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.”

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.

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

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.

What’s on 4 Junior Award Nomination for Video Game Party Wagon

Game wagon nominated for video game party wagon

The nominees for the prestigious What’s On 4 2015 Junior Awards  have just been announced – and Game wagon has been nominated by our amazing customers!

This exciting awards programme, which is now in its ninth 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’s South East operation is a nominee in the best children’s entertainment category and will now go through to the national voting stage!

Gamewagon has become the UK’s premier provider of video game parties using their fleet of 10 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 was a wonderful surprise and testimony to the investments we have made in a great team that delivers over and beyond the cause of duty for our customers. The game wagon team is the best in the business and continue to delight parents and their children every day. This nomination is for their dedication and enthusiasm.”

Bev O’Sullivan & Marilyn Bradshaw from What’s On 4 UK add: “We are so excited to once again be at the very crucial voting stage of the 9th annual ‘What’s On 4 Junior Awards 2015’ 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.”

Gamewagon Launches in the South West

Gamewagon THE Video Game Party Company Expands to the South West.

Boys and Girls across Bristol and Bath will soon be able to celebrate in style with the brand new Birthday party concept following the decision by Gamewagon CEO John Lilley to continue Gamewagon’s growth with a Gamewagon business based in the South West.

“The Gamewagons simply ooze quality! They do not just look good on the outside. On the inside it is a real Aladdin’s cave of quality video game equipment with WiiU, Xbox 360 and PS4 consoles.”

Gamewagon started just over two years ago in London and has delivered over 2,000 birthday parties and is getting rave reviews. Bookings are already being taken for parties in the South West starting in January 2015.Gamewagon Video Game Parties

The party concept helps deliver a sociable, interactive party where kids can play, share and co-operate whilst playing their favourite video games with their friends. Something they rarely get a chance to do all together. Whilst parents get the convenience of having the party brought to them and managed from start to finish.

Mr Lilley said: “Video gaming is a very popular pastime and making the whole event a social occasion creates a unique experience that is difficult to achieve without a lot of hassle. The Gamewagon solves this problem but it still requires talented staff to make the whole event a success. It all starts in the very beginning by understanding our customer’s needs. Then it is about communication and delivery, every time, without fail. We take great pride in our customer feedback. Without our satisfied customers the business would have been much tougher to build.”

The national expansion is set to continue across the UK in 2015 bringing many part time jobs and great full time local business opportunities to those that have an entrepreneurial flair but may be struggling to know how to start their own business.

Gamewagon currently has 5 full time staff, 9 Game wagons and 15 Game Experience Managers who deliver birthday parties, corporate events and after school clubs.

MD for Gamewagon, Mr Lilley said: “We have proven the concept across London and the Home Counties and now it is time to expand and bring the opportunity to experience age appropriate Gamewagon parties to the rest of the UK, starting in the South West.”

John Lilley (MD for Gamewagon) continued: “The South West picked itself as our next step. We have had considerable interest from parents having heard about Gamewagon from family and friends and also from those having moved to the area from London.”

Gamewagon’s franchise opportunity allows someone to step into business for themselves but not by themselves. Full training and support is provided to make the most of this fun and rewarding opportunity.

“Focusing on delivering exceptional customer service and really cool events has given kids playground Kudos and made heroes out of parents. That is what Gamewagon is all about”. Summarised Mr Lilley.

World Cup Video Game Pop Up

Gamewagon World Cup PartyThis Summer, we’ve teamed up with kids’ cafe, That Place On The Corner, to host Family Fun Fridays. Come along and you and your family can compete head to head for the duration of the 2014 Brazil World Cup in a virtual version of the beautiful game’s biggest competition.

Bring the whole family for a kick about on PlayStation and XBOX versions of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

As well as the early matches live, and a licensed bar for the adults, there’ll be prizes every week and the chance to win the ultimate and most coveted prize, a Gamewagon Party at That Place On The Corner.

That’s not all, we’ve pulled in the most amazing pop-up kitchen… 2 Fingers will be on-site serving the best fish finger sandwiches known to man, and whether you’re an old schooler reaching for the nostalgia of youth on white bread with ketchup, or a modern foodie with homemade tartare sauce and artisanal bread, 2 Fingers have got the fish finger sandwich for you (and the kids!)

It’s the Summer, it’s the World Cup, we’ve got ice cream, we’ve got beer, we’ve got lots of fun for all the family, great food and fabulous prizes!

Don’t just watch the football this World Cup, come and play it at That Place On The Corner, from 1600 – 2100 every Friday from the 13th June to the 14th.

Gamewagon and That Place on the Corner

1-3 Green Lanes, Newington Green, London, N16 9ND
Free entrance to the competition with a cafe purchase.