Todays holiday is also known as “Video Game Day”!, and we can’t think of a better way to celebrate than by unplugging that gaming console and engaging in activities that don’t require a monitor, Internet connection, or even electricity. Video games might have permanently changed the way people prefer to relax or interact, but that doesn’t mean you still cant enjoy more traditional forms of entertainment.
Baseball is Americas pastime and since its beginning families have been playing variations of the sport in backyards across the nation proving that proper equipment and a full sized field is not required in order to play. Once popular in city streets, stickball is played with a tree branch or broomstick substituting for a bat and using bare hands instead of catching gloves. Wiffle ball is similar but requires the iconic aerated plastic ball and its accompanying skinny yellow bat. Kickball alters the game by kicking a large bouncy ball in place of batting. But what all of these adaptive versions have in common is the creative use of turning trees and other innate backyard objects into bases.
After the sun goes down or even if its cold and rainy, a classic board game can lift the spirits. Backgammon, chess, and checkers have been around for centuries but a vibrant atmosphere is more likely with modern games such as Scattergories, Catch Phrase, or Cranium. These games require verbal/physical expressions, team interactions, and frequent opportunities for humorous results.
The popularity of electronic reading devices hasn’t ridden libraries and bookstores completely obsolete (yet). Picking out a book can be a stimulating and creative experience (the adage never choose a book by its cover carries some merit, but advertising and marketing firms would beg to differ). And staring at a digital screen can lead to eyestrain. With most people working on computers all day, reading paper with print can be a welcomed relief.
So as you celebrate the long weekend with your families and loved ones, perhaps you will be successful in having everyone turn off all their digital devices, even if it is just for a little while, so you can all spend some much needed quality time together. Wishing you a great old fashioned weekend with your family from SelectQuote!