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138If your family hasn’t moved beyond Go Fish and Connect Four, it’s time to get with the program. And there’s no better place to learn the rules of the game than at Queen Anne’s new Blue Highway Games. Scott Cooper and Brian Bennink – both ironic veterans of the computer gaming industry – started Blue Highway because they realized that there are so many great family games out there that you just don’t find at the superstores. They also wanted to build a community gathering place. Everything at Blue Highway is non-electronic and their myriad choices range from games for three-year-olds on up to serious adult strategy players. Our favorite part of the shop is the library, where there are cozy tables set up to try (for free) almost all of the games they sell. No more getting stuck with a board game that you donate to Good Will after it sits under your coffee table unplayed for a year. At this shop, everyone goes home happy, and stays happy. It’s hard to imagine a board game or card game worth owning that you can’t find here. For the youngest kids, you’ll find offerings from trusted German companies Haba and Selecta and other lesser known but super-fun companies. The staff here knows everything about all of the games, and after you’ve tried them for yourself in the library, so will you.

PS – Look for events at Blue Highway starting this month with Friday family nights, a Saturday morning Pok-E-Mon league, and Saturday night grown-up gathering. After-school events are scheduled to begin in October.

Blue Highway Games
2203 Queen Anne Ave. N
Monday through Wednesday, 10:00 am – 7:00 pm, Thursday, 10:00 am – 8:00 pm; Friday and Saturday, 10:00 am – 7:00 pm; Sunday, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm