Up, Up To The Sky

Flying a drone can provide hours of year round entertainment.
 
Are you hankering to hover? Feeling ripe for a flip? Ready to roll? Then you’d enjoy flying a toy drone. Dunham’s can help with a selection of durable easy to fly drones from Quadrone.
 
Earning Your Wings
 
While learning to fly requires patience, the 4-prop multicopter Quadrones are controllable and won’t zoom out of sight in seconds. Begin by reading the instruction manual. It will tell you how to prep your drone for flight and explain the controller functions.
 
When you’re ready for flight, choose an open area away from trees, cars, and people. Start by flying close to the ground at minimal speed and experiment with the controls. As you get the hang of going up, down and sideways, gradually increase your speed and range.
 
Keep in mind that the way the drone reacts to the controls will depend on the direction in which you’re facing. In other words, if the drone ends up flying over your head and you turn around, the lateral control functions will be reversed. However, the Quadrones are equipped with a special headless mode that can make your drone respond directly to the direction in which the joystick is pushed. It’s a great feature for beginner pilots.
 
Tricks Are For You
 
Quadrones can hover, turn, flip and roll, all of which are good fun. Hovering is particularly useful when flying a drone equipped with a camera. Have you ever wanted to check out the condition of your roof or get a bird’s eye view of that nest up in the Oak tree? A camera-equipped drone can enable you.
 
What’s more, the controls make it easy to perform entertaining maneuvers. For example, to execute a 360° flip, press the button on the upper right corner of the remote controller. Beeps will signal that you’re in flip mode. Moving the joystick in any direction will cause your drone to execute a corresponding flip. If things get out of control and you crash, repair parts are available. All models come with extra crash guards and propellers.
 
Three Ways to Play
 
Dunham’s stocks three Quadrone models. The basic Quadrone Mini can be flown up to 100 feet away from the remote controller and provides 7 minutes of flying after a 30-minute charge. The Quadrone Tumbler operates at up to 300 feet from the remote controller. A 60-minute charge provides 7 minutes of air-time. Finally, the Quadrone Pro with Camera can travel up to 330 feet from base camp and includes a .3 megapixel camera that can shoot photos and video.
 
Stop by Dunham’s today, choose your Quadrone, and prepare for takeoff.
 
-Flying Ace
 
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From a Game to a Sport

The Evolution of Pickleball
 
Bainbridge Island is a small city in the Pacific Northwest. A short ferry ride from the rolling forests and mountains of Washington, it’s known for its beautiful geography dotted with beaches, bluffs, lagoons and dunes. What is less commonly known about the island is that it’s the birthplace of pickleball; an outdoor game that is easy to learn, fast-paced, and highly competitive. Fun for players of any age, pickleball has been growing in popularity since its inception in 1965.
 
Originally played using a lowered badminton net, table tennis paddles, and a perforated ball, pickleball is a game of volleys where points are earned by forcing one’s opponent to fault. A fault is committed when the ball goes out of bounds, smacks into the net, or is volleyed from the no-volley zone (a 7-foot zone on either side of the net). The server has to serve diagonally to their opponent, and each player must let the ball bounce on their side of the net once before beginning to volley. Only the server can score on a fault, otherwise the opposing player becomes the server. Pickleball courts are 20’x44’, and the game can be played singles or doubles. The more, the merrier, right?
 
Although pickleball continues to grow in popularity, some basic problems exist with widely-used equipment. Many companies still use repurposed balls with inconsistent holes that quickly lose their shape. Often times, paddles are made and decorated with stickers and vinyl which create an uneven, unreliable surface. Fortunately, the ‘Pickleball Now’ equipment line from Escalade Sports is addressing these issues and setting a new standard of quality. “The core of our mission is to actively grow the sport through innovation,” says Eric Marvin of Escalade Sports. “We’ve engineered a whole line of equipment to bring a new level of consistency and reliability to the game.”
 
TNT Pickleballs have increased weight and smaller holes to decrease wind interference, optimal for playing outdoors. Indoor Pickleballs are designed for better balance, flight, and bounce. In addition, a variety of different paddles offer players more options when it comes to hitting-surface size, weight, and handling. For example The Edge carbon-fiber paddle is ultra-lightweight and sturdy for more powerful, controlled hits, while The Classic Lite has an edge guard for durability and a larger surface area for a more consistent hit. Additionally, each paddle is designed using a digital printing process for a clearer image and smooth surface that won’t peel or warp. Every product in the Pickleball Now line is manufactured to perform better and last longer than generic equipment.
 
