A monster of a night

What could be more geeky than spending a night celebrating ghosts and classic monsters!  Last night, Sophie had a friend stay for a sleep over.  They played with Sophie’s iTouch and my wife Pam’s iPad – making home videos and taking pictures of whatever their creative minds could think of…

Later, we cracked open Wolfgang Kramer’s Midnight Party – a very simple, roll and move, musical chairs type board game.  Roll the dice and move your pawns around the hallway until Hugo the ghost arrives from the cellar to chase the players around the hallways.  If you are passed by the ghost you lose points but if you hide in one of the rooms you escape the loss of points.  The player with the most points wins.  Board games, even simple games like Midnight Party, provide an avenue for social engagement, a place to have fun, a place to interact with your friends in person!  Watching young kids play board games, laugh, have fun, and accept winning and losing is a pleasure.  They allow for genuine connections, enthusiastic fun that only helps create an empowered kid.

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From a ghost we moved on to monsters…after Midnight Party, we turned on a classic (well not quite – but very, very good) movie, Hotel Transylvania.  The kids are too young to introduce to the old horror movies.  Sophie and I chatted about the movie and how it was about a parent letting his daughter go despite his worries about the world.  We also talked about not judging people by their appearance and to be more accepting of others.    What is not geeky about Dracula, Frankenstein, Werewolves and Zombies!!

Hotel-Transylvania