Will you play with me?

February 2, 2012

“What do most Nobel Laureates, innovative entrepreneurs, artists and performers, well-adjusted children, happy couples and families, and the most successfully adapted mammals have in common? They play enthusiastically throughout their lives.”

-Stuart Brown, Institute of Play

At Walden School on a recent Friday night, over 125 kids and parents came together to enjoy a fried-chicken dinner and to play games.  Classic board games like Checkers, Scrabble, and Apples to Apples were being played in the Toby Hayward Community Room, while down the hall there was standing room only in the Grade 1/2 classroom temporarily converted to accommodate Bingo. A third room was devoted to quiet games and reading. Games can foster communication, teach sportsmanship, and reinforce social skills like manners and taking turns.

Walden parent Jennie Robles (mother of Gabriel ’14 and Lillian ’16) organized Family Game Night because it is a fun way for families to spend time together and enjoy each other’s company. Her mom, Carrol Wong, also helped organize the well-attended event. Robles says her husband, David, is famous for his annual bingo calling. “It made me feel like I was young again!” said Anthony Kyriakakis, class of 2012. “Probably playing Bingo was my favorite game of the night.”  With a variety of games to choose from, everyone had a chance to play games of skill balanced with games of pure chance.

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