It’s clear that pickleball has come a long way since ’65, having attracted hundreds of thousands of players (and counting). Whether you’re at the park, the beach, or the YMCA, it’s the perfect game for fast-paced fun, old or young. Be the first to bring the game to your backyard or school’s playground and see why pickleball is standing the test of time.
 
Looking for a place to play?
Check out www.usapa.org, where you can find indoor and outdoor pickleball facilities in your area, as well as apparel and helpful videos. Learn more about the game, or if you’re experienced, look up tournaments near you. Join one of the fastest growing sports in America!
 
-Fun For All Ages
 
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Stay Active with Electronic Sport Games

Boding with Family during the Winter Season
 
For decades, tabletop sports games were popular pastimes for kids and families when the winter months were too bitter cold for pond hockey or sledding. Nowadays, with the introduction and rise of video games, these classic favorites have stepped it up with improvements to electronic interactive features like scorekeeping and sounds effects. But the real appeal? They promote family bonding and get kids off the couch – without having to bundle up.
 
From golf to hockey to kickboxing, indoor games continue to be huge sellers, especially near the winter holidays. “These games cover any traditional sport you can think of, including hunting and fishing” says Justin Sigler of EastPoint Sports. “Fitness is a major concern to a lot of parents, and these games provide more activity for young kids. They’re new and improved versions of the games I grew up with; they’re family-oriented and healthy.”
 
As a result of improvements in the availability and quality of technology, newer models are a far cry from the old school pop-a-shot, hang-on-the-door sports games. For example, the Majiktm Multi-Player Wireless Basketball set features two hoops with transmitters that send the score to a wireless LED scoreboard, which then responds with real stadium sound effects. The hoops and scoreboard can be hung up anywhere in the house or garage for a full-court indoor pickup game. Each year basketball games take the #1 spot in terms of popularity.
 
“Hunting and fishing games also prove to be very popular at Dunham’s,” Justin points out. Games like the Majiktm Accurate Aim Archery Trainer offer multiple game modes like Trophy Hunt and Bag Limit, with different objectives and ways to earn points. An electronic scoring device also projects animal calls to indicate what to aim for while you’re on the hunt. No matter what your favorite sport is, all models at Dunham’s sit in the $30-40 price range, making them an affordable choice that will keep the whole family moving.
 
If you really want to get the kids sweating as the snow piles up outside, boxing and kickboxing games have come a long way since the old inflatable punching bags wrapped in the violence-inducing visage of Bozo the clown. Games like the Majiktm Stick and Move Kickboxing Trainer allows kids to choose between boxing, kickboxing, or kicking modes. Six interactive light-up pressure-sensors indicate your target and record hits and misses. The electronic scoreboard records overall performance and can even rank the user’s skill level. Millions of homes around the country use these games for some competitive family time and prevent couch-lock during the winter’s coldest months.
 
-Fun For All Ages
 
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Dr. Dunham’s Cabin Fever Cure

 
“I’ve got cabin fever, it’s burning in my brain. I’ve got cabin fever, it’s driving me insane,” sang the Muppets in their 1996 blockbuster, “Muppet Treasure Island.”
 
Well, in truth the movie may not have achieved blockbuster status, but most of us won’t soon forget the “Cabin Fever” song. Perhaps because it hits close to home.
 
Cabin fever has been recognized as a very real affliction for almost 100 years. It results from being confined to one place for an extended period of time. It’s exacerbated by inactivity. The usual result is extreme irritability and feelings of anxiety. It often strikes in winter when many of us shun the cold and curl up on the couch for the duration.
 
The most obvious cure is getting outside and interacting with the rest of the world. For those of us whose favorite activities include things like gardening, swimming or hanging out at the beach, the winter world may seem foreign and forbidding. But winter sports can be invigorating and entertaining. And there’s no better cure for the ills of cabin fever than the crisp air of a January day.
 
Did we hear someone say it’s too cold to play outside? Well, that’s only true if you’re not dressed for outdoors. Today’s winter clothing is light yet warm, so there’s no need to fear the frigid air, and bundling up need not cramp your style.
 
