When the weather turns cold and the mountains aren't yet snowy enough for skiing, the Mitchell family of Williston heads indoors for fun. Parents Jennifer and Carl have turned their basement into a combination game room and cinema for their tweenage sons, Grant and Chase.
The family's favorite part of the downstairs hangout is the pool table, which has a removable ping-pong tabletop. Each game can be played one-on-one but also accommodates extra friends. A Nerf basketball hoop, mounted on a door, gets so much use that Jennifer has had to replace it multiple times. The kids use her BOSU ball — an inflated rubber dome designed for exercising — to launch themselves at the net for dramatic slam dunks.
For less physical fun, they turn to the gaming station: a big, flat-screen TV hooked up to a Wii and an Xbox. On movie nights, the family pulls down room-darkening shades and settles into comfy couches and special gaming chairs with tiny speakers inside the headrests.
It's more than enough to get this family through November's gray days.
Parents: Jennifer and Carl Mitchell
Kids: Grant, 10, and Chase, 12
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