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How to Host an Indoor Game Night

After months of being apart, people are starting to get back together. How can you provide a safe and comfortable space for friends and family to gather and reconnect? 

At ​​ICO Fairbourne Station in West Valley City, Utah, one of our favorite methods is to host a game night! This casual, low-key event helps people unwind, work together, and enjoy one another’s company without any pretense or expectations. Let’s take a look at some steps you can take to make sure your game night is a rousing success!

Make a Game Plan

According to Game Night Gods, there are a number of things to consider when planning your get together:

  • Invite the right amount of people. One thing you definitely want to be aware of is the amount of space you have in your home. Generally speaking, a group of four to eight people is usually enough to have an enjoyable game night since the point is to keep everyone engaged, and that can become more complicated with larger groups.
  • Don’t single anyone out. It’s traditionally best to invite equal amounts of people from similar friend groups, rather than a large group who knows each other with one or two people who don’t know the rest. Game nights are a great opportunity to introduce new friends, but you don’t want anyone to feel out of place in the group.
  • Select the right games for your audience. Things like age groups and personalities might play a factor in the games you choose since you don’t want to make anyone feel uncomfortable. One easy way to address this is to include the game or games you plan on playing in the invitation; if it’s a game that someone isn’t comfortable playing, they can let you know ahead of time rather than after they’ve already arrived.

Set the Scene

Now that you’ve got the guest list and the games planned out, it’s time to get your home ready. This might require moving your furniture around to make sure everyone has a seat facing the action. If you plan to use a coffee table, consider throwing down some pillows or cushions for guests to sit on. Designating an area for the games helps to encourage your guests to participate.

If your game night is going to last for a few hours, you may want to put out some easy food and drink options for guests or invite them to bring a snack to share with the group. It’s best to refrain from serving anything too large, as plates can occupy valuable space. Drinks can be just as simple, using either cans or disposable cups to make the cleanup easier.

Use Tried-and-True Classics

If you’re having a hard time deciding on a game to play, any classic group-centric game is a good place to start. Pictionary or Charades don’t require too many additional materials, or if you’ve got a deck of cards and some flatware, you can play a game or two of Spoons.

If you want to try something completely new, an Amazon search for popular party games might give you some ideas. Technology can also play a part, with the development of a number of virtual party games that you and your guests can download from the Apple App Store or Google Play directly onto your phone.

Now that you’ve got some ideas, you can start planning your next indoor game night. And if you’re in the market for a new apartment in which to host your guests, ICO Fairbourne Station’s West Valley apartments are a perfect choice. Contact us today for more information!

Three Unique Romantic Date Activities Near West Valley City

Summer is starting to wind up, so before we see a change in the weather, why not take advantage of some unique date night activities? ICO Fairbourne has collected a list of things you can do around West Valley City that aren’t your typical date night ideas, including local flavor from some of the best food trucks in the state, a handful of more artistic options, and things you can do at the mall other than shop.

The Food Truck League

We’ve all been there: You want to go out to dinner, but you can’t decide on what you want to eat. But what if you didn’t have to choose just one restaurant? That’s the concept behind The Food Truck League, a collection of some of the best food trucks in Utah.

Started in 2015, the league has hosted gatherings all across the Wasatch Front—including West Valley City—bringing communities together while helping to support local businesses. Their event calendar helps you learn not only when events are happening but also figure out where your favorite food trucks are going to be. There’s no cost to get in—just the cost of the food when you get there, allowing you to try as many food trucks as you’d like. 

West Valley Arts

The nonprofit organization of West Valley Arts hosts a number of free- or low-cost events for the public, including public art displays, festivals, concerts, cultural programming, and live theater. Founded in 2004, their events have drawn more than 750,000 people annually, providing unique experiences that also help to support the local community.

Take, for example, the West Valley Performing Arts Center: This live performance theater has its schedule of performances through October of 2022 listed, giving you plenty of time to set a date for a night of entertainment. You can also take a look at current and upcoming art exhibits at four different galleries in West Valley City or check the lineup for their free summer and winter concert series.

Valley Fair Mall

More than 10 years ago, Valley Fair Mall was redeveloped into a one-million-square-foot shopping and entertainment center. The expansion included the addition of not only new shopping and dining options but also a Megaplex Theater, All Star Bowling, and a splash pad.

Along with those traditional date night options, the mall hosts a number of free events throughout the year, including concerts and car shows. Their online schedule gives a breakdown of what’s coming with more information on individual events so you know what to expect before you get there.

Hopefully, this guide has given you some off-the-beaten-path ideas for your next date night. But if you’re looking for a place to live to better enjoy all West Valley City has to offer, contact ICO Fairbourne Station and check out their West Valley apartments.

West Valley City Spotlight: See a Movie at the Redwood Drive-In

The first drive-in movie theater opened in Camden, New Jersey, in June of 1933. “Park-In Theaters, Inc.” charged 25 cents per person and mostly featured less-popular films of the time. A lot has changed since then, but the Redwood Drive-In in West Valley City, Utah, has learned to adapt, bringing the latest Hollywood blockbusters to the big screen with a nostalgic twist.

A Cinematic History

Opened in West Valley City in 1948, the Redwood Drive-In drew fans from all across the Salt Lake Valley. In its more than 70-year history, the theatre has undergone multiple changes, including the addition of a state-of-the-art digital projection system, providing a sharper and brighter picture to patrons and a more powerful FM broadcast system with improved sound quality.

While tickets may cost more than a quarter, they are still less expensive than most traditional movie theaters. Adult prices are $10.00, and prices for children ages five through nine are $1.00. Plus, your ticket grants you admission to two movies playing back-to-back on the same screen, commonly known as a “double feature.” Along with the benefit of seeing two movies for the price of one, families can not only save money but also enjoy movies from the safety and comfort of their own vehicle.

A How-To Guide for Drive-In Movies

If you’ve never been to a drive-in movie theater before, you may have a number of questions, like, “How do I see the movie?” “Where does the sound come from?” and “Can I still get movie theater popcorn?”

When it comes to the Redwood Drive-In in West Valley City,

  • Designated spots help get you a great view of the screen no matter where you park, with larger vehicles, such as SUVs, asked to park in the back half of the lot so as to not obstruct the view of smaller cars.
  • Audio comes in through an FM transmitter, so you can use the stereo in your car or bring a battery-operated radio.
  • While the theater does provide a full snack bar, patrons are also welcome to bring their own treats.

More Than Movies

Because drive-in movies are best seen after the sun has gone down, the Redwood Drive-In also offers a year-round swap meet in West Valley City. Every weekend, guests can shop from more than 300 local vendors, helping to promote small businesses and enhance community engagement. Admission to the swap meet is 50 cents on Saturdays and one dollar on Sundays.

So, if you’re in the mood to see some of this summer’s biggest blockbusters or want to check out other local businesses, load up the car and head to the Redwood Drive-In. And if you’re looking for apartments in West Valley City, Utah, ICO Fairbourne Station may be just the ticket.

Photo Courtesy: Redwood Drive-In Theatre & Swap Meet