Thanks to a public-spirited couple who just happen to be arcade games fanatics, youngsters and families in Wolverhampton had the chance to play in the past like there was no tomorrow on Saturday last. Craig and Becky Turner, of Turnarcades and Revival Retro events fame, had managed to materialise a mad medley of sci-fi shoot-em-ups and chop-sockey champions at the Corpus Christi Church Social Club, all in aid of the local under-8’s football team, Ashmore Park Rangers FC.
And throughout the afternoon the sound of lasers blasting, kung-fu fighting and Simpsons skateboarding mixed with the rest of the community hubbub coming from the bouncy castle, sponge-throwing, penalty shoot-outs and disco dancing – and much more – to add a colourful soundtrack to what otherwise might have been a grey day on Ashmore Park estate!
RCN Editor, Stuart Williams, took the opportunity to beat a path from Bloxwich across the borders into Wolverhampton to have a long and interesting chat with Craig and Becky, and he was impressed, but not surprised, to see how much fun the youngsters were having with the mix of classic consoles and arcade cabs laid on to aid the footie fundraising.
Loads of fun for all the family is programmed for the Museum of Computing in Swindon, Wiltshire this weekend!
In the last of this month’s Children’s summer activities, the Museum, which is in Theatre Square, opens its doors on Friday 29 and Saturday 30 August for a Codes and Ciphers Treasure Hunt! Can you crack the 6 coded messages, find the hidden treasure in the museum and claim your prize?
All activities are free, but standard museum admission charges apply (adult admission £2, children £1, concessions £1.50 and families £5).
The Museum of Computing opens its doors on Fridays and Saturdays and offers a fascinating glimpse into a subject that many of us can’t help but connect with.
Although it provides a serious record of serious computing, as you might expect, the Museum of Computing is also high on nostalgia. Many exhibits are devoted to home computing, so you are likely to encounter a few old ‘friends’ in the shape of games consoles and primitive PCs.
The Museum of Computing offers educational opportunities for all ages with Saturday morning computer club for children. There is a waiting list for these sessions so please contact the Museum of Computing on firstname.lastname@example.org.