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Local game store invites community to join in winter fun

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Photo: Holidae Fun & Games in Rigby. Video: Some of the lighted toys that will be featured in the Christmas Light Parade. | Photo by Mary Boyle, EastIdahoNews.com; Video courtesy Fun in Motion Toys

RIGBY — Holidae Fun & Games, a family-friendly toy and game store in Rigby, is inviting the community to hang out, make friends and play. Owners Jennifer and Jarek Smith have a number of events planned to make the cold Idaho winter a little more fun.

Already home to puzzles, card and board games and unique toys, Holidae Fun & Games is a gathering place where people can try different games — from classic to modern — and enjoy friendly competition.

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“We just recently designated Friday night as … board game night,” Jennifer says. “It was kind of hit-and-miss for a while.”

Every Friday at 6 p.m., folks can participate at the Rigby location, 129 East Main Street. Come on your own and make new friends, or bring a group. If you can’t make it on those nights, games are available to play in-store “all day, every day,” Jarek says.

The Smiths want the community to know that Holiday Fun & Games isn’t just a game store — it’s also a gaming space.

Jarek and Jennifer have several other exciting plans on the horizon, including hosting events that spotlight local residents. For example, last Saturday, the store hosted Nick Harmen, an Idaho man who created a new line of toys called Randimals. Kids who attended got to hold and feel all the toys. They also got to draw their own Randimals to submit on the website.

Randimals | Courtesy photo

Upcoming events

For now, the team at Holidae Toys & Games is focused on the annual Christmas Light Parade on Friday and Holidae Bingo on Saturday.

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Jennifer says they’ll be showing off some special lighted toys during the parade, which begins at 6:30 p.m. Check out a sample of the toys in the video player above. The parade begins in front of Dollar Tree, goes down Main Street and ends on Clark Street.

After the parade, the store will be open until midnight for its Midnight Madness celebration, where 12 hand-picked games will be showcased at The 12 Games of Christmas. The games are set up at the front of the store so customers can have rules explained, see them demonstrated and walk out the door with a game they know is a good fit for their family, Jennifer says.

Saturday’s events will begin with Santa visiting from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., sitting for pictures and taking Christmas wishes. Holidae Bingo Night begins at 6 p.m. Tickets are $8.99 per person and are good for unlimited bingo play. Drinks and snacks will be available to buy.