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Carl Love: Temecula board game day shows kids need not be ‘bored’ by old-school fun

By in Press Enterprise on November 25, 2017

By Carl Love

Mention a game day to today’s kids and the first thing that comes to mind is probably something electronic.

Board games? Don’t you mean bored games? They’re like so prehistoric, like 1970s or whatever happened pre Pac-Man.

Nearly 20 kid traveled back in time for the celebration of International Games Day at the Ronald H. Roberts Temecula Public Library, the first of its kind here in a community that prides itself on finding new ways to help kids.

Games such as Monopoly were played recently at a board game day at the Ronald H. Roberts Temecula Public Library.

More than 30 board games were spread out on tables, from Monopoly to Uno to Connect 4 to chess, though it was “Lord of the Rings” Chess now. Whatever happened to just chess? Those were the days.

Hey, what was all this laughing going on with Lindsey Gelinas, 17, and her sister Kayla, 19? You mean they were having fun with bored games?

They were playing Guess Who, something the sisters have played many times, so many that they have their own challenge version in which two characters have to be ID’d, not just the traditional one. They know their games.

Actually they had game day circled on their calendar so they were more than ready. Of course they have cell phones, but they can also occupy themselves with coloring, knitting and reading. Both of their parents are teachers and they want to do the same thing, which might explain their un-electronic habits.

In between moves and laughs, Kayla said board tables are more personal.

“You connect with the other person more.”

And they were connecting.

Jenna Hudson and her kids Isaac, 9, and Benjamin, 5, were making a routine trip to the library when they saw a sign promoting the games.

Of course, a family that routinely plays board games had to […]    

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