Disconnect To Connect {Mattel Games Giveaway}

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With so many activities and things to do, the summer months can be even busier than the school year. Parents everywhere are busy planning playdates, holidays and outings; kids are heading to summer camps and spending lots of time outdoors…

During the summer, finding quality time to spend together as a family should be a priority!

Hosting a game night with your family is an easy way to schedule family time to reconnect and have fun together. Ensuring all electronic devices are turned off during game night is equally important, think about Disconnecting to Connect!

You can prepare your space by transforming your everyday living room into the ultimate game room. This can be as easy as ensuring there are enough crozy seats for everyone who is playing, turning on background music that is upbeat but not distracting and setting up a variety of delicious snacks. These small changes will show your little ones that you’re taking the game night, and family time, seriously.

Play a variety of games to change it up and make it exciting. Designate a set amount of time that you will play each game to ensure you’re keeping everyone entertained and allowing people to try their hand at something new. Starting with UNO then moving on to Apples to Apples before Pictionary will keep everyone entertained while giving them the opportunity to win at a new game!

How do you connect with your family during the summer?

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THE GIVEAWAY

Win it: One lucky Canadian reader (excluding Quebec) will win three MATTEL® Games, including UNO, Pictionary and Apples to Apples. Enter to WIN via Rafflecopter below.

Good luck!

 Disclosure: I am a Mattel Play Ambassador. All views and opinions on this post are 100% my own.

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Hi, my name is Angela van Tijn and I live in Vancouver, Canada with my wonderful husband, our two boys and our puppy. I am the founder and primary contributor behind One Smiley Monkey. Welcome to my blog!
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80 responses to “Disconnect To Connect {Mattel Games Giveaway}”

  1. Anne Taylor — July 19, 2015 @ 3:28 pm (#)

    We have lots of summer birthdays (with a new granddaughter being born in just a few weeks) and we spend lots of time at the beach, eating together, laughing and just having a good time with each other.

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  2. Jolan — July 19, 2015 @ 3:42 pm (#)

    Find activities they like to do and plan them. We have done paddleboarding, paddle boats, trip up to whistler and lots of time at the beach

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  3. Laurie P — July 19, 2015 @ 3:49 pm (#)

    We do a lot of bike riding as a family….and bonfires. Good times!

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  4. Tanis — July 19, 2015 @ 3:58 pm (#)

    We usually visit with family or have them visit and we love doing family BBQ’s, the beach, etc.

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  5. Marianne — July 19, 2015 @ 4:44 pm (#)

    A nightly swim in the pool, we also play a lot of board games and wii U games.

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  6. Sarah Stickney — July 19, 2015 @ 5:07 pm (#)

    we have barbeques

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  7. Doris H — July 19, 2015 @ 5:14 pm (#)

    Enjoy walks and the pool.

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  8. Stephanie LaPlante — July 19, 2015 @ 5:46 pm (#)

    We have BBQs, go to parks and play games.

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  9. Carol Denny — July 19, 2015 @ 5:57 pm (#)

    We play board games at least 2 times a week all year round.

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  10. Jenness M — July 19, 2015 @ 6:02 pm (#)

    We get together at the family cabin.

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  11. LauraD — July 19, 2015 @ 7:02 pm (#)

    Sitting outside and talking, going to the beach and sharing meals together

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  12. Mamah — July 19, 2015 @ 9:08 pm (#)

    Our summer reading club connects us with shared books, and trips back and forth to the library.

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  13. Tannis W — July 19, 2015 @ 10:32 pm (#)

    We try to go camping for a couple weekends, and go for walks and just play together!

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  14. Silvia D — July 20, 2015 @ 12:50 am (#)

    We go camping, to the lake, picnic suppers.

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  15. Soozle — July 20, 2015 @ 5:19 am (#)

    We spend more time having family meals with BBQ

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  16. Amy Heffernan — July 20, 2015 @ 6:08 am (#)

    We always try to have get togethers doing fun things like camping! 🙂

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  17. Barb W — July 20, 2015 @ 6:24 am (#)

    Spending some time at the lake

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  18. nicolthepickle — July 20, 2015 @ 7:44 am (#)

    We like to go to the library and come home and real ALL the books together.

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  19. Marsalie — July 20, 2015 @ 8:25 am (#)

    We love outdoor activities…hiking, biking, swimming, etc.

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  20. Jeannie — July 20, 2015 @ 9:43 am (#)

    We like to do board games and story nights! We would visit the library and each pick a book and take turn reading it to each other or tell stories about the pictures if our littlest one who can’t read yet likes to do.

