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While We Were Waiting– A Great Resource for Mom’s

Yesterday we went to Lagoon for our first Game On! reward day. Along with snack and band aids, I tossed my favorite family game book in my Lagoon pack.  It’s called Fun on the Run:  324 Instant Family Activities and has long been my best resource for turning waiting time into fun time.

The lines weren’t too bad, but waiting for Rattlesnack Rapids seemed to take forever.  And the sun was hot.  To break the monotony, I leafed through the book to page 225:  “Standing In Line Games.”  Here are the games that saw us through:

Fun Initially

Players take turns asking questions that the others much answer in two words beginning with his or her initials.  So Sam Chases’s favorite food could be Swiss chesse and Beth Gifford’s most prized possession might be her baseball glove.  If a player takes longer than a few seconds to answer, he’s out!

Would You Rather?

One child starts by asking the other, “Would you rather . . .” and offering two different but equally appealing or unappealing options: win the lottery or meet a magic genie;  be lost in the woods overnight or hear noises in the attic when you’re home alone.  The game does not produce a winner or loser, just lots of interesting discussions.

Other chapters in the book include “Grocery Store Games,” “Restaurant Games,” “Car and Airplane Games,” and “Mom is Busy Games.”  This little book is dog-eared, water warped and a staple ingredient to my purse.

At the end of the day, we voted Rattlesnake Rapids our favorite ride.  The dip under the waterfall, and the wait to get there, were both a lot of fun.

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