Winter Games, Out and In
 
Once you’re dressed for the occasion, the possibilities for winter entertainment are almost unlimited. Those who appreciate a good workout might try cross-country skiing or snowshoe hiking. Snowboarding and downhill skiing can provide a good amount of exercise as well, and few thrills compare to that of racing down the side of a ski slope at speed.
 
Ice-skating and sledding are a bit less taxing than skiing but can be just as much fun, particularly for the younger set. Most towns have a good sledding hill or two, and winter afternoons will likely find a happy group of kids enjoying the ride downhill. Ditto ice skating rinks or frozen ponds. You can find them everywhere, and there’s always something special about tracing lines on the ice as gentle flakes fall from a moonlit sky.
 
Of course you can invent your own winter games. When I was a kid, a zillion years ago, we would play football in the snow – on our knees. That required only a small parcel of land, which was all that was available in the urban area where I was raised. But while the playing field was small, the games were big.
 
For those who hanker to get out and do something but would prefer to minimize the strenuous part, there’s always ice fishing.If you’d prefer to fish on open water, some fast-moving streams in Colorado, like the South Platte River, offer winter fly-fishing.
 
On days when it’s just too cold to go out, try changing your indoor routine to relieve symptoms of cabin fever. Table tennis, a popular indoor sport, is a great way to stay active. There’s also billiards, air-hockey and Wii games that are played in front of the television. Some games, like Wii Grand Slam Tennis, mimic outdoor summer sports and can provide a pretty good workout. Or for a top-notch workout do some cardio and resistance training to get ready for swimsuit season.
 
Getting Away From It All
 
If you really have to get out of town to cure that cabin fever, then get out of town. There’s a winter resort in the U.S.A. for any winter sport you can think of, and accommodations range in price from very affordable to lavish and expensive.
 
Looking for something novel? Durango Mountain Resort in Colorado offers ski biking. Another Colorado attraction, Ouray Ice Park, offers ice climbing in the Uncompahgre Gorge. In Alaska you can try dogsledding. Skijoring, which is popular in Minnesota, is a melding of dog sledding and skiing.
 
What’s that you say? You want to get away from the cold? Then head south or west to Florida, Arizona or California. Caribbean and Mexican vacations can be very affordable. There’s always somewhere where one can find a bit of summer in the throes of winter.
 
A Cure That’s Sure To Work
 
But you don’t have to leave home to defeat the winter doldrums. Why not organize a winter Olympics for the neighborhood? And your event doesn’t have to focus on winter sports. Playing softball in the snow is a hoot, as is Frisbee golf. Picnic games like a three-legged race are even more fun in the snow.
 
Plan a post-Olympics tailgate with plenty of hot chocolate, some hot dogs or pizza, a blazing fire pit and some marshmallows to roast.
 
That’s a sure cure for even the worst case of cabin fever.
 
-Fun For All Ages
 
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Getting the Gang Together

While many activities can appeal to the entire family, some are just naturals. They’re the kind of things you probably wouldn’t want to do alone, activities that have broad appeal and benefit from interaction. From among the many that fit into this category, we’ve decided to take a look at some of today’s family favorites: sledding, snowboarding, table games, and camping. 
 
Down We Go!
 
Hills were probably created with family fun in mind. That’s especially true of hills covered with snow — hills that are perfect for sledding and snowboarding.
 
My granddaughter and I spend a lot of time sledding in the winter. There’s a good-sized hill at our local park, and the city fathers thoughtfully place some hay bales in strategic locations to prevent sledding tykes from going off course and running into immovable objects or the frozen river. Right after a snowfall, the soft snow makes for leisurely trips downhill, but after several hundred kids have taken a turn on the hill, it becomes slick and fast. That’s how my granddaughter prefers it. She speeds downhill on her wooden sled at considerable speed and frequently comes to a stop only when she bumps up against the hay bales a few hundred yards away. Great fun.
 
While our sled is an old-fashioned wooden-runner type, we see all manner of sleds on the hill, ranging from plastic saucers to foam platform types with a channeled underside meant to optimize speed. We see wooden toboggans, inflatable sleds, and steerable sleds and plastic snowboards like Dunham’s hot seller the Big Fraction.
 
You can also see a wide variety of sleds at Dunham’s, and a sales representative will be happy to help you choose a sled that’s just right for you and your children.
 
