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Family Game Night

Growing up, I always looked forward to Fridays. And it wasn’t just because the school week was over and I had two whole days without classes and teachers. No, Friday was special because Friday night was family game night – a time when my mom and dad, my two brothers and I would all huddle in the living room and open up one of our favorite board games. It didn’t matter whether it was Monopoly, Clue, or my personal favorite, Battleships, it was a time to unwind, have fun and just enjoy each other’s company.

Fast forward 30 years and I’m pleased to say that family game night is alive and well, with another generation of kids happy to gather in the living room and have some fun. Of course the one thing that has changed over the years is the choice of games. Although we still occasionally revisit Park Place or Professor Plum, family game night is now a magical world of white water rafting, dancing, playing with wild animals, hanging out with Sesame Street characters, and much, much more.

Helping us keep the spirit of family game night alive is our Xbox 360 and the amazing Kinect motion sensor. With Kinect, you become the controller, opening up family game experiences that were unimaginable just a few short years ago. Whether it’s a family bowling tournament courtesy of Kinect Sports Ultimate, playing with bear cubs in Kinectimals, or becoming a superhero in Kinect Rush: A Disney-Pixar Adventure, there really is something for everyone.

The best part about Xbox 360 with Kinect is that encourages families to get up off the couch to join in the action. No more sitting around waiting for your turn to roll the dice. Whether you’re showing dad your latest dance moves in Dance Central 3 or slicing up a watermelon in Fruit Ninja Kinect, the order of the day is movement. Contrast that with the “exercise” we used get during a 3-hour game of Monopoly!

Parents can also take comfort in the fact that many Kinect games are not just fun but also deliver a first-class educational experience. The recently-released Kinect Sesame Street promotes literary and math skills in younger children, while Kinect Nat Geo TV gives older children the opportunity to learn about animals and the natural habitats in which they live.

It all adds up to family bonding experience that you and your kids will love. If you haven’t yet made the leap to Xbox 360 with Kinect, check out some of the great Holiday deals that are now on offer. Friday nights will never be quite the same again!

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