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Whether it’s Monopoly, Hungry Hungry Hippos or Chutes and Ladders, the winter months are a great time to unplug and enjoy a board game with the fam. And playing together in a warm community atmosphere just adds to the fun—you can try new games, revisit some old faves or play with other families. Before you pass GO, check out our favorite game shops. Psst… They all have friendly staff who will help you find just the right game and teach you how to play it. Score!

Card Kingdom & Cafe Mox

Ballard's Card Kingdom and Café Mox is the perfect combination of game shop and café. Choose a game from Card Kingdom’s humongous library, and play it at the adjoining Café Mox, while enjoying tasty café fare and drinks (including beer, wine and espresso for the grown ups). There’s a special family section with all sorts of kids’ games – see if your penguins can outwit the others to get the most fish in Hey, that’s my Fish! Or build a colony with Catan Junior.

Good to Know: Card Kingdom has a role-playing area, a fascinating miniatures area, and tournament room.

Insider Tip: You can reserve a private room in Café Mox, to make your family game night extra special.

Card Kingdom & Café Mox
5105 Leary Ave. N.W.
Seattle, Wa 98107

photo: Helen Walker Green

Does your family have a favorite board game? Tell us about it in a comment below.

— Helen Walker Green

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