make the most out of this upcoming fall season? With social distancing still in effect, we’re considering some of the most fun games to play during the fall.

With the fall season comes pumpkins, so you can be sure that there will be at least one fall-friendly game that features a pumpkin. Fall is also a season of the turkey, so games centered around the big bird are bound to make an appearance. And as we highlight some of these fall-friendly games, our main goal is to inspire everyone this fall to step outside their mittens and scarves and give some of these games a try!

Candy Corn Relay ● Capture the Turkey ● Penny Toss ● Pumpkin Bowling game

 

CANDY CORN RELAY

There’s more fun to be had with candy corn than just eating it (we know that’s a bold statement to make, but trust us with this one!). The Inspired Tree House is here to teach us about this sweet kid- and fall-friendly game that uses candy corn as the main attraction.

What You’ll Need Candy corn (who’d have thunk), a spoon and bowl, yellow, white, and orange construction paper or plastic cones (or other objects that could be used as “obstacles”), and tape and scissors.

How To Play First, set up your relay course.  Make “candy corn” cones out of construction paper by cutting strips of orange, white, and yellow construction paper and taping them together to form a cone. You could also use regular plastic cones or other objects that can create an obstacle. Next, you want to set a bowl of candy corn on one end of your course and an empty bowl on the other end.  The first child in line scoops a few pieces of candy corn out of the bowl and maneuvers through the course to dump it into the empty bowl.  He then runs his spoon back and gives it to the next person in line. The next person repeats the action, taking another scoop of candy corn and maneuvering through the course to dump it into the bowl.  The aim of this game is to continue this process until all of the candy corn has been scooped from one container to the other!

Variations If you only have one child playing, turn the game into a race against the clock where the child must scoop all of the candy corn from one container to the other before the timer rings.

Tips & Tricks Try mixing up the types of movements the kids use to get through the course (ex: only tip-toe through the obstacle course, walk on knees, or crawl using only one hand).

 

CAPTURE THE TURKEY

While the fall season grants us the opportunity to stuff our faces with all things turkey, it also gives us a reason to replicate the heavy-bodied, ground-feeding birds — an excuse to look and act wild without anyone pointing a finger. In this classroom-friendly article, the fall-friendly game is used to teach us the importance of teamwork and how to strategize while implementing simple yet helpful physical exercise.

What You’ll Need 18 “eggs” which are just small or medium-sized objects that are easy to grab (ex: bean bags, oranges, tennis balls), pinnies/jerseys that are three different colors for teams, an exercise mat, 3 hula hoops, and 8 cones.

Set Up Place the three hoops equal distance apart on the ground. Place six “eggs” inside each hoop (these are the “turkey nests”). Place the 8 cones and the exercise mat at the opposite end of the ground/playing space. The cones and the mat will be used for physical activity when the students are tagged by the Mama or Papa turkey.

How To Play Split the participants into three teams, each wearing a different color pinny. One member from each team will be chosen to be the “Mama” or “Papa” turkey while the rest of the team are gobblers. The Mama or Papa turkeys stand inside their nests and are responsible for protecting the nest and tagging gobblers who try to capture their eggs. The gobbler’s job is to take eggs from the opposing team’s nests and place them in their turkey’s nest. The gobblers can take only one egg from a nest at a time. If they are tagged by the Mama or Papa turkey, the egg stays where it is and the gobbler must go to the physical activity arrangement and perform the designated physical activity (ex: 10 jumping jacks, 5 push-ups, jump rope). The goal is for a team to collect all 10 eggs.

Variations This specific game is fall-friendly but could be switched to other holidays by changing the name of the taggers.

Tips & Tricks To ensure that others have a chance to be the Mama or Papa turkey, the game can be played with a time limit of 2-3 minutes per round, rather than ending the round when a certain amount of captured eggs.

 

PENNY TOSS

This fall-friendly game, also known as Pitching Pennies or Penny Pitch, is simple enough for children but could be challenging enough for adults. Though this article explains everything you need to know about the game to cater to children, it could be tweaked to suit adults.

What You’ll Need A dishpan (or baby bathtub or kiddie pool), water, open plastic container, and, of course, pennies!

How To Play Fill a dishpan, baby bathtub, or kiddie pool halfway with water and place an open plastic container carefully on top of the water so that it floats. Have each player stand 3 feet from the dishpan, tub, or pool. Give each player the same number of pennies and have them take turns tossing pennies at the floating container. For each penny that lands in the container, one point is awarded. The player with the most points after all the pennies have been tossed is the winner.

Variations If you have one child playing, they can keep track of how many pennies land in the container in a row. For adults, increase the challenge by using a normal-sized pool and various coins. The points could be based on the coin that was tossed, and the winner could keep all the coins.

