What’s on 4 Junior Award Nomination for Gamewagon

Junior Game Creators and game wagon nominated for award.

The nominees for the prestigious 2017 What’s On 4 Kids Awards have just been announced – and Game wagon has been nominated for the 3rd year running by our amazing customers!

This exciting awards programme, which is now in its eleventh year and celebrates the best activities, classes, people and places throughout the country as nominated and voted for by the experts – parents, carers and the kids that experience them.

Gamewagon is a nominee in the best children’s independent kids party business category and will now go through to the national voting stage! Junior Game Creators has also been nominated which is a a super double whammy for business owner John Lilley.

Gamewagon has become the UK’s premier provider of video game parties using their fleet of 11 custom build video game party wagons. They also provide amazing code clubs teaching kids with an interest in video games valuable coding skills.

John Lilley from Gamewagon, said: “This is sensational and  testimony to the continual improvements we have made and in retaining a great team that listens and delivers for our customers. The game wagon and junior game creator team is the best in the business and continue to delight parents and their children every day. This nomination is for their dedication passion and expertise.”

Bev O’Sullivan  from What’s On 4 UK add: “We are so excited to once again be at the very crucial voting stage of the 11th annual ‘What’s On 4 Kids Awards 2017’ in the UK. These awards mean so much because they are voted on by real customers who want to show their respect for professional companies.”

XMAS SPECIAL JUNIOR GAME CREATORS CLUB 

This amazing present gives the gift of code to your kids at the right age (7-11) so they can become Junior Game Creators. Nurturing an interest in computer science will give your kids a great foundation for future learning opportunities and is our passion. Playing games is fun, making games is genius…

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Book your 2017 Birthday before 5.30pm on Monday, 19th December and we’ll sign you up to our annual online code club and you get an amazing gameJunior Game Creators Activity Pack creator activity pack sent you in the post ready for Xmas morning.

All this and you get an Annual subscription to Junior Game Creators Awesome Online Coding  Club;
– New plugged and unplugged projects every month.
– National curriculum linked activities.
– E-mail support to get unstuck.
– A3 sized activity pack with game recipes to follow that support online learning.
– Regular relevant product reviews to enhance learning.
– Research into all the latest tools to make learning code fun.
– Discounts to live workshops during school holidays.
– All plugged projects work on Mac and PC.

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New projects every month that encourage discovery through play, exploration and creativity.

Playing games is fun, making games is genius. Learning together as a family creates unforgettable magic moments. Learn more >>

Gamewagon’s Game Maker Summer Holiday Competition

Kids Summer Game Design Competition by Gamewagon

Junior Game Creators Video Game Design Canvas designed by Gamewagon

More than just code.

There is so much more to designing the games kids play than just code.  Some games end up as one play flops, whilst others deliver endless fun, challenges, and entertainment.
Like learning any language you learn by doing. Working on projects and using the language in situations that are important to you. Learning to code is no different but you have to start with a plan / design.
Kids love video games and when balanced with other activities provide great opportunity for problem solving, strategy, incremental process improvement, communication and team work. Learning to make their own games gives them the desire to learn to code on real projects that matter to them. We call it learning through play or guided discovery.

Gamewagon’s Summer Game Design Competition.

This summer we are encouraging your kids to have fun and take part in our game design competition. Every week will will award the best game design with a 12 Month Subscription to our online game design code club. Plus, for the game chosen for it’s creativity each week, we will actually record a video that will teach your kids how to make the game they designed in Scratch!

How to enter

1. Download our video game design canvas. Link Video Game Design Canvas and print out some copies.
2. Get some pens, pencils or crayons and fill out the canvas. Be creative, draw pictures, explain how it works, tell the story of your game.
3. Take a photo and email it to john.lilley@gamewagon.co.uk
4. Every Friday through the holidays a winner will be announced on our Facebook page and the following Friday the video released on our YouTube page.

Five chances to win

There are 5 chances to win during the summer as long as you submit your entries before midday on the following Fridays during the summer; 29th July, 5th August, 12th August, 19th August, and 26th August.
You can enter one entry per week and everyone will be able to build the games that are chosen themselves so they can have fun building and playing the games over the holidays.