For those who prefer a bit more adventure with their downhill dash, there’s snowboarding. A first cousin to skiing, snowboarding rivals its older relative in popularity in some parts of the country. Like skiing, it takes a bit of practice.
 
First time snowboarders should be prepared to face a challenge and a fairly steep learning curve. But once you get the hang of it, it’s exhilarating. If you’re already a skier, you’ll find that snowboarding requires a different set of skills because the dynamics of control are not the same.
 
Snowboards come in a variety of types, but the most common is the all-mountain board, which can be used on just about any kind of terrain — be it that hill at the park or a ski resort high in the Rockies. When choosing a snowboard, it’s important to match the size of the board to the size of the rider. In addition to a board, you’ll also need boots designed for snowboarding and bindings.
 
Among the most popular snowboards available at Dunham’s are the M3 Discord and the Avalanche Source. These affordable boards are engineered to shorten that learning curve. Your Dunham’s sales representative can help you choose a correctly sized board, binding, boot and other necessary gear for you and every member of your family. 
 
Together at the Table
 
No, not the dinner table, the game table. While it’s great to play outdoors, we all like to spend time at home as well. And what better way for a family to spend time together than playing some table games.
 
Pool or pocket billiards is the classic table game. Easy to learn and simple enough for children, pool is a perfect family game. Because players aren’t parked in a chair, pool is a great activity for active kids and adults. Table tennis or ping-pong is another great table game that adds an active element to home entertainment. Fortunately, you don’t need a massive game room to accommodate both a pool table and ping-pong table, because one table can do it all. Very popular at Dunham’s is the Medal Sports Legend Billiard Table with a removable table-tennis top. It’s twice as much fun, because it’s two games in one.
 
Also from Medal Sports is the Air Master Hockey Game with table-tennis top. Again, it returns double the dividends in family fun.
 
For those who really want to focus on their table tennis, there’s the Sportcraft ESPN Super Shot Tennis Table. With an electric scorekeeper, this table sets new benchmarks for ping pong.
 
Speaking of benchmarks, check out the Medal Sports Ultimate 4000 4-in-1 game table. With a flip-top table and accessories, it can be configured for pool, air hockey, table tennis or finger-flick football — a menu of games that can keep the family entertained for hours. See it today at Dunham’s. 
 
Smores and More
 
What better way to bring the family together than around the campfire, making smores and telling tall tales? Camping is a classic family activity, one that can be enjoyed almost anywhere at any time.
 
All you need is gear, and Dunham’s has that covered. Among the goodies you’ll find at Dunham’s are the portable buddy heaters that can provide heat inside a tent, at your picnic site, or even in your ice-fishing shelter; zero gravity chairs that offer the ultimate in relaxation; sleeping bags to fit every camper and budget; air beds that promise a good night’s sleep; and much more.
 
Oh, and one more thing: How about a metal detector for mom or dad? It’s not a camping necessity, but it can help the grown ups pass some time at the beach or campsite while the kids are playing. And who knows? They may just find some buried treasure.
 
-Your Friends at Dunham’s
 
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As Close as Your Own Backyard

It’s summer, and the backyard beckons.
 
What better way to spend a sunny summer day than with the family in your own backyard? No need to ponder where to go and what to do. Forget the travails of travel and parking.
 
At one time, fun in the backyard meant badminton or croquet. No wonder most of us hit the road looking for entertainment. But today there are a wide variety of outdoor games from which to choose; games the family can enjoy together.
 
To give you an idea of some of the great choices in backyard entertainment, we’ve put together brief descriptions of some of the games families enjoy most.
 
Poles by Watersports LLC
 
This is a new game that makes the flying disc more fun than ever. All you need to play are two game poles, a flying disc and a couple of empty water bottles. The poles are illuminated for night play and have a sturdy base that keeps them upright. They come packed in a carrying case along with the flying disc.
 
To play, the poles are placed 20 to 30 feet apart and an empty water bottle is placed atop each pole. The object of the game is to knock the bottle from the top of the pole with a flying disc. Players throw the disc from behind their pole toward the opposition’s pole. A direct hit on the bottle or a hit on the pole that causes the bottle to fall results in a score. Two or more can play, with teammates taking turns.
 

