If you're looking for some mental sparring that won't leave you exhausted on hump day, board games are a good choice. They're both social and engaging.
There are few board games easier to grasp or more riveting to play than Scrabble. The tile-based word game asks little more of its players than grade-school skills of spelling and addition, and endless arguments can be had over whether the transliteration of the Chinese word for life force is spelled "Chi" or "Xi."
For those looking for Scrabble action on the cheap, there's Scrabble Game Night at Barnes and Noble Booksellers, 1315 N. Milwaukee, at 6 p.m. Players can test their mettle against friends and strangers alike for FREE in a cozy environment. For more info, call 208-375-4454.