Junior Game Creator Summer Camps (Surrey, Middlesex, Essex and Kent)

If you enjoy this activity then do not forget to check out our super fun game design workshops being help across London. For more info click here.

Summer Holiday Code Camps powered by Gamewagon

Game wagon Cup Stacking AlgorithmGame Wagon and Junior Game Creators is hosting a summer of super fun and educational Code Camps built around kids learning to build their own video games.

The Game Wagon’s Junior Game Creator workshops are being held across the country.

We’ll be playing and making some really great games, with challenges, team work and activities for everyone. For more information on locations visit juniorgamecreators.co.ukJunior Game Creators is brought to you by the Game wagon team.

What Is Junior Game Creators?

Junior Game Creators is a fun and educational workshop designed to nurture an interest in computer science through a child’s passion for games and video games. Kids love playing video games but we take that enthusiasm and teach them how to create their own.

How much does it cost?

The cost is (£45 per day) and you can bring your own laptops, or request to use one of our own. Game wagon Experience Managers run the whole session and make sure everyone is involved. All you need is a budding game creator with an interest in video games and a packed lunch. You can book a single day or all three days and the structure ensures that the sessions do not repeat.

Who is the workshop aimed at?

If you know a child, aged 8 and above, who’d love to have a go at making their own games, this workshop is ideal. Just do not tell them it is educational! They get to analyse, make and play games of their very own.

What do we cover?

We use practical games to introduce key concepts of computer science and show them how games are developed and why some work, becoming popular, and others do not.

Our courses are accredited with The Children’s University and the Children’s Activity Association for their soft skills as well as developing computational thinking. They are not just about code.

Our game creators are then challenged to create their own games (with guidance) and are given constructive feedback from the group to improve. By the end of the day they will have made games of their very own to show you when they get home.

Those that come for more than a day will move onto making their very own game from scratch, they imagine it, plan it and make it (with our guidance and support).

How do I book?

Follow this link and fill out the form and we will contact you to confirm your place –www.juniorgamecreators.co.uk

Parents guide to Virtual Reality (VR)

A Parents guide to Virtual Reality (VR)

What every parent should know about this new technology before your kids tell you otherwise!

Parents guide to virtual reality

Virtual Reality (VR) technology for use in the home is on it’s way. Gamewagon explores the current technology providers and their current guidance on age appropriateness for your family.

Click to download parents guide to virtual reality vr

Parents Guide to Virtual Reality (VR)

Easter Holiday Tech Camps powered by Gamewagon

Gamewagon Workshop - CodingGame Wagon is hosting a series of Easter super fun and educational Tech Camps built around kids learning to build their own video games.

The Game Wagon Junior Game Creator workshops are being held at;

Tuesday 29th, Wednesday 30th and Thursday 31st (10am – 3pm)

  • Bromley Central Library (Bromley Central Library – Bromley, Kent, BR1 1EX)
  • The Space (Loughton Central Library Loughton, Essex, IG10 1HD)
  • Harrow College (Brookshill, Harrow Weald Harrow, Middlesex HA3 6RR)
  • Woking Central Library (Gloucester Walk, Woking, Surrey, GU21 6EP)
  • Olton Library (169A Warwick Rd, Solihull, West Midlands, B92 7AR)
  • Bath Scout Hut (High Street, Weston Village, Bath, Somerset, BA1 4BU)

Tuesday 29th, Wednesday 30th and Thursday 31st (10am – 3pm)

  • Bromley Central Library (Bromley Central Library – Bromley, Kent, BR1 1EX)
  • The Space (Loughton Central Library Loughton, Essex, IG10 1HD)
  • Harrow College (Brookshill, Harrow Weald Harrow, Middlesex HA3 6RR)
  • Woking Central Library (Gloucester Walk, Woking, Surrey, GU21 6EP)
  • Olton Library (169A Warwick Rd, Solihull, West Midlands, B92 7AR)
  • Bath Scout Hut (High Street, Weston Village, Bath, Somerset, BA1 4BU)
We’ll be playing and making some really great games, with challenges, team work and activities for everyone. To book your child’s place at juniorgamecreators.co.uk Junior Game Creators is brought to you by the Game wagon team.

