Do you have a game room in your home? Or is adding one on your to-do list? Ever since we had our first child over 16 years ago, we discussed adding a family game room to our home. We had several reasons for this desire and here were our top ones:
As the kids get older, we wanted them to have an inviting space to enjoy when they had friends over.
We wanted a space for our family to enjoy together.
Making memories is important and it’s the daily memories we make together that we believe the kids will recall most. So spending quality time together at home is a priority.
We wanted our home to be the ‘fun house’ where neighbors, family, and friends felt comfortable enjoying themselves and hopefully want to come to!
So we set a goal of adding on a game room to our home by the time our oldest child was 12. While we didn’t quite meet that goal, since the addition only happened when she was 15, we’re super excited to see it become a reality. With that said, we’re sharing the best gifts for your family game room to help you create the best space for your family too. We’ve also got an Escalade Sports Cricket Pro 800 Standing Electric Dartboard Review.
Escalade Sports Cricket Pro 800 Standing Electric Dartboard Review
Over the last year and a half, we’ve arranged, rearranged, purchased, and sold items for our game room. (As we all know, space is limited so we’ve had to make some tough choices to create the current space but as kids grow and change, interests do too.) Our game room measures in at about 22 1/2 feet long by about 19 feet wide. Over the past year+, we’ve made the comment many times over, if only we’d gone another 10 feet…….lol. So my advice is to go a bit bigger than what you originally think you’ll need!
One thing the kids had been wanting from the get-go was a dart board. Originally, I said no as I was worried about holes all over the walls. However, my husband pointed out that a Standing Electric Dartboard would help to provide protection against this issue. So this Christmas season, we’ve teamed up with Escalade Sports to make our kids’ dream come true with their Cricket Pro 800 Standing Electric Dartboard!
The cabinet came in one medium/large box and assembly was required. It originally appeared a bit overwhelming but the directions were good so it wasn’t actually difficult once we got started; just time-consuming. Everything needed was accounted for and the pieces seem to be good quality. We especially appreciate that Escalade Sports even has an L Bracket included to attach the dartboard cabinet to the wall for stability and safety. All in all, it took my husband and 14 year old son about two hours total from start to finish.
This Arachnid Arcade Style Cabinet features a Cricket Pro 800 Electronic Dart Game that truly seems to have it all. The cherry finish, furniture-quality freestanding cabinet has routed doors as well as a storage compartment that truly complements any decor and looks great in any room. The top-of-the-line Cricket Pro 800 dart game includes a regulation 15.5″ target area, 8 player score display with 4 scores shown simultaneously, and 39 games with 179 options, including 7 cricket games. This set also comes with dartboard accessories such as two sets of darts and extra tips.
The Escalade Sports Cricket Pro 800 Standing Electric Dartboard is gorgeous! It’s everything we were looking for in a standing dartboard setup. It looks professional and elegant in our space but doesn’t overtake the room like some game room equipment does. We love the wide variations of games we can play on it and the entire family (ages 7 through teen + 2 adults) is having a blast with it. If we could make any changes, it would be to have some lights shining on the board itself to illuminate for when we play in the evenings. So we’re looking for something that will work for that. Otherwise, this Standing Electric Dartboard Set is amazing! If you’re looking to add some playability and fun to your space, definitely consider this Cricket Pro 800 Standing Electric Dartboard!
As you shop for the best gifts this year, be sure to also check out our Best Gifts For The Family as well as our entire lineup of over 40 niche guides that has something for every age, stage, and personality!
Best Gifts For Your Family Game Room
Looking to create an amazing game room, man cave, garage play space, or something similar? Be sure to check out this amazing list of gear you will want to consider!
Stack this tower as high as you can before watching it come tumbling down. This giant sized set takes a classic to a whole new level, challenging players to remove blocks from a 24” tower in hopes it stays standing.
This toppling tower starts at 2’ and grows to over 4’, stacking eight levels high and 24” tall with 54 wooden 6” x 2” x 1.25” blocks.
After all the fun, simply pack the wooden game pieces in their carry bag and transport and store for the next gathering.
If you’re looking to create a space that will wow, you’ll definitely want to take a look at the new John Boos Foundry Collection. These gorgeous pieces come in either counter top (36″) or bar (42″) height options. You can also choose between pub and bistro styles. But no matter which options you go with, you’ll quickly fall in love! (View their catalog for all the different sizing and wood species.)