 

PUMPKIN BOWLING GAME 

Bowling in itself is a gnarly game. Fall is a gnarly season. Put the two together and you get a gnarly fall-friendly bowling game! With this pumpkin bowling game, it’s exactly what it sounds like — it’s just plain bowling with a fun seasonal twist!

What You’ll Need 10 plastic 2-liter bottles, sand (or other solid objects like marbles or beans to fill the bottles with), and pumpkins.

How To Play Use empty 2-liter plastic bottles filled with a little sand or other weighty, fillable objects to make the bottles harder to knock over. Set up the pins about 30 feet away from the rolling line. Give each player 3 pumpkins to throw at the pins and keep score. The goal is to knock down all the pins.

Variations For adults, you could also make this game more enjoyable and challenging by blindfolding the tosser or having them balance a cup of pumpkin seeds on their heads while trying to toss the pumpkin.

 

Games, Fall, and More Games For Fun

If you feel like these are games you would like to play during the fall, give them a try. Remember that these are all kid-friendly but could be adjusted to suit an older audience. All it takes is creativity, a willing crowd, and sweater weather to set the theme! If you’re interested in more games that could be played during the fall, be sure to reach out to us at Games For Fun. Our assortment of indoor-friendly games — from machines to tabletop games — will also give you one more reason to stay inside during the chilled nights.

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The Best Game Table For Your Home

If you look back at your favorite memories as a kid, they might include game nights.  These nights were most likely filled with family and friends playing board games, video games, and table games.  

Over time, we see board games being stashed away in the closet and video games becoming replaced by the next best thing.  Game tables stand the test of time.

Having a game table in the home provides a place for your favorite people have a good time. Depending on the amount of space you have available, it can be difficult fitting all of the games you love in one place.

At Games For Fun, we offer a wide variety of games that are suitable for every entertainment space. In our showroom, you’ll be able to find your favorite games in different sizes and designs.

While there are plenty of games to start that game room with, it is important to determine which game tables are right for your home.

Here are a few things to consider for each game before bringing it home:

 

Billiards

The game of billiards has been entertaining people inside homes for many generations.  A pool table is a beautiful piece of furniture that can be played by 1, 2, or 4 people at a moment’s notice. A pool table is one of the biggest game tables you can own indoors; it is important to consider the amount of space you have available. The design of our Huck Pool Table features distressed oak and elm wood, giving it a rustic look. In most homes, the billiards table is the staple piece in the room. Not only because of the entertainment it provides for everyone, but because of its quality design that can turn the table into a beautiful decor item.

 

Foosball

One of the most popular games you’ll see in homes is foosball. This thrilling game allows for two to four people to play at a time, heating up the competition in your home. The table’s smaller size allows you to hold this game in tighter spaces, such as apartments. Your foosball table can reflect your style, like the design of our Victory Foosball Table. The cherry wood vinyl finish brings a modern look that you won’t find inside an arcade. A great option for the kids’ playroom is our Marksman Multi-Game Table. This 4-in-1 table includes foosball, table tennis, pool, and air hockey.

 

Air Hockey

If you are looking for a game table that brings energy and excitement into your home, an air hockey table is the right game for you. Similar to billiards, it is important to consider the size of an air hockey table. Having a large room to hold the space for this game is essential to get the best use out of your table. This gives you a chance to explore different styles that will complete your home. Our Challenger Air Hockey Table is the perfect blend of arcade features with a home-like design.   

 

Shuffleboard

If your game room is located in a big space, like your garage or living room, then you can consider a higher-end game table that will harmonize with the decor of your home. Shuffleboard tables are a high-quality, stylish type of game piece that lasts much longer than a smaller game table, due to the way they are crafted. For a modern style table that will compliment your home, check out our Fundamental Shuffleboard Table. This Generations original contains solid wood cabinets and legs with an espresso stain finish.  

 

Regardless of the design and size of your home, there are many games available that can be incorporated into your space seamlessly. Your game table can become not only your favorite source of entertainment but also a furniture piece that resembles your style.

 

Aside from our wide selection online, we have many styles for each game displayed in our showroom. Come visit us off of the 215 freeway in San Bernardino.

If you have any questions about choosing the right game table for your home, give us a call at (909) 885-3604.

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2018 Holiday Game Gift Guide

The holidays are here. Are you feeling the pressure to find the perfect gift? It can be increasingly difficult when shopping for a game lover with unique style. From the various styles of pool tables to choosing which size ping pong table will fit in your living room; each game provides a different type of experience.

