Archive for Games and Gaming


Some of the most widely used FREE resources in the City of Evanston for the past year have been the Street Soccer pitches!  But as much as our community loves them, neither the City of Evanston nor District 65 can afford to buy and keep them.  These pitches have been on loan from Mettle Sports at NO cost to the city, the schools, or the park district.

Help Evanston own the Street Soccer pitch at Robert Crown Center!

To learn more and donate, click here. 

Evanston Games In the Park – 2nd Annual Fort And Den Building Pop Up – Saturday, December 17


Evanston Games in the Park in collaboration with the City of Evanston presents:

Dare the winter building forts and dens out of sticks and (maybe) snow! This pop-up adventure playground is going to be about outdoor winter frolic with natural materials. We’ll have a truckload of sticks and branches, as well as other interesting stuff for folks of all ages, abilities, and interests to play and build with. Bring your kids to experience the special excitement of vigorous winter play and don’t forget that inner child of yours!

the fun is to be had at Leahy Park and will start at 11:00 am (the event will wrap up at 3:00 pm). For more information, visit event’s Facebook page here.

Book Launch for Screenwise – Weds. Nov. 16

Book Launch for Screenwise: Helping Kids Thrive (and Survive) in Their Digital World by Devorah Heitner

Many parents feel that their kids are addicted, detached, or distracted because of their digital devices. Media expert Devorah Heitner, however, believes that technology offers huge potential to our children–if their parents help them. Screenwise offers a realistic and optimistic perspective on how to thoughtfully guide kids in the digital age.

Heitner is the founder and director of Raising Digital Natives, a resource for parents and schools seeking advice on how to help children thrive in a world of digital connectedness. An experienced speaker, workshop leader, and consultant, Dr. Heitner serves as a professional development resource for schools wishing to cultivate a culture of responsible digital citizenship.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016 – 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Bookends & Beginnings
1712 Sherman Avenue, Alley #1
Evanston, IL 60201

Screenwise: Helping Kids Thrive (and Survive) in Their Digital World Cover Image

Special Needs LEGO event – Sat. Nov. 12

altSaturday, November 12, 11am – 12p, Community Meeting Room, Main Library; Register NOW.

Come join us to meet up and play with LEGOs! This event is open to all families with children age 6 years and older who have special needs and/or would benefit from an environment that is friendly to all abilities. Parents can join in or relax and talk with other parents navigating a similar path.

Registration required; space is limited to 30 kids. Register online, by calling 847-448-8610, or come into the library.

Gender Expansive & Transgender Lego Meet up – Sat. Nov 12


Saturday, November 12, 9:30 am, Community Meeting Room, Main Library

Come join us to meet up and play with LEGOs! This event is open to gender expansive and transgender youth ages 5 – 12 accompanied by an adult or guardian. Parents can join in the LEGO fun or relax and talk in the company of other parents navigating a similar path.

Register NOW: call 847-448-8610 or come to the Children’s Desk or sign up online.

Gender expansive is defined as a range of gender expressions and identities including expanding beyond traditional gender identities or stereotypes. Gender expansive reinforces the notion that gender is not binary but a continuum and that many people express their gender in multiple ways.

Play Minecraft at the Movie Theatre

Minecraft Gaming League Registration Ends Feb. 15

SLG - Galactic Mission - NEW - 1000x1000Super League Gaming lets your kids take their love of Minecraft beyond your living room walls and into your local movie theater where they work together and play face to face with kids their own age.
In this four-week, space-themed Minecraft series, your gamers will play and collaborate on teams with 4-7 members as they socialize, strategize and make friends. 
Super League has created custom maps and mods for your gamers to play on the big screen. This 90-minute Minecraft experience, titled Galactic Mission, tests players’ creativity, critical thinking and teamwork with an opportunity to win and evenly split $15,000 in scholarships.
Create. Connect. Come play and join Super League  at the Century 12 Evanston/CineArts 6 and XD 1715 Maple Ave, Evanston, IL. before February 15, 2016. For more information and to buy tickets today, visit 

For Teens at EPL – Dec. 29 & 30

altGuardians of the Galaxy

Tuesday, December 29, 2pm, The Loft, Main Library
A group of intergalactic criminals are forced to work together to stop a fanatical warrior from taking control of the universe. Sign up for a reminder or drop in.

Mario Cart 8 Tournament

altWednesday, December 30, 2-4 pm, the Loft, Main Library

Take on other Evanston teens in an epic MarioKart 8 tournament. Drop in, but first come first serve for tournament slots.