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Entertaining the Kids I t’s the time of year for holiday parties and family get-togethers, and while adults can usually have a good time, social gatherings are often boring for young kids. If you’d like to spend some grown-up time catching up with friends and family or help with the holiday meal without having to deal with bored, unruly kids on the verge of a meltdown, there are a few ways to keep your tots occupied for an hour or two. Video Games Lego Worlds (PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Microsoft Windows) Similar to the popular game Mine- craft, but with that family friendly Lego charm. Players are dropped into massive open worlds where they’re encouraged to build and explore. In addition to building whatever they want, kids can also fly to a number of randomized Lego worlds. The multiplayer function allows friends to team up and work together on building structures and designing anything they can think up. Overcooked (PS4, Xbox One, PC) Up to four players can find out what it’s like to be cooks in the kitchen. Players have to work together to complete harder and harder orders for increasingly impatient customers by chopping ingredients, mixing them together, and then cleaning up. If anything, kids might gain a bit of appreciation for how much work it takes to make a Thanksgiving or Christmas meal. 96 Just Dance (PC, PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Wii U) Who doesn’t love getting their groove on? This dancing game combines modern hits with classic pop songs and provides dancing routines that vary in skill so that everyone can get involved. You’ll need the camera peripheral that’s supported by your console, or you can use your smart phone as the controller. Movies How the Grinch Stole Christmas In light of Elf This is the story of Buddy, a human who was raised among Santa’s elves. When he discovers that he’s a human, Buddy travels to New York in search of his real father, with hilarious re- sults. Kids will get a kick out of watch- ing this very tall, grown man jumping up and down and acting like a little kid. The Dog Who Saved Christmas After a police dog ruins an arrest and is sent to the pound, he’s adopted by a fam- ily. When his new family is away for Christmas, the dog gets a chance to redeem himself by defending his home from burglars. Think Home Alone, but with a dog. the new animated Grinch movie, now is a great time to revisit the older versions. Both the classic 1966 animated version and the 2000 Jim Carrey live action one are sure to keep your kids entertained. Non-Screen Activities Arthur Christmas Kids Table If you would prefer that your Ever wonder how Santa delivers all those presents in one night? This CG animated family comedy gives you the answer. Relatively new to the holiday movie scene, this heartwarming story centers around Santa and his family. After Santa ac- cidentally misses one child out of the millions on his list, it’s up to his clumsy youngest son, Arthur, to save the day. kids did something other than stare at a screen, you can set aside a kid’s space where they can get their imaginations going. Layer a few sheets of butcher paper onto a table, so that you don’t have to worry about spills and messes, and round up colorful items like Legos, blocks, crayons, mark- ers, and play dough. Add a few snacks, like popcorn, granola bars, and juice boxes, and they’ll be occupied for a while. GILROY • MORGAN HILL • SAN MARTIN december 2018-january 2019