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  21. Lushka Smith — July 20, 2015 @ 10:00 am (#)

    Get outside and play golf and have BBQs

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  22. Sarah — July 20, 2015 @ 10:28 am (#)

    Eating together, outings with cousins, and board game nights

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  23. lori b — July 20, 2015 @ 10:31 am (#)

    more time at the beach and hikes

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  24. jan — July 20, 2015 @ 10:40 am (#)

    we do some camping together

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  25. Audrey Skinner — July 20, 2015 @ 11:12 am (#)

    We spend a lot of time at the pool and the beach. When it rains we play board games in side the house or the tent.

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  26. Judy Cowan — July 20, 2015 @ 11:16 am (#)

    We spend lots of time camping, enjoying the outdoors and playing games!

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  27. tammy ta — July 20, 2015 @ 11:39 am (#)

    My family spend lots of time together in the summer-we eat all our meals together, and have a special family day every weekend.

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  28. Amy C — July 20, 2015 @ 11:43 am (#)

    We go for walks, bike rides, swimming and canoeing as a family.

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  29. Dixie — July 20, 2015 @ 12:12 pm (#)

    I love family board game nights! Theres nothing like spending quality time together with the ones who matter most.

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  30. Robyn Bellefleur — July 20, 2015 @ 12:40 pm (#)

    We go for long walks or hikes in the woods.

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  31. Florence C — July 20, 2015 @ 1:25 pm (#)

    We go camping, play games and do some day trips

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  32. angela m — July 20, 2015 @ 1:33 pm (#)

    We love to go camping ,swimming and walks during the summer.

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  33. Julia — July 20, 2015 @ 1:46 pm (#)

    Family dinners, family outings .

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  34. Elizabeth Matthiesen — July 20, 2015 @ 1:46 pm (#)

    We travel back and forth between towns to visit each other for some fun and games and I usually travel to Europe once a year to visit my children & grandchildren there too. I usually save my visits to my daughter and family in Australia until winter, when it’s summer there – who wants to go from 6 mths of winter here to winter in another country?

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  35. Maegan Morin — July 20, 2015 @ 2:25 pm (#)

    We spend a lot of time camping or going to different events. We just spend a lot of time outside.

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  36. lynn clayton — July 20, 2015 @ 4:01 pm (#)

    lots of swimming and bonding over the campfire

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  37. Susan Patterson — July 20, 2015 @ 5:23 pm (#)

    We have a lot of family suppers and play games like I spy, charades, board games and go to the lake and go fishing, boating and have camp fires where we tell stories!

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  38. Irene — July 20, 2015 @ 6:02 pm (#)

    Cool game prize pack!

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  39. char — July 20, 2015 @ 6:05 pm (#)

    We try to take a family walk daily or bike ride.

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  40. Zoey Jiru — July 20, 2015 @ 8:07 pm (#)

    We connect through at least one big family fun activity. Visiting a water park or an amusement park, for example.

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  41. Elaine Buonsante — July 20, 2015 @ 11:32 pm (#)

    During the summer we have lots of BBQs as we celebrate many family birthdays. One of our favourite games in the backyard is bocce.

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  42. nancy stokell — July 20, 2015 @ 11:45 pm (#)

    Take a long drive to Indiana.

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  43. Vera K — July 21, 2015 @ 3:51 am (#)

    We get together at the beach.

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  44. Kevin O — July 21, 2015 @ 8:19 am (#)

    We go SWIMMING!!

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  45. Taylor Hawkins — July 21, 2015 @ 8:56 am (#)

    We go Geocaching together 🙂

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  46. Jessica P — July 21, 2015 @ 9:12 am (#)

    We usually stay in and BBQ more.

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  47. kathy downey — July 21, 2015 @ 11:53 am (#)

    we gather together every Thursday night for potluck and board games !

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  48. Jennifer P. — July 21, 2015 @ 2:12 pm (#)

    We find it easiest to connect in the summer – for one, the longer days give us more time together, and since the kids are out of school we don’t have to worry so much about bed times, so we do stay up later for more time together. Since I only work a couple of days a week, I get to spend lots of time with the kids at the park, swimming, hiking etc., and my husband goes in to work early and finishes early so that we have lots of time together in the evenings. We try to limit how much we schedule ourselves, so that we have open calendars for impromptu fun. If it is rainy (so far not this summer!) we read and play board games together, and once a week we do a family movie night, rain or shine. I love summer for family time!!

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  49. maria — July 21, 2015 @ 5:12 pm (#)

    We got to the beach together and attend kids baseball games.