It's the perfect option for creating a space to play games, grab a snack, or sit and chat. High quality and absolutely stunning, I've had this set for over a year and we get compliments on it ALL THE TIME!
The most striking aspect of this table is its sleek carbon fiber top rail with blue ABS bevel edge trim accents, adding a modern take on the classic game and ensuring it looks good with any surroundings.
You'll be able to start playing in just minutes with the easy-up assembly. Simply unfold the popup frame, lay the cabinet on top, and start your game.
When you're ready to call it quits, the Popup quickly and easily folds for storage after use. SERIOUSLY AMAZING!
Despite its light weight and incredible portability, this table sports a sturdy frame that remains solid and steady throughout gameplay and it includes everything you need to start playing:
built-in inlay scoring to keep track of the action
Foosball is a game that tends to bring in the crowds! Kids love crowding around, playing or cheering on their friends to victory. This gorgeous Kirkwood Foosball Table is an eye-catching addition to any space and will definitely become a loved way to spend lazy days with family.
The rustic wood finish cabinet paired with the unique k-shaped legs give the classic design a modern twist. It allows you to enjoy arcade-style foosball with a table that looks great in any room in the house.
The Kirkwood’s 46” x 27” official size light grey play field provides competitive game play for all ages.
It also features an abacus style scoring on both sides helps keep track of the action.
This game is the ultimate addition to your home arcade space. It features a heavy duty metal frame construction, sturdy metal rims, and an ultra-tough nylon ball return are engineered to stand up to intense competition.
The hassle-free assembly will have you up and playing in no time. Can you be the king of the court?
Two Heavy Duty metal basketball rims for arcade style play!
Electronic LED Scoring and Sound bring the action to life!
Always a favorite at the arcade, bring Rollerball to your home!
Compete against your friends and family and let the LED Scoring and Sound automatically track the action. Built-in LED lighting illuminates the targets so you can play anytime, and the automatic ball return provides non-stop action. This EastPoint Sports Premium Arcade Rollerball is fun for all ages and makes the ultimate addition to any game room.
Authentic Arcade Style Rollerball
LED Scoring and Sound Automatically Track the Action
Built-in LED Lighting Illuminates the Target so you can Play Anytime
In-Rail Ball Return Provides Non-Stop Action
Fun for All Ages and Skill Sets
Complete with 4 Roller Balls
Assembled Dimensions: 98in Long x 24in Wide x 60in Tall
Roller Balls are 2.5inch in diameter and are made of a soft molded plastic.
Every well-equipped game room needs a beverage fridge so you can stay refreshed while playing!
This limited edition mini-fridge celebrates Newair's 20th anniversary, putting all of their best design ideas and features to work for you. They built the perfect fridge with tried-and-true features like a reversible double-paned glass door, adjustable shelving, LED lighting, and easy temperature control. The 100-can capacity doesn't take up too much space but still holds the perfect amount of beer, wine and soda. It is the perfect fridge for parties, play and working from home.
They're only making a limited number of these special anniversary fridges, so get yours while you can!
My readers can save 20% by using the code CELEBRATE20!
These are really fun gift ideas for your family game room! We don't have one currently, maybe someday when we buy a house! When I was a kid I had one friend who had a really cool one with a pool table and dart board, it was so much fun at her house! Another friend had this super cool "gaming" room with a huge TV and all of the gaming systems imaginable. Her house was a lot of fun, too. I know my kids would love the Triumph Large Patriotic Tumble Tower!
Monday 29th of November 2021
We don't have a family game room, but it would be so much fun if we did!
Sunday 28th of November 2021
I love the foosball table and the basketball game! We have both of those still in the box! They were gifts from last year and with so many renovations we still haven't been able to set them up. I know the kids will be so excited when we do! I love ya'lls game room! It looks so roomy and fun!
Friday 26th of November 2021
What a treat for your kiddos and their friends to have such an amazing game room to enjoy. With the dart board and table tennis, there would always be something fun to do.
Friday 26th of November 2021
My nice and her family would love to have eveything in your game room. But if theyt had to pick just one Escalade Sports Cricket Pro 800 Standing Electric Dartboard
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