We’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite products online and in our showroom to help you on your shopping journey.

If you have specific questions, or you aren’t sure where to start, give the Games For Fun team a call at: (909)-885-3604. Our 2018 Holiday Gift Guide will give you an easy start to your game shopping this holiday season:

 

Driftwood 56-inch Foosball Table

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Foosball is a game that the whole family can enjoy together, requires only a few pieces, and can fit in any room you choose! These tables are great for indoors, as they don’t require any extra setup and are smaller than most game tables, allowing for more free space in your home.

Our premium-grade Driftwood 56-inch Foosball Table is the flagship of our entire Hathaway Games line of foosball tables. This stylish table has durable exterior melamine with a beautiful driftwood finish, so you can seamlessly fit this design into your decorated home. Each side of the table contains 2 drink holders, so you won’t have to stray too far for a beer while you’re in the middle of a game. Plus, this table is $200 off right now!

 

Harper Pool Table

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If your special someone has a taste for the classics, you can never go wrong with a billiards table. It might not fit under the tree, but it will surely be the center of attention in any room! A pool table is a worthwhile investment, as it will be apart of your family’s memories for years to come.

The Harper Pool Table by Generations, our own original collection, features tastefully carved detail with its double arch cabinet, scalloped carved legs, and leather pockets; creating a beautiful design to incorporate into your home. This table is made from solid Aspen wood to for long lasting support. The unique design allows the frame and carved legs to flow into each other to create a beautiful piece of furniture with just enough detail to amp up any living space.

 

Carmelli Avenger Shuffleboard Table

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While a pool or foosball table may be the first choice for most, the game of shuffleboard creates a unique type of gaming environment. From the pubs to your home game room, a shuffleboard table will provide a sleek, retro look in your home while giving your household an opportunity to unwind after work. This is the perfect gift for those who have an eye for modern gaming designs.

Our 9-foot Carmelli Avenger Shuffleboard Table is a gift nobody will stop appreciating. The beautiful black melamine cabinet style creates a beautiful, classic look for any home. The sturdy pedestal legs and adjustable levelers provide optimum stability and level play for players for all ages and levels. The Avenger features a slick, poly-coated playing surface to keep pucks sliding smoothly and padded gutters that reduce noise during play.

 

JOOLA Tour 2500 Indoor Table Tennis Table

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Table Tennis is an action-packed game that brings the whole family together for come friendly competition. If you are looking for a gift for the adrenaline junkie in your life, look no further. Bring the exciting game of table tennis inside without sacrificing the aesthetic of your home with a sleek game table.

Our JOOLA Tour 2500 Indoor Table contains the optimal level of strength and thickness to help give each player a consistent bounce. A sleek frame and separable nesting halves make this table perfect for compact storage. This is table is a great way to start off holiday celebrations, as it comes 95% pre-assembled and is ready to play in just 15 minutes!

 

 

Dynamo Pro Style Air Hockey Table

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When it comes to choosing a holiday gift to add to your game room, most of the time, an air hockey table doesn’t immediately come to mind. These game pieces are mostly known to be played in an arcade, but we know otherwise.

When you are investing in a Dynamo Pro Style Air Hockey Table, you are investing in quality. The home air hockey table is a unique, yet nostalgic piece that will bring you back to your arcade days. Spice up your game room with this commercial style table. It has all the toughness and time-tested durability of our widely-respected Dynamo Coin tables, but without the worry of having a roll of quarters to play.

 

Renegade Slate Bumper Pool Table

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Finding a game that everyone in the household will enjoy and use can be almost impossible. When the kids are too small to participate in real-sized billiards, bumper pool will be their favorite choice. Our Renegade Slate Bumper Pool Table offers outstanding durability and value to any family. This table is much smaller than normal pool tables, allowing it to fit in smaller spaces.

The sturdy black cabinet includes rugged pedestal base legs with levelers to keep the table steady when the competition heats up. This pool table comes with everything you need for a quick round: two 48-inch cues, 10 bumper pool balls, a table brush and chalk.

 

 

Rock-Ola Gloss Black Music Center Jukebox

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With our Rock-Ola Jukebox, finding a gift that your music lover will appreciate is simple! As classic retro piece, a jukebox can bring a warm and welcoming environment into your home. It can seamlessly fit into many interior styles, while keeping your guests entertained at your upcoming holiday party.

The Rock-Ola Gloss Black Music Center is the next generation in luxury music systems for the home. It is a full service music management system that allows you to load, organize, and play your CD music collection with a touch of your finger.

 

 

 

 

 

 

With such a variety of game pieces to choose from, you can always find the perfect addition to your special someone’s game collection at Games For Fun. Stop by our showroom to see and experience all of our game tables in person, we would be happy to help you find the game that will stay in your family for years to come.

