The family that plays together … gifts for the whole family.
Our December issue of Metro Parent includes recommendations from local toy store owners for this year’s best gifts for families. We are so excited to be giving away the following items in an amazing Family Gifts Package. Details to enter below the descriptions.
Please note, all winners must be able to pick their prizes up in person in Portland, Oregon.
Family Gifts Package Includes:
Forbidden Desert (ages 10+ $25, gamewright.com)
In this new spin-off of the popular game Forbidden Island, you’ll work together to find a legendary flying machine buried deep in the ruins of an ancient city. Use all your resources to survive scorching heat, relentless sandstorms and more. Game play is unique each time and takes about 45 minutes.
Suspend (ages 8+ $18, melissaanddoug.com)
A teetering, wobbling, shifting, tipping, unbalanced balance game. Hang a piece and the puzzle moves, the balance shifts and everything changes. Suspend looks different with every turn, but the challenge remains the same – don’t knock it down!
Picwits (ages 10+, $24.99, mindware.com)
In this hilarious game of matching pictures to captions, each player is dealt a stack of picture cards. The judge lays out a caption card and the players select from their hands the picture they feel best fits the caption. The judge decides whose picture wins.
The Sounding Joy by Elizabeth Mitchell and You Are My Flower ($13, $9 download, folkways.si.edu)
This glorious new album from Smithsonian Folkways offers fresh takes on Christmas and winter solstice music. The songs are based on Ruth Crawford Seeger’s songbook, and guest artists include Peggy Seeger, Natalie Merchant, Amy Helm, Aoife O’Donovan, Gail Ann Dorsey, Larry Campbell, Dan Zanes, and John Sebastian.
Songbook by Cat Doorman ($16, $9 download, catdoorman.com)
Cat Doorman, the children’s music and media project by acclaimed illustrator and the local indie music veteran Julianna Bright, offers 14 original songs featuring some of Portland’s indie rock royalty. Guests include Chris Funk (Decemberists), Annalisa Tornfelt (Black Prairie) and members of Golden Bears, Bright’s Portland-based indie band. The CD comes with an 18-page booklet of hand-lettered lyrics and Bright’s colorful, quaintly charming illustrations.
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