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The Bored Game

the bored game!

We used to believe that only boring people got bored. Then we had kids.

If your little bundle of energy is claiming nothing to do, introduce him to The Bored Game.

This clever little box is packed with a variety of timeless kids’ games (and a spinner to help yours choose which one to play first). Created by two local moms, Debra Tarrant and Bronwyn Brunner, and their kids, it’s an instant cure for aimless tykes and adults with selective amnesia from their own childhoods.

Inside the box is a small selection of reusable, rainbow-hued toys (jacks, jump rope, pick-up sticks). But these props are just the tip of the iceberg. What really allows you to plumb the depths is an illustrated instruction booklet packed with rules for 42 games — everything from Chinese Jump Rope to Capture the Flag — to play alone or with friends. Most of them, including Hangman and Cat’s Cradle, require only household staples like paper and string.

And a healthy dose of curiosity.

Available online at theboredgamecompany.com, $35.

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The Fresh Beat Band
Shout, Twist, Marina, and Kiki touch down in Oakland on their first concert tour.
Why: Giveaway! Free family four-packs for the first four DailyCandy Kids readers to email.
When: Sun., 1:30 & 4:30 p.m.
Where: Fox Theater, 1807 Telegraph Ave., b/t 18th & 19th Sts., Oakland (510-302-2277). Tickets online at ticketmaster.com. Adults & kids, $20-$40.

MakeArt Workshop: Family Heritage Collages
Hear Romare Bearden’s Li’l Dan, the Drummer Boy: a Civil War Story and make your own family collage in honor of Black History Month.
Why: They’ll piece it all together.
When: Sat., 2-3:30 p.m.
Where: San Francisco Public Library, 100 Larkin St., at Grove St. R.S.V.P. to 415-773-0303. Adults & children, free.

Chinese New Year Parade
What: Celebrate the Lunar New Year with stilt walkers, elaborate floats, firecrackers, and cavorting lions.
Why: Enter the dragon.
When: Sat., 5:15-8 p.m.
Where: Portsmouth Square, 733 Kearny St., b/t Clay & Washington Sts. Free.

Photo: Debra Tarrant / Courtesy of The Bored Game Company

Portsmouth Square
733 Kearny St
bt Clay & Washington Sts
San Francisco, CA 94108
1807 Telegraph Ave
bt 18th & 19th Sts
Oakland, CA 94612
100 Larkin St
@ Grove St
San Francisco, CA 94102