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  50. Karla Sceviour — July 21, 2015 @ 5:25 pm (#)

    we play games and watch movies together.

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  51. Lindsey — July 22, 2015 @ 6:59 am (#)

    We like to go to the cottage together. If it’s nice we hang out on the beach. If it rains, well it’s time for some board games!

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  52. Wendy — July 22, 2015 @ 11:23 am (#)

    have bbq’s and just enjoy each other

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  53. Jessica G — July 22, 2015 @ 12:27 pm (#)

    we spend lots of time by the pool

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  54. Paul G. — July 22, 2015 @ 1:37 pm (#)

    going on picnics and playing games

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  55. Josh S — July 22, 2015 @ 7:36 pm (#)

    We play games and we go for walks outside.

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  56. Linda — July 22, 2015 @ 8:29 pm (#)

    My family go out walking together.

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  57. bkick1 — July 23, 2015 @ 10:09 am (#)

    We have Sunday bbqs and family time playing games in our back yard pool.

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  58. Jason — July 23, 2015 @ 11:29 am (#)

    We have lots of family BBQ’s.

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  59. Angela Mitchell — July 23, 2015 @ 3:45 pm (#)

    We go camping, take road trips, visit family and have movie and game nights.

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  60. anna key — July 23, 2015 @ 4:31 pm (#)

    We take roadtrips, go to festivals, have family game night and explore new activities in the city

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  61. Nicky — July 25, 2015 @ 11:32 am (#)

    go for walks, have picnics, and play in the park!

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  62. tanyab79 — July 26, 2015 @ 7:30 am (#)

    By doing different activities like camping, biking, going for long walks and on rainy days we plays cards or board games.

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  63. Marianne — July 26, 2015 @ 7:52 am (#)

    A daily swim in the pool during fair weather and a game (board or video) when the weather is not so nice.

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  64. Karin Dollery — July 26, 2015 @ 10:08 am (#)

    We try to have family time at least once a week. We BBQ, play cards, catch and love to go for walks. We try to find things everyone likes and I know board games are usually a hit with our family. Jenga has always been a big favorite but I love Pictionary and now everyone is old enough to have fun with it. Also they are great for rainy days.

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  65. Juliette — July 27, 2015 @ 9:53 am (#)

    it’s been way too long since I last played a board game – I’m overdue.

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  66. aarone mawdsley — July 27, 2015 @ 4:14 pm (#)

    lots of camping and goig to the beach

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  67. Mary Jaglowitz — July 28, 2015 @ 7:54 am (#)

    I like these games. They can be played by all ages. Perfect for family get-to-gethers.!

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  68. Jennie Yuen — July 28, 2015 @ 1:24 pm (#)

    We go on our outdoor adventures.

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  69. Elena — July 28, 2015 @ 6:18 pm (#)

    We go on vacation and leave the electronic devices behind so we can talk and spend time together.

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  70. Lauraleigh — July 29, 2015 @ 9:43 am (#)

    In the summer, we do a lot of hiking and festivals! Last weekend we went to a puppy dog festival! 😀 My favourite summer day is when we take the kids to Canada’s Wonderland, once per summer 🙂 Board games are our favourite rainy-day or family-night activity and we play them regularely!

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  71. Jennifer L. — July 29, 2015 @ 12:49 pm (#)

    We visit parks and swim a lot.

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  72. Mary Jaglowitz — July 29, 2015 @ 1:21 pm (#)

    These games are so family friendly…all ages can find them easy to play.

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  73. Debbie White Beattie — July 29, 2015 @ 11:35 pm (#)

    we have family bbq’s and we go to the beach or pool day get togethers.

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  74. Mary Jaglowitz — July 30, 2015 @ 8:45 am (#)

    Easy games to interest all ages…great for families to play and keep everyone’s attention!

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  75. Lee-Ann — July 31, 2015 @ 1:01 pm (#)

    We try and go camping, but also spend a lot of time at the parks here in the city.

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  76. Mandy — August 1, 2015 @ 3:20 pm (#)

    We have family BBQs and roadtrips.

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  77. Debbie W — August 2, 2015 @ 4:48 pm (#)

    Picnics and road trips

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  78. Mary Jaglowitz — August 4, 2015 @ 10:04 am (#)

    great family games!

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  79. KC — August 6, 2015 @ 1:33 pm (#)

    We always have dinner together every night as a family and share our days with each other.

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  80. Jonnie — August 6, 2015 @ 6:50 pm (#)

    We spend time together fishing, jumping on our trampoline and riding bikes.

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