Sheila's Out Shopping: Family games

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The leisure time of summer is over and life is starting to get hectic with more errands, schedules, homework and all sorts of activities. Don’t let family time slip away — put one evening a week aside for family games.

A different member of the family can pick the game or games each week and set the rules. I shopped Toys “R” Us and Target to find vintage and new games to enjoy.

If your family has young children, get Candyland ($6.69, Target), Barrel of Monkeys ($6.99, Toys “R” Us) or Sorry ($14.29, Target). They are easy enough for little ones and will amuse the rest of the family.

A whole group will quickly get in the mood to find out what the future holds with the Ouija board game ($19.99, Target) and two people will enjoy sinking ships during Battleship ($15.99, Target). Remember playing Clue with Colonel Mustard being the suspect with a lead pipe in the dining room? Well the vintage game is back ($19.99, Target) and so is Yatzee ($8.54, Target) and Boogle ($14.99, Target).

They are all great to get the competitive spirit going.

A table full of people can have fun with Bingo ($16.99, Target). It comes with the holder that mixes the balls. If Texas Hold’em is your game, get Poker in a metal suitcase ($9.99, Target). Just be careful that this doesn’t become addictive.

Parcheesi ($14.99, Toys “R” Us) and Scrabble ($15.99, Toys “R” Us) will help everyone get their thinking caps on. Family games includes nine different ones ($14.99, Target) and will keep everyone amused all evening long.

It doesn’t matter what games you play, but do it as a family and have fun together.

Where to shop

* Target, 2324 Pine Ridge Road, Naples, (239) 435-0051; 2415 Tarpon Bay Road, Naples, (239) 552-1100; and 26811 U.S. 41 S., Bonita Springs, (239) 958-2300

* Toys “R” Us, 5305 Airport-Pulling Road, Naples, (239) 514-8697


Ike enjoys cola drinks, but he found something that is quickly becoming another favorite.

The verdict: I was wandering around World Market and spotted the Sample Pack for the Root Beer Lover ($9.99). I enjoy root beer floats and thought it would be fun to try out different companies. The pack includes the following five 12-ounce bottles: Dad’s Old Fashioned; Sioux City Sarsaparilla; Frostie Root Beer; American Vintage Soda; and the Original Root Beer. They are all good, some stronger in flavor than others, but adding vanilla ice cream to make floats is a good complement.

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