5. SEND SCREENS BACK IN TIME.
If your kids are into video games anyway, bond with and/or horrify them by showing them the ancient video games you had to deal with as a child. There are a few ways to do this: You can get an Atari simulator at Target for about $40, and Nintendo has released new (and tiny) “Classic Edition” plug-and-play versions of its NES and Super Nintendo consoles ($60 and $80 respectively). The NES Classic Edition comes preloaded with 30 games, including Super Mario Bros. 3, Metroid, The Legend of Zelda, Dr. Mario, and Castlevania. The Super NES Classic has Street Fighter II, Super Mario World, Super Mario Kart, and Super Metroid. Best part: Both let you save points, so hitting the power button no longer means obliterating your progress! Bonus: If your kids are into Minecraft, the graphics and gameplay on a Super Nintendo will seem like some impossible magic from the future. (If you’re not bad with bits, build yourself a device called a Raspberry Pi, a bare-bones hockeypuck-size computer onto which you can download basically any game released between 1975 and 1996. We advocate only downloading games you paid for, of course. But for under $100 and with a little bit of Googling, you can access an entire Ready Player One’s worth of classic gaming.)