Corntoss Bean Bag Game
 

From Driveway Games comes a weatherproof version of this classic target game. Competitors toss plastic-filled beanbags at portable plastic game boards. The competition is scored similar to horseshoes and offers hours of entertainment for two to four players. Packed in a storage bag, the game includes a rulebook and setup guide.
 
Stream Machine Water Guns
 
Put on those bathing suits and get out the water guns! Stream Machine hydrobolic water launchers from Watersports LLC can shoot water up to 70 feet. Quick and easy to fill, they’re the perfect choice for serious water battles. Stream Machines are available in a variety of sizes, so there’s one to fit the smallest or largest of hands. A double barrel model doubles the fun.
 
BAGGO® Bag Toss
 
BAGGO® is a popular backyard game where two or four players toss beanbag-like toss bags of unpopped corn at plastic targets. The game comes with toss bags, game boards, built-in scorekeepers, and an instruction manual. Toss a bag in the game board’s hole and score three points, a bag on the board scores one. The first player or team to reach 21 wins.
 
Tournament Gold Volleyball
 
Volleyball is an active game that will get the family moving. Sportcraft’s Tournament Gold Volleyball set comes with heavy-duty poles, an easy-to-install, clip-on 32-ft x 3-ft net, an on-net scorekeeping system, an official volleyball, and an air pump.
 
Blongo Ball
 
Does your family blongo? From Blongo Family Fun comes this new game that will provide hours of entertainment. Bounce blongo balls — two golf balls joined by a foot of rope — onto the rungs of a ladder-like stand to earn points. According to the manufacturer, the game does not require athletic skill.
 
Kan Jam
 
This disc-tossing game from Kan Jam LLC is fast-paced fun for four players. One player from each team throws the disc toward the target “kan.” If the thrower doesn’t score a direct hit, a teammate tries to deflect it into or onto the kan. Points are awarded based on whether the disc strikes the can or lands in it. The first team to record an exact score of 21 wins. A direct toss into the kan’s narrow slot is an instant win. The distance between the kans can be modified to accommodate players of various ages and ability.
 
Washer Toss
 
Ty Fun Trading Company’s Washer Game provides tons of fun in just a wee bit of space. Players score points by tossing washers into a cup within a box. A toss into the cup counts for more than a toss into the box. Scoring is similar to horseshoes. More than two can play as teams. First player or team to score 21 points wins.
 
Jarts, Hula Hoops, and Hot Ropes
 
From Whamo and Fundex come classic backyard toys like the easy-to-learn but tough-to-master hula hoop. While hula hooping is usually a solo sport, Jarts is a game for two players or two teams. Large darts are tossed underhand toward a horizontal target on the ground. Jumping rope is great exercise for one or the whole gang, and vibrantly colored Hot Ropes bring high fashion to this favorite outdoor activity.
 
-Fun For All Ages
 
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A Merry Family Holiday Special

An activity and gift guide designed to bring the family together
 
The holidays are upon us, and for most of us, that means family time. But all too often that family time is fleeting. Time spent together may be limited to not much more than meals and exchanging gifts.
 
So what better way to bring everyone together than by choosing gifts that the family can enjoy together? Many outdoor and recreational activities are well suited to getting the gang together, and the holidays are a good time to put a family fun plan into action, a good time to “get in the game” with activities that include all. And if those activities mean getting up off the sofa and exerting oneself a bit, they can be beneficial in terms of health and fitness.
 
Today, ever more outdoor and indoor activities are geared toward family participation. A wide variety of games, sports, and leisure time activities are now designed to appeal to a wide cross section of adults and children. No longer do we get a sitter for the kids and head to the ski lift without them. Today, it’s all about doing it together.
 
The popularity of family activities is a trend that will undoubtedly improve the quality of life for many Americans. The emotional connection that can be established when a family plays together opens the door to better communication and establishes a high level of trust.
 
Dunham’s carries a wide range of gear for numerous family and individual activities. And all Dunham’s games and equipment are carefully selected from among the range of products available. When you shop at Dunham’s, you can be sure that every item in the store is a leader in its category.
 
On the following pages, we’ll provide a brief description of some family activity opportunities, along with gift ideas and some information about the best products in each category — products you’ll find at Dunham’s.
 
Holiday time is family time, so let’s all make a commitment to spend more time — quality time — with the people who are most important in our lives.
 
-Your Friends at Dunham’s
 
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