Game nights in my family are legendary. The game of choice has changed over the years, but the passion for gaming has not. What started with Candy Land in 1976 became Hearts and Pictionary in the 80’s, House Rules Uno in the mid-nineties and Texas Hold ‘Em today. Oh yeah, and we’re playing Candy Lane again. What goes around…
Whether it’s Cranium or Chutes and Ladders, Pinochle or Spades, gather the family and some friends around the dinner table, pop some pop corn, and play a game. But make sure the bathroom or kitchen sink is nearby. Cause someone’s gonna end up laughing so hard the diet coke comes out their nose. Mark my words.
So here’s an idea! How about a “Green Game Night” in honor of Earth Day? Cook up some seasonal Green Recipes (or amass all your favorite green foods like green Jello squares, mint chip ice cream, wasabi peas and pistachios) and dive into a game of Earthopoly!
Patterned after the classic Monopoly (which is in no way green–hello urban sprawl!), Earthopoly is a completely green game in which players buy properties and increase property values not by building houses and hotels, oh no! But by collecting Carbon Credits and exchanging them for Clean Air. Lose $78 when you’re forced to fill up your gas-guzzling monster car! Buy the Concrete Jungle, the Coral Reefs, or the most valueable of all properties, Mother Earth herself! Get rewarded when you switch to energy-efficient light bulbs! Oh yeah, this game is green, but you’re still totally gonna want to win. And each property deed comes with a “Go Green” tip you and your kids can share. As they say on the website: “It’s all fun and games until someone gets sent to the Dump.” That cracks me up. I think this game looks like a hoot.
And I love how it’s not only green-themed, but green through and through! You can read the really quite interesting and totally impressive details on the Earthopoly website, but my favorite green facts about this game are:
- The game board and box are made from recycled materials.
- The printing is done in soy-based ink.
- I love this one…the shrink wrap is a compostable plant-based product called EarthFirst PLA film.
- The tokens are all made by nature and vary game to game! In your box you may find: a lima bean, a piece of crystal from Arkansas, a bamboo ring, a pyramid carved from black walnut by local woodworkers, and a Southeast Asian shell!
- All the manufacturing is done in Cincinnati, Ohio. Right here in the good old U.S. of A. Hooray!
Family game night with an Earth-friendly twist. Yeah, that’s something Mama, Dada and all their Babies gotta share!
To Enter the Earthopoly Earth Day Giveaway:
- Take a swing by Late for the Sky Games and check out their neat array of Monopoly style games. Leave a comment on this post sharing one other Late for the Sky game besides Earthopoly you’d like to try. Entering is that easy!
***Want extra chances to win? Do anything listed below and leave me additional comments for each one letting me know what you did! Make sure you include your email address with your entry. Maximum of three entries per person.
- Leave a second comment telling me your family’s favorite game to play at game nights.
- Follow me on twitter (click the birdy button on the left to do so easily) and Twitter this giveaway (I’ve even made it easy for you, just cut and paste): To celebrate Earth Day @BabiesGottaHavT is giving away Earthopoly! http://tinyurl.com/dzle6d
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- Email a friend about the giveaway and cc me in the message at firstname.lastname@example.org (I promise I will not spam you or your friends – cross my heart)
Giveaway only open to those with U.S. addresses. We will not share your email address with anyone. Giveaway begins on Tuesday April 14th and ends on Tuesday April 28th at 11:59 Eastern Standard Time. On April 29th, Random.org will select the winner and I’ll email you immediately. After my baby called Larry the Cable guy the last time she did a drawing, we have decided to take a little vacation from her choosing the winner. Random.org is in no way as cute and unpredictable as my baby, but it is much more efficient and does not use any pieces of paper, even recycled ones. I am sure you will understand. Thanks for entering!
UPDATE: And the winner is….
Congratulations Amanda! Have fun playing Earthopoly! Thanks to everyone who entered! Happy Earth Month!