First things first: A big congrats to Andrew for entering our contest, and winning a copy of FlipOut! Andrew’s favorite place to shop for games is boardsandbits.com. Thanks to everyone for commenting and letting us know where you shop for games. Although it seems that you’re a very internet savvy crowd :), it’s also nice to see some of our favorite Friendly Local Game Stores get a shout-out!
Ceaco, the parent-company of Gamewright, has a brand new program that’s a fantastic event for the whole community. It’s called a PuzzlePalooza! Competing teams will race against one another to be the first to complete a jigsaw puzzle. It’s perfect as a back to school, team-building, cabin fever or family fun day event. Here are the simple steps you need to take to organize a PuzzlePalooza:
1- Reserve space in a large room with lots of tables, such as the library or cafeteria. You should reserve the space for a two hour time block.
2- Contact Ceaco at least 6 weeks prior to your event to purchase puzzles.
3- Have teams pre-register. Teams can consist of up to five people and must include at least one adult. Implement a team registration fee (such as $10), which will include a puzzle for the team, snacks and drinks.
4- During the PuzzlePalooza, teams will compete during a one-hour competition to assemble their puzzle. The top 3 teams to complete the puzzle (or with the most completed puzzle) in one hour will win prizes. You can reach out to local businesses to donate your prizes!
Here are some more cool ideas for running your PuzzlePalooza:
- Make the event open to all ages! Encourage students to make a team with their family members, teachers, or even the principal.
- Encourage teams to make their own team shirts and to get in the spirit of the event.
- Not sure which team member to give the puzzle to at the end of the event? Raffle off the puzzle to the youngest team member, oldest team member, or draw numbers from a hat!
Yes, it really is that easy! If you’d like to learn more about ordering puzzles, have any questions, or would like to organize a PuzzlePalooza at your school, please email Emily, egiurleo [at] ceaco [dot] com. Want to know a little more about Ceaco? Visit our website.
Ceaco’s PuzzlePalooza was inspired by a Massachusetts school that successfully ran a similar event. We immediately knew that this event would be a great alternative to our already successful Gamewright GameNight program. Working together to build and complete a challenging jigsaw puzzle teaches many great educational skills and is also a lot of fun. We hope this program will be a rewarding event for your school!