Cool Stuff

By Christine Davis

Miniminus
This app features original picture stories for children ages 3 to 8. Super for long car rides or flights, the new storytelling platform offers hours of exploration and is expanded with exciting new titles every month. Available at App Store or Google Play. Membership $3 per month

Pictionary
Artists of all abilities will enjoy this classic game. Recommended for ages 8 plus, the guesses can be just as hilarious as the illustrations. This updated version includes two erasable markers, boards for drawing on and an updated Pop Culture category of clues. Available at Mastermind, Real Canadian Superstore, Toys “R” Us and Walmart. $29.99

Oasis HydraFruit
Now organic, Oasis HydraFruit has 60 per cent less sugar than regular juice. Made of 50 per cent organic fruit juice and 50 per cent filtered water, they’re a great thirst quencher available in Fruit Fusion, Watermelon Apple, Lemon Iced Tea, Strawberry Kiwi, and Clementine flavours. Available at Loblaws, Longo’s and Walmart. 960 mL carton $2.29; Package of eight 200 mL juice boxes $3.99

Apples to Apples
Consider this game to be the family-friendly version of Cards Against Humanity. It’s a comparison game where players make hilarious combinations and can be totally subjective in deciding the outcome. It’s suitable for ages 12 plus and is fun for adults to play without the kids too. Available at Indigo, Mastermind, Toys “R” Us and Walmart. $29.99

Under One Sky Weekender Bag
Kids will love packing their own overnight bag for March Break and beyond thanks to this adorable selection. Choose from popular unicron, owl and llama designs, all of which feature sturdy handles and adjustable shoulder strap that make it easy to carry. Available at Indigo and indigo.ca. $59.99

Mad Gab
With this classic game it’s not what you say, it’s what you hear that matters. Teams have to decipher unrelated words into real phrases before the time’s up. Laughter is sure to ensue as strange language is spoken. Suitable for ages 13 plus but another one that adults can enjoy without the kids too. Available at Amazon.ca. $14.99

Kerplunk
Break out this retro classic for a blast from the past. The object is to skilfully remove the sticks from the tube while dropping as few marbles as possible. Recommended for ages 5 plus, it’s fun to not let the marbles fall. Available at Canadian Tire, Real Canadian Superstore, Toys “R” Us and Walmart. $19.99

Balderdash
Turn any day into a party with this hilarious game of twisting truths. Suitable for ages 12 plus, players must come up with definitions. You’re sure to lol when the made up answers are read along with the real ones. Available at Mastermind, Real Canadian Superstore, Toys “R” Us and Walmart. $24.99

Blokus
This easy-to-learn game has a 30 minute time limit, which is great for those with a shorter attention span, or can be repeated for hours of fun. Suitable for ages 7 plus, the rules of this game are colour-coded and simple. It’s fast-paced and the endless possibilities of sequences make it lots of fun. Available at Mastermind, Real Canadian Superstore, Toys “R” Us and Walmart. $29.99

Orboot
Explore the world at your fingertips with the Orboot education globe.This table-top globe and connected app brings the world around us to life. Explore different cultures, inventions, monuments, natural wonders, cuisines, and weather thanks to the state-of-the-art augmented reality offered by the device. See realistic models, listen to authentic music and voice–overs from people all over the world. Available at playshifu.com. $49.99 US

Playmobil Mars Space Station
Venture into undiscovered worlds with the Mars Mission lineup from Playmobil. The Mars Space Station features all the tools needed for space exploration including functioning lights, illuminated interior and docking stations for expansion with other pieces from the lineup sold separately. Available at major retailers. $99.99

Bounce Off
The competition is fierce in this game that has you bouncing balls in a frenzied race to the match the pattern on the card. Suitable for ages 7 plus, it’s a game for the whole family. Available at Toys “R” Us and Walmart. $24.99

DOS
UNO lovers will enjoy the second instalment of this game that also practices math skills. Recommended for ages 7 plus, you still want to rid yourself of cards before your opponents do, but in a twist, you need to shout out “DOS” when you’re down to two cards. Available at Indigo, Toys “R” Us and Walmart. $8.99

Tile Mate
Kids are notorious for losing things. Help them track those more important items with the Tile Mate, now with replaceable battery, increased range and volume.  Both Alexa and Google Assistant compatible, you can ring your kids’ things or find them on a map. The shareability helps increase your finding power. Available at Tile.com, Amazon, Best Buy and Staples. $29.99

Squawk
This egg-splosive chicken game features one egg, one rubber chicken and one exploding hen house. Recommended for ages 4 plus, you’ll need to roll the dice, press the chicken’s chest and hope she lays an egg. The one who collects the most baby chicks wins. Available at Toys “R” Us and Walmart. $29.99

Flushin’ Frenzy
Poop is all the rage and this game, recommended for ages 5 plus, will have you plunging for more. You’ll need fast reflexes to catch the poop, which will unexpectedly come flying out of the toilet. It’s a game that’s just gross enough. Available at EB Games, Indigo, Toys “R” Us and Walmart. $24.99

Cozy Phones
These super comfortable kids headphones feature ultra-thin speakers with volume limit to protect little ears. The braided cables are durable, the speakers are removable for the perfect fit and the headband, available in assorted styles, is washable. Available at Amazon.ca and Toys R Us. $29.99

UNO
This classic card game is fun for everyone. Recommended for ages 7 plus, the fast-paced game is a race to rid yourself of cards. But don’t forget to shout “UNO” when you’re down to your last one. Available at Canadian Tire, Mastermind, Toys “R” Us, Walmart and Shoppers Drug Mart. $8.99