2014 Chicago Toy & Game Fair {Family Pass Giveaway}

You know how much we love games and great toys. We’re always on the hunt for something new and happy when we rediscover old favorites.  Last winter, while falling down the rabbit hole that is the internet, I came across the website for the Chicago Toy & Game Fair. An entire weekend dedicated to showcasing the best toys and games from around the globe? A chance to play and meet the inventors and makers of some of our favorite games and toys? Where do I sign up?!

2014 Chicago Toy & Game Fair Family Pass Giveaway

Well …. that was the only glitch. I had just missed the 2013 Chicago Toy & Game Fair by a few weeks. You better believe I marked the date in my calendar for this year! The 2014 Chicago Toy & Game Fair takes place next weekend, November 22-23 at the Navy Pier. We’re making a fun family weekend out of it, and we hope you can meet us there, too. What are we looking forward to the most? It’s hard to narrow it down, but here are a few things were super-pumped to do:

  • Visit the Mayfair Games booth, maker of one of our favorite games of all-time: Settlers of Catan. Mike’s currently on the wait list, but he’s crossing both fingers and all his toes that he can get a seat in the Catan tournament. He’d love a chance to win a spot in the Catan World Championship (I’m not even kidding).
  • Check out the Air Hogs and Spy Gear stuff at the Spin Master booth.
  • See what’s new with the company that makes our favorite scooters, Razor.
  • Tell the folks at Educational Insights how much we love Kanoodle and how we named it one of our favorite games for travel.
  • Play around with a Perplexus. I recently saw it on a holiday gift guide for kids and I think Eli would love it.

There are lots of other events besides browsing the booths, including workshops for Girl and Boy Scouts (FYI, Scouts are admitted for free if they show their credentials), the Young Inventor Challenge, and a Star Wars Luncheon.

In case you can’t tell, we’re pretty excited! We’d love to see you there, so we’re giving away a Family Weekend Pass. It’s good for free entry into the Toy & Game Fair for your entire family. To enter, just use the Rafflecopter widget below! Giveaway ends Tuesday, November 18 at 11:59 PM EST. Winner will have 24 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. Winner will receive the family pass via email. If you don’t win, we’d still love for you to come! Visit this link for ticket info and a $2 off coupon to the Chicago Toy & Game Fair.

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  1. We love snap circuits right now.

  2. I’ve never heard of this before! Our fave game currently is Farkle. It’s been around for ages, but we just discovered it last Christmas.

  3. We’re loving Munchkin right now. The kids can’t get enough!

  4. You had me at “Star Wars Luncheon!” 🙂

  5. Our favorite family game is still Uno. Adult game is Cards Against Humanity.

  6. Chrisgharmon says:

    We love playing Apples to Apples Jr.

  7. Alli Louthain says:

    We have Family Fun Night at least once a week, Settlers of Catan, CLUE, Cribbage, Battleship, Monopoly Jr, Ticket to Ride and the list goes one! One of our recent fans is QUIRKLE!! Easy to pick up, and all ages can play and have fun while engaging the brain big time!

  8. My daughter is 2, so we don’t do a lot of family games yet. Right now she’s really into coloring (or rather, scribbling). We got her the Melissa and Doug easel for her birthday in August, and she uses it constantly.

  9. Right now my kids love playing Go Fish and Uno.