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If you’re battling boredom, there’s a squirrel that can save you. Seriously!
Crazy Squirrel Games is a locally owned business that’s full of family fun, games, and, yes, even squirrels (stuffed). You can purchase games to take home or, if you need a place to stay cool and have fun this summer, there are plenty of chances to play games in their huge game room.
Space Poo and Funky Chicken
Recently I headed to Crazy Squirrel Games to check it out. I was blown away by the variety of games and cards. Much to my 10-year-old’s delight, Pokémon cards were available in packs and for individual sale. Of course there were staples like Dungeons and Dragons and Settlers of Catan, but there were also quirky games like Space Poo and Funky Chicken, a card game inside a chicken-shaped pouch.
I’ll admit I was tempted to purchase things based solely on the packaging/witty titles. I ended up leaving with an Exploding Kittens expansion pack, because I’m only human and that game is great.
Although my gaming tastes gravitated to the weird and unusual, the kids were enthralled with more mainstream Star Wars figures and Harry Potter-themed Clue. There’s stuff for the serious gamer, but the store is also very kid friendly. The staff patiently answered any and all questions, and gave my kids recommendations for cool games that were age appropriate. The owner, Jennifer, even gave my kids tiny plastic spaceships. If you have kids who are already bored this summer, take them to Crazy Squirrel. They even have a “Summer Pick” display to help you out. There’s truly something for everyone!
Learn a new game at demo events
Having so many game options can be overwhelming, but that’s where Crazy Squirrel comes to the rescue. They host events in their game room to help you learn about and even play games. This may sound crazy for anyone who’s only played UNO, but board games these days can be elaborate and feature a novel’s worth of directions. You don’t want to miss out on games with long directions, though, because in my experience they’re usually the best ones.
Tonight at Crazy Squirrel (June 28) is a demo night for Legends of Rakasa with the game’s creator, David Vatcher. What is Legends of Rakasa? I have no idea but the description says you get to hunt monsters and brew potions, among other things. Basically it sounds like a great way to spend the summer. You can find out more about attending this event by clicking here.
Play with friends and join gaming tournaments
Here’s the thing: my kids are going through a serious Pokémon phase. This means there are Pokémon cards spread throughout my house like confetti, and a lot of talk about Bulbasaur and Other Things That Are Not Real. What is one to do with a bunch of playing cards that don’t come with instructions? Take them to the Crazy Squirrel. They have Pokémon game nights where they teach you how to play, and evenings where you can play with other enthusiasts. It’s kid friendly and reasonably priced. The beginner class usually only requires the purchase of a pack to get started.
I haven’t even scratched the surface of game night options. If you’re looking for a cool place to have fun and play, click here for the list of events.
Membership at the Crazy Squirrel
Game nights, demo nights, and learn-to-play nights often have a small admission fee, but you can save some money by buying a membership. Not only will you be a member of something called Crazy Squirrel (WORTH IT!), you will get access to exclusive events, friend passes, discounts, and store credits. When you buy a month or more, your entire fee is available as store credit. Membership starts at $30 a month and includes two friend passes. You can find out more by calling Crazy Squirrel Games at (559) 431-0188 or by visiting the store.
Finally, the store’s mascot, the crazy squirrel, is named Formby after a spot in England that’s known for its red squirrels. There’s even a squirrel trail. This has nothing to do with the article but I thought you should know.
Does this sound like fun? Yes, it does! To grab an exciting game (or collectable, or book, etc.), head to 464 E. Bullard Ave, Suite 105 in Fresno. You can follow Crazy Squirrel Games on Facebook here and check out their website here.
Have you been to Crazy Squirrel Games yet? What’s your favorite board game? Should I have purchased Bears vs. Babies? Let me know in the comments.