What Is Junior Game Creators?

Junior Game Creators is a fun and educational workshop designed to nurture an interest in computer science through a child’s passion for games and video games. Kids love playing video games but we take that enthusiasm and teach them how to create their own.

How much does it cost?

The cost is (£40 per day) and you can bring your own laptops, or request to use one of our own. Game wagon Experience Managers run the whole session and make sure everyone is involved. All you need is a budding game creator with an interest in video games and a packed lunch. You can book a single day or all three days and the structure ensures that the sessions do not repeat.

Who is the workshop aimed at?

If you know a child, aged 8-11, who’d love to have a go at making their own games, this workshop is ideal. Just do not tell them it is educational! They get to analyse, make and play games of their very own.

What do we cover?

We use practical games to introduce key concepts of computer science and show them how games are developed and why some work, becoming popular, and others do not. Our courses are accredited with The Children’s University for their soft skills as well as developing computational thinking. They are not just about code. Our game creators are then challenged to create their own games (with guidance) and are given constructive feedback from the group to improve. By the end of the day they will have made 2-3 games of their very own to show you when they get home.

Those that come for the whole 3 days will move onto making their very own game from scratch, they imagine it, plan it and make it (with our guidance and support).

How do I book?

Follow this link and fill out the form and we will contact you to confirm your place –www.juniorgamecreators.co.uk

Game wagon Feb Half Term Coding Workshops

Gamewagon Workshop - CodingGame wagon is hosting another series of super fun and educational coding clubs build around kids building their own video games.

The Game wagon Junior Game Creator workshops are being held at;

Monday 15th – Wednesday 18th February (10am to 3pm)
  • Bromley Central Library (Bromley Central Library – High Street Bromley BR1 1EX)
Tuesday 16th – Thursday 18th February (10am to 3pm)
  • The Space (Loughton Central Library Loughton, Essex IG10 1HD)
  • Harrow College (Brookshill, Harrow Weald Harrow, Middlesex HA3 6RR)
  • Epsom Scout Hut (Concorde Hall – The Footpath Epsom , Surrey KT19 8SR)
We’ll be playing and making some really great games, with challenges, team work and activities for everyone. To book your child’s place at juniorgamecreators.co.uk Junior Game Creators is brought to you by the Game wagon team.

What Is Junior Game Creators?

Junior Game Creators is a fun and educational workshop designed to nurture an interest in computer science through a child’s passion for games and video games. Kids love playing video games but we take that enthusiasm and teach them how to create their own.

How much does it cost?

The cost is (£40 per day plus a small booking fee) and all the laptops, technical equipment and talented Game wagon Experience Managers are all provided. All you need is a budding game creator with an interest in video games and a packed lunch. You can book a single day or all three days and the structure ensures that the sessions do not repeat.

Who is the workshop aimed at?

If you know a child, aged 8-11, who’d love to have a go at making their own games, this workshop is ideal. Just do not tell them it is educational! They get to analyse, make and play games of their very own.

What do we cover?

We use practical games to introduce key concepts of computer science and show them how games are developed and why some work, becoming popular, and others do not. Our courses are accredited with The Children’s University for their soft skills as well as developing computational thinking. They are not just about code. Our game creators are then challenged to create their own games (with guidance) and are given constructive feedback from the group to improve. By the end of the day they will have made 2-3 games of their very own to show you when they get home.
Those that come for the whole 3 days will move onto making their very own game from scratch, they imagine it, plan it and make it (with our guidance and support).

How do I book?

Follow this link and fill out the form and we will contact you to confirm your place –www.juniorgamecreators.co.uk

Children’s University Validation for Game wagon

Game wagon’s CEO, John Lilley recently ran a workshop on behalf of Wolverhampton University. The aim was to introduce local primary school teachers to how Junior Game Creators uses guided discovery and teamwork to inspire children’s interest in computer science.

Mr Lilley said, “There is a huge amount of attention being given to the “Learn to code” bandwagon. However, not every child is cut out to be a coder and there is more to computer science than just coding. Our workshops help develop the soft skills as well as the hard skills like creating the code to make an idea come alive.”

