We don’t eat out much, but when we travel, obviously we end up spending time in restaurants. We’re past the coloring phase, so now we have a new way to entertain ourselves while we’re waiting at a restaurant. It’s a game they play on one of our favorite podcasts, Good Job Brain!, called 30 Seconds to Glory. It is fast-paced, gets us talking and laughing, and everyone learns a little something. It’s the best restaurant waiting game!
How to Play
It’s easy! Each player needs a piece of paper and something to write with. We use the “Clock” feature on a smartphone as our 30-second timer. Go around the table, and each player gets a turn to choose a category. During that turn, the other players have 30 seconds to write down as many items in that category as they can, as fast as they can. It’s faster than you think!
How to Score
When the 30 seconds is up, each player reads out what they’ve written. If anyone else has the same answer, they both cross it out, and no point is scored. For every unique answer, a player gets a point. With our family of five, we do five rounds so that each player scores four times.
Almost anything can be a category! My son likes to choose very specific categories like Adventure Time Characters, but you can go the other way and choose a very broad category like Colors. With a huge category like Fruit, Vegetables, or Colors, the strategy is to think of unusual answers that are unlikely to be written by the other players. Some of the other categories we’ve used are Dinosaurs, Female Superheroes, Restaurants, Newspaper Comic Strips, Boys Names that Start with R, and Movies about Space.
Adapt if Needed
If you have a younger child or one that has trouble writing quickly, consider putting that player on a team with a parent. We’ve done that a few times, and it evens the playing field a bit so that one child isn’t always behind the rest of the group.
What is your favorite restaurant waiting game?