We offer flexible layaway plans, financing programs, price matching, and will ship your gorgeous new game piece to your home for free.

 

Get an amazing first look at what your future game room could look like!
Visit us at 895 W. Rialto Ave. San Bernardino, California 92410
Or give us a call at: (909)-885-3604

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Black Friday and Cyber Monday: Ping Pong | Table Tennis Specials

Do you get excited every November for the great deals that retailers offer?   The Black Friday and Cyber Monday craze continues to grow with extended specials that last much more than 24-hours.

At Games For Fun, in San Bernardino, gamers can take advantage of discount pricing throughout the holiday weekend – that is of course, if they aren’t weary from their busy shopping extravaganza at nearby Ontario Mills.

The holiday season is a perfect time to buy pool tables, air hockey tables, pinball machines, shuffleboard, jukeboxes, and of course ping pong tables for the home.  From November 23rd through November 26th, Games For Fun is offering 10% off everything in store and online, and for in-store purchases, buyers can enjoy 6 months same as cash financing for orders $500 and up with approved credit.

 

Let’s break down some of the table tennis or ping pong brands you should know, and answer these important questions for buyers:

 

How mobile is it?  

Since these game tables are fairly large, consider how you will be able to move your table around if needed. If you are tight on space, your table should be easy to maneuver. Aside from our JOOLA Professional Table, which is the perfect sturdy and beautiful table to stay ready for action year-round, all of our ping pong tables have the ability to fold upwards for compact storage and contain wheels for smooth transportability.

Looking for something even more portable? Skip the legs, and just get the table top! Our JOOLA Conversion Table Tennis Top is perfect to place on top on tables such as your pool table, so you can play easily without taking up more space in your home.

 

Where is it going to stay?

The most important thing to consider before buying your ping pong table is where you will have it in your home. Since table tennis can be played inside a room or out in the backyard, sizes and styles will vary.

If you are planning on keeping your table inside your garage or game room, you’ll want to have a smaller style that won’t overcrowd your area. The sleek design and size of our JOOLA Tour 1500 Indoor Table Tennis Table are created to integrate into your home seamlessly. This 9×5 foot piece fits perfectly in any space while still allowing room to play.

Keeping your table outdoors is a little different, as outdoor tables require weatherproof material. In order to keep your table in the best shape, your outdoor table will need to have a thick surface that can withstand weather changes. Our Kettler Outdoor Table Tennis Table is made of sealed aluminum with climate control material to last many years of sunshine and rain.

 

How long will it last?

Considering all of the elements within choosing your ping pong table is essential because this piece is meant to last for many years. Like any high-quality item, the better you take care of it, the longer it will last. Take notice of the leveling of the table top and the sturdiness its legs, as this will determine the durability.

After time, you will notice your table has aged when the bounce is not as consistent. Especially if your table is kept outside, the top can get warped and lose its shape. Keeping a cover on your table is essential for daily care.

Every ping pong table that is purchased with us has a 5-year warranty to ensure you are getting the quality deserved.

 

Ready to choose your favorite table? Purchase during our Black Friday sale and receive a free table cover and accessory set! Plus, we will ship all of your items at no extra charge.

Shop online or stop by our showroom in San Bernardino for storewide discounts. We are right off of the 215 freeway, conveniently located in the Inland Empire and accessibly by many Riverside and San Bernardino communities like Rialto, Colton, Fontana, Moreno Valley, Redlands, Chino, Ontario, and just a short drive from Orange County and Los Angeles County.  Have a question?   Reach out to us here and we will answer you quickly.

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Ping Pong Tables At Games For Fun

Table Tennis, also known as Ping Pong, began as a simple “parlor game” to enjoy indoors during cold winter months. The classic game we have grown up to know has evolved to become a popular recreational activity played both inside and outside.

From an Olympic sport to a common piece in many game rooms, table tennis has provided entertainment to all types of groups. Playing table tennis is a great way to spark up competition with family and friends, or to simply unwind after a long day at work.

The Games For Fun team wants to educate you on the two major brands to consider when shopping for a ping pong table, Kettler and Joola. Our showroom in San Bernardino carries a variety of tables, accessories, and replacement parts from both brands that provide long lasting durability and entertainment.

 

Kettler

For decades, Kettler has been a household name; providing high quality equipment and accessories needed for a fun round or tournament of ping pong. Their tables are sturdy, safe and functional for any home.

