My dad was a professional grand master Bridge player, and he taught us to play the classics: Checkers, Othello, Gin, Cribbage, Hi Lo Jack, and backgammon. (Strangely, he didn't like chess. I learned to play and loved it, but that wasn't a game he played with us growing up)
Some of my fondest memories of my dad are those in which he's explaining the intricacies of a cribbage or backgammon move to me, or rolling 6's three times in a row, or having to blow on the dice to keep them lucky for him.
Not sure how my son discovered checkers, but AA had a hankering to learn how to play (and he wants to learn to play chess too! ) Bring it on!
We went to the store the other day, and couldn't find a good beginners checkers game. (Not sure where my nice all in one set, is but I don't think I ever played checkers with it.)
We're going to master checkers, and then move on to chess!
This is one of the joys of being a dad-- introducing your kid to the things you love!