Spring Break is only a few short weeks away and both kids and teachers are looking forward to a break away from the stressors of scholastic responsibilities. Some families and lots of college students head off to sunny places and warm beaches, but most of us will be chillin’ at home. Rest, relaxation, movie marathons, hanging out with your friends, long hikes, scavenger hunts, going to the zoo, reading and playing lots of Hasbro games is a great itinerary during spring break.
Hasbro is synonymous with fun, frivolity and family festivities. No spring break is complete without several days of game playing enjoyment and Hasbro has a huge selection of games to choose from for all ages. Playing games is a great time to hang out with the family and your friends and create some fond memories and have lots of laughs. It’s also a great way for game nerds to get creative and downright goofy and add a cool twist or two to some classic games. Are you with me? Check out some of the Hasbro classics that are perfect for spring break.
Jenga is a classic family game that’s been around since the early 70’s. The game comes with 54 hardwood Jenga blocks and you can have as many players as you like. The idea is to stack them into a sturdy tower and then gingerly pull out one block at a time without crashing the stack. A cool twist would be to use chopsticks instead of your fingers to remove a Jenga piece. The pieces are really smooth, solid and lightweight but can be a real challenge to grasp with chopsticks. It’s a great way to amp up your agility and eye and hand coordination. Ages 6+ and retails for $20.
Hungry Hungry Hippo
These tubby little hippos have a hankering for marbles. Kids can join in on the feeding frenzy when they release all the marbles onto the game base. But you have to move super fast because the other hippos are just as hungry. This game is lots of fun and easy for small children to play. Just press the lever on your hippos back and his mouth will open as he chomps away at the marbles. To add an exciting twist, try using your feet instead of your hands! It’s hilarious! Whoever chomps the golden marble, you win! Some assembling is required. Game base comes with 4 hippo heads, 4 hippo bodies, 4 marble launchers and guides, 20 plastic marbles, label sheet and instructions. Ages 3+ and retails for $20.
The Game of Life
The Game of Life allows players to make some exciting choices about their future. Are you a race car driver, a chef or a doctor? Spin the wheel and choose a path. You can earn serious money and go on fantastic vacations, or maybe you took a different road and end up twins, a house and some bills to pay. The action cards are fun and you take the gains or the consequences. Great fun for the whole family. Includes Gameboard with spinner, 100 cards, 5 Spin to Win Tokens, 4 cars, 24 pegs, 1 money pack, and instructions. Ages 8+ and retails for $40.
The Connect 4 game is all about getting four tokens in a row before your opponent does. Just drop a red or yellow token into one of the rows and start your game plan. If your opponent is close, you can block them by adding you color in the same row and foil their success. A great twist is to play musical chairs while trying to get four in a row. It’s a blast! Includes grid, 2 legs, slider bar, 21 red discs, 21 yellow discs and instructions. Ages 6+ and retails for $20.
TWISTER is unlike any other game on the market — it uses players as the game pieces. Twister is played with a large plastic mat that you spread across the floor. The mat features four rows of different colored dots red, blue, yellow and green. The spinner determines where you have to place either your right or left hand or foot. Plus, no two players can be on the same dot at the same time, so it makes for a lot of hilarious pretzel moves. If you want to add some fun to the game, tuck a pillow in your clothing and try to make your moves. The kids will have a blast! Comes with a mat and spinner. Ages 3+ and retails for $15.
Clue – The Classic Mystery Game
Who committed the MURDER in the MANSION!! Mr. Boddy of Tudor Mansion was murdered and there are 6 suspects. They all have a motive, so who did it? The suspense is killing me. The players have to find out who’s responsible for this diabolical act. It’s your job to start detecting and get the lowdown on the mansion’s rooms, weapons and guests. Don’t be fooled by the other suspect’s cool demeanor – one of them is a murderer. Was it Plum with the wrench in the library? Or Green with the candlestick in the study? Eliminate information throughout the game in this classic whodunit. The player who correctly accuses Who, What, and Where wins! Includes 1 gameboard, 6 tokens, 6 miniature weapons, 30 Cards (6 character cards, 6 weapon cards, 9 room cards, and 9 clue cards, 1 case file envelope, 1 pad of detective notebook sheets, 2 dice, and game guide. Ages 8+ and retails for $18.
Are you clever at guessing games? Whether you are or not, you’ll love the Guess Who game. To being, each player will choose a mystery character and then try to figure out his opponent’s mystery player by asking yes or no question only. When they think they know the answer, make a guess. But watch out, if you’re wrong, you lose the game. So be strategic and fairly sure before you guess. Players can also challenge each other in a Championship Series to see who wins the most games out of 5 played. The game includes 2 game boards, 48 face cards, 24 mystery cards, 10 scoring pegs, and instructions. Ages 6+ and retails for $18.
Things are not looking good for Cavity Sam and he requires surgery stat. He has 12 wacky ailments like a headphone headache, gamer’s thumb, a charlie horse, a wishbone, frostbite and many more health issues, and it’s your responsibility as the doctor to fix them. But there is a catch, you have to take the pieces off the game tray with a special surgical instrument — a pair of tweezers. Are your hands steady? You can do it, but if you touch the sides of the game board a buzzer will go off and Sam’s nose will light up. If you’re successful, you will earn your doctors fee. But wait, to ante up the game, let’s have each player use their other hand. So if you’re right-handed, try using your left hand. The youngest player goes first and you move to the left. Whoever removes the most ailments, is the winner! The game includes a game board, 12 body pieces, 12 ailment card and instructions. 2 Alkaline batteries are required. Ages 6+ and retails for $25.
These Hasbro games will provide hours of endless fun. Maybe you and your family can raise the fun and think of a few unique twists to play these classic games. This spring break is going to be awesome! Game on!
Disclaimer: I received product to facilitate a review. All opinions express are my own, yours may differ.