5 Analog Games and Activities to Get Your Family Off Their Screens

Skip streaming and opt for an engaging night of fun for all.

Cat Lady board game, $25

The Game Fortress, Novato

Cat Lady board game, The Game Fortress

Did you know that Ernest Hemingway was a “cat lady”? Yep! He let dozens of feral cats roam his Key West grounds. In this game, you and your fellow cat ladies will draft cards, collect toys, food, catnip, costumes and of course, cats.

Make A Plate pre-paid kit, $40

Toy Crazy, Larkspur

Make A Plate, Toy Crazy

Unleash your family’s artistic talents with this kit that has everything you need to create up to seven plates. Dishwasher-safe, break-resistant and BPA-free, this will be your child’s (or inner child’s) favorite plate.

Word Hangman, $18

A Child’s Delight, Corte Madera

Word Hangman, A Child’s Delight

Can you guess your opponent’s word before they figure yours out? This spin on the classic game has upgraded features like a hangman revealer that keeps track of where each player is.

The Adventures of Tintin, Volume One Hardcover, $25

Sausalito Ferry Co., Sausalito

The Adventures of Tintin, Sausalito Ferry Co.

Share a timeless classic with the whole family. Sausalito Ferry Co. is the only authorized retailer of Tintin in the United States and has the largest selection — online and in store — domestically.

Grateful Dead shape shifting box, $26

Hay’s Toys & Arcade, San Rafael

Grateful Dead shape shifting box, Hay’s Toys & Arcade

This store was opened with the belief that everyone can benefit from fidget and stress toys, and the shashibo sensory box is a perfect example. With the ability to transform into over 70 shapes, thanks to 36 rare earth magnets, you’ll have hours of mind-challenging fun — Dead style.

Kasia Pawlowska

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