Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Ask Bryant Park: How to Use the Games Area

In the Ask Bryant Park series, we hope to shed light on some of the questions that members of the public frequently pose to us about the park. If you have a question you'd like us to cover in this series, write it on the bottom of this post or e-mail us at 

One of the most popular amenities in the park is the Games Area. With customized umbrellas, a designated Games staff member, and over 30 board games to choose from, the Games Area is always filled with friendly competition.

We are often asked how the Games Area works (Is there a fee? Do you have to pre-register? Where is it?) so we've put together this guide to clear everything up.

The Games Area is located on the southern end of the park, along 40th Street. Right near the Carousel, you'll find "Games Area" umbrellas designating the area.

A Games Attendant will be in the area assisting you with signing out games, providing basic instruction, and generally maintaining order. Our Games Attendants wear Bryant Park Games shirts, so they're easy to spot!

A Games Attendant gives some pointers to some avid chess players
Photo by Angelito Jusay Photography
To get started, simply go up to the Games Area Cart (pictured below) and browse our large variety of games, all for free! Choose whichever one strikes your fancy, sign it out with the Games Attendant, and then take a seat at one of our many available tables to get started. There is no registration or sign-up required beforehand to partake in the fun, all you have to do is show up and enjoy.

Designed by our in-house design team, the Games Cart is both beautiful and mobile!
Photo by Angelito Jusay Photography
We have a large variety of games to choose from. From LIFE to Scrabble to Operation, our games collection is appropriate for all ages and skill levels. You can view a complete menu of games here. We're always hoping to add to our growing games collection, so please send any game suggestions to

To sum up:
Open daily, the Games Area is free to use and requires no pre-registration or sign-up. All you have to do is show up ready to play, and enjoy! We also hold events in the Games Area, like Games Socials and Mah Jongg Clinics. Check out our online Games calendar to find out more.

Smiles abound as a game of LIFE is underway
Photo by Angelito Jusay Photography
Open daily! The Games Area is open everyday (weather permitting) so you can get in as much open-air gaming as you'd like.
May through September: 11am-7pm
October: 11am-6pm

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