Three Great Gifts for Kids who Like to Participate

October 19, 2020

We recently posted our Three Great Gifts for Kids who like to Take Charge.

But what about the kids who don’t feel the need to be in charge? Kids who prefer Participatory play just want to would rather be a

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Shop Early. Shop Local.

Beat the lines. Avoid the crowds. Shop Early, Shop Local.

The 2020 holiday season will be unlike any before. We fully expect that our shopper capacity and shopping time limits will still be in place well beyond the New Year, …

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Three Great Gifts for Puzzlers

October 13, 2020

Many of us have a puzzler on our shopping list this holiday season—someone who loves jigsaw puzzles, collects them, employs ancient puzzling techniques, and has the patience of a saint. While the right gift for a someone who loves …

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Before There Were Stars & The Soft Skills that Come After

October 1, 2020

There’s something truly captivating about activities that encourage us to be the best versions of ourselves.  Television shows like The Great British Baking Show or Repair Shop (aside from being delightfully British) feature people being kind to each other, people …

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Testing positive

September 23, 2020

tl;dr:
Today is Wednesday, 23 September 2020.  I have received a positive COVID-19 test result.  If you were at the Mayfair store on Friday late afternoon (~4pm-7pm), you may have been exposed.

I am the second back-of-house Barrister to test …

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Barrister Unschool: Expanding our Knowledge

September 10, 2020

This week at Barrister Unschool: We’re expanding our knowledge!

Discovering a game that’s fun to play is one thing, but we’re always SUPER impressed when we come across a game that makes it fun to learn.

Covering geography, history, …

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Farewell, Oak & Shield

September 8, 2020

TL;DR: our Oak & Shield Gaming Pub has closed. Our Board Game Barrister locations at Mayfair Mall, North Shore, and South Milwaukee remain open.

All adventurers know in the back of their mind that their adventures will come to an

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Barrister Unschool: Growing Logic Challenges

This week at Barrister Unschool: Growing Logic Challenges!
Repetitive, iterating challenges are a staple for many solo puzzle-style games—whether you’re moving object A to point B, completing a circuit, or beaming up cows into your UFO 😅 and when done right,
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Building Skills by Building Things

September 5, 2020

I want to talk about learning by building.

Let’s start here:

I built a birdhouse.

Over the course of the past year, I’ve been steadily taking more of an interest in woodworking. I suppose that’s a bit of an understatement. …

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