The Children’s University validates learning activities for children within the 5-14 age range. The children receive their very own passport that they can get stamped when they complete validated learning activities. A super idea that encourages learning and promotes activities that are inclusive, diverse and have clear objectives and benefits to children.

“It is great to be able to have our workshops validated. We draw on children’s hobbies, interests and creativity to allow them to create their own games. We do not want kids to code for the sake of coding we want them to use code to create something that means something to them.” continued Mr Lilley.

In becoming validated by the Children’s university Junior Game Creators showed that it delivered on the following key criteria;

  • Learning outcomes and benefits to the children is clear and sustainable.
  • The sessions engage with a child’s interests and curiosity.
  • There are opportunities for different learning styles and for the children to take on different roles and responsibilities.
  • Children are engaged in thinking / questioning / problem solving both individually and as a group.
  • Each session leads to ongoing exploration and learning.

“We are extremely proud of the way we have developed our sessions to stretch the creativity of the children we meet. Some are great story tellers, creative thinkers, artists, communicators, managers, musicians and all have something to offer. They are all great users of technology but we give them the chance to go off-piste and create something that they care about.”

It is always a proud moment for Gamewagon CEO and Junior Game Creator Founder, John Lilley, when he sees children work together to overcome obstacles and create something unique and special to them. By working with the Children’s University we hope to be able to reach more children across the country and give them a chance to discover and secure their digital futures.

Rays of Sunshine and GameWagon grant Logan’s greatest wish.

A video game-mad eight year old, from Birmingham, was treated to a very special video game party at his house to celebrate finishing his treatment for cancer, thanks to Rays of Sunshine and GameWagon.

gamewagon grants Logan's wish for a video game party.

From left is Keaira Hancock, 6, Logan Smith, 8, Mark Phillips of Game Wagon, Finley Smith, 7, and Kesi Bram, 2.

Eight year old Logan was living with a rare form of cancer; Rhabdomyosarcoma, which he was diagnosed with earlier this year. Since diagnosis, Logan has endured surgery to remove the cancerous tumour, as well as intense chemotherapy, which has meant he spent a lot of time in hospital. During which, Logan became particularly interested in gaming, playing games such as MineCraft during his long hospital visits.

After his treatment came to an end earlier this month, Logan’s mum applied for a wish through children’s charity Rays of Sunshine, for Logan to be treated to his very own celebratory gaming party.  The charityenlisted the support of GameWagon, who didn’t hesitate to organise for one of its custom-built fleet to go to Logan’s house, bringing the party to his doorstep and granting his wish. During the fun-filled afternoon, Logan was able to play all of his favourite video games alongside his family.

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Gamewagon’s Summer of Minecraft

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Mind Craft Summer Holiday Minecraft Workshops by Gamewagon

As part of Gamewagon’s Month of Minecraft this August, we’ll be hosting extra-special workshops for gamers aged 7-11. We call it MindCraft.

Creativity, Crafting and Co-operation

Every MindCraft session is led and supervised by the same Game Experience Managers that run our parties to the highest standard.

Each session is crammed with fun, stimulating activities both in-game and out, we’ll be getting Minecrafters thinking, creating and imagining, whilst playing the most popular game on the planet!

Activities and Timing

The programme of activities will encourage teamwork, creativity, ingenuity and cooperation in a format that is familiar to players of Minecraft in all its forms (PlayStation, XBOX, PC, mobile, iPad).

Each event takes place over two hours with a mix of team work, creativity and challenges. All our Mind Crafters can look forward to building challenges, free play sections, competitions and Minecraft goodies to make and take home.

How much does it cost?

The two hour session costs £20 per head in our Gamewagon with our talented Game Experience Manager to run the whole event so you can relax and enjoy the weather.

Where are the workshops taking place?

We come to you in our custom built (weatherpoof!) Gamewagons that allow up to 12 players to all play together. All we need is somewhere to park and a power socket to plug into.

How to Book

Simply fill in our booking form and we will contact you to sort out all the details. Then simply gather some friends (8-12) and then you pay on the day.

Book Now

If you’d like to find out more, give Julie or Niki a call on 0845 319 4263.