Kids begged me to create a character on the java-game Wizard 101, a MMORPG I've been playing with them all weekend. Lots of family-friendly addictive fun, and free to play. Since both my kids have been playing longer than me there's been some hand-holding while I "power-up" to new spells and quests.
Fun and bonding, all wrapped into one.
Now I've never really been one for MMORPGS, but most of the kids on there are under 13 as is referenced by the "No Chat" balloon over their head, but I'm guessing there are plenty of parents just like me, playing this delightfully enchanting game with their sons and daughters. It lighthearted and cheerful and lots of good fun with surprisingly intricate and gorgeous effects. Did I mention its free to play?
Anyway, that's where I've been all weekend.