Our Kettler Top Star XL Outdoor Table is an enormously durable table made from a precision engineered sealed aluminum. This table is ideal for your backyard, as the weatherproof top features the ALU-TEC underside with Climate-Control technology. The smooth, anti-reflective and certified True Bounce tournament top is ideal to endure the outdoors on a daily basis.

We love this table because of how well it holds up in weather conditions, including the glare from the sun. The net stays attached to the table at all times; it will remain up even during storage mode. Whether you want to enhance your skills simply enjoy some ping pong time with friends, a Kettler table will always provide a great experience.  

 

Joola

JOOLA USA understands that players come in all forms, so the brand takes pride in creating tables and accessories for all skill levels. That means when you shop JOOLA USA, you are sure to find what you want and need. With JOOLA, you can start playing like a champion with equipment developed for professionals and regular players alike!

The JOOLA Drive 1800 is the perfect addition to any room in your home. Each of the four corners is fitted with a JOOLA patented ball holder that holds up to three 40mm balls- so no more chasing after stray balls! The table comes with two magnetic abacus scorekeepers that can attach to the ends or sides of the table and a net set with adjustable posts to ensure a level playing surface. Show off your skills among friends, family, or coworkers on this competition standard table.

 

 

Choosing a ping pong table that’s right for your home can be complicated, as each table is unique. You are going to want a table that will not only supply you with endless enjoyment; but a sturdy, long-lasting piece to keep in your home for years as well.

Save on our next ping pong table with our Black Friday Sale! From November 23rd through November 26th, Games For Fun is offering 10% off everything in store and online, and for in-store purchases, buyers can enjoy 6 months same as cash financing for orders $500 and up with approved credit.

Browse our selection of ping pong tables online or stop by our showroom to see them in person.

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A Healthier and More Fun Christmas

Christmas is around the corner and what an exciting season it is! Everywhere you go you see lights and decor and the children are getting more and more thrilled about how soon Santa is coming. We want you to have the happiest and healthiest Christmas you can. So here are a few options on how to have a healthy Christmas:

Take a stand:

It’s easy to want to plop yourself on the couch this Christmas. It may be your first time off work in a long time. Or it may be that you want to watch all your favorite Christmas specials and movies. But sitting for long periods of time isn’t good for your health. Studies are showing more and more that sitting for long periods of time can lead to weight gain, and have a higher risk for heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Now, we are not saying that sitting on the couch over Christmas will do this, but most of us sit at desks while we work and do not stand nearly enough to break the habit. That’s why we suggest taking a walk after your holiday meals. It helps with digestion and is a good family memory. We also recommend playing a game instead of watching a movie. Challenge your Uncle or Cousin to a friendly game of pool or ping pong, and you’ll get your fair share of standing this holiday season.

Portion Control:

We tend to do a lot of baking, snacking and feasting during the holiday season. If you know you’re going to be having a big meal, try using a smaller plate to help with your portions. You naturally eat less if you don’t have room to fill on your plate. You can also have healthier options available or want to choose to eat foods that are high in antioxidants, fat-soluble vitamins, and fiber. And go ahead and have gravy, but maybe don’t cover your entire plate with it. If you are looking for some healthier Christmas food options, you can find some here: http://www.countryliving.com/food-drinks/g4738/healthy-christmas-recipes/

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Face time not Facetime

During the holidays we usually plan a big family get-together.

Discussions of who will host, who will travel and who is staying home this year will ensue. But being with family is part of what makes the holidays special. You come together with those that are dear and remember old memories all while creating new ones. However, there are times when your uncle’s “wit” can become grading and your cousins just don’t seem that cute anymore. It’s easy in those moments to find your distractions on your device. For some, they will retreat to their phone that will give them updates on their friends picture-perfect Christmases or to read the latest BuzzFeed list of how to make the perfect Christmas playlist. Some will watch the game, and some will play a game on their iPad.

You would not be alone to retreat to the comfort of a warm screen.

Polls are saying that Americans are spending an average of 10 hours in front of a screen. That’s almost half of a day spent absorbing that blue light. While these numbers are growing, there is also a growing concern for the health of this choice. Experts are suggesting to limit the number of screens available. We would also recommend creating an alternative way to spend your time. This is where having a pool table, table tennis or foosball comes in handy. Instead of seeing your teenage cousins making duck face after duck face for Snapchat, you can school them on the perfect serve for ping pong.

Outside of just having fun, face to face communication comes with huge bonuses.

You learn the art of non-verbal cues. Stronger relationships are forged through face to face communication as you can ask questions as follow up and it is easier to build trust. These are all skills that are necessary to grow and develop as an adult and can be learned over something as simple as a pool table. If you want to help your family spend time together and not just spend time around each other, look at Games for Fun for some great options.