The very first round of Bedtime Board Game was played 17 years ago when tired parents Kelly and Michael introduced their homemade version to their 3-year-old son, Aidan.
As Kelly and Michael tell it:
Long ago in a galaxy far, far away two bedraggled parents looked at the clock every evening after dinner and dreaded what they knew was coming next.
A charming but determined boy decided, every evening, that it was more fun to play with his toys than get ready for bed. What was a tired parent to do? Out of the depths came an inspired idea: Is it possible to make this time fun? Is it possible to play our way through the challenges of getting ready for bed?
The Bedtime Board Game was born. Birds chirped, angels sang, and parents laughed as they watched their son run from toilet to bath to sink to jammies having fun getting ready for bed.
Aidan is in college now, but a few years ago, Kelly and Michael dusted off the homemade game concept to help a new generation of exhausted parents and strong-willed children in their family. Then they began getting requests for the game from other parents in their circles and decided to manufacture it. The Bedtime Board Game company launched, and the first official copy of the game sold in February 2023.
In the few months since, Bedtime Board Game has been named a candidate for a 2023 Good Housekeeping Toy Award, and Kelly and Michael are nominees for a Colorado entrepreneurship award.