Play Games with the Million Minute Family Challenge

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The Million Minute Family Challenge runs September through December. Families, friends and classrooms are invited to play games and log their game-play minutes at The goal is to reach 1 million minutes nationwide! The site shows how many minutes each state has accumulated, and offers information on the history of games and suggestions on fun ways to participate.

BELOIT, Wis. (September 5, 2002) – Patch Products today announced the start of the 2nd annual Million Minute Family Challenge(TM)! Participants can now begin logging their game-play minutes at

The Million Minute Family Challenge is a grassroots effort encouraging interaction and communication among family and friends through playing board games. The goal is for at least 1,000 families, classrooms or organizations in each of the 50 states to play a board game together for 20 minutes or more. That’s 1,000,000 minutes of quality time with family and friends!

Dr. Sylvia Rimm, child psychologist and author of several top-selling books on parenting and achievement, says, “Now more than ever, families are looking for ways to spend time with their loved ones. Playing games is a great way to interact and bond with family and friends.”

Everyone can participate in the Million Minute Family Challenge by playing games and logging their minutes at The web site is filled with fun ideas on how to participate, games to play and educational information including the benefits of family time, the history of games and how to use games in the classroom. Participants are encouraged to play early and play often as the 2002 Million Minute Family Challenge ends December 31!

Awareness for the Million Minute Family Challenge is being generated through partnerships with family-friendly companies, including Hilton(R) Doubletree(R) and Hilton Garden Inn(R) Vacation Station hotels, Kraft’s Taco Bell(R) Home Originals(R) and Oscar Mayer.

Patch Products is a leading manufacturer and marketer of family entertainment products. Board games, card games, puzzles and foam sports toys are the core product lines with such top-selling brands as TriBond(R), Blurt!(R), Mad Gab(R), Malarky(R), PuzzlePatch(R) and Zoam(R) Light Tracker(R). In addition, Patch has licensed games for high profile properties such as PEOPLE Magazine, McDonald’s(R), *NSYNC, Backstreet(R) Boys(TM) and 98 Degrees.

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